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October 30, 2014
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Students create 3D-printed hand with pattern recognition
Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic hand that uses pattern recognition to form the grip intended by the user. The hand can take five positions: at rest, open-faced, closed, three-finger grasp and a fine pinch. PhysOrg.com (10/29)
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Science and Technology
FDA blog: Agency seeks to aid those with disabilities
The FDA has recently issued premarket approval to a number of products, including the DEKA Arm System, which uses myoelectric electrodes to control multiple simultaneous movements. "Each of the products recently approved or cleared by the agency has benefits that outweigh its risks," writes William Maisel, chief scientist for the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, who cites the ReWalk exoskeleton as an example. Risks include pressure sores and falling, but the device helps those with paralysis to walk, he writes. MassDevice.com (Boston) (10/30)
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Medical News
Microneedle-embedded skin patch encourages wound healing in trials
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a skin patch containing microneedles that help release deferoxamine, which increases production of hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha protein and may help heal diabetic foot ulcers. The patch boosted collagen levels and healed wounds an average of 14 days faster than topically applied deferoxamine in tests. Gizmag (10/28)
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Study: Spinal cord stimulation can alleviate DPN
Dutch researchers found that spinal cord stimulation was able to reduce the pain experienced by patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Although the invasive approach can cause such complications as infections, hematomas and cerebrospinal fluid leak, its efficacy makes it a viable treatment of last resort, according to the researchers. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (10/29)
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FDA approves diabetes combo drug from AstraZeneca
The FDA has approved AstraZeneca's once-daily oral drug Xigduo XR, a combination of dapagliflozin and metformin, as a treatment for diabetes. Xigduo XR is the first drug containing both an SGLT2 inhibitor and metformin to secure U.S. approval. Reuters (10/30)
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Legislative and Regulatory
3 options for implementing a HIPAA-compliant cloud strategy
Migrating data into the cloud offers better flexibility and other benefits for health care groups, and this article identifies models that allow organizations to take advantage of the technology while satisfying the HIPAA requirements. These include cloud tools that support both cloud and on-premises data collaboration, public cloud services that offer data encryption and other safeguards, and software-defined private cloud platforms that enable storage, network and data abstraction. Health IT Security (10/27)
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Prosthetic limbs get high-fashion treatment
A Canadian startup called the Alleles Design Studio creates high-fashion coverings, or fairings, for prosthetic legs, including "Star Wars" designs, skulls and an LED-backlit lattice. Elsewhere, British designer Sophie de Oliviera Barata has added Swarovski crystals, floral patterns or inset storage compartments to fairings she has designed. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/29)
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Business and Finance
Low-cost benefits that employees will treasure
Budget-conscious small businesses may be challenged in terms of the benefits they can offer employees, but there are some cost-effective incentives to consider, writes Stephanie Hammerwold, owner of Hammerwold & Pershing Consulting. Consider offering flexible working arrangements, wellness programs and incentives for community service, she writes. Blogging4Jobs (10/27)
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Breaking news from AOPA
AOPA attends OMHA's 2nd Medicare Appellant Forum -- read the summary. Read about the AOPA and O&P Alliance meeting with the CMS chronic care director. It's time for 2015 AOPA membership renewal, so check your mail this week. Have you gotten your AOPA Insurance Program quote with Cailor Fleming Insurance yet? Exclusive for all 2014 National Assembly exhibitors: You can sign up for the 2015 Assembly now before open registration! AOPA collaborates with ORTO Medical Care's 2014 meeting in Madrid. All this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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