Tag: Health & Medicine

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Racial Disparities Identified in Diabetes-Related Amputations

According to a new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, amputation rates show substantial variation across U.S. regions among all Medicare patients with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD), as did the use of preventive measures. The report, called “Variation in the Care of Surgical Conditions: Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease,” draws on Medicare claims...

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Common Anesthetic Procedure Improves Well-Being of Veterans with PTSD

According to a recent study, a single application of a common anesthetic procedure could be the answer to alleviating anxiety, depression, and psychological pain in those suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY? 2014 annual meeting, followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone an anesthetic procedure called...

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Physician Explains Benefits and Dangers of Supplements

From multivitamins to supplements that are purported to help with everything from depression to treating athlete’s foot, whole stores are filled with these alternative medications. With so many options out there, it can be difficult for patients to know what is beneficial and what might cause harm. This is especially true for amputees who might...

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Reaches One-Year+ Milestone

Ortiz Catalan (left) and Brånemark (right) with the first patient treated with the osseointegrated implant system for neural control. Photographs courtesy of Max Ortiz-Catalan et al., Science Translational Medicine, 2014. In January 2013, a gentleman from Sweden who had undergone a transhumeral amputation more than ten years prior, was the first person in the world...

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Long-Term Stable Natural Touch Perception Restored in Hand Amputees

Researchers with the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (Cleveland VA), Ohio, and at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, have found a way to provide sensory feedback for a prosthetic hand via a direct interface to the residual peripheral nerve. The results of their most recent study show...

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Research Will Focus on Nondrug Approaches to Pain

Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over five years will explore nondrug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. The...

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Yoga May Help Train the Brain to Control a Prosthesis

New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota (U of M), Minneapolis, shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. They say the research could have implications for treatments...

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Grants Will Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert A. McDonald announced the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for people with disabilities. “Partnering with national, regional, and community-based nonprofit...

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Positive Outlook and Social Support Help People with Diabetes Cope

A positive outlook and support from people around them help individuals with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. Diabetes can also seriously harm these individuals’ circulatory systems, nerves, kidneys, eyes, teeth, gums, and hearts, as well as lead to...

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What?s Next in Fighting Childhood Cancer?

Research into Better and Less-Toxic Treatments More Important than Ever Stuart Siegel, MD. Photograph courtesy of CHLA. Fifty years ago, childhood cancer was a near-certain death sentence. But thanks to decades of treatment advances, including successful amputations, more than 80 percent of childhood cancer patients now become survivors. Stuart E. Siegel, MD, experienced this monumental...

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Tips for Dealing with the Healthcare System

As they approached their golden years, one problem Philip and Ruth Barash didn’t foresee was having to struggle through their country’s healthcare system. “Philip’s health problems began in 1988 and steadily continued until his death in 2012,” says Ruth Fenner Barash, who shares the couple’s harrowing healthcare experiences in her book, For Better or Worse:...

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Various Diets Help with Weight Loss?If You Stick to Them

Study Finds Little Difference in Effectiveness between Branded Diets Amputees who have an increased risk for weight gain because of a sedentary lifestyle might find some comfort in the results of a recent study of various branded or trademarked diets. According to the study, these diets have similar levels of effectiveness, and the key is...

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Dolphin Tale 2: Winter Now Has Hope

Exclusive live coverage from Amplitude. Winter the dolphin made an appearance at the blue carpet event. Photographs by Laura Fonda Hochnadel. The blue carpet was laid out at the Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida, on September 10 for that city’s premiere showing of Dolphin Tale 2. Various cast and crew members were in attendance including...

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Conference to Highlight Efforts to Provide Inexpensive 3D-Printed Prostheses

Several nationally recognized organizations are coming together to sponsor a full-day conference that will highlight and mainstream the work of e-NABLE, an online volunteer community of humanitarian technologists that is leading the way by designing, building, and disseminating inexpensive 3D-printed prostheses. The conference, titled Prosthetists Meet 3D Printers, is set for Sunday, September 28, in...

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Overprescribing of Opioid Painkillers Could Put Your Life at Risk

Healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012-many more in some states than in others-according to a Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that highlights the danger of overdose. Healthcare providers in the highest prescribing state, Alabama, wrote almost three times as many of these...

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IT?S HERE: The Preview Issue of Amplitude Magazine!

The preview issue of Amplitude has been printed and will be sent the first week of September with the current issue of The O&P EDGE to Amplitude Media subscribers and current subscribers of The O&P EDGE. Be sure to keep an eye out for it in your healthcare provider’s waiting area or in your mailbox!...

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Uric Acid Might Be Factor in Development of Metabolic Syndrome

A new study suggests that uric acid may play a role in causing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes-diseases that many amputees are already at risk for because of a sedentary lifestyle. Uric acid is a normal waste product removed from the body by the kidneys and...

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Össur VP Sets Marathon World Record for Transtibial Amputees

On August 23, Kim De Roy, CPO, PT, set a world record by an athlete with a transtibial amputation at the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland with a time of 2:57:06. The 37-year-old De Roy, vice president of sales & marketing and education for prosthetics at Össur Americas, Foothills Ranch, California, was running in his first...

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Half of Adults with Disability Are Missing Out on ?Wonder Drug?

Working-age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly half (47 percent) of adults with disabilities...

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Little Time for Exercise?

Running May Reduce Risk of Death for Amputees Regardless of Duration, Speed Running for only a few minutes a day or at slow speeds may significantly reduce a person’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to someone who does not run, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of...

