Paralympics to begin beneath shadow of Crimea crisis | Musician uses specialized drumming prosthesis | Specialists offer guide to using amniotic membranes for chronic wounds
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March 6, 2014
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Paralympics to begin beneath shadow of Crimea crisis
The Winter Paralympics begin in Sochi, Russia, on Friday, with 575 athletes from 45 countries who will compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. The games will be aired by broadcasters in more than 55 countries and territories, including NBC in the U.S., Channel 4 in Great Britain and European Broadcasting. Some international officials are sitting out of the event to protest Russia's intervention in Crimea, Ukraine. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City)/The Associated Press (3/5), Inside The Games (U.K.) (3/5)
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Science and Technology
Musician uses specialized drumming prosthesis
Below-elbow amputee Jason Barnes, a student at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, has a new prosthetic arm that allows him to play the drums. The prosthesis, developed by Gil Weinberg at the Georgia Institute of Technology, employs electromyography to pick up electrical signals from Barnes' bicep muscles to change how it grips and moves the drumstick. A second autonomous drumstick on the robot arm uses acoustics to pick up the beat and can play a more complicated secondary rhythm and melody. New Scientist (3/6)
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Medical News
Specialists offer guide to using amniotic membranes for chronic wounds
Amniotic membranes show great promise for healing diabetic and other chronic wounds, but some of the products on the market are not FDA approved and none replaces the need for good wound care management, podiatrists Jennifer Swan and Christopher Hyer write. Amniotic membranes encourage healing with little to no scarring and discourage inflammation, studies show. Swan and Hyer describe four cases that demonstrate how different products are applied and how the wounds respond. Podiatry Today magazine (3/2014)
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Type 1 diabetes often occurs after age 40, research shows
Data from Britain's National Diabetes Audit has found that more than 20% of cases of type 1 diabetes identified in 2011 and 2012 occurred in people at least 40 years old. The findings were released at the 2014 Diabetes UK Professional Conference. "This study highlights that Type 1 diabetes is not just a condition that strikes the young," Simon O'Neill of Diabetes UK said. (U.K.) (3/6)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Study finds fewer new Medicaid enrollees than announced
Between 2.4 million and 3.5 million people enrolled in Medicaid since October because either they were newly eligible under the Affordable Care Act or they had been unaware earlier that they qualified for coverage, according to an analysis by Avalere Health. The Obama administration has said nearly 9 million people have been deemed eligible for Medicaid coverage, but that figure includes current enrollees who renewed coverage, the Avalere analysis found. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/3)
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Marine Corps Trials for disabled vets kicks off
The fourth annual Marine Corps Trials for wounded, ill and disabled combat service veterans opened Thursday at Camp Pendleton in California. More than 300 participants, including athletes from around the world, will compete in archery, shooting, swimming, track and field, cycling, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Winners could go on to compete in the Warrior Games later this year with athletes from the other armed services. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/5)
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Amputee firefighter competes in CrossFit competition
Ohio firefighter and below-knee amputee Anthony Torres took part in the annual Arnold Sports Festival CrossFit competition in Columbus, Ohio. CrossFit is a combination of weightlifting and metabolic conditioning. Although Torres and his team of amputees, dubbed Some Assembly Required, didn't win, they did beat two other able-bodied groups. (Lewis Center, Ohio) (3/5)
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Business and Finance
Which business records do you need to keep?
File folders
Storing business records longer than is necessary is expensive, and it can lead to legal problems. In this article, Diane Carlisle, executive director of ARMA International, provides some advice on the types of records you need to keep and lists some questions you should ask before disposing of extraneous documents. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/3)
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Breaking news from AOPA
There are opportunities for Clinical O&P Research Support -- get the scoop here and read the RFP Grants Announcement! The March Issue of The O&P Almanac is online -- don't miss the important reimbursement article on page 16 and get your two business credits today! The ABC's of Audits AOPAversity Audio Conference is coming up -- register today and learn how audits work and how to handle them! The AOPA Policy Forum is just around the bend and sponsorship opportunities are available -- be sure to check it out and make a difference in our nation's capital! Double Amputee Amy Purdy joins the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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