Quadruple amputee demonstrates advanced prosthetic hands | British design engineer award winner fits 3D robotic hand | Rotationplasty uses bone cancer patient's foot to replace her knee joint
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October 28, 2014
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Quadruple amputee demonstrates advanced prosthetic hands
Pam Buschle, who had both hands and both feet amputated as the result of sepsis, demonstrated her new prosthetic hands at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. The i-limb ultra revolution hands, developed by Touch Bionics, offer independent finger control and automated grips and gestures that can be set using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Buschle contracts the muscles in her forearms to open and close the hands. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (10/28)
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British design engineer award winner fits 3D robotic hand
Joel Gibbard, who recently was named Young Design Engineer of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards, has created a 3D-scanned and printed prosthetic socket and robotic hand for 23-year-old Daniel Melville, who was born without a right hand. Scanning Melville's residual limb took 20 minutes; printing the device took 40 hours. Gibbard wants to cut the weight of the prototype by half and develop quirky designs to appeal to younger amputees. EurekaMagazine.co.uk (U.K.) (10/28)
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Rotationplasty uses bone cancer patient's foot to replace her knee joint
U.K. bone cancer survivor Jordon Moody underwent rotationplasty surgery to replace her left knee joint with her left foot, which was turned 180 degrees so the heel faces front and will bend in the same direction as a knee. She will be fitted with a prosthetic leg, which will attach to the new joint. Local World (U.K.) (10/28)
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Limb regeneration is aim of long-term project
Imperial College London and Georgia State University are collaborating on a nearly $97 million, 25-year project to investigate the regeneration of human limbs. Scientists hope to use stem cells to replace damaged or poorly functioning cells to create new tissue and augment the natural repair process. They envision how this would work in a knee amputation: After tissues in the leg are loaded with regenerative agents, the thigh muscle would attach itself to the new bone and cartilage, then surgery to lengthen the bone would allow the limb to grow. Nigerian Tribune (10/26)
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Report: Pakistan is biggest obstacle to eradicating polio
Pakistan is the biggest stumbling block to eradicating polio worldwide by the end of the year, according to a report by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Pakistan has reported 220 cases this year so far, the highest number in 14 years. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/27)
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Some ACA goals have been achieved
Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, the nation's uninsured rate has dropped from around 18% to around 13% and health insurance premiums have stabilized in many places. Not enough data have been collected to determine whether health outcomes have improved or whether the ACA has contributed to the slowing growth in health care spending. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/26)
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EHNAC seeks public comments on ACO accreditation criteria
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission is asking for public feedback on the draft criteria that it recently released for the Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program. The criteria were designed to develop standards to ensure that ACOs comply with the Affordable Care Act and other privacy, security and confidentiality laws. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 22. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/23)
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What small businesses need to do to comply with the ACA
The Affordable Care Act offers tax credits to certain small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that offer qualifying health insurance to employees. Alson Martin explains how the tax credits work and what small businesses need to know about compliance. BenefitsPro.com (10/22)
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It's time for 2015 AOPA membership renewal -- check your mail this week. 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, with a special agenda for U.S. attendees. Are you using all of your important AOPA membership benefits, including discounts on UPS shipping and credit card processing? A 14-year-old Palestinian will walk for the first time under NCOPI care. All this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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