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PUSHLiving magazine offers entertaining takes on healthy, adaptive, inclusive living. The voices are confident, assertive, funny and downright salty at times.

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Barriers, Enablers Affect Lower-limb Amputees’ Community Walking

Since walking in the community is essential to participate in work, leisure, social activities and family roles, a study explored potential barriers and enablers for people with lower-limb amputations who use a prosthesis to walk in public. The study found many barriers, but enablers were also identified. Three focus groups (n = 14 participants) using purposive sampling...

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Exercise May Help Fight Depression in Seniors

Kinesiologists at McMaster University have found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters. The findings, published in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology, reveal that the underlying mechanisms that make us feel good when we exercise persist into old age and highlight the importance of staying active. “A...

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Three Tips for Sticking With Your New Year’s Resolutions

By February, nearly 80 percent of Americans will give up on their New Year’s resolutions, but Tomeka Flowers, a Houston Methodist behavioral development coordinator and certified lifestyle coach, says making a few simple changes can help people reach their goals. “The majority of New Year’s resolutions are about getting healthy—eating better, drinking more water, and...

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Amputation Level Affects Child’s Physical, Sports Function

Sports and physical functioning of children with amputations were significantly worse after amputations near the knee when compared with ankle-level amputations, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Researchers considered whether children with amputations have differences in subjective function based on amputationlevel and whether children with more...

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Female Double Amputee Plans to Complete NYC Full Marathon

Brazilian athlete and bilateral lower-limb amputee Adriele Silva, 31, looks forward to crossing the finish line at mile 26.2 of the 2018 TCS New York City (NYC) Marathon on Sunday, November 4. “I hope to inspire people when they see me run and challenge them to go after things that seem unachievable,” said Silva, who...

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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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Amputee Coalition Awards Two Scholarships

The Amputee Coalition’s Scott Decker, MD, Memorial Scholarship and Christina Skoski, MD, Scholarship have been awarded for 2018. Madelyn Hubbs received the Scott Decker, MD, Memorial Scholarship. She will enter Maryville University this fall as a freshman and is planning to study occupational therapy.     David Gelfand received the Christina Skoski, MD, Scholarship. Gelfand...

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New Technology Could Make Prosthetic Hands Easier to Use

Researchers placed EMG sensors on the forearms of able-bodied volunteers, tracking neuromuscular signals as they performed various actions. Photograph courtesy of NC State University. Researchers in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed technology that can decode neuromuscular signals to control...

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American Diabetes Association Disappointed by Decision to Allow States to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

Following is a statement from the organization: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is deeply disappointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to allow states to impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. Access to affordable, adequate health coverage is critically important for the more than 114 million Americans living...

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Hanger Charitable Foundation Awards Last Round of 2017 Grants

The Hanger Charitable Foundation, Austin, Texas, has completed its third and final round of 2017 grant awards, giving $140,900 to five non-profit organizations, bringing the Foundation’s total awards granted for the year to more than $250,000. Grants were given to the following: No Limits Limb Loss Foundation, Camp No Limits Kids Scholarships: $100,000 to provide scholarships for...

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Study: Mobility Correlates With Amputees? Satisfaction and Quality of Life

Hanger, Austin, Texas, announced the results of the largest study of its kind that measured the correlation of mobility to quality of life and patient satisfaction among people living with lower-limb loss. The results of the Mobility Analysis of Amputees (MAAT I) study, published online October 8 in Prosthetics & Orthotics International, demonstrated a statistically...

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Study: PCAST Might Benefit Amputees in Developing Countries

In an attempt to develop affordable socket fabrication techniques that require little or no prosthetic skill for people living with lower-limb loss in developing countries, a study was conducted using a water-pressure casting technique (PCAST) to fabricate and fit transtibial prosthetic sockets. In the study, highlighted during the International Conference on the Development of Biomedical...

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American Diabetes Association Deeply Concerned With Recent Prescription Drug Formulary Trends

Following is a statement from the American Diabetes Association (August 15):   The American Diabetes Association (Association) is deeply concerned with recent trends in prescription drug formulary designs that result in frequent changes in drug coverage for individuals with diabetes. As pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), insurers, and employers finalize their 2018 formulary lists, the Association...

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Yale Student Venture Focused on Amputees Wins Award

Penta Group Vietnam team members meet with a patient. Photograph courtesy of Penta Group Vietnam and YEI. A team developing a nonprofit to provide used prosthetic limbs to people with amputations in Vietnam won the 2017 Yale College Dean’s Challenge on Social Innovation. The Penta Group Vietnam team includes cofounders Victor Wang and Henry Iseman,...

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Crowdfunding for Medical Bills Not a Cure-all

Crowdfunding campaigns to pay for medical costs have become a booming industry in recent years, with sites like GoFundMe raising billions of dollars for Americans struggling to pay medical bills. But most of those campaigns do not reach their financial goals, according to new research from the University of Washington (UW). A study published in...

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Amputee Coalition Announces New Conference Scholarships

The Amputee Coalition announced three new scholarships to help reduce or eliminate the financial barriers that can make it impossible for people with amputations and their caregivers to attend the Amputee Coalition National Conference. Applications must be postmarked by April 17. The three scholarships, the Bridge to Ability, the Bridge to Ability: Second Chance, and...

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Study Finds That Yoga Can Be Helpful for Low Back Pain

About 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at one time or another. A recent study found that more than a third of adults say that low back pain has affected their ability to perform the tasks of daily living, exercise, or sleep. Treating this pain, which is a common complaint for lower-limb...

