Navy to conduct quality-of-life study for wounded warriors | BMW assembly workers use 3D-printed orthotic devices | Kangaroo's tail provides insight into humans' gait
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July 3, 2014
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Navy to conduct quality-of-life study for wounded warriors
Retired Marine Brian Meyer has a prosthetic arm with a flashlight, a prosthetic leg and special adaptations for his motorcycle, and laser treatments have helped reduce scarring to improve his range of motion. He is an example of the kind of severely injured veterans whom the Naval Health Research Center will study as part of the six-year Wounded Warrior Recovery Project. The Navy hopes to sign up as many as 10,000 subjects for a broad review of mental and physical recovery as well as quality of life among injured veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. FederalNewsRadio.com/The Associated Press (7/3)
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Science and Technology
BMW assembly workers use 3D-printed orthotic devices
In Munich, BMW is using 3D printers to craft individualized orthoses to provide support for the thumbs of assembly-line workers who press rubber stoppers into automobile parts. The devices, which are made of hard plastic and soft silicone, allow normal motion but prevent the thumb from bending backward and causing repetitive stress injuries. 3DPrint.com (7/2)
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Kangaroo's tail provides insight into humans' gait
Kangaroos uses their tails as a powerful "fifth leg" when walking, a discovery that may offer insights into improving the walking ability of those recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries or other disabilities, according to research conducted by Simon Fraser University in Canada and published in Biology Letters. "Based on our original human research, fellow scientists and engineers have built prosthetics and exoskeletons that help improve ability and make walking easier," lead author Max Donelan said. Science Codex (7/2)
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Medical News
Quadruple amputee adapts to hand transplant
Australian plumber Peter Walsh lost his hands and legs to pneumococcal sepsis in 2006 and received a hand transplant in 2011 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. Today, Walsh can perform a variety of basic tasks, among them attaching his prosthetic legs. "I almost forget I had no hands now," he said. NineMSN (Australia) (7/3)
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Study: Insulin pumps control blood sugar better than injections
Insulin pumps provide better control of blood sugar for adults with type 2 diabetes than daily self-administered injections, according to an international study of 331 patients published in The Lancet. The study found that the group with pumps needed less insulin and had shorter periods of high blood sugar than the injection group. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (7/2)
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Legislative and Regulatory
CMS accountable care and bundled payment programs continue to grow
More health systems and practices will be participating in the Medicare bundled payment program next year, the CMS announced, though the agency did not say how many new organizations will participate. The number of Medicare accountable care organizations has more than tripled since 2012, and the CMS expects continued growth. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (6/30)
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"Dolphin Tale" prosthetist meets with patients across the country
Prosthetist Kevin Carroll, known for his work on a prosthetic tail for a dolphin that was the basis for the movie "Dolphin Tale," travels extensively to speak and consult with patients. At the SCOPe/Hanger Clinic in Escondido, Calif., he worked with amputee Nate Hom, who wants to compete in a mud run/obstacle course in the fall, and Steve Telford, who wants a prosthetic leg for ocean swimming. In addition, Carroll, vice president of prosthetics for Hanger Clinic, is working on developing systems that sense temperature and provide neuropathic foot protection for people with diabetes. San Diego Union-Tribune (7/2)
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AOPA News
Breaking news from AOPA
CMS releases proposed rule updating the definition of Minimal Self Adjustment Related to OTS Orthoses -- get the scoop from AOPA! AOPA's consultant, Catriona Macdonald, has provided an update on the $10 Million O&P Outcomes Research Funding -- if you're interested in applying for this funding, don't miss this update! AOPA is hosting two free Prior Authorization Webinars this month -- get the latest information on the pros and cons under the pending CMS Proposed Rule. See what AOPA has to say about all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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