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December 4, 2012
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  • Consortium aims to simplify testing and design of medical devices
    In an effort to spur the development of new technology, the FDA announced it would join medical device manufacturers in a public-private partnership to accelerate product approvals. The Medical Device Innovation Consortium would seek input from government, industry and academia, and it has already raised a half-million dollars from industry members, an amount it hopes to double, according to interim director Maura Donovan. The Washington Post (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Experts create drink that shows potential for obesity, diabetes
    Oxford University researchers have developed a drink that contains ketones -- energy sources that the body creates when fats are used for energy in the absence of carbohydrates -- which may hold potential in fighting obesity and diabetes. A small, unpublished trial involving eight people with diabetes showed the drink helped reduce weight, glucose levels, cholesterol and fat in the blood. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asparagus boosts insulin, controls blood sugar in study
    Regular consumption of asparagus could help control diabetes, according to research at the University of Karachi in Pakistan. In animal studies, high levels of asparagus extract had a significant impact on insulin production by the pancreas and suppressed blood sugar levels. The research was published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Daily Mail (London) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Partial hand prosthesis senses muscle movements
    A 16-year-old girl in Alabama who lost four fingers in a car accident is learning to use an advanced myoelectric hand, reportedly among only 15 people in the country to be fitted with the device. Haley Higdon’s new prosthesis uses a sensor on her palm and one on the top of her arm to translate muscle movements into opening or closing the hand. Daily News (New York) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphone-based care may help boost diabetes outcomes
    Patients who received mobile-based diabetes care, including a wireless glucometer and a smartphone containing a personalized care plan, showed lower A1C levels at six months compared with those who had usual care, an analysis indicated. Researchers also found that patients on mobile-based care had better control of their bad cholesterol levels and were more likely to communicate online with their health care providers than those in the control group. The results appear in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Health Data Management (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Final rule seeks more disclosure by device manufacturers
    The final rule on transparency between device manufacturers and physicians is expected to require manufacturers to report any payments or transfers of value to doctors and teaching hospitals. HHS would publish the annual disclosures on a public website. “[T]ransparency can shed light on the nature and extent of relationships, and may dissuade inappropriate conflicts of interest from developing,” according to the CMS. Health Data Management (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business and Finance 
  • What's true and what's not about the Affordable Care Act
    Research shows that many small-business owners are uncertain about how the health care law will affect them, writes Maria Valdez Haubrich. Many small employers in a recent survey thought they would be forced to provide health insurance for their employees, but the truth is that companies with fewer than 50 workers are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, many respondents said they were unfamiliar with the concept of health insurance exchanges, which are being set up as part of the law. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to save money by cutting out waste
    "Lean" principles, which focus on removing waste from business processes, are becoming popular at all sorts of organizations, Stephanie Faris writes. You can incorporate such principles into your company by optimizing your use of space and determining whether there is any unnecessary equipment around the office, she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    DMEPOS supplier enrollment/revalidation fee increase in 2013. Do you know what our Facebook Fan Special is this week? Hint: One product has never been offered outside of the seminar before. Reminders on the medical device excise tax. All of this and more in today's AOPA breaking news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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