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Senator seeks funding for Conn. prosthetics center
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is supporting the establishment of a prosthetics laboratory at the University of Hartford, which he said could be one of many across the nation to provide O&P training. Such programs could receive $10 million in funding as part of a veterans benefits bill before the Senate. The Department of Veterans Affairs covers the cost of artificial limbs, observed Blumenthal. "But the training and the innovation has to be supported as well and that's the purpose of this bill," he said, speaking to O&P students at the university. (Conn.) (2/17)
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One man experiences years of advances in prosthetics
When Joel Gerber lost a hand in an industrial accident in 1952, its replacement was a carved piece of wood. Today, at 78, he uses a myoelectric prosthesis with moveable fingers and thumb -- although he is still adept at performing many tasks one-handed. Gerber's story illustrates the remarkable advances in prosthetic technology in recent decades, advances that include the programmable C-Leg, with its microprocessor knee, and the i-Limb. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (2/16)
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Debate persists on nerve decompression use for diabetic neuropathy
Operative nerve decompression helped reduce the odds of ulcer recurrence in patients with diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy compared with nondecompression, according to a review in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. However, debate on the procedure's efficacy persists, with critics stating that the results were based on imprecise evaluations. Medscape (free registration) (2/17)
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Head, neck injuries tied to elevated stroke risk among young people
For every 100,000 children who had a history of head or neck injury, 11 suffered a stroke later in life, according to an analysis that was to be presented at the American Stroke Association meeting. The incidence of stroke among young adults was 48 for every 100,000 patients who had incurred such injuries, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/13)
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Data breach notification guidance is published
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has published health data breach notification guidance that outlines the steps organizations should take to assess when a breach involving protected health information must be reported to HHS and affected patients. Also included in the guidance are details about the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule as well as the different breach notification exemptions. Health Data Management (2/14)
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Wounded soldier hopes to return to active duty with IDEO
Army Master Sgt. Michael Trost was shot five times in Afghanistan in 2012 and has little use of his right leg. But now he is going through a rigorous physical fitness program, preparing to be fitted with the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, which improves heel strike, places the toes at the proper angle and supports the leg. Although Trost is classified as physically unfit for duty, he hopes the IDEO will help him return to active duty. Stars and Stripes/The Associated Press (2/16)
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High-school athlete to compete on new running blades
Bilateral leg amputee Troy Cronin, 17, a Northampton, Mass., high-school student, is receiving a special pair of high-tech running prostheses from Amputee Blade Runners. One prosthetic leg features a remote-control-operated vacuum seal to ensure fit; Cronin's other leg requires only a gel sleeve. "It will be a lot more comfortable than the legs I have now," Cronin said. "I won't be running on my heels, and the running legs will use my energy more and create bounce." (2/17)
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Keep vehicle use data in case of an IRS audit
Claiming a deduction for the business use of a vehicle might trigger an audit, so it's important to document relevant data in detail, writes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. This includes recording miles traveled and keeping track of how frequently you use your vehicle for business purposes. "If you use your personal vehicle more than 50% for business, you may elect to deduct your actual expenses," she notes. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/12)
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This Thursday is the 2014 Research Funding Webinar Update. For those interested in learning more about the appropriated monies for outcomes research in O&P, you can't afford to miss this call -- register today! The 2014 AOPA Policy Forum dates have been announced -- AOPA is exclusively featuring extended, high-caliber education models in this new 3-day program! Learn more and make a difference in Washington today! Get the latest spotlight on O&P Master's education as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference yesterday at the school of O&P with the University of Hartford supporting the expansion of advanced education in O&P. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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