Rock climbing accident sparked Hugh Herr's prosthetics career | U. of Delaware lab seeks to improve prosthetic design | Study: 2010 polio outbreak may have been mutant strain
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August 19, 2014
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Rock climbing accident sparked Hugh Herr's prosthetics career
Hugh Herr was considered one of the East Coast's top rock climbers before he became famous for research into advanced artificial limbs. He lost both legs below the knee to frostbite after a climbing accident and devised his first specialized prostheses when he adapted his artificial feet to be more effective in mountain climbing. He launched his career in prosthetics after getting advanced degrees in biophysics at Harvard and MIT. Business Insider (8/13)
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U. of Delaware lab seeks to improve prosthetic design
The University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research Building houses the BADER Treadmill Lab, where researchers are developing ways to improve prosthetic and orthotic devices, mainly for wounded military personnel. The BADER treadmill has two treads and can run at different speeds, so cameras and sensors capture every movement of a prosthesis, allowing researchers to use the data to create a device using a 3D printer. WDDE-FM (Dover, Del.) (8/15)
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Medical News
Study: 2010 polio outbreak may have been mutant strain
Researchers said the 2010 polio outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which killed almost half of infected patients, may have been caused by a mutated virus unaffected by vaccines. The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said 29% of patients previously had received the polio vaccine but failed to produce antibodies to fight the infection. Yahoo (8/18)
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BioTime lands FDA clearance for wound-healing gel
BioTime has been cleared by the FDA to market its Premvia HyStem hydrogel, designed to promote wound healing by cross-linking hyaluronic acid and collagen. The substance is intended for use in the management of second-degree burns, diabetic ulcers and other types of wounds. FDAnews (8/15)
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Legislative and Regulatory
CMS to hold back a third of data from Sunshine Act site due to inconsistencies
CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said by e-mail that the agency will withhold one-third of the data on payments from medical device and pharmaceutical companies to doctors that are set to be released next month because of intermingled data. The withheld records, which could be in the millions or tens of millions, instead will be posted in the succeeding reporting cycle in June 2015. ProPublica (8/15)
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Health reform issues could come up as Congress returns
Health care organizations are getting ready to lobby Congress through the November elections and into the lame-duck session to ensure Medicare funding does not get cut and accountable care organizations continue to evolve. One change that could occur if Republicans take control of the Senate next session is a repeal of the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that is part of the Affordable Care Act. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (8/15)
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Trend Watch
S.C. mom is on mission to raise awareness of scoliosis
Schools and physicians may not routinely check children for scoliosis, so a South Carolina mom, Mary Beth Lyons, is on a mission to educate other parents about the symptoms. Her daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis after a swimming coach noticed how her rib cage protruded from her back. The condition was caught early enough to be corrected with a brace, which she wears for almost 23 hours per day. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (8/17)
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Breaking news from AOPA
See what Mobility Saves is all about with report author Dr. Allen Dobson's interview and patient testimonies -- get a greater picture to better patient health and spread the word: Mobility Saves Lives and Money! Send your comments on OTS orthotics to the CMS before the Aug. 28 deadline. The proposed rule could limit your patients' access to care and eliminate the role of orthotic fitters -- submit now! An important message to AOPA National Assembly exhibitors -- read the notice and make sure you’re making all of your hotel reservations through the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino! Download AOPA's exclusive 2014 National Assembly app to optimize your schedule and meeting performance -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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