<img class="" style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2004-10_15\/Fairley-Miki.jpg" width="250" height="237" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nTake a mind-bending journey through the world of tomorrow's practitioner in the feature article, <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-10_01.asp">"Today's Dreams, Tomorrow's Reality in O&P Technology,"<\/a> by Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP. What's amazing is that most of the technology is available today. One that isn't yet ready in a practical way, but can make your imagination soar, is being able to shape a prosthesis with the help of a holographic projection monitor providing an incredibly lifelike representation of the residual limb.\r\n<h2>NBA Star Rip' Hamilton's Famous Facemask<\/h2>\r\nMany sports fans saw the Detroit Pistons rout the LA Lakers\r\n100-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Championship Finals to take home\r\nMotown's first NBA title in 14 years. And one of the "heroes" of\r\nthe game was Detroit forward Rip Hamilton's clear protective\r\nfacemask which enabled him to continue playing after nasal\r\nfractures and reconstructive surgery. Read the behind-the-scenes\r\nstory of Hamilton's mask and its creator, Jerry McHale, CO, in <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-10_02.asp">"The Man\r\nBehind the Mask,"<\/a> by Meredy Fullen.\r\n<h2>Better Hand Orthoses<\/h2>\r\nThe use of low-temperature thermoplastics in hand\r\nsplints\/orthoses has greatly improved patient care in this area.\r\nPreviously, therapists and orthotists had used leather, metal, and\r\nhigh-temperature plastics, which required significant fabrication\r\ntime and generally several patient visits and fittings. With the\r\nadvent of low-temperature thermoplastics, the splint\/orthosis could\r\nbe molded to the patient and completed in just one visit. Judy C.\r\nColditz, OTR\/L, CHT, FAOTA, discusses the <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-10_03.asp">current\r\nstate of the art<\/a> in this issue.\r\n<h2>Lightweight Breast Prostheses<\/h2>\r\nOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The number of new\r\ncases of breast cancer has increased by about 1 percent per year in\r\nthe US since about the 1940s and has only recently shown signs of\r\nleveling off, notes the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (\r\n<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2807">www.komen.org<\/a>).\r\nAn estimated 216,000 new cases will be diagnosed in American women\r\nin 2004 alone. However, the foundation notes that, when detected\r\nearly, breast tumors are almost 100-percent treatable.\r\n\r\nAnd more options in breast forms and prostheses are now\r\navailable to breast cancer survivors. The traditional school of\r\nthought was that women should wear weighted silicone prostheses\r\nsimilar in weight to the natural breast to give balance. Now,\r\nhowever, new research and industry trends are showing that lighter\r\nweight prostheses can benefit users from a medical standpoint as\r\nwell as providing greater comfort. For more information on this\r\ntimely topic, read <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-10_05.asp">"Lighter Breast Prostheses Equal Comfort,\r\nBenefits"<\/a>.\r\n<h2>AAA Riders Inspire Others<\/h2>\r\nThe "Amputees Across America" riders completed their epic\r\n66-day, 4,700-mile journey August 6. You'll enjoy reading <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2004-10_11.asp">more\r\nabout their ride<\/a> (which included ten skydives) in this month's\r\n<i>SALUTE!<\/i>. Truly these riders have made a difference in the\r\nlives of others. Congratulations to all of them!