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Highlights Value of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Reducing Diabetes Risk, Providing Treatment

A new study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, indicates that Americans have approximately a 40 percent risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Many amputees already have diabetes, and many more are at increased risk for the disease due to...

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Amputee Coalition Names New Members to Scientific & Medical Advisory Committee

The Amputee Coalition has named three new members to its Scientific & Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC). Deb Velez, BSN, MN, GNP; David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD; and Carol A. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS, will join the committee this month for a three-year term. Velez will serve as the nursing representative on the committee. She...

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In Memoriam: Dudley S. Childress, PhD

Dudley S. Childress, PhD, passed away on August 6, after a long illness. He was 79. Childress was born on a farm near Archie, Missouri, the first child of Stephen T. and Virginia Dudley Childress. He was valedictorian of his class and an all-state player in high school. He won a football scholarship to the...

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NAAOP Alert: VA Victory on Private Contracting of O&P Care

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) has issued the following legislative alert: Congress is poised to pass-and the President is expected to sign-major legislation impacting the Veterans Health Administration. NAAOP is proud to announce that one of the key provisions in House Resolution (H.R.) 3408, the Injured and Amputee Veterans...

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Medical Doctor Offers Advice on Achieving Successful Long-Term Weight Loss

Obesity expert Mohammad Emran, MD, has seen people try everything under the sun to lose weight. In his new book, Fast-Track Your Health-The Four Keys to Successful Weight Loss, he shares what he’s learned about what people need to do to achieve and maintain weight loss. “It all comes down to four things,” he says....

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People with a Disability More Likely to Be Obese, Have Chronic Illnesses

Adults with a disability are more likely to be obese or extremely obese than those without a disability, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Approximately 54 million Americans live with a...

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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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Expert Answers to Common Caregiving Questions

According to the Caregiver Action Network, there are approximately 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today, and two out of every five adults care for a family member. The following questions and answers with Steven Zarit, PhD, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University and caregiving expert,...

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Limb-Loss Patients Treated in Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals Have Better Health Outcomes, Study Shows

A new study shows that people with limb loss who were treated in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes. “As this study shows, the timely, intensive and coordinated services provided in a rehabilitation hospital or unit help those with limb loss return to their homes...

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Beware: Fireworks Accidents Can Lead to Loss of Fingers, Hands

As Independence Day nears, emergency departments and trauma centers nationwide are already beginning to treat patients injured by fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the month around July 4, about 200 people per day, on average, go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. It also reports that hand and finger damage...

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Do ?Walkable? Neighborhoods Reduce Obesity, Diabetes?

Studies Show More Sprawl Associated with Higher Incidence of Poor Health Outcomes Posted June 24, 2014 People who live in neighborhoods that are conducive to walking experienced a substantially lower rate of obesity, overweight, and diabetes than those who lived in more auto-dependent neighborhoods, according to a pair of studies presented at the American Diabetes...

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Increasing Daily Coffee Consumption May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted June 24, 2014 People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had an 11 percent lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public...

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Kids Value Support at Disability-Specific Camp?Want Similar Experiences in Home Communities

Posted June 20, 2014 Camps for children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses can provide fantastic social and self-affirming opportunities for campers that just can’t be matched outside of camp-and this can be a problem, found Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, researchers. A Camp Riley camper is congratulated by his counselor after successfully climbing a 40-foot climbing...

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Is It Really Depression or Is It Diabetes Distress?

New Study Shows that People with Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Misdiagnosed for Depression Posted June 18, 2014 Researchers have long understood that there is a strong association between diabetes and depression. But new research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions shows that symptoms of depression in people with type 2 diabetes...

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More Than 29 Million Americans Have Diabetes; 25 Percent of Them Don?t Know It

Prevention efforts crucial to combat serious health risks. Posted June 16, 2014 More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-five percent of them don’t even know they have...

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Congress Tells DARPA: Research Alternatives to Amputations

Posted June 13, 2014 In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the marketing of the DEKA Arm System “Luke Skywalker” bionic arm, conceived in 2006 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). But a $491 billion House of Representatives appropriations bill approved June 10 asks DARPA to go one step backward:...

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NAAOP Releases Webcast about Changes at the VA, CMS

Posted June 5, 2014 The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) released a new video webcast in which NAAOP General Counsel Peter Thomas discusses changes developing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A summary follows: VA Update VA Secretary...

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New Study Quantifies Impact of Lower-Limb Amputation on Body Image

Posted April 1, 2014 Nearly two million Americans currently live with limb loss, according to the Amputee Coalition, and that number is expected to double by 2050. While the physical impact of limb loss is relatively well understood, the psychological impact is much more challenging to quantify. Researchers in Austria are hoping to change that...

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VA Program Aims to Enhance Care for Veterans with Amputation

Posted November 19, 2013 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated the Prosthetics Patch 101 Program with the goal of improving the VA’s oversight and management of prosthetic purchasing and inventory management. Creative Computing Solutions Inc. (CCSi), Rockville, Maryland, a provider of program and project management services, health services, cybersecurity services, and enterprise...

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Researcher Receives $1M Grant to Develop Virtual World to Support Amputees

Jet skiing in virtual reality. Photograph courtesy of Nova Southeastern University. Posted November18, 2013 A researcher at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been awarded a three-year, nearly $1 million government grant to develop a virtual world that would allow individuals with amputations to participate in education and support programs, as well as...

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