AOPA has filed suit against the CMS over auditing activities it called "unfair," claiming the Office of Inspector General falsely alleged fraud in the O&P industry. AOPA claims an OIG report disregarded technological advances in the field and misunderstood the relationship between the prosthetist and the patient. "[W]e will not stand by when government acts inappropriately to threaten either the quality of care we provide to our patients or the economic viability of the small businesses and providers that comprise the orthotics and prosthetics profession," said AOPA President Thomas Kirk.
Belgian researchers have found that the intestinal microbe Akkermansia muciniphila can help produce mucus that protects the lining of the gut, thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders associated with obesity. The microbe also increased levels of molecules that control insulin sensitivity, inflammation and fat and energy metabolism. The study was published in PNAS.
Scientists at Stanford University are working on developing a sense of touch for artificial skin. Researcher Zhenan Bao and her colleagues have created a transistor made of a flexible polymer semiconductor, which transmits the signal from a sensitive pressure sensor. "To actually make artificial skin, we still need to be able to connect the sensors with neurosystems, so that the sensor signal can be transmitted to the human brain," Bao said. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.