Teen with painful muscle condition opts for amputation | Shark-attack survivor tests new bionic leg | Portable negative pressure device performs well in trials
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October 3, 2013
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Teen with painful muscle condition opts for amputation
Thirteen-year-old Kaleo Niko, who suffered from club feet and arthrogryposis, a congenital muscle disorder, chose to have both legs amputated below the knee to finally end the "stabbing pain" he felt when walking. His surgeon says he will be more mobile than ever before when he gets used to wearing prostheses, which he is scheduled to be fitted for in about a month. ABC News (10/3)
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Shark-attack survivor tests new bionic leg
After losing his right leg below the knee in a shark attack, Craig Hutto became one of the first patients to test an advanced bionic leg developed at Vanderbilt University. The new prosthesis, said to be the first fully robotic leg for above-knee amputees, provides a more natural stride through an arrangement of sensors and motors that mimic natural muscle and joint movement, even on inclines and stairs. WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach. Fla.) /CNN (10/2)
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Medical News
Portable negative pressure device performs well in trials
Spiracur announced that the company's SNaP portable negative pressure wound therapy system worked well on chronic and acute wounds in clinical trials. The mechanically powered system includes a disposable cartridge to hold wound exudate and a hydrocolloid dressing. MedGadget.com (9/30)
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Short, long sleepers show higher rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases
Data on more than 54,000 participants who were at least 45 years old revealed that those who slept for six hours or less and those who slept for 10 hours or more showed higher prevalence of diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease, as well as stroke and anxiety, than those who slept seven to nine hours. Yahoo/Asian News International (10/2)
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Polio outbreak identified in East-Central Africa
Three children from South Sudan who contracted a strain of wild poliovirus in spite of their previous immunization with oral polio vaccine are among the latest victims of a polio outbreak that has claimed more than 170 people in Somalia, 14 in Kenya and three in Ethiopia. The World Health Organization, which is sending expert teams to South Sudan, is urging countries to strengthen surveillance for cases of acute flaccid paralysis often associated with the sudden onset of polio. RedOrbit (10/2)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Health providers criticize proposed patient disclosure rules
Health care providers and other stakeholders told federal regulators during an online hearing Monday that proposed rules giving patients access to reports detailing all disclosures of their medical information are impractical, expensive and of little benefit to the patients. "The administrative burden would far exceed the actual demand and ultimately would divert valuable, scarce resources that could be devoted to improving patient care," said Scott Morgan, executive director and national privacy and security officer at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (10/2)
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After amputation, British teen Air Cadet marches once again
British teenager Harriet Wright opted for amputation after years of unsuccessful surgery and treatment for a club foot, deficient calf muscle, arthritis and foot drop in her left leg. The young Air Cadet, 15, now uses a prosthetic leg. She says, "The operation was the best thing in the world for me. ... I can stand on parade and will be doing full marches with the Air Cadets in the coming months." The Daily Mail (London) (10/2)
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Business and Finance
ReWalk developer Argo Medical Technologies gains big investor
Japanese firm Yaskawa Electric is reported to be making a significant but undisclosed investment in Israel-based Argo Medical Technologies, which developed the ReWalk exoskeleton for paraplegics and patients with lower-limb disabilities. Yaskawa will be the exclusive distributor of ReWalk in Japan and China and will work with customers elsewhere in Asia. Al-Monitor (10/2)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Professor Hans Georg Näder was selected as the International Lifetime Achievement honoree at the AOPA World Congress! Government shutdown and default: What does it mean for orthotics and prosthetics? Read all about it! Strike while the iron is hot and take action on the Medicare O&P Improvements Act -- send a letter to your representatives today! Now that the World Congress has concluded, AOPA's 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors is announced as we also say thank you to our supporters of the Capital Connection, PAC and the Wine Tasting & Auction. AOPA's final Coding & Billing Seminar of 2013 is coming up in Vegas; stay on top of the game and don't miss it! All of this in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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