Tracking memory formation could aid prosthesis control | Young British sailor receives advanced bionic leg | New skin patch targets diabetic foot ulcers
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June 19, 2014
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Tracking memory formation could aid prosthesis control
University of Oregon scientists are using electroencephalography to monitor alpha-frequency brainwaves and visually identify how test subjects form and store memory in real time. "The more distinct brain states that the individual can reliably generate, the richer the possibility is for a useful interface with a device like a computer or prosthetic device," said principal investigator Ed Awh. (6/18)
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Young British sailor receives advanced bionic leg
After undergoing an above-knee amputation eight years ago, award-winning sailor Laurence Greenough, 18, was having trouble finding a prosthetic leg that would give him sufficient mobility and would not be damaged by water. He now wears an advanced Genium X3 prosthetic leg from Ottobock that is not only waterproof, but employs a Bluetooth remote control to switch modes for sailing, walking, running and cycling. "We've also programmed a special sailing mode in the knee to allow him to move around the boat with ease," said Richard Nieveen of ProActive Prosthetics. BBC (6/18), The Plymouth Herald (U.K.) (6/18)
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Medical News
New skin patch targets diabetic foot ulcers
Tissue Regenix, based in San Antonio, has commercially launched a new skin patch to aid in the healing of chronic wounds, with an initial marketing focus on diabetic foot ulcers. The patch, which can be stored at room temperature, is made of human donor skin stripped of its DNA and cells so that it can function as a natural scaffold to promote healing. San Antonio Express-News (6/16)
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Study: Cornea exam can identify neuropathy in type 1 diabetes
A Canadian study found that in vivo corneal confocal microscopy could detect diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy early in patients with type 1 diabetes, according to findings presented at the American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions. The Toronto Longitudinal Neuropathy Cohort study, funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, conducted corneal examinations of 102 patients for about 3.5 years and found markers that could identify likely onset of diabetic neuropathy. Healio (free registration) (6/17)
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Diet improvements curb type 2 diabetes risk in study
A study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting says participants who reduced their diet-quality scores by more than 10% over four years had a 27% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with an 18% lower risk in those who increased their diet-quality scores by 10% or more over four years. (6/15)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Report: 20 million patients covered under accountable care
A Leavitt Partners report showed the number of patients covered under accountable care organizations exceeded 20 million as of May. The report also revealed that 329 of 626 ACOs in the U.S. have government contracts, while 210 have commercial deals and 74 are involved with both types of contracts. (6/17)
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Hospital considers purchase of exoskeleton to aid paralyzed patients
The Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., asked an able-bodied physical therapist to demonstrate the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton during an evaluation to decide whether to purchase the device. "It definitely feels like a part of me now," said physical therapist Allen Prahl during the demonstration. The FDA approved the exoskeleton's use as a rehabilitation tool, and three California rehab centers are already using it. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (6/19)
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AOPA participates in the CMS Open Door Forum call regarding the prior authorization proposed rule -- get the scoop from AOPA! It's not too late to contribute to and participate in a Live Interactive Video Conversation TODAY with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth -- voice your concerns! Read the June 2014 O&P Almanac for your business CEs and up-to-date information on maximizing profitability -- your connection to everything O&P! ABC's new Patient Care Accreditation Guide and Ottobock's new "Fitness for Amputees" app are now both available -- learn more! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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