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First Things First Training and Clinic Teaches About Falls

Bionic Prosthetic & Orthotics, headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana, hosted an Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) First Things First Training and Clinic at Indiana Wesleyan University in Merrillville on September 22. The event was coordinated with Össur Americas and instruction was led by Chris Doerger PT, CP. First Things First is a workshop on falls...

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NAAOP Webcast: Fellowship Program Extended to 2019

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has released its latest webcast in which General Counsel Peter Thomas, JD, comments on the success and extension of its fellowship program as well as the upcoming pre-midterm elections, which could include a number of bills that will impact the healthcare area. The NAAOP...

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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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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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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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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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Senators Push Bill to Expand Access to Therapeutic Shoes for People With Diabetes

Senators Susan Collins,(R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced the “Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act,” legislation that would give people with diabetes better access to therapeutic shoes. The senators say the legislation would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants (PAs) to certify patients’ need for the shoes. While nurse practitioners and PAs often act...

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Electronic Skin Allows Prosthetic Hands to Touch, Feel Pain

A team of engineers at Johns Hopkins University has created an electronic skin that will enable individuals with amputations to perceive the sense of touch and pain through prosthetic fingertips. When layered on top of prosthetic hands, the electronic skin, or e-dermis, brings back a real sense of touch through the fingertips, said Luke Osborn,...

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AARP and AARP Foundation File Amicus in Support of ACA

AARP and AARP Foundation have asked the U.S. District Court to accept an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief explains many ways in which the ACA has benefited older adults and emphasizes the importance of protections for people with preexisting conditions and the limits on...

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House Passes Amendment Protecting Veterans? Access to Healthcare Providers

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetic (NAAOP) has been working with Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) to protect veterans with amputations’ choice of an O&P practitioner. Those recent efforts resulted in the passage June 8 of an amendment by the U.S. House of Representatives that would oppose a proposed rule by the...

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Artificial Nerve System Could Give Prostheses a Sense of Touch

Researchers at Stanford University and Seoul National University, Korea, have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach as well as identify letters in the Braille alphabet. The work, published May 31 in Science, is a step toward creating artificial skin and restoring sensation to people who use...

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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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Scheduled or Spontaneous Exercise? Which Motivates You More?

A study has found that older adults seem to be more motivated by scheduled workouts, including the role of a fitness coach or a significant person involved in their exercise goals, compared to those getting exercise only through spontaneous physical activity. Researchers tested a mathematical and psychological model on two different groups of older adults:...

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Online Physician Reviews May Be Misleading

Physician satisfaction scores on online third-party review sites tend to be skewed and can easily mislead patients, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators.   Since research shows that patients largely trust these ratings as their sole source of information when choosing a physician, this distortion may have significant consequences.   “Patients put so...

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Leg Muscles Could Be Used to Control Prosthetic Arms

A study conducted at the University of California, Davis, used surface EMG sensors placed on participants’ lower legs to test a noninvasive approach to control prosthetic elbow, wrist, and hand movements with minimal training. The researchers concluded that the method could benefit prosthesis users who have upper-limb amputations proximal to the elbow and lack residual...

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Adaptive Sports Festival Scheduled for June 21-24

The fourth annual Angel City Games will be held June 21-24 at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The event will offer five adaptive sports competitions, five sports clinics, an awards gala, a family cookout, a celebrity wheelchair basketball game, a fun zone for kids, and more.   Image by Chris Brooks Photography. Launched in 2015 and sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA, Angel City...

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Amputees Scheduled to Trek Across Sydney

Eight amputees will embark on a three-day trek across Sydney May 24-26. Some participants have undergone osseointegration surgery, while the others will be using sockets to attach their prosthetic limbs.   “About 40 years ago when I first became an amputee, walking 50 miles in three days would not have been possible due to the...

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