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NIH, DOD to Develop Limb Loss and Preservation Registry

A new database supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) aims to establish the number of people in the United States living with limb loss and to provide insight on their challenges and needs. The Limb Loss and Preservation Registry, expected to be operational in 2020, will be...

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San Diego Triathlon Challenge Weekend Scheduled for October 19-21

As part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF’s) 25th anniversary celebration, the 2018 Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) weekend will be held from October 19-21 in La Jolla, California. The weekend will culminate with Sunday’s title event, which features a one-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike ride, and ten-mile run. “This day brings...

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Increased Risk of Cardiac Events for Dysvascular Above-knee Amputees

In an open-access study published September 5 in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, researchers examined the association between transfemoral (above-knee) amputation and the risk of experiencing a major cardiac event for those who had either dysvascular or traumatic amputations. The study concluded that cardiac events appear to be more likely among patients with dysvascular...

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Cancer, Flu, Pneumonia, and You

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects flu season to begin ramping up in the next few months. According to the CDC, the flu season often begins increasing around October with peak flu season occurring between December and February. If you have or have had cancer, keep in mind the following points to help you...

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Fall Risk Greater for Amputees With Vascular Comorbidities

A study published September 4 in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation determined that while people with vascular-related amputations were less likely to fall than those with nonvascular-related amputations, people with concurrent vascular comorbidities were more likely to fall than those without. As part of the study, researchers investigated the impact of balance...

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Report Supports Value of O&P Care to Medicare, Patients

The most recent report on the economic value of O&P care conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Vienna, Virginia, was published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation’s supplement, “Advancements in Prosthetics and Orthotics: Selected articles from the Second World Congress hosted by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA).” The report’s authors are Allen...

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AARP Pushes Back on PhRMA’s Attempts to Change Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole Deal

AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to lobbying efforts by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to change the Medicare Part D doughnut hole deal: “AARP strongly opposes PhRMA’s attempts to cut a backroom deal with Congress and reverse the Medicare...

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New Generation Of Pain Medications May Offer Fewer Side Effects

Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Zuse Institute Berlin have developed a new generation of opioids that will only work at sites affected by injury or inflammation. These drugs can prevent the occurrence of brain- and gut-related side effects typically associated with conventional opioids and have been shown to be successful in preclinical...

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E-Whiskers Could Have Prosthetic Application

Heating the polymer allowed the e-whiskers to rise and become three-dimensional. Photograph courtesy of UT Dallas. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have developed artificial, electronic whiskers that they believe are a significant step toward engineering electronic human skin and to providing sensory information to prosthetic limbs. The work is described in...

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Naked Prosthetics Finger-loss Technology Recognized

Naked Prosthetics, Olympia, Washington, has been named 1 of 13 medical technologies that are changing lives by Business Insider. Naked Prosthetics designs and manufactures prosthetic devices specifically for finger loss. The custom-developed devices help the user perform most tasks by mimicking natural finger motion.  

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Late-life Healthcare Spending Not Wasteful

  End-of-life healthcare spending in the United States is not wasteful, a new study says; many recipients of such expenditures aren’t certain to die, as the thinking goes. Rather, they represent a pool of sicker individuals whose odds are harder to predict. The findings contradict a common view that in America, large amounts of healthcare...

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Study Determines Effects On Chronic Pain Of Discontinuing Opioid Treatment

Stopping long-term opioid treatment does not make chronic, non-cancer-related pain worse and, in some cases, makes it better, Washington State University (WSU) researchers have found. “On average, pain did not become worse among patients in our study a year after discontinuing long-term opioid therapy,” said Sterling McPherson, PhD, associate professor and director for biostatistics and...

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Hanger Clinic Introduces Virtual Reality Technology

Hanger, Austin, Texas, has launched MIGO, a virtual reality experience designed for people with limb loss and limb difference. The initial MIGO 360-degree immersive video experience offers users an opportunity to have a first-person point-of-view interaction with another person who has an amputation. Users can experience a variety of activities, from walking down stairs, driving...

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Oksana Masters Named Allianz Athlete of the Month for January

US Nordic skier Oksana Masters has been voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January. Masters dominated the women’s sitting category at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Oberried, Germany. She swept all the cross-country races and two of the three biathlon events.Masters received 48 percent of the public votes. To watch...

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Double-leg Amputee Cast on Upcoming Dance-based Series, Step Up: High Water

University of West Georgia (UWG) theatre alumnus and double-leg amputee Eric Graise (’15) never dreamed of adding dance—a talent that has made him a show business triple threat—to his resume. Eric Graise. Image courtesy of UWG. The actor and singer, who achieved fame as Stump Leg Walker and Fallen Tree Zombie in AMC’s The Walking...

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National News Program Profiles Families Attending Camp No Limits

For the Cosgrove family, being able to attend a camp designed for children with limb loss or limb difference was life-changing. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt  followed the family of four during their first-time experiences at Camp No Limits in Rome, Maine, where, in addition to an enjoyable camp experience, the focus is also on...

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Hanger Clinic Announces Launch of #AmputeeLifeHacks Contest

This week, Hanger Clinic, Austin, Texas, announced the launch of its #AmputeeLifeHacks contest via a Facebook Live broadcast from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida, joined by Winter the dolphin. A life hack is a strategy to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. With the launch of the three-month #AmputeeeLifeHacks contest,...

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Mouse Whiskers May Inform Prosthetic Touch

Touch is normally active, resulting from self-motion. Merkel afferents (top right, green and magenta) “fired” action potentials (white) during both movement and touch as mice ran on a treadmill and moved their whiskers to explore. Merkel afferents were identified by genetically altering them to fire when exposed to blue light (bottom left, bolt), not just...

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Össur Announces Second Photo/Video Contest

Jon Sigurdsson, president and CEO of Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, announced that, due to the overwhelmingly positive response to its #MyWinningMoment photo/video campaign, the company has launched a second round of the contest. As before, people with lower-limb loss are invited to share their stories via photographs or videos on the www.mywinningmoment.com website. In addition, eligibility...

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National Disability Institute Extends Entry Deadline for Video Contest for People with Disabilities

National Disability Institute (NDI) has extended the entry deadline for its 4th Annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest to September 23. The contest encourages people with disabilities to share their American dreams via video for a chance to win $1,000, a digital tablet, and sessions with a mentor to...

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Visit To The Doctor

“A good doctor-patient relationship is essential to achieving the best possible care, but the reality is, most doctors have less and less time to spend with each patient,” says Paul Griner, MD, professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and author of The Power of Patient Stories: Learning...

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IPC Launches Sochi 2014 Highlights Video

Posted June 19, 2014 To mark the three-month anniversary since the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched an online short film, Sochi 2014 – Breaking Down Barriers, that features highlights from March’s event. The film celebrates some of the greatest sporting moments, as...

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