Study: Dorsiflexion assist orthosis aids patients with MS | British startup focuses on highly accurate orthoses | New transfemoral socket offers patients control over fit
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October 23, 2014
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Study: Dorsiflexion assist orthosis aids patients with MS
A study published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation showed that a dorsiflexion assist orthosis was beneficial to patients with multiple sclerosis. The device, which was tested in the study on 34 individuals with multiple sclerosis, was found to help lift the foot during the swing phase of walking, increase knee strength and standing balance, and reduce the physiological cost of walking. Walking distance and perceived fatigue were not affected. Multiple Sclerosis News Today (10/21)
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Science and Technology
British startup focuses on highly accurate orthoses
British startup Andiamo seeks to create highly accurate and attractive 3D-printed orthoses that can be delivered within 48 hours with accuracy in fit of 1 mm to 3 mm. The company just achieved its crowdsourced fundraising target of more than $96,000 and hopes to partner with Britain's National Health Service before expanding internationally. (U.K.) (10/21)
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New transfemoral socket offers patients control over fit
The Infinite Socket, developed by LIM Innovations, is a modular transfemoral device that users can adjust with ladder-lock buckles, similar to those used in snowboard boots, making it tighter or looser depending on the volume of the residual limb. The socket also can be produced more quickly than conventional sockets, and a prosthetist can easily fine-tune the fit. (10/22)
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Researchers seek to give prosthesis users sense of proprioception
A study of macaque monkeys at the University of California, San Francisco exploring how the brain integrates motor learning aims to improve prosthetic arms by giving the wearer a sense of proprioception, or where the artificial limbs are in space. The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (10/23)
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Medical News
Growth in infancy may be tied to genetic propensity for obesity
Data on 3,031 children revealed that weight gain and growth during infancy were associated with genetic factors that predict adult obesity. "The findings indicate that the biological mechanisms that predispose people to later obesity are already active from birth," researcher Ken Ong said. The study appears in JAMA Pediatrics. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/20)
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Legislative and Regulatory
CMS, HHS extend Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law waivers for ACOs
Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law waivers for accountable care organizations that are participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program have been extended by the CMS and the HHS' Office of Inspector General through Nov. 2, 2015. The extension is key in helping ACOs avoid legal uncertainties and to prevent possible disruption of their operations and business plans, according to the interim final rule. (10/20)
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Many parts of the ACA are permanent, GOP governors say
Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and three more are working to do so despite their party's opposition to the law. Repealing the law would be difficult even if Republicans gain control of both congressional chambers, some governors say, and lawmakers would likely have to find a way to allow the newly insured to stay covered. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (10/20)
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Business and Finance
Small providers allot less money for patient data protection
A CSID poll found that while 85% of small health care groups believe their IT systems adequately protect against data breaches, one-third of respondents reported allocating 10% or less of their IT budget to protecting patient information. Data also showed 28.6% of small groups had a crisis plan prepared in the event of a breach. (10/22)
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How to maintain a family business's momentum
Family-owned businesses' early momentum often stalls at a certain point in their development. Formalized processes and management structures are needed to prevent this problem, write Camille Egloff and Vikram Bhalla. Boston Consulting Group (10/20)
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Breaking news from AOPA
OPAF launches First Cycle™ in Greenville, S.C. Eastern Michigan University names new program director -- read who it is! It's time to update your member record with AOPA -- do you know how? And in case you missed it, read the PDAC reclassification of knee orthoses and AOPA's analysis of ADR limits -- why they may not be fair to your business. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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