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Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

20/03/2017

Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, according to research by the University of Exeter.
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Healthy hiking in smart socks

15/03/2017

Often, a one-sided weight loading is the reason for hurting feet. But only few notice while walking. That is where the "Smart Sock", developed by the Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology of the Chemnitz University of Technology and in cooperation with the textile producer Lindner from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, starts.
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Tailored preventive oral health intervention improves dental health among elderly

15/03/2017

A tailored preventive oral health intervention significantly improved the cleanliness of teeth and dentures among elderly home care clients. In addition, functional ability and cognitive function were strongly associated with better oral hygiene, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.
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New data reveal aging experiences of LGBT Americans

13/03/2017

A new supplemental issue of the journal The Gerontologist presents the findings of the largest national survey to date focused on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
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Detecting mild cognitive impairment with virtual reality game

08/03/2017

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that often predates Alzheimer's disease (AD), can be remotely detected through a self-administered virtual reality brain training game.
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Video messages clarify patients' wishes for critical versus end-of-life care

06/03/2017

Adding a patient-created video testimonial to a living will or "POLST" form can help to prevent errors of interpretation regarding the choice between life-sustaining treatment or allowing natural death in critically ill patients, according to a study in the March Journal of Patient Safety.
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Male caregivers report more positives in caring for stroke survivors

01/03/2017

In a small study, male caregivers reported the ability to overcome problems during the first year of caring for stroke survivor wives/partners, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium taking place during the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2017.
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Diabetic kidney disease is decoded

27/02/2017

Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, a serious, often fatal complication that is difficult to diagnose in early, potentially treatable stages. Now, a research team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has revealed biological pathways involved in diabetic kidney disease, providing hope that both early diagnostic tests and targeted treatment can be designed.
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MS treatment that 'resets' immune system may halt disease progression for at least 5 years

27/02/2017

In a new study, led by Imperial College London, the treatment prevented symptoms of severe disease from worsening for five years, in 46 per cent of patients. However, as the treatment involves aggressive chemotherapy, the researchers stress the procedure carries significant risk.
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BMBF funding for diabetes research on pancreas chip

22/02/2017

Germany's BMBF will be funding the new "PancChip" consortium for the next three years. This group will be coordinated at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. The objective is further development of the culture and differentiation of stem cells into functional beta cells on a chip, and consequently the resolution of issues regarding the formation and treatment of diabetes and other pancreatic disorders.
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Sign language users have better reaction times

20/02/2017

People who use British Sign Language (BSL) have better reaction times in their peripheral vision, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found. The findings, revealed by scientists from the University's Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, show that hearing adults learning a visual-spatial language such as BSL has a positive impact on visual field response.
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Sitting not linked to incident diabetes

20/02/2017

Sitting may not be as deadly as previously thought, with new research led by the University of Sydney ruling out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.
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Yoga can be helpful for low back pain

17/02/2017

Over the course of their lives, about 80 percent of Americans will have back pain at one time or another. A recent study found that more than a third of adults say that low back pain has affected their ability to perform the tasks of daily living, exercise, or sleep. Treating this pain remains a difficult problem, and for millions of people the pain is chronic.
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Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed

15/02/2017

Scientists have developed sensor technology for a robotic prosthetic arm that detects signals from nerves in the spinal cord.
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