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American Diabetes Association Opposes Senate Vote to Proceed With Affordable Care Act Repeal Without Immediate Replacement

Following is a statement from the American Diabetes Association (January 12, 2017): On behalf of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes and the 86 million more with prediabetes, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is extremely disappointed the U.S. Senate voted overnight to pass a budget resolution that sets up a process to repeal...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for its 2017 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and Leadership Camp, to be held July 7-12 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children ten to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 31. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are...

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Hanger Charitable Foundation Awards Final Round of 2016 Grants

The Hanger Charitable Foundation, Austin, Texas, completed its final round of 2016 grants, awarding $225,000 to five non-profit organizations. The Foundation has awarded more than $424,000 to 25 organizations in 2016. The most recent grant recipients include local and national organizations that serve a variety of communities, including stroke survivors, and children and adults living...

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Augmented Reality Relieves Phantom Limb Pain

Ortiz Catalan demonstrates the augmented virtual reality environment in his new Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at Chalmers. Photograph courtesy of Anna-Lena Lundqvist. Max Ortiz Catalan, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Signals and Systems at Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Gothenburg, Sweden, has developed a novel method of treating phantom limb pain using...

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Poverty, Black Race Are Predictive of PAD-related Amputation Risk

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances accumulate in blood vessels away from the heart, restricting blood flow. In addition to increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke, untreated PAD can cause gangrene, which can lead to amputation. Preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016 indicates...

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Hanger Charitable Foundation Awards Third Round of 2016 Grants

The Hanger Charitable Foundation has awarded $17,500 to four grant recipients, concluding its third round of 2016 grants. The Foundation has awarded more than $199,000 to 20 organizations in 2016, and over $450,000 to more than 30 organizations since its first grant award in May 2015. The most recent grant recipients are: Spina Bifida Association...

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Study Examines Impact of Prosthetic Feet on Participation in ADLs

The published literature describes mobility problems people may experience after undergoing lower-limb amputations, yet there have been few published accounts of peoples’ participation experiences at home or in the community. To this end, a team of researchers undertook a study to increase understanding of the impact of prosthetic feet on participation in activities of daily...

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Can Telemedicine Help Prevent Diabetes-related Blindness?

Research by Maria Woodward, MD, examines patient attitudes about telemedicine and remote eye exams. Image courtesy of U-M Kellogg Eye Center. Virtual collaborations with ophthalmologists may one day prevent the top cause of new blindness in the United States. After a nationwide telemedicine diabetic screening program in England and Wales, diabetic retinopathy is no longer...

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Hanger Charitable Foundation Awards Over $125,000 in Grants

The Hanger Charitable Foundation completed its second round of 2016 grants, awarding $127,750 to eight nonprofit organizations that share its mission to empower people with physical challenges to live life as fully as possible. The Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 to 16 organizations in 2016 thus far, and over $430,000 to more than 25...

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Study Discusses Open-source 3D-printed Cyborg Hand

Zuniga displays various versions of the Cyborg Beast 3D-printed prosthetic hand. Photograph courtesy of Jorge Zuniga. A study published in the July issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics identified active range of motion (ROM) and strength changes in children who used the Cyborg Beast, a wrist-driven, 3D-printed transitional prosthetic hand. The prosthesis was...

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Electric Fields Weaker in Slow-healing Diabetes-related Wounds

People with diabetes may suffer from wounds that are slow to heal and can lead to ulcers, gangrene, and amputation. New research from an international group led by Min Zhao, MD, PhD, professor of ophthalmology and of dermatology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), shows that, in animal models of diabetes, slow healing...

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Researchers Offer Hope for Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia

Some patients who are in danger of losing an arm or leg due to hardening of the arteries have been getting more hopeful news from vascular surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. People who have hardening of the arteries often feel no symptoms at all. But as they age, the disease...

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American Diabetes Association Statement on Keeping the Individual at the Center of Diabetes Care

Diabetes is a complex disease. Managing it effectively is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The American Diabetes Association (Association) believes that every person living with diabetes should have access to the care, treatments, tools, and information needed to successfully manage their diabetes. We know that a single therapeutic approach does not and will not work for...

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Growing Skin in the Lab

Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Japan have, along with collaborators from Tokyo University of Science and other Japanese institutions, successfully grown complex skin tissue-complete with hair follicles and sebaceous glands-in the laboratory. To accomplish this, they used reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed...

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Safety-net Clinics May Remain Important Options for Many Patients

Safety-net clinics are likely to continue to play a critical role in meeting the needs of insured minority and low-income populations despite expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a University of Texas (UT) Southwestern study suggests. Based on results of federal government healthcare surveys from 2006 to 2010, the study showed that...

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VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Servicemembers Modify Their Specially Adapted Homes

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of $783,421 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technologies that would enhance veterans and servicemembers’ ability to live in specially adapted homes. Congress authorized the SAHAT Grant Program to design assistive technologies to expand home-modification...

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April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month

The Amputee Coalition has declared April as Limb Loss Awareness Month in order to increase awareness about people living with limb loss and limb-loss prevention. More than two million Americans live with limb loss, and that number grows by 185,000 each year. For the fifth year, during April, amputee support groups, veterans, prosthetists, rehabilitation centers,...

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Cancer Center at BIDMC Launches Online Community for People With Cancer, Loved Ones

The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) announced the launch of a new online community that will offer support and information for people with cancer and their friends, families, and caregivers. BIDMC Cancer Community, part of the national CancerConnect network, is an open platform that offers discussion groups for users to support...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the 2016 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 8-13 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children 10 to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 18. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are paid through the...

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