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PHAGO project to explore a new approach for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

16/01/2017

On 1st November 2016 the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) together with an association of industrial partners came together to support PHAGO, an innovative research project devoted to the development of immunomodulatory therapies for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Rural nursing homes are falling behind in health information technology

13/01/2017

MU researchers conduct first national assessment of IT sophistication in nursing homes, find significant gap between rural and urban areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million older Americans depend on nursing homes for their health care.
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Longer use of pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women

11/01/2017

As many as two-thirds of women in the United States over the age of 60 have some degree of hearing loss. Using data from the Nurses' Health Study, a team led by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital has found evidence that the duration of use of over-the-counter medications for pain relief, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, is associated with higher risk of hearing loss.
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Stimulator bypasses spine injury, helps patient move hands

11/01/2017

Doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have implanted a spinal stimulator that is showing early promise in returning hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in a dirt-biking accident five years ago.
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Helping pays off: People who care for others live longer

09/01/2017

Study investigates the relationship between caregiving and lifespan: Older people who help and support others live longer. These are the findings of a study published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior".
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Hidden hearing loss revealed by UConn School of Medicine researchers

09/01/2017

Two researchers at UConn School of Medicine have developed a new hearing test that can identify hearing loss or deficits in some individuals considered to have normal or near-normal hearing in traditional tests.
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Studies suggest gaming your brain to treat depression

04/01/2017

Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.
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Painless microneedle patch could replace needles

03/01/2017

It's only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable-to-wear material with effective microneedle penetration of the skin. Swedish researchers say they may have cracked the problem.
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Physiotherapy: Cycling in bed is safe for ICU patients

03/01/2017

Early bicycle exercise during their stay in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) may help some patients recover more quickly. Researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have demonstrated that physiotherapists can safely start in-bed cycling sessions with critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients early on in their ICU stay.
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How people can control a robotic arm with only their minds

21/12/2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases. The study is published online in "Scientific Reports", a Nature research journal.
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Research unlocks clues to language-based learning in children

21/12/2016

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), one in five individuals are impacted by language-based learning disabilities - one of the most common being dyslexia, which involves difficulty in reading or interpreting words, letters and other symbols.
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Skin cells 'crawl' together to heal wounds treated with unique hydrogel layer

19/12/2016

Time may not heal all wounds, but a proprietary mix of peptides and gel developed by U of T Engineering researchers heals most. A team led by Professor Milica Radisic has demonstrated for the first time that their peptide-hydrogel biomaterial prompts skin cells to "crawl" toward one another, closing chronic, non-healing wounds often associated with diabetes, such as bed sores and foot ulcers.
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Hispanic adults with diabetes could benefit from peer support interventions

16/12/2016

Diabetes is a global health problem that disproportionally affects individuals of ethnic and racial minorities. Minorities are more likely to experience complications from the disease, and the death rate from diabetes among Hispanics is 50 percent higher than non-Hispanic whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
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Alzheimer's: Targeted preventive measures for hip fracture

14/12/2016

The hip fracture risk factors are generally similar among those with and without Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. However, the incidence of hip fracture is higher among those with Alzheimer's disease, regardless of other characteristics.
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Intimate and social relationships are important for older adults in assisted living

14/12/2016

In a study examining the intimate and social relationships of married and unmarried couples in assisted living, researchers found benefits of late-life couplehood included companionship, support and affection.
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Neurorobotic hand exoskeleton restores grasp function to quadriplegics

12/12/2016

A consortium of European scientists has successfully restored grasp function to six quadriplegics using a non-invasive hybrid brain-neural hand exoskeleton. The system was developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, The BioRobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, and the Guttmann Institute in Spain.
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Breakthrough in diabetes research: Cells produce insulin instead upon artemisinin treatment

07/12/2016

FDA-approved artemisinins, since decades used to treat malaria, transform glucagon-producing alpha cells in the pancreas into insulin producing cells – thereby acquiring features of beta cells, the cell type damaged in type 1 diabetes.
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Complications of type 2 diabetes affect quality of life

07/12/2016

T2D Lifestyle, a national survey by Health Union of more than 400 individuals living with type 2 diabetes (T2D), reveals that patients not only struggle with commonly understood complications, but also numerous lesser known ones that people do not associate with diabetes.
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Psychological well-being and physical activity in older adults

05/12/2016

Chapman University publishes research on psychological well-being and physical activity in older adults. They have found an associations between psychological well-being and physical activity in adults ages 50 and older.
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Women with dementia receive less medical attention

05/12/2016

Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, new UCL (University College London) research reveals.
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