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February 14, 2013
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  • U.S. service members have undergone 1,700 amputations since 2001
    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in more than 1,700 life-altering limb amputations, according to a recent congressional study. Among service members who served in Afghanistan, 696 experienced the amputation of a "major limb," such as a leg, and nearly 800 Iraq war veterans have had a similar limb loss. Amputations that are considered "minor" -- involving a partial foot or finger, among other areas -- have occurred in 194 Iraq veterans and 28 Afghanistan veterans. Wired.com/Danger Room blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3D printer produces prosthetic covers
    Using a computer scan and a 3D printer, designer Scott Summit creates customized covers for prosthetic legs. Summit said that prostheses “solved the mechanical function very well but they didn’t really address the human part of the equation." He scans the amputee's existing leg and uses that information to create the prosthetic cover, which can be customized in a variety of materials. EuroNews.net (France) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study links diet drinks to higher diabetes risk
    Women who drank diet beverages were more likely than those who drank regular versions to develop diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said the risk of diabetes was 15% higher among those who drank 500 milliliters per week of diet drinks and 60% higher in women who drank more than 1.5 liters per week. The Daily Mail (London) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FY2012 Medicare fraud recoveries totaled $4.2 billion
    Federal officials announced that the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program recovered $7.90 for every dollar spent on investigations over the last three years. This was the highest ever three-year average return on investment. The program recovered $4.2 billion in fiscal 2012 from drug companies, hospitals, vendors and health care providers. HealthLeaders Media (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal officials make the case for EHR usability
    EHRs need to be usable, benefit doctors and work with a health care facility's systems so as not to waste the investment made on these technologies, officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and National Institute of Standards and Technology said at a recent conference. Meaningful use certification and keeping the provider end-user in mind when designing EHRs are some ways to achieve EHR usability, experts said. Healthcare IT News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder
    Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot four time inside his home in South Africa. According to a police spokesman, there are no other suspects involved. Pistorius was the first double-amputee runner to participate in the Olympics. The Washington Post (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. Paralympic Nordic World Championship team is all veterans
    For the first time, every member of the U.S. team competing in the Paralympic Nordic World Championships, being held later this month, is a U.S. veteran. Biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting) champion Andy Soule, a bilateral above-knee amputee, is training for the Nordic games in Sweden and next year’s Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Veterans Administration is increasingly stressing sports as therapy for returning vets who are amputees, and Soule, who was wounded in Afghanistan, learned how to use a "sit ski" -- a molded seat on a frame over two skis -- although he had never skiied before. National Public Radio (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Happy Valentine's Day wishes from the AOPA staff! See reminders on easy things you can do to increase your referrals. Going to the Academy meeting next week? Warm up you spinning arm for the Wheel of Prizes – the daily grand prize really cannot be beat. Are you ready to step into the O&P spotlight? Submit your abstract in the Call for Papers – all of this and so much more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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