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January 3, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Record numbers of younger people have type 2 diabetes
    More than 20,000 adolescents and teens suffer from type 2 diabetes, and that number could grow 400% by 2050, according to a federal estimate. Managing the disease is especially problematic in young people, whose symptoms may not be readily apparent and who do not respond well to the restrictions involved. Experts worry about rising rates of complications from the disease as children age. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Prosthesis with microprocessors is controlled by app
    Instead of having to change her prosthesis every time she engages in a different activity, Tara Butcher now wears the new Magellan leg, which recently became available in the U.S. Sensors in the foot enable microprocessors in the ankle to adapt to different types of terrain, and Butcher can make adjustments using an application on her smartphone. The app also shares information electronically with Butcher’s prosthetist. KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device can detect diabetic neuropathy in feet using vibrations
    O'Brien Medical has created a prototype of a device, called NeuroCheck, which is inspired by the tuning fork to detect diabetic neuropathy in the feet early. The digital device, which uses vibrations to detect the condition, already has been tested in a small clinical study and will soon be developed into a model that could be mass-produced, said company founder Todd O'Brien, who plans to pursue 510(k) clearance this winter. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New skin ulcer technology can treat diabetic foot ulcers
    Oculus Innovative Sciences has received a U.S. patent for its Microcyn Technology to be used in treating patients with diabetic foot ulcers. The technology is administered to skin ulcers either by irrigation, soaking and washing, or by applying a wound dressing that has been soaked with the technology. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Fructose more likely than other sugars to cause diabetes
    Fructose may be more dangerous than other kinds of sugars, suggested a study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Researchers at University Hospital Zurich noted that both high and moderate intake of fructose were linked to hepatic insulin insensitivity, as was high intake of sucrose, which is half glucose and half fructose. Fructose also impaired lipid metabolism. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • EHR calls for balancing patients and computers
    The focus on electronic health records means that computers are showing up in more and more medical exam rooms. Clinicians should make sure that entering information does not detract from connecting with patients, cautions Dr. Kenneth Bertka. If possible, clinicians should sit facing patients even while at the computer. Bertka also recommends that practices be specific about who is responsible for data entry. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business and Finance 
  • When to purchase equipment for your company
    You might be able to save your business some money by buying certain items at specific times of the year when they are often discounted, Teri Cettina writes. For example, it's a good idea to buy carpeting during the winter and digital cameras in February. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employee-related legal issues employers must watch
    Your business could be headed for trouble if you fail to follow the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which lays out rules for overtime pay, Kayte VanScoy writes. "Most cases begin when 'non-exempt' (or hourly, part-time) employees are treated like 'exempt' (or salaried, full-time) employees," VanScoy writes. Allegations of discrimination can also cause problems for your company. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    O&P escapes the initial wave of Medicare cuts enacted to pay for the Medicare "doc fix," but risks of larger, potentially massive new Medicare cuts look to be on the horizon with future actions on debt limits and sequestration; AOPAversity announces upcoming classes; LOTS of updates on policy revisions and so much more are packed into today's AOPA Breaking News! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Well done is better than well said."
--Benjamin Franklin,
American inventor and statesman

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