Study explores dangers of prosthetic system errors | Customized Ossur prosthetic leg is designed for the ocean | Study: Yogurt consumption associated with lower risk of diabetes
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November 25, 2014
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Study explores dangers of prosthetic system errors
Scientists at North Carolina State University are testing the effects of system errors in prosthetic devices to determine which are the most dangerous and how to prevent them. Their research indicated that the most concerning events were those of a longer duration and those that occurred when the subject was putting weight on the prosthesis. (11/24)
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Science and Technology
Customized Ossur prosthetic leg is designed for the ocean
Surfer Mike Coots, who lost his left leg in a shark attack 17 years ago, recently received a custom-designed carbon-fiber prosthesis from Ossur. Coots works with Ossur to develop legs that are "100% designed for the ocean," he said. After an initial adjustment period, "I can sort of feel little nuances with the carbon. Every 'touch' reverberates up into my residual limb and it triggers into my brain," Coots said. The Huffington Post (11/21)
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Medical News
Study: Yogurt consumption associated with lower risk of diabetes
A small daily serving of yogurt could lower the risk of diabetes, according to a Harvard study of more than 194,000 people. The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, found an 18% reduced risk associated with consuming just under 2 tablespoons of yogurt each day. However, determining a cause-and-effect relationship will require controlled trials, according to researchers. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/24)
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Brown fat may help control glucose among patients with diabetes
Brown fat may help control diabetes, according to a study published in The Journal of Cell Biology. Results indicated that exposure to cold leads to the production of large quantities of a protein that transports glucose into cells. The research team will next study the effect of obesity plus diabetes on brown fat's glucose regulation. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (11/25)
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Suction technique offers alternative to skin grafts
A new wound-healing technique uses heat and vacuum pressure to harvest the epidermis cells from a patient's thigh, which are picked up with a sticky dressing and applied to the wound, where they grow to form a layer of skin. The technique is used for hard-to-heal wounds and is being considered as a treatment for venous and diabetic foot ulcers, as well as surgical wounds. The Daily Mail (London) (11/24)
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Legislative and Regulatory
HHS proposes new health plan renewal options
A proposed rule would allow consumers who buy health insurance plans through a publicly run exchange to choose whether those plans should be automatically renewed or whether they should be automatically enrolled in the least expensive plan. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Upshot blog (11/21)
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Trend Watch
Japanese artists design unique prosthetic limbs
Japanese artists Yoshinori Sakamaki and Taketo Kobayashi are using 3D printers to create their line of More Than Human artificial limbs, which seek to express the true identity of those who wear them. Kotaku (11/21)
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Business and Finance
Key info for small-business tax preparation
Small-business owners should be aware of some tax-code updates that could affect their filings. This blog post lists a few key points and gives advice on where to find more information. One bright spot: The standard business mileage rate is now 56 cents per mile. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/20)
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Breaking news from AOPA
The 2015 Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule has been released. Read about the changes. Bilateral amputee U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth gives birth to a baby girl. Sign up for the Dec. 3 webinar on valuable dental, vision and ancillary plans from Cailor Fleming. Many AOPA concerns were included in the Ways and Means Committee draft bill addressing Medicare fraud, RACs and ALJ delays. Read how this affects O&P. Register for AOPA's Mastering Medicare: Essential Coding and Billing seminars in 2015! All this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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