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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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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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Working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

10/08/2016

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University.
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Researchers identify part of the brain that compensates for hearing loss in older adults

08/08/2016

Researchers have pinpointed the specific part of the brain that older adults rely on to differentiate speech sounds in background noise, which could revolutionize the treatment of hearing loss.
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Low rate of Internet use by seniors for health purposes

05/08/2016

In a study appearing in the August 2 issue of JAMA, David M. Levine, M.D., M.A., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined trends in seniors' use of digital health technology in the U.S. from 2011-2014.
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Photos capture challenges for teens with autism, show animals as resource

03/08/2016

Now, new studies from the University of Missouri, found that through use of photographs, adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were able to share their accounts of difficulties transitioning out of school, their struggles with socialization and how they use animals as a source of companionship.
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Preventing type 2 diabetes: When genes fail to respond

01/08/2016

It is widely accepted that physical exercise lowers the risk of developing diabetes. Yet in one in five participants in related studies this positive effect fails to materialize. Researchers and clinicians have now discovered what occurs in the muscle of these so-called "non-responders".
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Virtual reality helps teenagers with autism learn how to drive

29/07/2016

Astronauts and pilots use them. So do truck drivers and Formula One race-car drivers. Now there is a virtual reality simulator specifically designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, learn how to drive.
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Differences in older adults who fall indoors versus outdoors

27/07/2016

Falling can have serious consequences for older adults, including a loss of function and increased risk of institutionalization. According to a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, patient characteristics and outcomes differ for people who fall outdoors versus indoors.
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Guidance System with 3D sounds for the visually impaired

25/07/2016

The visually impaired will be able to use a new system of sensorial guidance that uses 3D sounds. The system was developed by Geko NAVSAT, a company that receives assistance from the Business Incubator at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Science Park.
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Vagus nerve stimulation reduces rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

20/07/2016

Clinical trial data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates stimulating the vagus nerve with an implantable bioelectronic device significantly improved measures of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
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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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