Pistorius found not guilty of murder | Advanced technologies hold hope for spinal cord injury patients | Foot-mapping device may help prevent diabetic amputation
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September 11, 2014
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Pistorius found not guilty of murder
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder charges in the death of his girlfriend in February 2013, although the judge found him "negligent" in the killing. A further ruling on the charge of culpable homicide, a lesser charge, is expected Friday. Pistorius was the first amputee to compete in the Olympics, at the 2012 Summer Games. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/11)
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Advanced technologies hold hope for spinal cord injury patients
Patients with spinal cord injuries may be closer to being able to walk with the introduction of advanced technologies, such as the Ekso, ReWalk, HAL, Indego and Rex robotic systems, according to this article. Research is also underway at the Burke Medical Research Institute in White Plains, N.Y., that combines noninvasive brain stimulation with robotics therapy. Brain Blogger (9/9)
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Foot-mapping device may help prevent diabetic amputation
Scientists at London South Bank University have developed a device to identify early diabetes complications in the feet that can lead to amputation. The Peripheral Sensory Neuropathy Test, which resembles a set of bathroom scales, scans the surface of the foot to detect skin damage and neuropathy. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (9/11)
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Statins could help prevent diabetes-related nerve damage that leads to amputation
Diabetes patients who took statins had lower odds of developing diabetes-related nerve damage compared with nonusers, according to a study of data involving more than 60,000 patients in Denmark. Statin use was also associated with reduced risk of gangrene, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. HealthDay News (9/10)
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HHS secretary aims to improve exchange, enrollment
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Monday encouraged lawmakers to focus on points of agreement regarding the nation's health care system and move beyond the partisan disagreement that has surrounded the Affordable Care Act. Burwell said she wants to improve the federally run insurance exchange and announced that HHS will award $60 million in grants to organizations that will help enroll Americans in health insurance plans. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/9)
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Amputee team faces off against former Texas NFL players
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team played former Texas National Football League players in a flag football game in San Antonio on Wednesday. The amputee team included 25 men and women who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We hope they see that just because you have a disability or something tough to handle, it's not the end of the world," said retired Marine BJ Ganem, one of the Wounded Warrior team's leaders. KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (9/11)
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Add flexibility to your employee handbook
Creating an employee handbook is a good way to catalog all of your business' policies as they relate to state and federal labor laws, said Michael Pires, vice president of ADP HR Solutions. It's important to make sure the rules in your handbook give you some flexibility to work out problems with employees on a case-by-case basis, said Melinda Figeley, vice president of NFP. BusinessNewsDaily.com (9/9)
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Congratulations to all of the winners at the AOPA 2014 National Assembly. Well done! The September O&P Almanac is online -- get your credits and the latest news! On the horizon, the St. Louis Coding & Billing Seminar is coming up. It's your gateway to everything coding and billing -- register today! Ottobock is announced as the official O&P provider of technical services at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and Paralympian Richard Browne breaks his own sprinting record. Thank you to the sponsors of #AOPA14 on such a successful meeting -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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