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Elderly: Highest risk for outdoor falls is walking out of necessity

Photo: Elderly person with a wheeled walker [21/07/2014] Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from University of Massachusetts Medical School.Elderly: Highest risk for outdoor falls is walking out of necessity - Read more

Recovery of language capacity right after a stroke

Photo: Researcher at his computer [21/07/2014] An interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study language abilities in patients recovering from a stroke. The findings are expected to guide the development of treatments that would help patients regain as much of their language skills as possible.Recovery of language capacity right after a stroke - Read more

How gardens could help dementia care

Photo: Old man in the garden with his grandchild [16/07/2014] A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia. By critically reviewing the findings from 17 different pieces of research, the research has found that outdoor spaces can offer environments that promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents' agitation.How gardens could help dementia care - Read more

Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-related vision loss

Photo: Occupational therapist and low-vision patient [14/07/2014] Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-related vision loss - Read more

A need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care

Photo: Man and woman making music [02/07/2014] Music can help those without the means to express themselves to communicate. There is a need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care, says researcher Karin Mössler at Uni Research in Bergen, Norway. Music therapy is suitable for all ages, from children born prematurely to elderly people suffering from dementia.A need for more music therapists in psychiatric health care - Read more

Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology

Photo: Hand touching jellyfish on display [02/07/2014] Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your tablet display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around.Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology - Read more

Awareness month spurs web searches for autism

Photo: Yellow post it note saying: Autism Awareness Day [30/06/2014] Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and puzzle shapes out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.Awareness month spurs web searches for autism - Read more

Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes

Photo: Woman cooking healthy food [23/06/2014] Improving the overall quality of one's diet helps to prevent type 2 diabetes, independent of other lifestyle changes, according to a study.Improving diet quality reduces risk for type 2 diabetes - Read more

Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults?

Photo: Man with glasses looking at a smartphone [20/06/2014] Commercially available activity-monitoring apps, Web sites, and wearable devices allow for easy self-management of health and wellness. This technology may be particularly helpful for older adults, who can improve their cognitive function through proper diet and exercise.Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults? - Read more

Infant nutrition and development of type 1 diabetes

Photo: A man feeding an infant with a bottle [16/06/2014] Splitting the cow’s milk proteins in a formula does not prevent the start-up of the disease process of type 1 diabetes in predisposed children, shows a large international study. However, these results do not exclude the possibility that the early dietary modification may affect the latter phase in the disease process and so prevent the actual illness.Infant nutrition and development of type 1 diabetes - Read more

 
 

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