Tag: Active Living

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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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Nanotech Weapon Could Help Prevent Bacterial Infections in Hospitals

Biofilms formed by bacteria that stick to each other on living tissue and medical instruments in hospitals, which make them harder to remove, can be tricked into dispersing with the targeted application of nanoparticles and heat, researchers have found. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) study, jointly led by Cyrille Boyer, PhD, associate professor...

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UNO Study Aims to Improve Prosthesis Usage

Research from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) could soon help an estimated 2 million people in America living with amputations. Using funding from a $425,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team of scientists in UNO’s Biomechanics Research Building will spend the next two years working with undergraduate and graduate...

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Amputee Coalition to Host Limb-Loss Prevention Webinar

In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Amputee Coalition and Organogenesis, Canton, Massachusetts, will host an educational webinar for veterans, on November 23 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET, to discuss preventing limb loss among veterans who have diabetes. During the webinar, Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will discuss why people...

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Medicare Rights Center Applauds Bipartisan Action on Medicare?s Part B Premium and Deductible for 2016

Following is a statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker: Starting January 1, for most people with Medicare, the Part B premium will remain the same, amounting to $104.90 per month. For beneficiaries who are not held harmless and protected from premium increases, the standard Part B premium will be $118.80. These beneficiaries will...

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Skills for Life 4: People, Purpose, Passion

Exclusive live coverage from Amplitude. Zach said he learned to hold a coffee cup from the bottom so he could drink from it more easily. Marie showed attendees the dressing stick she uses that affixes to the wall with a heavy-duty suction cup. Mike suggested wearing pants that are a size larger for ease of...

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Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer...

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Suicide Is Often Preventable

Every 13 minutes of every day, on average, someone in the U.S. commits suicide. Many of those deaths are preventable. “Depression is not normal. Effective medication and therapies are available to return people to normal psychological function and reduce their risk of suicide,” said Mark Pollack, MD, Grainger professor and chairperson of the Rush University...

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National Organizations Urge Congress to Act on 2016 Medicare Part B Premium and Deductible Hikes

On September 30, 70 leading organizations representing people with Medicare, health insurers, workers, federal employees, and more sent a letter to key Congressional committees urging swift action to shield older adults, people with disabilities, and state Medicaid programs from anticipated increases in Medicare Part B premiums and the Part B deductible in 2016. Joe Baker,...

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Healthy Mood Spreads Through Social Contact, Depression Doesn?t

New research has revealed that having mentally healthy friends can help someone recover from depression or even remain mentally healthy in the first place. But, crucially, having depressed friends does not make you more likely to become depressed yourself. In other words, the results indicate that healthy mood spreads through social networks but depression does...

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Technique Helps Patients Overcome Negative Thinking

Some depressed patients may be hoping for answers from their therapists, but a new study suggests questions may be the key. Researchers examined how cognitive therapy for depression achieves its positive effects. Their study is the first to show that depressed patients see substantial improvements in their depressive symptoms when their therapists use a technique...

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Survey Shows Impact of Social Security

As the United States celebrated the 80th Anniversary of Social Security on August 14, AARP released the results of a national survey of adults about the program. “…Our survey found that [Social Security] remains as important as ever to American families,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We also found that although most want to...

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Nurses Rally to Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare

Registered nurses (RNs) will join actions in over 25 U.S. cities July 30 to honor Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary with a National Day of Action celebrating the theme “Medicare is as American as Apple Pie.” The RNs, affiliated with National Nurses United (NNU), and an ad hoc coalition, Medicare Turns 50, will call on...

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Implantable Artificial Pancreas Could Help Diabetes Patients Control Their Blood Sugar

Living with type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels and injecting insulin daily. Now scientists are reporting the development of an implantable artificial pancreas that continuously measures a person’s blood sugar, or glucose, level and can automatically release insulin as needed in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry...

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Study: Rate of Healing of Diabetic Ulcers Is High

In a study to determine the rate at which plantar forefoot ulcers healed among patients with diabetes, researchers at Skåne University Hospital and Lund University, Sweden, found that 79.6 percent of participants healed without the need for amputation. The study was published online June 17 in the journal Wound Repair and Regeneration. All patients at...

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Soldiering On, With Help From Man?s Best Friend

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Part 2 Photo illustration by Sgt. Zach Sheely. Master Sgt. Lyle Babcock is a combat veteran who served more than 30 years in the Army and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fortunately, he has help from a four-legged friend. Gunther, a yellow Labrador Retriever, is Babcock’s service dog. His duty is...

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Former Hospital Converted to Transitional Housing for Homeless Veterans

Approximately 65 veterans began their transition out of homelessness recently when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reopened Building 209, a former mental health hospital on the VA’s historic West Los Angeles campus that architects LEO A DALY have transformed into therapeutic residences. The facility will house and support chronically homeless veterans, providing on-site...

