Report spurs development of prosthetics for pregnant women | Study: Yoga, meditation aid brain control of computers | Workshops educate therapists on Michelangelo prosthetic hand
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September 30, 2014
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Report spurs development of prosthetics for pregnant women
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled American Veterans are working together to develop a prosthetic leg intended for pregnant women. "Pregnant women with limb loss experience increased wear on prosthetic components, need for realignment and frequent modifications depending on socket and suspension," according to "Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home," a recent report from the DAV. (9/29)
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Study: Yoga, meditation aid brain control of computers
People who practiced yoga and meditation for a year were better able to operate systems that use the brain to control a computer, which could have implications for controlling artificial limbs, according to a study published in the journal Technology. "This comprehensive study shows for the first time that looking closer at the brain side may provide a valuable tool for reducing obstacles for brain-computer interface success in early stages," said Bin He, lead author of the study. (India)/The Health Site (9/26)
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Workshops educate therapists on Michelangelo prosthetic hand
Amputees were able to try out the advanced Michelangelo prosthetic hand during workshops at the New England Institute of Technology aimed at teaching local rehab and occupational therapists how the devices operate. WJAR-TV (Cranston, R.I.) (9/26)
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Exercise doesn't reduce diabetes risk the same for everyone
Research published in Diabetologia found that while exercise may help prevent type 2 diabetes, those with high genetic risk scores saw fewer benefits from working out. Data also showed women attained fewer protective benefits from exercise compared with men. (9/29)
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Study rejects link between bra use, breast cancer risk
A study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that bra use was not linked to the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women. "There has been some suggestion in the lay media that bra wearing may be a risk factor for breast cancer. ... Given very limited biological evidence supporting such a link between bra wearing and breast cancer risk, our results were not surprising," researcher Lu Chen said. Healio (free registration)/HemOnc Today (9/25)
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Uninsured rates among Hispanic groups drop under ACA, study finds
A Commonwealth Fund study released Thursday found that uninsured rates among Hispanics significantly dropped with the addition of new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. "The Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nation's highest uninsured rates," lead author Michelle Doty said. The Hill (9/25)
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Wounded troops gear up for Warrior Games this week
The Warrior Games are being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week, with more than 200 wounded, injured and ill troops from the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations participating. The games are intended to introduce service members to Paralympic sports. "It's about recovery," said Air Force Maj. Buddy Lizzol, a coach at the games. "It's about being out here with your brothers and sisters." The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (9/27), KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs) (9/30)
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Giving employees money to buy health insurance has tax implications
Money given to employees to purchase their own health plans is taxable to both the worker and the organization unless the money is disbursed under a cafeteria plan, which requires that the employer offer coverage, according to attorney Steven Friedman. Alternatively, employers could simply pay for whatever plans their employees choose, but if those plans are not equivalent, the employer could face accusations of discrimination, certified public accountant Jeffrey Berdahl says. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (9/24)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Two New "K" Codes to Describe OTS Versions of Prefabricated Single and Double Upright Knee Orthoses are effective tomorrow -- get the update! With USA as the official guest country, AOPA is collaborating on ORTO Medical Care's 2014 Meeting in Madrid -- find out more! Sign up for next week's October Webinar Conference: Medicare Enrollment, Revalidation, and Participation to get your monthly business CE's. Ottobock announces the August C-Leg Contest Winner and PFA announces Executive Director Brian Lagana's resignation -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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