Woman regains hand function with bionic fingers | MIT lab explores engineering challenges for the developing world | Toddler with rare leg defects receives prosthesis
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September 12, 2013
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Woman regains hand function with bionic fingers
Sixteen years after she lost fingers on both hands in an industrial accident, Judy Griffin is using sophisticated prosthetic fingers from Advanced Arm Dynamics. Griffin, a patient of ORA Orthopedics in Moline, Ill., is the first person in the Quad Cities area and one of only about 100 in the country to have the prosthesis, according to Julian Wells of Advanced Arm Dynamics. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (9/10)
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MIT lab explores engineering challenges for the developing world
Amos Winter tackles engineering challenges at MIT's Global Engineering and Research Lab to meet the needs of people in the developing world, including designing low-cost prostheses. "All the projects that I'm doing, there exists usually a Western world solution. We're trying to meet and exceed the performance of that solution, but at a tenth or a hundredth of the price," he said. FastCoExist (9/10)
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Toddler with rare leg defects receives prosthesis
Fourteen-month-old Oscar Passoni-Torres of Oklahoma received a prosthetic leg to help him cope with two rare birth deformities that left him with a short femur bone and a missing fibula. As he grows, Oscar can continue to use a prosthesis or have surgery to lengthen his leg. "Regardless what direction they go in, this little kid is going to do incredibly well," said Dr. Kevin Carroll of Hanger, who works with children around the world with similar conditions. KOTV-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (9/10)
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Medical News
Analysis looks at cinnamon's diabetes treatment potential
Type 2 diabetes patients who took cinnamon supplements gained improvements in cholesterol levels and had slightly lower blood glucose levels than those who took sitagliptin, an analysis in the Annals of Family Medicine indicated. However, cinnamon extracts did not fare better than metformin in reducing glucose levels and did not show significant effects on A1C levels, researchers said. The long-term effects of cinnamon supplements are not known, and lead study author Olivia Phung, a pharmacist, said she does not recommend replacing diabetes medication with cinnamon. Medscape (free registration) (9/9)
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Legislative and Regulatory
HIPAA Final Rule highlights need for compliance focus
As the Sept. 23 deadline approaches for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's Omnibus Final Rule, O&P providers need to ensure that their compliance programs for patient privacy and security of medical information are current. Successful implementation rests upon four key actions, according to health care legal experts Kimberly Kannensohn and Amanda Enyeart, including naming a privacy and security officer, establishing security rules to guard electronic health information, developing a privacy and breach notification policy and training staff in HIPAA requirements. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (9/2013)
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British Paralympian is aiming for 40 marathons in 40 days
British Paralympic gold medalist and double leg amputee Richard Whitehead is in the middle of running 40 marathons in 40 days to raise money for two charities. His route is taking him the length of Britain and will cover 977 miles. Stratford-upon-Avon Herald (U.K.) (9/12)
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Company builds prosthetic hands as team-building exercise
Montreal-based Pharmascience used a team-building exercise as an opportunity to make prosthetic hands that will be delivered to amputees in as many as 60 developing countries. The program was conducted by the HR consulting firm Bromelin People Practices, which has run similar prosthetic-hand exercises with U.S. companies. CBC.ca (Canada) (9/10)
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Business and Finance
Keep up with quarterly tax payments to avoid an unpleasant shock
It is vitally important for small businesses to make realistic quarterly tax deposits with the IRS to avoid having to pay a big bill all at once, writes accountant Mark J. Kohler. The best policy to avoid such a shock is to keep up with payments as they're due and to consult with your accountant to make sure you stay on the right track. Entrepreneur online (9/9)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Pre-Registration is closed for the World Congress, but fear not, we look forward to serving you in Orlando for on-site registration! When you get there, we invite you to come out to an Exhibitor Sponsored Happy Hour in Florida -- don't miss it! Hit the World Congress ground running next Thursday morning with jam packed education. An impressive amount of regulatory education will be featured Friday, Sept. 20, including a Mock Audit session where you can bring a patient file. Be sure to browse the Wine Auction Sneak Peek Catalog and take note of the last remaining Coding and Billing Seminar in 2013 -- all of this in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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