High school students create prosthetic hand for girl | Researchers create 3D-printed partial finger prosthesis | Study: In-shoe prosthesis can reduce falls in neuropathy patients
May 16, 2019
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High school students create prosthetic hand for girl
Engineering students at Lakota East High School in Cincinnati, in conjunction with Butler Tech, created a prosthetic hand for a local 5-year-old girl who has symbrachydactyly. The students worked with Kinetic Vision to do 3D geometric scans of both her hands to create the prosthesis.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (5/16) 
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Science and Technology
Researchers create 3D-printed partial finger prosthesis
Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha used 3D printing to build a partial finger prosthesis for a 72-year-old man. They used the titanium MCP-Driver finger prosthesis the patient was using as a comparison, then secured the device with a soft neoprene cast fitted to the palm of his hand.
3DPrint (5/12) 
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Study: In-shoe prosthesis can reduce falls in neuropathy patients
A study at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center Adaptive Design and Engineering Program looked at the fall rate of male peripheral neuropathy patients when wearing a sensation-boosting prosthesis, called Walkasins, inside their shoes. "This clinical research study demonstrates significant immediate improvements in balance and gait speed with short-term use of Walkasins, and more than half of the patients were moved from high fall-risk to normal fall-risk classification in the clinic," said Walkasins developer Lars Oddsson.
Medical Design & Outsourcing (5/9) 
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Medical News
Daily low-dose aspirin linked to greater risk for brain bleeds
A daily low dose of aspirin may raise the risk of intracranial hemorrhage, potentially outweighing any benefit to people without a history of stroke and heart disease, according a report in the journal JAMA Neurology. The findings support recent changes to guidelines calling for aspirin to be used on a preventive basis only by patients at high risk of a stroke or heart attack.
HealthDay News (5/14),  United Press International (5/13) 
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Glycemic control tied to bone accrual in diabetes, study finds
Researchers recruited 36 children with type 1 diabetes, ages 7 to 17, and found that those with poor glycemic control had lower accrual of total body less head bone mineral content after 12 months of being diagnosed than those with good glycemic control. The findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism revealed that increases in periosteal circumference and tibia cortical area z scores were associated with total body less head BMC velocity, which was only seen among those with good glycemic control.
Endocrinology Advisor (5/15) 
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Research examines effect of lifestyle intervention on diabetes
Forty-nine percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes who participated in a multicomponent nutrition and lifestyle intervention program reduced or stopped taking medication completely at six months and reduced their average A1C levels from baseline, according to a study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Dutch researchers analyzed 74 diabetes patients with a mean body mass index of 31 and found that the intervention also resulted in weight loss and lower fasting blood glucose levels.
Diabetes (UK) (5/15) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
Bill would shield patients from surprise bills for out-of-network care
Bill would shield patients from surprise bills for out-of-network care
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Draft legislation that would protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills for both emergency and non-emergency care was unveiled by Reps. Frank Pallone, D-NJ., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., the top Democrat and Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The proposal would require hospitals to get written consent from patients before they are treated by an out-of-network health care provider as part of a scheduled procedure, allow health insurers to pay out-of-network clinicians similar rates as in-network clinicians and prohibit balance billing.
Vox (5/14),  Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Trend Watch
O&P providers going green
Orthotics and prosthetics providers are practicing sustainability by using green building materials for new construction and technology like 3D printers for certain reusable parts. A New York practice has also installed solar panels to save on energy costs.
O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (5/2019) 
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Veteran with prosthetic leg pushes athletic boundaries
Lauren Montoya had her leg amputated and a prosthesis fitted after her military vehicle rolled over an IED, severely injuring her leg. Since then she has won seven medals in track and swimming in the 2018 Warrior Games, and she is now training for the 2019 Warrior Games, which will be held June 21 in Tampa, Fla.
WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (5/13) 
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Business and Finance
The advantages of building strong business credit
Your business' credit score can be a powerful tool for gaining a competitive edge, writes Michelle Black. Among other things, establishing strong business credit can help you secure financing, qualify for lower insurance premiums and separate business and personal spending.
Nav Small Business Blog (5/14) 
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