Lower-leg orthosis designed to allow healing of foot ulcers | $80 prosthetic leg designed for developing countries | Adjustable prosthesis aids land mine victims in Vietnam
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December 24, 2013
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Lower-leg orthosis designed to allow healing of foot ulcers
The Toad Anti-Gravity Foot Brace, a lower-leg orthosis designed to offload pressure from the foot to the calf so that diabetic ulcers may heal, recently began yearlong clinical trials with the Cleveland Clinic. Designed by Nevada-based Toad Medical, the TAG brace is custom fitted to each patient and attached to a carbon fiber rocker strut. The foot rests on a padded plate, which can be moved inward or outward as needed. Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (12/22)
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$80 prosthetic leg designed for developing countries
D-Rev, a nonprofit incubator, has created the ReMotion Knee, an $80 prosthetic leg for above-knee amputees in poor countries. In a recent TED talk, CEO Krista Donaldson discussed how D-REV approached the development of the leg. It had to work for people who often squat, kneel and sit cross-legged, unlike Westerners. Donaldson also noted that such products should not be subsidized or donated, but rather should be market-driven by creating actual value at an affordable price. MedCityNews.com (12/21)
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Adjustable prosthesis aids land mine victims in Vietnam
Dr. Ha Van Vo, professor of biomedical engineering at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., takes his specially designed leg prosthesis and a number of students to Vietnam every year to fit land mine victims. Because the patients cannot afford a new prosthesis every few years, the lightweight, inexpensive device is designed to be adjusted as the residual limb changes over time. "What Dr. Vo has designed is a socket made from a plastic material that has a V-cut in the back, so essentially what that lets the socket do is flex, and the patient themselves can tighten or loosen it," said pre-med student participant Gary Wall. Georgia Public Broadcasting (12/23)
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Moderate lifestyle changes may cut diabetes risk in South Asians
British researchers found that making modest lifestyle changes to lose weight and reduce hip and waist size may help curb the odds of type 2 diabetes in South Asian families at risk of the disease. The findings in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology demonstrate "that a more family-centered strategy, with culturally tailored lifestyle advice, can produce significant benefits to people's health through weight loss," said Edinburgh University professor Raj Bhopal. BBC (12/23)
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Early BMI increase may predict risk of metabolic syndrome at age 12
Children who had an increase in body mass index before age 4 had a greater likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome at 12 than their peers, a Japanese study in the journal Pediatrics showed. An early BMI increase was also linked to higher lipid levels, making children more susceptible to prediabetes. Researchers also found that boys who experienced an increase in BMI at younger ages were more likely to have high blood pressure by age 12. DailyRx.com (12/22)
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Flexibility is added for enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 health coverage
The Obama administration has offered consumers "hardship" exemptions and "good faith" exemptions to the deadline for enrolling in a health insurance plan with coverage beginning Jan. 1. Some health insurers also have announced plans to be flexible with the deadline. Reuters (12/23)
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Double amputee returns from South Pole expedition
Double amputee Duncan Slater and other injured British soldiers returned from the Walking With The Wounded Charity expedition to the South Pole, accompanied by Prince Harry. Slater lost his limbs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2009, yet walked 200 miles on prosthetic legs in extreme weather conditions to reach the pole. "It is just remarkable that someone with no legs had made it here, and to have done it in record-breaking time, no doubt," said Prince Harry. Another team member was Major Kate Philip, who lost a leg in Afghanistan in 2008. The Scotsman (Edinburgh) (12/24)
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Season's greetings and happy holidays from AOPA! We are looking forward to 2014 and all that it will bring. Happy holidays to you and yours! In the news, the Affordable Care Act grace period holds peril for providers--read all about it! AOPA's first 2014 Coding & Billing Seminar goes to New Orleans. Get the latest information on medical policies, documentation, and compliance--register your staff today! It's almost the end of the year--be sure to check out AOPA's new online Business Education Programs for end-of-the-year credit opportunities! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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