3D laser scanner improves fitting process for cranial molding helmets | Bone cancer survivor receives implanted artificial leg bone | Preventive footwear helps protect against diabetic ulcer recurrence, study finds
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May 15, 2014
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3D laser scanner improves fitting process for cranial molding helmets
Subjecting a child with positional plagiocephaly to the process of making a plaster mold for a therapeutic helmet is a traumatic experience, according to a Minnesota mother who welcomed the use of a new laser scanning system when her second child needed the same treatment. Wisconsin orthotist John Barteck's handheld Omega 3D scanner can capture the head’s dimensions in less than a minute and transmit the results electronically to the helmet manufacturer. Getting treatment was a difficult decision, said Gina Ommen-Flaby, but “I would say go ahead and do it. In the long run, it really helps. My husband and I would recommend it, especially now with the new machine.” La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (5/14)
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Science and Technology
Bone cancer survivor receives implanted artificial leg bone
Australian Richie Lovett, a professional surfer, underwent an innovative surgery that replaced his entire damaged thigh bone with a metal prosthesis. Dr. Earl Warren Brien attached the cobalt-chrome and titanium device to Lovett's hip and surrounding leg muscles, a surgery that was written up in the journal Orthopedics. CBS News (5/14)
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Medical News
Preventive footwear helps protect against diabetic ulcer recurrence, study finds
A study of 171 subjects published in the journal Diabetes Care found that a minor lesion is the best predictor of the recurrence of a plantar foot ulcer in patients with diabetic neuropathy, and preventive footwear helped avoid that recurrence. Endocrine Today (5/14)
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Study finds aspirin may suppress healing of chronic wounds
High-dose aspirin reduced the production of the 12-HHT molecule, which promotes skin healing by encouraging the movement of keratinocytes, in a study of mice with diabetes, indicating it could interfere with wound healing. The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (5/13)
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Legislative and Regulatory
There's no one-size-fits-all ACO approach
Creating an effective accountable care organization often means having the technology to integrate various health record and claims systems. Although experts say a one-size-fits-all approach to forming an ACO will not work, would-be ACOs can learn from large, successful ACOs' experience. Humana's gradual, methodical growth built on a clear purpose and Atrius Health's effort to nail down price variablility and post-acute care costs are some models that have seen success. Healthcare Finance News (5/12)
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First 3D-printed prosthesis in Haiti goes to orphan boy
After meeting Stevenson Joseph, a boy who was born without fingers on either hand, in a Haitian orphanage, California software engineer John Marshall got in touch with South African Richard van As, who had received media attention for developing a 3D-printed artificial hand. The two designed a device for Stevenson, making him the first Haitian to receive a 3D-printed prosthesis. Stevenson likes his new plastic hand, saying, "Now I can take a balloon with it. I can score at basketball. I can hold a TV remote and push my friends on their wheelchairs. I can hold a water bottle, a bag. I like it a lot." Reuters (5/12)
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Orthotist/prosthetist featured in photo essay
This photo essay follows orthotist/prosthetist Kirk Simendinger of Nashville, Tenn.-based Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions as he works with amputee Alma Bryand in the company's San Antonio facility. Simendinger chooses to use hand tools rather than computers or high-tech instruments to fit devices, saying that prosthetics "is anatomy, art, studying how people move." San Antonio Express-News (5/14)
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CPO runs only O&P facility to serve southeastern Alaska
Southeast Alaska Prosthetics and Orthotics in Ketchikan, Alaska, is the only O&P business in the southeastern part of the state, according to this facility profile. Most of its patients are concerned more with the functionality than the appearance of their prostheses, said certified orthotist/prosthetist Elizabeth Einset, who runs the company. “Other places, they say 'I don't like it because it looks that way.' ... Yeah, but you can do what you've been missing. People in Southeast seem to know that," she said. Capital City Weekly (Alaska) (5/14)
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Breaking news from AOPA
The FDA has approved pre-market notification for the DEKA prosthetic arm -- read all about it! CFI Prosthetics Orthotics hosts OPAF's First Swing in Memphis, and ABC is conducting a practitioner practice analysis -- business is booming in the news! The AOPA 2014 Assembly preliminary program is HERE -- register today! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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