Weekly News Roundup: Advocates Push Back Against Medicare Wage Limits, New Device Helps Blind People See…With Their Tongues, Too Much Sitting May Be Cause of Anxiety

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Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for June 16–22.

Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits Under Disability

As we all know, the Medicare program has income restrictions. It varies state by state, but in order to qualify, applicants and beneficiaries cannot earn more than a certain set amount each month.  Now advocates are pushing against those restrictions, arguing that those living with disabilities shouldn’t have to choose between working and benefits. Medicare often covers medical care that private insurance providers won’t, such as care attendants. Beneficiaries say that the income restrictions are a disincentive to work and that many have passed up raises or hours in order to keep their benefits.  Read More

Device That Helps Blind People See With Their Tongues Just Won FDA Approval

New med tech alert: the FDA just announced it has approved a new medical device that allows people who are blind to “see” using their tongue. While it’s not the first device to use sensory substitution, it’s a sign that more devices may receive FDA approval in the future. The device, known as the BrainPort V100, consists of a pair of dark glasses and tongue-stimulating electrodes connected to a battery-operated, handheld device. When the cameras in the glasses pick up visual stimuli, software converts the information to electrical pulses felt as vibrations on the user’s tongue. Read More

Too Much Sitting May Cause Yet Another Woe

We all know that sitting is bad for you. It can lead to a slew of cardiovascular problems, cancers, and even Type 2 diabetes. But now scientists suspect that all that sitting could have an effect on our emotional well-being. Through a series of nine studies, researchers found that there is a positive association between sitting time and anxiety symptoms. While they admit more research is needed, it’s never a bad idea to incorporate more walking into your daily routine.  Read More