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Alzheimer’s: Cellular mechanism provides explanation model for declining memory performance

21/09/2016

Alzheimer’s disease triggers memory and learning disorders. To date, the causes are poorly understood. Now, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are shedding light on a possible mechanism.
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The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own

21/09/2016

Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
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Type 2 diabetes: Risk factor air pollution

12/09/2016

Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes.
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Lower weight in late life may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease

07/09/2016

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found an association between lower weight and more extensive deposits of the Alzheimer's-associated protein beta-amyloid in the brains of cognitively normal older individuals.
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Osteoporosis: Antibody crystallized

05/09/2016

Osteoporosis particularly affects elderly women: the bone's structure weakens and the risk of suffering fractures rises. As prophylaxis patients are advised to have a healthy diet and perform physical exercises; when the risk of bone fractures is high, medicine preventing further bone loss is prescribed in addition.
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Study finds connection between chronic pain and anxiety disorders

02/09/2016

New research provides insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offers a potential target for treatment. The study's findings, show that increased expression of PACAP - a peptide neurotransmitter the body releases in response to stress - is also increased in response to neuropathic pain and contributes to these symptoms.
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Stopping exercise decreases brain blood flow

31/08/2016

New research led by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers examined cerebral blood flow in healthy, physically fit older adults before and after a 10-day period during which they stopped all exercise. Using MRI brain imaging techniques, they found a significant decrease in blood flow to several brain regions, after they stopped their exercise routines.
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Telemedicine could improve eye exam access for people with diabetes

31/08/2016

Electronic eye exams could become popular in the U.S. among patients who see them as an easy way to visit the eye doctor. After a nationwide telemedicine diabetic screening program in England and Wales, for example, diabetic retinopathy is no longer the leading cause of blindness there.
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Sensor systems identify senior citizens at risk of falling within 3 weeks

29/08/2016

Each year, millions of people-especially those 65 and older-fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls.
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What digital divide? Seniors embrace social technology

26/08/2016

Contrary to popular belief, older adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. Not only that, but such online networking appears to reduce seniors' loneliness and even improve their health.
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Aquatic treadmill walking may increase exercise capacity after stroke

24/08/2016

For patients in rehabilitation after a stroke, walking on an underwater treadmill produces better measures of exercise performance compared to conventional treadmill walking, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists.
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Recommended blood pressure targets for diabetes are being challenged

24/08/2016

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. This may lead to more patients suffering from stroke or heart attack, according to a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The new study is the world's largest on the subject and is based on data from the National Diabetes Register.
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Changes to retirement savings system may exacerbate economic inequality

22/08/2016

A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
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Chronic pain linked to partners of people with depression

22/08/2016

Partners of people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic pain, research has found. The study shows that the two conditions share common causes - some of which are genetic whilst other causes originate from the environment that partners share.
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Wearable tech helps adults with autism manage anxiety

19/08/2016

Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety – though, traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned. However, wearable technology could provide the solution.
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Brain-machine interfaces: Paraplegics regain feelings and movements

17/08/2016

Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics.
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Gaming camera could aid MS treatment

17/08/2016

A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
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Image: A copmputer monitor shows the brain activity of a monkey using a brain-machine interface.; Copyright: Shawn Rocco/Duke Health

Brain-machine interfaces: Paraplegics regain feelings and movements

15/08/2016

Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics.
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Combining medications could offer better results for ADHD patients

15/08/2016

Three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) report that combining two standard medications could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than either ADHD therapy alone.
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Acupuncture may help to improve dementia precursor

12/08/2016

Acupuncture may help to improve the subtle memory loss that precedes the development of dementia, otherwise known as mild cognitive impairment, or MCI for short, suggests a review of the available published evidence in Acupuncture in Medicine.
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Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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"Many people underestimate the economic impact of accessible tourism in Europe"

01/04/2015

There is a market for accessible travelling in Europe. Yet it only grows very slowly. But actually there is a huge demand, like a study has recently proved. So what do people with access needs really require? And what does the travel industry have to offer – already today and in future?
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