Ohio high school students building prosthetic hand for little girl | Haptic gloves provide a virtual sense of touch | Study shows importance of evidence-based diabetes interventions
October 16, 2018
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession
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Ohio high school students building prosthetic hand for little girl
Seniors at Ohio's Lakota East High School are making a prosthetic hand for a 4-year-old girl who was born with a condition that causes shorter digits or missing fingers. A 3D scanner was used to create a measurement of the girl's hand, and the students will determine what materials will be used to make the prosthetic hand.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (10/11) 
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Order Deadline for 2018 Delivery
Naked Prosthetics designs and manufactures custom prostheses for partial finger amputees. With the end of the year, rapidly approaching Naked Prosthetics announces November 16th as the last day that required documentation can be received to fulfill an order by the end of 2018.
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Science and Technology
Haptic gloves provide a virtual sense of touch
Virtual reality experiences now can add a sense of touch with haptic gloves. The gloves, developed by scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich, contain an insulator and elastic metal that hardens in response to voltage applied in correspondence to VR shapes to prevent further movement, imparting the sense that the wearer is gripping a solid object.
New Atlas (10/16) 
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Medical News
Study shows importance of evidence-based diabetes interventions
Researchers surveyed 376 individuals who worked in public health and found that implementing and supporting evidence-based diabetes management interventions at local health departments could help control diabetes across the US. The findings in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care revealed that among the implemented evidence-based interventions, the Diabetes Prevention Program is offered by 82% of the local health departments, while 81% offered diabetes self-management education and 67% offered diabetes screening and referrals.
Endocrinology Advisor (10/15) 
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Researchers develop new device to measure blood glucose levels
A device that uses Raman spectroscopy to measure blood glucose levels through the skin by producing a "molecular fingerprint" has been developed by researchers from MIT and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. They conducted a study with individuals without diabetes and found that the device and a finger prick test had similar efficacy in assessing blood glucose levels.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/14) 
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Overweight, obesity tied to reduced life expectancy, study finds
Men who were classified as overweight or obese in their 20s and 30s are expected to lose eight years and ten years of life, respectively, while women who are overweight or obese are predicted to lose up to six years and eight years of life, respectively, researchers reported in the International Journal of Obesity. The findings, based on 12,091 adults ages 20 to 69, showed that obesity was associated with a reduced life expectancy of 4.1 years among women in their 40s and 5.1 years among men in their 40s.
Philippine Daily Inquirer/Relaxnews (10/15) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
MA enrollment boom to continue, CMS says
Medicare Advantage enrollment is thriving, with sign-ups expected to rise 12% from about 20 million enrollees this year to 23 million for 2019. The CMS said consumers looking at options for 2019 can choose from about 3,700 plans, an increase of 600 from 2018, and low- or no-cost plans are among the options, along with improved benefits.
Kaiser Health News (10/15) 
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DOD, VA to align EHR projects
A joint statement signed Sept. 26 by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the alignment of their departments' EHR projects was released Wednesday. "The joint statement between DOD and VA represents tangible evidence of our commitment to change how we deliver veteran-focused, provider-friendly care," and the effort "will ease the burden on service members as they transition from military careers and will be supported by multiple medical providers throughout their lives," Wilkie said.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (10/12) 
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Trend Watch
N.Y. foundation raises money for center for pediatric amputees
The Out on a Limb Foundation of Oceanside, N.Y., helps the parents of pediatric amputees pay for medical expenses and is hoping to open a center for the children that will include an open-space gym. The group aims to raise $1.5 to $2 million to pay for the center, which will be built in Western Nassau County, N.Y.
Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (10/14) 
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Business and Finance
Report shows top subjects in health care phishing attacks
Cofense's The State of Phishing Defense 2018 report showed that "payment notification" appeared in 58% of health care phishing attack campaigns, making it the top subject in phishing attacks this year, with "attached invoice" and "new message in mailbox" also being prevalent. Seven percent of emails sent across the health care sector are malicious in nature, compared with 10% in other industries, findings showed.
Health IT Security (10/11) 
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