Device focuses on restoring function to hands of paralyzed children | Artificial legs feature powered ankle and knee joints | Wearable device manages pain of diabetic peripheral neuropathy
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November 12, 2013
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Device focuses on restoring function to hands of paralyzed children
Children who have suffered paralysis from a variety of causes can now get some gentle help and feedback to redevelop functional hand use with a new device. The Isolated Orthosis for Thumb Actuation, or IOTA, is designed specifically to address the complex but vital motions of the hand. "Even when devices are made for the pediatric population, they are often made for older teenagers and are created by simply making an adult device smaller. What's exciting is that we had the opportunity to make a device specifically for children that is consistent with their developmental needs," said Annette Correia, an occupational therapist at Children's Hospital in Boston. MassDevice.com (Boston)/Vector blog (11/11)
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SureStep is now an Official Distributor of KiddieGAIT & KiddieROCKER
The SureStep SMO and Allard Kiddie product line have always made a great orthotic combination, so it only makes sense to offer them together. Because of our partnership, SureStep customers can easily order both product lines at one convenient time. Give us a call to discuss our competitive pricing.
 
Science and Technology
Artificial legs feature powered ankle and knee joints
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a robotic prosthesis that has fully powered ankle and knee joints, using brushless electric motors, sensors, processors and lithium-ion batteries. These lightweight electronics make it possible for prostheses to function more like human legs, they say. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/10)
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Wearable device manages pain of diabetic peripheral neuropathy
A Massachusetts-based company has created a device to stimulate nerves and help control the often burning and stabbing pain caused by diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The Sensus, controlled by a single button, can be worn on the calf and deliver stimulation as long as eight to 16 hours a day, although some patients may need only one daily treatment, NeuroMetrix CEO Shai Gozani said. "We wanted to make this as easy to use as taking a pill," he said. MedCityNews.com (11/11)
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Experts create 3D gaming system for stroke survivors
Researchers at The Ohio State University have created a 3D gaming system, designed to incorporate constraint-induced movement therapy, to boost motor function and usage of impaired upper extremities in stroke survivors. Researchers said patients who used the system showed comparable gains in motor speed as those who underwent conventional CI therapy. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/11)
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Medical News
U.N. begins massive Mideast polio vaccination effort
In response to outbreaks in Syria, the United Nations has launched its largest-ever Mideast vaccination campaign against polio and other communicable diseases, targeting more than 20 million children in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Syria and Turkey. UNICEF hopes to have as many as 1.7 billion doses of oral polio vaccine by the end of the year, said Ala Alwan, World Health Organization regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean. Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (11/9)
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FDA clears fish-skin treatment for wound healing
The FDA has approved a new treatment for chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, that uses skin from Atlantic cod containing omega3 lipids. When the sheet is put into or on human skin, the patient's own cells populate it and help convert it into living tissue, according to Kerecis, an Icelandic startup that developed the treatment. MedCityNews.com (11/9)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Medicaid enrollment hampered by broken HealthCare.gov
Government officials said tens of thousands of eligible low-income people were unable to sign up for Medicaid because of problems with HealthCare.gov. The problems have prevented the federal government from transferring its files to state Medicaid programs on time, causing delays in 36 states using the federal exchange. "We have not seen much progress on the flow of data from the federal marketplace to the state," said Monica H. Coury of Arizona's Medicaid program. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/11)
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Toddler receives advanced prosthetic arms
Jameson Davis was born without fully developed arms and hands, but at 18 months, he has new prosthetic arms that he can control by contracting his triceps muscles to open and close his hands. "We wanted to make it as functional as possible to give him the best ability to use it and to want to use it," said Mac Lang, clinical director at Advanced Arm Dynamics. CafeMom.com (11/11)
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