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GAO to Evaluate Barriers for Assistive Technologies

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Back in 2020, we wrote about the introduction of the Access to Assistive Technology and Devices for Americans Study Act, a.k.a. the Triple A Study Act by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn). It’s been almost two years, and some of you may be wondering what has happened since then.

The Government Accountability Office will evaluate the barriers for assistive technology.

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Prosthetic Legs Don’t Give Athletes Unfair Advantage—study

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Specialized prosthetic legs for running have enabled athletes with bilateral leg amputations to surpass the qualifying standards for the Olympic 400-meter race. Because these adaptive athletes clock in relatively fast finishes, many assume prosthetic legs provide an unfair advantage over biologically legged competitors.

A study found that prosthetic legs for running don't give adaptive athletes unfair advantage over non-amputee athletes.

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Scientists Regrow Frogs’ Amputated Limbs

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Although some creatures, like lizards, starfish, and crabs, can fully regenerate some lost limbs, African clawed frogs, like humans, cannot. However, a recent development showed that scientists had gotten frogs with amputated limbs to grow new, leg-like limbs in the laboratory, and this discovery might be the key to helping humans regrow limbs.

Scientists at Tufts University successfully regrow frogs' amputated limbs.

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Medicare Cuts May Worsen the Amputation Crisis

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On Nov. 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and ASC Payment System. The new payment system will see a 23% payment cut to in-office revascularization services, undoubtedly limiting patient access to this limb-saving procedure.

Medicare's 2022 cuts may worsen the amputation crisis in the US.

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New MIT Bionics Center is Key to Better Future Prosthetic Limbs

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Life-changing inventions are never achieved by looking at problems through one lens. Today's advancements were made possible through interdisciplinary thinking and collaborating with experts from other fields.

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