Colo. researchers make 3D-printed helmet for World Cup exoskeleton | Stanford scientists develop wireless powering of implanted medical devices | Many breast cancer patients undergo unnecessary double mastectomy
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May 22, 2014
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DARPA demos 2 advanced prosthetic arms
At the Pentagon on Wednesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated two approaches to developing sophisticated prosthetic arms. One is the recently FDA-approved DEKA arm, which permits users to control movements through sensors attached to their shoes. The other, the Modular Prosthetic Limb developed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, will feature sensors that can detect temperature and touch. Intercepts (5/21)
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Science and Technology
Colo. researchers make 3D-printed helmet for World Cup exoskeleton
Colorado State University's Idea-2-Product 3D printing lab has fabricated a custom helmet lining studded with electrodes that power an exoskeleton. The device will be worn by a paralyzed individual who will kick a soccer ball at the June 12 World Cup opening ceremonies in Brazil. The Idea-2-Product team is part of a global consortium called the Walk Again Project. The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colo.) (tiered subscription model) (5/21)
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Stanford scientists develop wireless powering of implanted medical devices
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method of combining different types of electromagnetic waves to power implantable medical devices such as sensors and electrostimulators, eliminating the need for bulky batteries. The study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (5/21)
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Medical News
Many breast cancer patients undergo unnecessary double mastectomy
More breast cancer patients opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, a preventive procedure that removes both the cancerous and normal breast, but as many as seven out of 10 patients do not need to undergo the procedure, a study showed. Data on 1,447 women with breast cancer without recurrence showed about 69% who underwent double mastectomy did not have major genetic or familial risk factors for developing cancer in the unaffected breast. The findings were published in the journal JAMA Surgery. HealthDay News (5/21), CBS News (5/21)
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Laser debridement offers precision, uniformity
Laser debridement of wounds may have advantages over conventional debridement, including reduced trauma to the wound bed, less pain and promotion of wound healing, write podiatrists Irina Bazarov, Mher Vartivarian and Alexander Reyzelman. The doctors give an overview of the principles of laser debridement and the effects of different laser types, review the literature on laser debridement and discuss preliminary results of three cases. Podiatry Today magazine (5/2014)
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Plastic tube could help prevent amputation after IED injuries
Ohio researchers are developing a plastic tube that could aid soldiers injured by improvised explosive devices and help prevent amputations. The tube, which has been tested on the broken femurs of sheep, is made of an amino acid-based poly that serves as a scaffolding for bone growth. (5/21)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Experts see payment model changes as key to lower costs, less fraud
The move toward value-based care is gaining momentum, with health and policy experts proposing that Medicare move from fee-for-service payments to bundled or lump-sum payment plans to help reduce overpayments and prevent fraud. Insurers and other stakeholders are already developing and applying such models. Experts suggest such approaches as accountable care models or paying doctors a flat rate regardless of the prescribed drug or treatment. USA Today (5/19)
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N.Y. lawmakers seek to guarantee veterans access to high-tech prosthetics
The New York Legislature is considering a bill that would guarantee veterans replacement of outdated artificial limbs when newer prosthetic technology is developed. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo reintroduced the bill, which was first proposed last year. WXXA-TV (Albany, N.Y.) (5/21)
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Breaking news from AOPA
AOPA 2014 Assembly registration is OPEN -- register today! Time is running out to contact your representatives and restore due process -- the cut-off date is this Friday, so send your letter today! OTWorld in Leipzig, Germany, is a major success -- get the scoop! Fun events are coming up: Wheelchair & Amputee Tennis Clinics with OPAF in the Carolinas, and the Second Annual MCOP Charity Softball Classic in Bowie, Md. -- show your support! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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Upcoming events
June 11: The Self Audit: A Useful Tool, telephone audio conference  Learn more or register online
June 12-13:
Mastering Medicare: Coding & Billing Seminar, Boston, Mass. Learn more or register online.
Sept. 4-7: AOPA 2014 National Assembly, Las Vegas, Nev. Learn more.
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