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Perceived Stigma of PTSD Deters Many from Seeking Help

Master Sgt. Lyle Babcock. Photograph by Sgt. 1st Class Mark Hanson/Kansas National Guard Visual Information. Although post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often thought of as a symptom of warfare, major catastrophes, and assault, a recent Johns Hopkins study concluded that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors suffer from the disorder. For many of these individuals, simply...

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Developers of Mind-Controlled Bionic Lower Limbs Make Great Progress

The IMES System bridges the brain to the prosthetic limb, enabling the signals sent from the brain to the amputated limb’s residual muscles to control the prosthesis intuitively without the need for invasive brain or muscle reinnervation surgery. Two individuals with lower-limb amputations are the first people in the world able to control their bionic...

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How to Recognize Warning Signs of Depression in Seniors

Older people may become depressed as they face the many challenges aging brings, but spotting the signs and being proactive can limit the illness’s influence. This responsibility starts with family members or caregivers, who need to know how to recognize early signs of depression in the seniors they know. To find out if loved ones...

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Tim McGraw Challenges Americans with Type 2 Diabetes to Achieve Their A1C Goal

Country music artist Tim McGraw is traveling the country to urge people with type 2 diabetes to get their blood glucose under control. The American Diabetes Association and Merck are launching America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals, an educational program that encourages people with the disease to work with their doctors to set and...

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April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month

The Amputee Coalition announced that April is Limb Loss Awareness Month-the coalition’s initiative to increase awareness about those living with limb loss and limb loss prevention. Throughout the month, amputee support groups across the country are holding events to “show their mettle” and raise limb loss awareness by planning and holding walk/run/roll events in their...

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VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) three-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 nonprofit agencies in 15 communities. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to...

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Having a Sense of Purpose May Lower Health Risks

Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. The new analysis defined purpose in life as a sense of meaning and direction and a feeling that life is worth...

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Medicare Coverage of Continuous Glucose Monitors Sought

Even though an estimated 3 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) for patients with diabetes, Medicare will not provide coverage for these devices, which could save lives and prevent serious complications from the disease. During a recent...

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Rhythm Rally Fundraiser: Snowboarding for a Cause

Exclusive live coverage from Amplitude. Hale shreds the course. Photograph by Maggie Zawalski. The Fairplay ski run at Copper Mountain ski resort, Colorado, was closed to the public on February 2. Replacing the moguls that usually pepper the evergreen tree-flanked hill was a banked slalom, single-track snowboard course. The series of about 20 turns were...

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AMG Announces Redesign of Amplitude-Media.com to Improve User Experience

Amplitude Media Group (AMG)-a leading information source for amputees, their family members, and their caregivers-is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website on February 19. “We’ve been working behind the scenes over the past several months to ensure that our website, Amplitude-Media.com, better fulfills the needs and desires of our visitors,” said Tonja...

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Experts Recommend Intermediate Physical Activity Goals, Especially for Older Adults

The recommendation that adults should get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week may be too ambitious for many middle-aged and older adults. That’s one key recommendation from physical activity and health experts in the United States and Australia who published a paper in the British Medical Journal. While all adults, even those over the...

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Research Shows Smokers Aren’t Hearing Important Reason to Quit

While smokers are likely to hear dozens of reasons why they should quit – ranging from wrinkles to cancer – a new study shows that there is a major health issue that healthcare providers may not be discussing: chronic wounds. Non-healing wounds like pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers, which affect 6.5...

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AMG Announces Publication of Its Premiere Issue of Amplitude Magazine in February

New Print Publication Will Help Close Information Gap for Amputees Amplitude Media Group (AMG) is proud to announce the publication in February of its premiere issue of Amplitude— a bimonthly print magazine dedicated to making a difference in the lives of amputees, their family members, and their caregivers. “Amplitude will provide valuable news, information, and...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 10-15 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children 10-17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 20. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are paid through the Amputee Coalition’s...

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PRESS RELEASE: AMG Announces Publication of Its Premiere Issue of Amplitude Magazine in February

New Print Publication Will Help Close Information Gap for Amputees Amplitude Media Group (AMG) is proud to announce the publication in February of its premiere issue of Amplitude-a bimonthly print magazine dedicated to making a difference in the lives of amputees, their family members, and their caregivers. “Amplitude will provide valuable news, information, and resources...

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Urban Stressors May Contribute to Increase in Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders

As people in developing nations relocate from rural areas to cities, the increased stress is affecting their hormone levels and making them more susceptible to diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). About 387 million people worldwide have diabetes, and...

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VA Implements National Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve veterans’ access to healthcare, VA is announcing the launch of a national Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative (HSI) to encourage veterans with diabetes receiving VA care to seek support to lower the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The new initiative will enable veterans...

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National Disability Institute Encourages Passage of ABLE Act

On November 24, National Disability Institute (NDI) Executive Director Michael Morris issued the following statement on the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 647 / S. 313): “We at NDI wanted to reaffirm our position on the need for and passage of the ABLE Act. After eight years of hard work,...

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