Researchers turn to creative approaches to battle kidney stones

“Can a high-tech water bottle help reduce the recurrence of kidney stones? What about a financial incentive? Those are questions researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health will seek to answer as they begin recruiting participants for a two-year clinical trial at four sites across the country. Scientists will test whether using a smart water bottle that encourages people to drink more water, and therefore urinate, will reduce the recurrence of urinary stone disease, commonly referred to as kidney stones. The trial is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of NIH.
The randomized trial, known as the Prevention of Urinary Stones with Hydration (link is external) study, or PUSH, will enroll 1,642 people, half in an intervention group and half in a control group. The study’s primary aim is to determine whether a program of financial incentives, receiving advice from a health coach, and using a smart water bottle will result in reduced risk of kidney stone recurrence over a two-year period. The water bottle, called Hidrate Spark, monitors fluid consumption and connects to an app.
Those in the intervention group will be asked to drink a specific quantity of fluids calculated based on each person’s urine output. They will also be given financial incentives if they achieve their fluid targets. They will also meet with a health coach who will help identify barriers to drinking more liquids, and help solve them. Study participants in both groups will receive the water bottles to monitor how much they drink and will be asked to try to achieve a goal of drinking enough to expel 2.5 liters of urine per day – about 10.5 cups.”

Have You Been Affected by the Equifax Data Breach?

Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies in the U.S., announced a data breach that affects 143 million consumers. The hackers accessed Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.

Learn more about this breach  and what you can do if you’re concerned about identity theft.

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Arkansas Amputation Stand-Down Scheduled for Sept. 14-30

“The Arkansas Amputation Prevention Stand-Down, Sept. 14-30, invites employers and workers to pause during their workday and focus on best practices to avoid amputation hazards. The stand-down, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness about preventing debilitating amputation injuries. A free, public kick-off event will be held Sept. 13 in Little Rock. A website is available for employers and workers to sign up for the stand-down, access posters and other resources, record their data, and print a certificate of participation.”

OSHA Proposes Extension to Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

“OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA proposed a delay of the enforcement date to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. ( Comments may be submitted by Sept. 29 either electronically, at, ( or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and more information.” (

Upcoming ASSE Eastern NY Chapter Meetings:

**Chapter meetings are now to be held at Wolf’s 1-11 Restaurant located at 111 Wolf Rd, Colonie, NY 12205**
October 16 – Fire Prevention
November 13 – Communicating with Staff, Joe Heslin
December – TBD
January 8 – Member success stories 15 minutes each
February 12 – OSHA Update
March 12 – Biometrics

Flu Vaccine Skin Patch Tested

“Each year, millions of people nationwide catch the flu. The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu vaccine every year. But only about 6 out of 10 children and 4 out of 10 adults got the 2015–2016 flu vaccine.

To help increase these numbers, scientists are trying to develop easier ways to give the flu vaccine. A new study shows that a special skin patch may work as well as a shot with a hypodermic needle. The patch is about the size of a dime and has 100 tiny needles that contain flu vaccine. The needles are just long enough to pierce skin. Once inside skin, they dissolve within minutes.”

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