Brain-computer interface could improve performance of prostheses | Exoskeleton for stroke rehab to enter US market | Diabetes patients may reduce CV, renal events with dulaglutide
June 13, 2019
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Brain-computer interface could improve performance of prostheses
A brain-computer interface developed by University of Houston researchers can sense what a prosthesis wearer wants to do without programming the device, enabling more natural prosthesis performance. "The BCI quickly interprets what you're going to do and what you expect as far as whether the outcome will be good or bad," said Joe Francis, professor of biomedical engineering.
The Engineer (UK) (6/13) 
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Science and Technology
Exoskeleton for stroke rehab to enter US market
The FDA approved an exoskeleton that helps stroke patients learn to walk again, clearing the way for the device to enter the US market. ReWalk Robotics, the manufacturer of the ReStore exoskeleton, is offering a lease program for clinics that cannot afford to purchase the device.
Worcester Business Journal (Mass.) (6/11) 
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Diabetes patients may reduce CV, renal events with dulaglutide
Two studies presented at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting and published in The Lancet showed that type 2 diabetes patients may benefit from using the GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide. In the first study, Canadian researchers found that dulaglutide users experienced a reduction in cardiovascular events, such as death from CV causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction or nonfatal stroke, and the second study linked dulaglutide to a reduced renal outcome, with the strongest effect seen among those with newly diagnosed macroalbuminuria.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/11) 
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Study: Diet/exercise may help prevent progression to diabetes
A study found only 62 of 962 patients with prediabetes developed diabetes after following a regimen that included two dietary interventions and exercise, researchers told the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. "This study shows a highly effective strategy involves initial meal replacement to achieve weight loss followed by a 3-year period of weight maintenance," said researcher Ian Macdonald.
Healio (free registration) (6/11) 
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Studies find links between periodontal disease and diabetes
People with prediabetes are more likely than those with a healthy blood glucose level to have severe periodontitis, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting. The same study found a link between severe periodontitis and metabolic syndrome, and another study presented at the meeting found a significant association between periodontal disease and diabetes-related nephropathy and neuropathy.
DrBicuspid (free registration) (6/12) 
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    House committee holds first major Medicare for All hearing
    The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing Wednesday to explore the proposed Medicare for All bill, and panel members were at odds with each other on how the government would fund the program, which is estimated to cost tens of trillions of dollars. During the hearing, Republicans warned that the proposal would harm seniors and children and result in longer wait times, reduced quality of care and higher health care costs for many Americans, while Democrats accused Republicans of using scare tactics to oppose any government effort to expand health care.
    The Hill (6/12) 
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    College student with prostheses sets golfing record
    Evan Mathias' 398-yard-long drive at the ParaLong Drive Cup in Mesquite, Nev., was the third longest for an amputee and the longest drive hit by anyone who doesn't have knees, he said. Mathias, a student at Marian University in Indianapolis, has congenital limb defects and wears prostheses that allow him to walk and play golf.
    WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) (6/11) 
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    Tips for partnering with hospitals, the VA and insurers
    O&P professionals should make sure to thoroughly examine any contracts when partnering with hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs and private insurers, experts say. Most hospitals do not offer "exclusive" contracts but may prepare prescriptions and input O&P patients' data before visits, and O&P providers who want to work with the VA can register in FedBizOppz to receive information about when a contract becomes available.
    O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (6/2019) 
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    I always say you should be very careful with the voices you listen to. And my closest voices have always told me, "You can."
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