Prosthetic foot would sense, adjust to changing gaits | Covidien releases data supporting new technique for PAD treatment | Gastric banding shown to help control type 2 diabetes
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October 17, 2013
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Prosthetic foot would sense, adjust to changing gaits
A smart prosthetic foot with embedded sensors is under development with the promise of a more natural gait for amputees. The device, a product of work by a Mayo Clinic scientist and researchers at Michigan Technological University, makes more refined adjustments than current prostheses, accounting for the inevitable and sometimes subtle changes in direction that are part of everyday walking, according to these articles. Yahoo/Asian News International (10/16), The Times of India (10/16)
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Covidien releases data supporting new technique for PAD treatment
Covidien announced findings from two studies demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of using its EverFlex Self-Expanding Peripheral Stent, along with directional atherectomy with drug-coated balloons, for treating individuals with peripheral artery disease. The DURABILITY II three-year trial results showed low revascularization and fracture rates, the company said. MassDevice.com (Boston) (10/15)
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Gastric banding shown to help control type 2 diabetes
An Australian study has demonstrated that gastric banding can rapidly reduce and often reverse type 2 diabetes symptoms in obese patients. Previous studies have confirmed that another type of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, is also effective in controlling the disease. The study was published in the online journal Diabetologia. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (10/16)
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N.J. patient becomes first in U.S. to receive "artificial pancreas"
Vincent Myers of Cherry Hill, N.J., who has type 1 diabetes, has become the first American to receive a new insulin pump that automatically shuts off delivery if glucose levels drop below a certain point. The MiniMed 530G, which functions as an artificial pancreas, was approved by the FDA in September. New Jersey Online (10/16)
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State health exchanges attract interest but face tall task, data show
A Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the 14 states running their own online health insurance marketplaces shows that 38,000 people have enrolled in plans and that more than 100,000 have completed applications. Washington state reported the most enrollees, with about 25,000, while New York has the most completed applications, with 40,000. The data indicate interest in the exchanges but show a long road ahead for reaching much of the uninsured population. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/14)
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Partnership addresses emotional impact of limb loss
The Amputee Coalition has joined Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in a program to provide emotional support resources to amputees and help train prosthetists in dealing with the psychological aspect of limb loss. The effort is funded in part by Ossur Americas and Hanger Clinics. The link between the "psychological/emotional component" and the patient's ability to rehabilitate is important for prosthetists to understand, said participant Scott Cummings of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics in New Hampshire. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (10/2013)
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Amputee veteran begins cross-country bike ride
Bilateral above-knee amputee Rob Jones, a bronze-medal Paralympian in rowing and former Marine, has begun a 5,400-mile bicycle ride across the country that will take him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Imperial Beach, Calif. Along the way, he plans to speak to school groups and raise money for three different charities. "I want it to inspire everybody," he said. The Washington Times (10/17)
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Interventional radiologist founds Save a Leg, Save a Life chapter in Ill.
Interventional radiologist Dr. Michael Neuwirth, head of the Carle Vein Center, is starting a chapter of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., region. The nonprofit foundation works to curb lower extremity amputations and improve the quality of life for people with wounds related to diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Neuwirth is recruiting podiatrists, endocrinologists, wound care specialists, geriatricians, cardiologists, advance practice nurses and other health care professionals to join the chapter. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (10/14)
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The government is open for business again! Despite frustrations and losses, there are still steps to take in handling Medicare audits – read all about it! Take a moment to appraise the 2013 award winners from AOPA’s World Congress in Orlando, Fla. Strike while the iron is hot and take action on the Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Improvement Act of 2013 - send a letter to your representatives today! All of this in today’s AOPA Breaking News.
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