Researchers develop artificial brain cells that could power prostheses | Fla. veterans use VR to help deal with trauma | Study suggests exercise may protect muscles as people age
December 5, 2019
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Science and Technology
Researchers develop artificial brain cells that could power prostheses
A team led by researchers at the University of Bath say they have invented artificial neurons that can be helpful in a variety of ways, including controlling prosthetic limbs. The artificial neurons send out signals just as quickly as natural brain cells, the researchers said.
Stuff (New Zealand) (12/4) 
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Fla. veterans use VR to help deal with trauma
Veterans, active-duty troops and first responders dealing with trauma and chronic pain are finding some relief using virtual reality through a program at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Patients put on headsets and are transported to environments that help them relax.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Medical News
Study suggests exercise may protect muscles as people age
A small study of older male athletes suggested regular exercise during adulthood may protect muscles from the effects of aging, researchers reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study compared inflammatory responses following exercise in the elderly athlete group with athletes in their 20s and a group of healthy but sedentary older men, and it found similar signs of low inflammation in the two active groups and signs higher inflammation in the sedentary men.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/4) 
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Hypoglycemia linked to frailty, mortality in adults with diabetes
A study published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications found that adults with diabetes who've had at least one hypoglycemic episode within three years of their diabetes diagnosis had 1.46 times increased risk of frailty compared with patients with diabetes and no history of hypoglycemia. Using data from 10,540 patients, the researchers also found that a history of hypoglycemia was linked to a 1.462 times greater mortality risk.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (12/3) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
Tech disrupts military health IT by reducing other disruptions
The application of technology, not the technology itself, is disrupting military and veterans' health IT by reducing disruptions elsewhere along the care delivery continuum, such as by streamlining care coordination through integrated electronic health records and by minimizing interruptions for clinicians, says Neil Evans, connected care officer at the Veterans Health Agency. "Technology itself is not disruptive. It is the application of technology to impact people's lives that actually matters," Evans said.
GovernmentCIO Media & Research (12/3) 
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Va. takes steps to halt Medicaid work provisions
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has directed the state's Medicaid director to halt negotiations with the Trump administration on implementation of work requirements in the program, and the state has asked the CMS to stop the approval process. The requirements enabled Northam to gain enough Republican support for expanding eligibility in the state, but the Legislature has since been taken over by Democrats.
The Hill (12/4) 
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Trend Watch
Quadruple amputee says call him "recalibrated warrior"
Quadruple amputee Travis Mills says he doesn't like to be called "wounded" and prefers the term, "recalibrated warrior." Mills lost his limbs in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan.
Fox News (12/5) 
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Business and Finance
Moves to minimize taxes for 2019
Certified financial planner David Rae outlines tax-saving moves small-business owners can make to lower their 2019 tax bill. He suggests setting up a retirement plan like a SEP IRA or a solo 401(k), taking advantage of the home office deduction and claiming first-year bonus depreciation.
Forbes (12/3) 
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It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee,
track and field athlete, Olympic medal winner
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