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Care home dehydration tests don't work


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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Targeting epilepsy with electrodes on the head


Stimulating the brain with implanted electrodes is a successful, but very drastic measure. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Kempenhaeghe, Philips and Gent University will therefore be working on a method to stimulate the brain using electrodes that are placed on the head rather than inside it. Their goal is to customize treatment for patients with severe epilepsy.
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Engineers develop wearable respiration monitor with children's toy


Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis.
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Diabetes: telemedicine and data science can improve patient care


The care of patients with chronic diseases could be improved by regular telemonitoring. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by Daniela Haluza, a health expert at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Public Health.
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With age comes hearing loss and a greater risk of cognitive decline


Hearing impairment is a common consequence of advancing age. Almost three-quarters of U.S. adults age 70 and older live with some degree of hearing loss. One unanswered question has been to what degree hearing impairment intersects with and influences age-related cognitive decline.
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Education may not protect against dementia


Previous studies have suggested that having a higher level of education may protect the brain to some extent against dementia, providing a "cognitive reserve" that buffers against the disease. But results have been mixed, and a new study finds that education does not play a role in when the disease starts or how fast it progresses.
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The first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis successfully implanted


A female Swedish patient with hand amputation has become the first recipient of an osseo-neuromuscular implant to control a dexterous hand prosthesis.
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Yoga regimen reduces severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms


New research in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience supports adding yoga as an adjunctive therapy to treat this chronic inflammatory disease.
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Brain hand 'map' is maintained in amputees with and without phantom limb sensations


Scientists have been able to detect the neural 'fingerprints' of a missing hand decades after amputation, regardless of the presence of phantom limb movements, but could not find similar fingerprints in those born with a missing hand.
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Where technology and aging intersect, gerontologists chart path forward


The latest issue of the journal The Gerontologist from The Gerontological Society of America contains 21 articles highlighting the state-of-the-art research regarding aging and technology, and offering guidance for the future.
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What drives patients to use medical marijuana: mostly chronic pain


New study seeks to understand whether people are using cannabis for evidence-based reasons.
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Quality of overall diet is key to lowering type 2 diabetes risk


Consistent with studies in other populations, findings from the first local study, The Singapore Chinese Health Study, have shown that a high-quality diet defined by low intake of animal foods such as red meat, and high intake of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and reduced intake of sweetened beverages could be associated with reduced risk of diabetes.
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Study: Medicare rules increase out-of-pocket costs of MS drugs


Medicare patients with multiple sclerosis face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for therapies due to complicated insurance rules that force them to pick up an increasing share of the cost, according to new research.
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People with chronic disease are not being active enough


Study of 96,000 UK men and women finds that those with chronic conditions spend considerably less time on physical activity than their healthy peers.
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Vitamin D could lower the risk of developing diabetes


The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study out of Brazil suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Study examines barriers to exercise experienced by dialysis patients


A new study has identified several barriers that make it difficult for dialysis patients to exercise. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), also explored the benefits that these patients would like to gain from exercising, if they were able to do so.
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