January 25, 2022
AOPA In Advance SmartBrief
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Science and Technology
Users of above-the-knee prostheses may have to exert less energy during walking when using a lightweight exoskeleton prototype designed by researchers at the University of Utah. The artificial intelligence-based exoskeleton adapts to the user's cadence and gait speed and assists with flexion and extension in the residual limb, says lead researcher Tommaso Lenzi.
Full Story: O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (January 2022) 
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Natural rubber nanocomposites reinforced with carbon nanotubes show potential for prosthetic devices in terms of wear resistance and energy dissipation. The idea could be used to help the growing number of people worldwide needing prostheses, improve quality of motion and life for users, and give low-income countries a path to addressing causes of amputation such as diabetes.
Full Story: AZoNano (1/24) 
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Medical News
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that patients diagnosed with breast cancer had a greater risk for diabetes, especially those treated with chemotherapy, endocrine therapy or left-sided radiation, compared with those who weren't diagnosed with breast cancer. The risk for hypertension was also higher among breast cancer patients, especially those receiving endocrine therapy or left-sided radiation as well.
Full Story: HealthDay News (1/20) 
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Children who previously had COVID-19 were up to 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, according to an analysis of more than 2 million US children published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. "Nearly half had diabetic ketoacidosis at time of diabetes diagnosis, a serious diabetes complication, at a much higher rate than previously reported," said researcher Sharon Saydah.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (1/21) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
Several state officials said that when the Department of Health and Human Services decides to end the COVID-19 public health emergency, they would appreciate receiving notice further in advance than the 60 days promised by the CMS so they would have more time to work on redetermining the eligibility of Medicaid recipients. The CMS last year extended states' deadline for completing eligibility redeterminations from six months to a full year after the end of the health emergency.
Full Story: FierceHealthcare (1/21) 
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Trend Watch
Skiing was Kevin Beck's passion, but when he experienced a leg injury in the Navy that led to a below-the-knee amputation, he thought his days of skiing were over. But a program called Sports, Arts & Recreation of Chattanooga, which provides lessons for adaptive skiing, gave Beck the opportunity to take up the sport again, and volunteer for the organization.
Full Story: WCNC-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (1/19) 
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Business and Finance
Kindness pays in business by generating repeat clients, referrals and a good reputation, entrepreneur Ken Sterling writes. Sterling's company puts kindness into action by taking care of employees, viewing competitors as allies and handling problems with honesty and accountability.
Full Story: Inc. (tiered subscription model) (1/20) 
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