Exhibit highlights past, present and future of prosthetics | Research should determine if prostheses improve performance | Study: Vegan diet may help prevent diabetes
February 15, 2018
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Exhibit highlights past, present and future of prosthetics
"Bespoke Bodies: the Design & Craft of Prosthetics," on display at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, features exhibits on the history, present and future of artificial body parts. One section focuses on the Alternative Limb Project, which designs specialized prostheses.
Portland Tribune (Ore.) (2/14) 
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Science and Technology
Research should determine if prostheses improve performance
As prosthetic devices become more advanced, the question of whether they confer an unfair advantage to amputee athletes persists. An independent body should research this question, says sports historian Victoria Jackson, who adds that running blades aren't performance-enhancing, but instead "improve recovery time, which allows the athlete to train harder, which therefore enhances performance."
The Daily Beast (2/15) 
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Medical News
Study: Vegan diet may help prevent diabetes
Researchers used a cohort of 75 overweight or obese adults without diabetes history, ages 25 to 75, and found increases in insulin secretion after eating and improvements in insulin sensitivity among those who followed a low-fat vegan diet for 16 weeks, compared with the control group. The findings in the journal Nutrients showed that the low-fat vegan diet group also experienced reduced blood glucose levels during meals and while fasting and a significant reduction in body mass index, which suggests that a vegan diet could help prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers said.
Medical News Today (2/13) 
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Reimbursement for osteoarthritis bracing
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How CMS policy influences OA bracing
Clinicians and Medicare increasingly favor conservative care for osteoarthritis of the knee, and there are more bracing options than ever before, but reimbursement doesn't always support the right choice. Townsend Design CEO Rick Riley addresses these issues and the benefits of offloading-type braces for keeping patients active and healthy. Learn more.
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Legislative and Regulatory
HHS priorities are value in Medicare, Rx prices and telehealth, Azar says
HHS priorities are value in Medicare, Rx prices and telehealth, Azar says
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HHS Secretary Alex Azar told lawmakers during a House committee hearing that HHS remains committed to ensuring affordable access to health care and keeping Medicare solvent by driving out fraud, waste and abuse. Azar said his priorities include shifting Medicare toward a more value-based, outcome-based program; reducing prescription drug costs; and expanding telehealth services.
HealthLeaders Media (2/14) 
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Foundation helps amputees access prostheses
The Prosthetic Foundation of San Antonio helps amputees obtain artificial limbs. Gaining access to prostheses improves patients' health and productivity, "not only for themselves and their family, but the whole community," said vascular surgeon Daniel Tamez Jr., who serves on the organization's board.
KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (2/14) 
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CMS: Health care spending to hit $5.7T by 2026
A CMS report published in Health Affairs estimated health care will account for 19.7% of the US economy by 2026, compared with 17.9% in 2016, with spending projected at $5.7 trillion by 2026, compared with the current $3.5 trillion. The report projected Medicare's annual growth at an average of 7.4% and Medicaid at 5.8% through 2026.
Medscape (free registration) (2/14) 
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Business and Finance
Small-business optimism improving
About 60% of small-business owners expect robust economic growth, and two-thirds believe their own revenue will grow this year, according to a survey by the National Small Business Association and ZipRecruiter. The findings mark a significant improvement from mid-2017.
The Associated Press (2/12) 
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5 issues that affect retirement-savings needs
Paying attention to five issues, including health care needs and inflation, can be helpful for determining a retirement-savings goal.
Kiplinger online (2/13) 
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