Microprocessing puts the brains in prosthetics | 1st 3D-printed exoskeleton enables paraplegic skier to walk | Nutritious diet can reduce risk of diabetes, study says
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September 2, 2014
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Microprocessing puts the brains in prosthetics
The robotics necessary for many prosthetic devices are growing sophisticated enough that they can tap into our thoughts. These and other developments in microprocessors are accelerating development in the field, which includes devices such as exoskeletons that will soon be helping workers on factory floors, according to this article. Fortune (8/27)
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1st 3D-printed exoskeleton enables paraplegic skier to walk
Ekso Bionics and 3D Systems worked together to develop a robotic exoskeleton for Amanda Boxtel, a professional skier who became paralyzed from the waist down. 3D Systems used 3D scanners to capture Boxtel's measurements and printed the frame of the suit in composite materials. Ekso Bionics created the robotic actuators and controls. ChinaTopix (9/1)
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Medical News
Nutritious diet can reduce risk of diabetes, study says
Data published in The Lancet found consuming certain cereals, green leafy vegetables and berries as well as dairy products and coffee may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers also found certain eating patterns such as Mediterranean and high-protein diets may help control diabetes, while red and processed meats and sugar-laden beverages may elevate the risk of the disease. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (9/1)
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"Putting Feet First" campaign seeks to reduce diabetic amputations
A new report has revealed an increase in the number of specialist foot-care teams in U.K. hospitals, an improvement partly attributed to a campaign by Diabetes UK called "Putting Feet First." In 2011, about 60% of hospitals had foot-care teams, and today the figure is closer to 72%, according to the report. "We are delighted that so many hospitals have now put one of these teams in place, because it should mean that people with diabetes are less likely to need an amputation than previously," Diabetes UK Chief Executive Barbara Young said. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (9/1)
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Obese men show higher diabetes risk regardless of metabolic health
A study in Diabetes Care revealed a persistent increase in diabetes risk among overweight and obese men despite being metabolically healthy. Researchers noted significantly higher disease odds in patients of any weight for each addition of baseline metabolic abnormalities. MedWire News (U.K.) (8/29)
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Legislative and Regulatory
CBO lowers 10-year projection of spending for Medicare, Medicaid
From 2015 to 2024, spending for Medicare and Medicaid is expected to drop by $49 billion and $40 billion, respectively, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. Despite the lower long-term projections, the agency expects expenses for major health care programs to increase by $67 billion this year. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (8/27)
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Patients cite problems with accessing patient portals
A survey conducted by Software Advice found that patients still have problems using online portals despite having access to the platforms. Unresponsive staff and confusing interfaces were among the top frustrations cited by 1,540 respondents. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/28)
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Marine amputee becomes Fla. sheriff's deputy
Marine Robert Smith, who suffered an above-knee amputation following a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, passed all the rugged physical tests, including a 400-yard run and dragging a 150-pound mannequin, to become a deputy sheriff in Brevard County, Fla. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (9/1)
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Wash. prosthetist customizes artificial limbs
Whether using an image of an elk or a sports team, patriotic theme or camouflage colors, Mark Sauser, Vancouver, Wash., managing practitioner for Evergreen Prosthetics & Orthotics, is happy to customize prosthetic limbs for his patients. "[W]e get a lot of Oregon Ducks and Seahawks and Trail Blazers," Sauser said. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (9/1)
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Business and Finance
ReWalk Robotics announces IPO terms
Israel-based ReWalk Robotics, developer of an advanced exoskeleton system recently approved by the FDA, says it plans to raise $50 million through an initial public offering of 3.4 million shares priced at $14 to $16. ReWalk generated revenue of $1.6 million in 2013, but recorded a loss of $12.2 million. No Camels (Israel) (8/31)
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