Photo: Two women talk and take the view; Copyright: Rio 2016/João Salamonde

Athletes' village opens and adapts for Paralympic Games

07/09/2016

Nearly 4,350 athletes will call Rio de Janeiro home for the next few weeks as they settle in and prepare for the Paralympic Games. Athletes, along with many more coaches, trainers, referees and officials — plus several guide dogs — have moved into 31 towers and are eating at a massive canteen that can serve up to 60,000 meals every day.
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Photo: Elderly people prepare healthy food; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Joshua Resnick

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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Photo: Model of a Sclerostin-fragment; Copyright: University of Würzburg

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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Image: Hand holds a fork, rgonomically contoured utensils and strawberrys behind; Copyright: etac GmbH

Eating and drinking: daily living aids that make life easier

01/09/2016

For people with Parkinson’s disease or paralysis, it's not always easy to put food into their mouths. It often doesn’t end up in their mouth, but next to the plate instead. To avoid needing to be fed, people with disabilities can choose among various assistive devices – depending on their needs. Ergonomically contoured utensils or tools to assist in grasping items are available to help.
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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