Las Vegas woman gets osseointegrated prosthetic leg | Robohand and Ark. college collaborate on 3D print farm venture | Study: New lead developed for PNS helped reduce post-amputation pain
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June 26, 2014
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Las Vegas woman gets osseointegrated prosthetic leg
A Las Vegas woman is learning to use a prosthetic leg that is attached to an implant in her right femur and features a prosthetic knee controlled by a programmable microprocessor. Elizabeth Bailey-Smith, who is working with a therapist to become accustomed to her new device, was the first American reported to have osseointegration surgery, according to this article. Las Vegas Review-Journal (6/25)
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Robohand and Ark. college collaborate on 3D print farm venture
A new facility -- being called the largest 3D print farm in the world -- will be built in Malvern, Ark. The College of the Ouachitas is partnering with Robohand to create the facility, which will manufacture and distribute 3D-printed prosthetic hands for use throughout the world. The public will be able to pay to use the facility at certain times, which will help fund its charitable efforts. KTHV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (6/25)
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Study: New lead developed for PNS helped reduce post-amputation pain
A new peripheral nerve stimulation lead was proven successful in a two-week home trial with 16 lower-limb amputees experiencing moderate to severe pain in their residual limbs, as it was able to relieve post-amputation pain in 14 of the subjects. The new, flexible lead was designed specifically for PNS and offers less-invasive implantation than currently available leads, which are intended for spinal cord stimulation. Pain Medicine News (6/2014)
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Medical News
Quadruple amputee will have first double hand transplant in Britain
A British woman who lost all four limbs as a result of blood poisoning will undergo a double hand transplant later this year. Her surgeon, Simon Kay, performed the first single hand transplant in Britain last year. Although the woman may regain sensation immediately after the operation, it may take months for her new hands to become functional. The Daily Mail (London) (6/25)
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3D imaging improves digital mammography, study finds
Using 3D imaging called tomosynthesis with standard digital mammography was associated with a more than 40% increase in breast cancer detection rates, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers noted that fewer women who underwent the combined screening technique had to come back for more tests. HealthDay News (6/24), Reuters (6/24)
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Study ties pollutant exposure to obesity, diabetes
Researchers in Belgium found obese individuals had higher levels of persistent organic pollutants in their serum and adipose tissue compared with their slimmer counterparts. The study in Diabetes Care also showed POP exposure correlated to fasting glucose, two-hour post load and A1C levels in patients. Medscape (free registration) (6/24)
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Compromise on VA bill hinges on offsetting costs
U.S. lawmakers are negotiating a compromise bill to reduce a Department of Veterans Affairs medical appointment logjam by allowing veterans to go outside the VA for care. Talks have focused on a House demand for offsetting costs as the Congressional Budget Office estimated the Senate bill to be $35 billion over three years and the House bill to be $44 billion over six years. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/24)
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Business and Finance
Prosthetic Laboratories in Minn. purchased by Hanger
Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester, Minn., has been acquired by Hanger. The facility, which has offices in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, was under local ownership for 30 years. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Small businesses can save with tax strategies
Small-business owners may reduce their taxes by following advice from attorney and financial planner Steve Parrish: Make sure your business is properly structured for tax purposes, leverage fringe benefits, use tax breaks created for small businesses and consider exit strategies. Forbes (6/24)
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Breaking news from AOPA
AOPA is hosting two FREE Prior Authorization Webinars in July -- get the latest information on the pros and cons under the pending CMS proposed rule and see what AOPA has to say about it! The deadline has been extended for AOPA members to turn in their surveys from Industry Insights -- last chance to get your free individual company performance report! Energy Levels exceeding over 32 Manufacturers' Workshops and 16 Product Preview Performances at the 2014 Assembly -- get your CEs! It's not too late to exhibit in Las Vegas at the place to be, the 2014 National Assembly -- sign up to exhibit today! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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