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Australian first study finds massive diabetic foot disease costs

25/07/2016

New research from QUT shows preventable hospitalisation from diabetic foot disease is costing Australia hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
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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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Brief, simple test to screen for cognitive impairment in AD

18/07/2016

For the first time, researchers have determined that a brief, simple number naming test can differentiate between cognitively healthy elderly individuals and cognitively impaired people with Alzheimer's disease (AD), including those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as those with AD dementia.
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Robot carers safer with new technology

15/07/2016

Robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the care sector, as revealed by a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente.
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Pill organizers could cause adverse effects among elderly

13/07/2016

Older people who switch to using pill organizers could experience adverse effects and even hospitalization - according to research from the University of East Anglia.
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Sub-sensory vibratory noise augments postural control in older adults

13/07/2016

Foot sole vibrations lead to better mobility and an increase in the complexity of the postural control system.
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Predicting onset and progression of knee osteoarthritis

11/07/2016

Computational modelling makes it possible to predict the onset and progression of knee osteoarthritis in overweight people, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.
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Funding for a comparison of long-term care in Germany and the Netherlands

08/07/2016

The provision of elderly care by migrant care workers in private households can be observed in many countries, also in Germany. Only little is known about how care is delivered and negotiated in these arrangements. A new research project at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) will focus on this subject. The project will be supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
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New imaging method may predict risk of post-treatment brain bleeding after stroke

04/07/2016

In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through MRI brain scans that there was an association between the extent of disruption to the brain's protective blood-brain barrier and the severity of bleeding following invasive stroke therapy.
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Seniors with undiagnosed hearing loss can become isolated

01/07/2016

Senior citizens with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems are more likely to suffer from social isolation and cognitive impairment, a study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found.
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Obesity linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis

29/06/2016

Individuals who are obese in early adulthood face a heightened risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research conducted by Dr. Brent Richards of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Quebec, Canada and colleagues, published in PLOS Medicine.
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Sign languages provide insight into universal linguistic short-cuts

29/06/2016

By studying the effect of effort-reduction in sign languages, two linguists from Swarthmore College have discovered a new way in which language is shaped by our innate drive to make physical activity easier.
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A better way to predict diabetes

27/06/2016

Researchers have discovered a simple, accurate new way to predict which women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes after delivery. The discovery would allow health care providers to identify women at greatest risk and help motivate women to make early lifestyle changes and follow other strategies that could prevent them from developing the disease later in life.
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New imaging method may predict risk of post-treatment brain bleeding after stroke

22/06/2016

In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through MRI brain scans that there was an association between the extent of disruption to the brain's protective blood-brain barrier and the severity of bleeding following invasive stroke therapy.
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Discovery of four new risk genes associated with multiple sclerosis

20/06/2016

Scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the Technical University of Munich have identified four new risk genes that are altered in German patients with multiple sclerosis. The results point to a possible involvement of cellular mechanisms in the development of the disease, through which environmental influences affect gene regulation.
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Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms

20/06/2016

Exercise, even a small amount, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in adults, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers.
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Improving home care for chronic patients

17/06/2016

Fraunhofer FIT in St. Augustin and the University Hospital of Bonn are among the partners in the new European POLYCARE project, which is developing an integrated care system that will improve the care of chronic patients at home. The University Hospital of Bonn will be one of three pilot sites for the project.
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Eye study underscores the long-lasting benefits of controlling diabetes

13/06/2016

People with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial Eye Study were found to have cut their risk of diabetic retinopathy in half in a follow-up analysis conducted four years after stopping intensive therapy.
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