Smartphone-connected menstrual cup can help women track cycles; DARPA picks research teams to help with ElectRx program;

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> A new menstrual cup that connects with a smartphone can help women analyze and track their cycles. The tool also eliminates risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and can also detect if there is something unusual about fluid, according to MedCity News. Article

> The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently chose seven teams of researchers to help with its Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program. The initiative's goals are to create a "closed-loop system that treats diseases by modulating the activity of peripheral nerves," according to an announcement. DARPA hopes to create a system that can ultimately detect disease and restore health through nerve stimulation. Announcement

Practice Management News

>  The U.S. population is aging, making Medicare beneficiaries an increasingly prevalent part of practices' patient panels. This trend poses both challenges and opportunities for all medical providers.The supply of geriatricians with special training to handle seniors' complex medical problems is woefully small, with about 7,000 currently practicing to serve a projected need of 30,000 by 2030. Article

> Although healthcare trends often ebb and flow, hospital employment is one that appears to not just have staying power, but keeps growing--despite some fierce opposition. Article

Health Insurance News

> New technology is making a big impact on the healthcare industry, and health insurance plans now are pressed to cover nearly every medical innovation, according to a new discussion paper from The Hamilton Project. Article

And Finally... Love your iPhone? Love Vladimir Putin? Then this is for you. Article