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Multi-Person Motion Tracking via RF Body Reflections

Multi-Person Motion Tracking via RF Body Reflections, Fadel Adib; Zachary Kabelac; Dina Katabi. MIT-CSAIL-TR-2014-008. April 26, 2014. “Recently, we have witnessed the emergence of technologies that can localize a user and track her gestures based purely on radio reflections off the person’s body. These technologies work even if the user is behind a wall or obstruction. However,Continue Reading

US cancer survivors face significant economic burden

“U.S. cancer survivors face significant economic burdens due to growing medical costs, missed work, and reduced productivity, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Cancer survivors face physical, emotional, psychosocial, employment and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment,” saidContinue Reading

Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States, all ages, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its  Burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2014. 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes  

Kaiser – Medicare Could Save Billions By Scrapping Random Drug Plan Assignment

Kaiser Health News: “A new study finds that Medicare is spending billions of dollars more than it needs to on prescription drugs for low-income seniors and disabled beneficiaries. In 2013, an estimated 10 million people who participate in the Medicare prescription drug program, known as Part D, received government subsidies to help pay for that coverage. They account forContinue Reading

The Number of Veterans That Use VA Health Care Services: A Fact Sheet

Follow-up to posting, Wait Times for Veterans Health Not New – see CRS – The Number of Veterans That Use VA Health Care Services: A Fact Sheet. Erin Bagalman, Analyst in Health Policy, June 3, 2014. “It’s a simple question—how many veterans use services at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)? It’s a question being asked a lot these days, and itContinue Reading

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should - Regulators have kept problems secret, and there’s no fix in sight By Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, June 4, 2014. “Dominated by private insurers, Medicare Advantage now covers nearly 16 million Americans at a cost expected to top $150 billion this year. Many seniors choose the managed-care MedicareContinue Reading

HHS releases new data and tools to increase transparency on hospital utilization and other trends

“With more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, data scientists, researchers, policy experts, government employees and more in attendance, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new data and launching new initiatives at the annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing its first annualContinue Reading

DARPA research program focusing on traumatic brain injuries

Via DefenseTech: “The Pentagon has ambitious plans to develop a prosthetic for the brain that, if successful, will restore memory functions lost to troops who suffered brain injuries as well as people losing their pasts to Alzheimer’s disease. The Restoring Active Memory — or RAM — is just one project among a broad, multi-agency program underwayContinue Reading

Launch of openFDA Beta Research Project

“OpenFDA offers easy access to FDA public data and highlight projects using these data in both the public and private sector to further regulatory or scientific missions, educate the public, and save lives. OpenFDA is specifically designed to make it easier for developers, researchers, and the public to access and use the many large, important, healthContinue Reading

Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high

Measles — United States, January 1–May 23, 2014 - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release May 29, 2014 / 63(Early Release);1-4 “Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014. This is the largest number of measlesContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Army Networks, Defense Acquisitions, Defense Research, Foster Care, Foster Children

ARMY NETWORKS: Select Programs Are Utilizing Competition to Varying Degrees, GAO-14-460: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014. DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS: Assessment of Institute for Defense Analyses’ C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Analysis, GAO-14-547R: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014. DEFENSE RESEARCH: Improved Management of DOD’s Technical Corrosion Collaboration Program Needed, GAO-14-437: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014.Continue Reading

Crisis Standards of Care – Institute of Medicine

“Catastrophic disasters occurring in 2011 in the United States and worldwide–from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to the earthquake in New Zealand–have demonstrated that even prepared communities can be overwhelmed. In 2009, at the height of the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and ResponseContinue Reading