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Photo: an elderly happy woman; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Artanika

Well-being in later life: the mind plays an important role

21/07/2017

Well-being in later life is largely dependent on psychosocial factors. Physical impairments tend to play a secondary role, as scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered. The results of their recent study are published in "BMC Geriatrics".
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Photo: an elderly farmer; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ysbrand

Research group focuses on economics of transportation needs for rural elderly

19/07/2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers is examining economic issues associated with providing transportation for the rural elderly and other socially disadvantaged populations.
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Photo: Three boys standing in a cowshed; Copyright: University of Zurich

How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma

19/07/2017

It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have shown that a sialic acid found in farm animals is effective against inflammation of lung tissue. This study opens up a wide variety of perspectives for the prevention of allergies.
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Photo: The bandage reveals its measurings under UV light; Copyright: Empa/CSEM

Bandage with a voice

17/07/2017

A novel bandage alerts the nursing staff as soon as a wound starts healing badly. Sensors incorporated into the base material glow with a different intensity if the wound’s pH level changes. This way even chronic wounds could be monitored at home.
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Photo: A nurse measuring the blood pressure of a patient in a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Diego Cervo

Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six months of life

17/07/2017

Many nursing home residents have a fairly pain-free experience until the end of life, but at least a third suffer persistent, significant pain during their last six months, according to a new study from the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia and University of Alberta that could have implications for end-of-life care in Canada.
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Photo: Comparison between sighted and blind athletes who just lost a match for a medal; Copyright: Bob Willingham

Do blind people express their emotions in the same way as people who can see?

14/07/2017

Facial expressions play a powerful role in social interactions from birth to adulthood. Fear, joy, anger - all our emotions are articulated and understood thanks to universal codes. Common sense sees this enterprise as an act of imitation. But if this is the case, does the same hold true for people who were born blind? Do they show their emotions in the same way?
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Image: talking to a doctor about cost; Copyright: University of Michigan

Older Americans don't get - or seek - enough help from doctors & pharmacists on drug costs

12/07/2017

The majority of Americans over age 50 take two or more prescription medicines to prevent or treat health problems, and many of them say the cost weighs on their budget, a new poll finds.
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Photo: a group of people with disabilities and their personal assistants; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Personal assistance relationships are complex and need support, study finds

12/07/2017

Personal assistance relationships are usually empowering and flexible for both employer and workers, but can become emotionally fraught and even wounded, according to a report launched recently.
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