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Pets help older adults

12/04/2019

A curled-up cat, a tail-wagging dog, a chirping parakeet or even a serene goldfish may help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll.
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People living in retirement communities: less anxious, more active and less likely to fall

01/04/2019

A new report shows older people benefit from improved physical and mental health in retirement communities, resulting in cost savings to the NHS.
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Cardiovascular screenings uncover diabetes in middle schoolers

01/04/2019

A pilot study of 45 middle school kids shows that more than a third of those screened had abnormal levels of blood sugar or high cholesterol. Two had blood sugar levels (HbA1c) in the diabetes range.
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Mentally tiring work may increase diabetes risk in women

27/03/2019

Women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The study findings suggest that mentally draining work, such as teaching, may increase the risk of diabetes in women.
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It's no Fortnite, but it's helping stroke survivors move again

27/03/2019

Severely impaired stroke survivors are regaining function in their arms after sometimes decades of immobility, thanks to a new video game-led training device invented by Northwestern Medicine scientists.
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Women with MS: Disease may not worsen after pregnancy after all

13/03/2019

There's good news for women with multiple sclerosis (MS): Researchers now say the disease may not flare up again right after pregnancy as they had long believed, according to a preliminary study. Most people with MS have the relapsing-remitting form of the disease, where symptoms flare up, then go into periods of remission.
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Care home dehydration tests don't work

13/03/2019

Standard tests used to identify dehydration are not working for older people living in care homes - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
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