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A work patch for better nursing home care

20/05/2019

Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. Imagine if those concerns were eased, simply by some changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility.
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Children using asthma tracking app have better disease control

20/05/2019

An app that allows parents and doctors to monitor a child's asthma has a big impact on managing the disease. When families monitored symptoms with eAsthma Tracker and adjusted care accordingly, children had better asthma control and made fewer visits to the emergency department.
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Photo: Carl W. Baker, M.D., during a vision control with a study participant; Copyright: Brooksie Beard

Still having good vision? Waiting can be reasonable for patients with diabetes

08/05/2019

People with good vision despite having center-involved diabetic macular edema can safely forego immediate treatment of their eye condition as long as they are closely monitored, and treatment begins promptly if vision worsens, according to clinical trial results.
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Exercise activates memory neural networks in older adults

06/05/2019

How quickly do we experience the benefits of exercise? A new University of Maryland study of healthy older adults shows that just one session of exercise increased activation in the brain circuits associated with memory - including the hippocampus - which shrinks with age and is the brain region attacked first in Alzheimer's disease.
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Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of giving birth prematurely

06/05/2019

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely. These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden.
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The mobile game that can detect Alzheimer's risk

02/05/2019

A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer's – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied gaming data from an app called Sea Hero Quest, which has been downloaded and played by more than 4.3 million people worldwide.
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Inhalers: Critical errors common in children with asthma

02/05/2019

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma – the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma – researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrated improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication.
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Graphic: Map of the brain processing sound; Copyright: Kelly Chang/University of Washington

Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing

24/04/2019

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities.
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Certain strains of bacteria associated with diabetic wounds that do not heal

23/04/2019

Whether a wound – such as a diabetic foot ulcer – heals or progresses to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that wound. A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found specific strains of the common pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are associated with wounds that do not heal.
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Bonn to host 2019 World Para Dance Sport Championships

17/04/2019

The 2019 World Para Dance Sport Championships are coming to the home of the Paralympic Movement in Bonn, Germany. From 29 November to 1 December, more than 210 athletes from 20 countries will light up the dance floor in the former German capital.
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Animal-assisted therapy improves social behavior in patients with brain injuries

17/04/2019

Animal-assisted therapy can foster social competence in patients with brain injuries and increase their emotional involvement during therapy. These were the findings of a clinical trial conducted by psychologists from the University of Basel and published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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People with autism have an altered sense of self

15/04/2019

New research has indicated that people with autism have an altered sense of self, which may explain some of the differences shown in social functioning. The study, which was carried out by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University and published in the journal Autism, involved a group of 51 adults, half with and half without autism.
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Lithuanian researchers created special food for elderly patients

10/04/2019

Researchers of Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences developed innovative micronutrient-rich food product for elderly people who have swallowing difficulties. Visually attractive and tasty food was tested with a group of geriatric patients.
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Interactive technology to help children with special needs learn

08/04/2019

With funding from Temasek Foundation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) researchers have developed an interactive educational tool called the i-Tile, which makes learning more engaging for children with special needs.
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Virtual reality could be used to treat neurological disorders

08/04/2019

Playing games in virtual reality (VR) could be a key tool in treating people with neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. The technology, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo, could help individuals with these neurological conditions shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently.
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"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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