Robotic parathletic competition scheduled for 2016 in Switzerland | Ohio O&P firm works with university on improved prostheses | 4 nanotherapies to watch in wound regeneration
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March 27, 2014
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Robotic parathletic competition scheduled for 2016 in Switzerland
Cybathlon 2016, to be held in Zurich on Oct. 8, 2016, will be the first international competition for robot-assisted parathletes. Competitors must have some part of their body moved by external power, such as a prosthesis or exoskeleton. Cybathlon will feature races in six categories, including brain-computer interface, leg prosthetics, arm prosthetics and powered exoskeleton. Device manufacturers, along with the athletes, will be recognized for their contributions. Slate (3/27)
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Science and Technology
Ohio O&P firm works with university on improved prostheses
With a $3.7 million VA grant, Ohio-based WillowWood is collaborating with Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in a 26-month project to develop an improved above-knee prosthesis, using sensors to monitor its interaction with bone and flesh. Their joint study looks at what makes a prosthesis more responsive, reliable and a better fit for the patient, according to Jim Colvin, WillowWood’s director of research and development. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/27)
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Medical News
4 nanotherapies to watch in wound regeneration
Antimicrobial nano-based dressings, immunomodulating antimicrobial nanoparticles, gene modifying and gene silencing technologies, and growth factor–releasing nanoparticles are some of the nanotherapies to track in the field of wound care, according to Dr. Adam Friedman of Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. "These promising and innovative tools should help us overcome limitations of traditional wound care, improve direct intervention on phases of wound healing, and provide better solutions for wound dressing that induce favorable wound healing environments," he said. SkinAndAllergyNews.com (3/21)
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Study: Generation X is heavier, more prone to diabetes
Australian researchers found that the prevalence of obesity among those born from 1966 to 1980 was 50% higher compared with baby boomers at the same age. Data also showed that Generation X patients were twice as likely as baby boomers to develop diabetes and may be at an increased risk of hypertension and other lifestyle-related diseases. The findings appear in PLOS One. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/26)
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Study: Sleep problems may increase metabolic disease risk
A review of studies published from 1998 to 2013 showed that insufficient or disturbed sleep could increase a person's risk of developing metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes. Poor sleep may affect energy expenditure, glucose metabolism, appetite and food intake, researchers said. The findings were published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The Huffington Post (3/25), MedPage Today (free registration) (3/25)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Health insurance deadline extended for those already in process
People who have applied for health insurance by March 31 but haven't finished the process won't face a penalty, HHS says. The announcement comes as enrollment activity on the online exchanges is surging before the deadline to enroll. Bloomberg (3/26), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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Medicaid opt-outs leave many people out of ACA
Millions of low-income people in states that declined to expand Medicaid eligibility lack adequate insurance, according to a Commonwealth Fund study. Twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia have committed to expanding eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, 19 have declined, four have developed alternative approaches, and five continue to study the issue. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (3/25)
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Longtime prosthetist teaches at Baylor's new O&P master's program
Below-knee amputee Earl Fogler is now a lab manager and instructor in the new O&P master's degree program at Baylor College of Medicine, after working 38 years at Muilenburg Prosthetics in Houston. The Baylor program will help elevate the O&P field within the health care industry, Fogler says. "Through the school, we promote ourselves as part of the medical team, right there with the doctor and the physical therapist," Fogler said. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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Amputee trains to become kung fu instructor
Texas resident Steve Crider, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, is training to become an instructor in the Wing Chun style of kung fu so that he can help others with disabilities learn to defend themselves. Last year, Crider founded the Cane and Able Waco Area Amputee Support Group for local amputees. Wing Chun, which emphasizes speed, can be especially useful for smaller people, women and people with disabilities. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (3/27)
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AOPA News
Breaking news from AOPA
AOPA's Annual Policy Forum is next week, April 2-3 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel, with extended educational programs being offered April 3-4. Register today and take a stand for O&P! Medicare will only accept the new revised CMS-1500 claim form after April 1 -- get the update on claims here! Join AOPA, ABC and NCOPE for a Charity Walk on April 21. Can't join? Become a sponsor and support Limb Loss Awareness Month! Congratulations to Scheck & Siress appointing new Sales Director Jamie Seabold – All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
April 2 - 4:  2014 AOPA Policy Forum, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C. Learn more or register online.
April 7 - 8:  Mastering Medicare: Essential Coding and Billing Seminar, Las Vegas Learn more or register online.
April 9:  How to Use Advanced Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) Effectively (Telephone audio conference) Learn more or register online.

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