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Study first to report sexual behavior norms for US adults with dementia living at home

19/09/2018

The majority of partnered, home-dwelling people in the U.S. with dementia are sexually active, according to a University of Chicago Medicine study out this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In addition, people with cognitive impairment and dementia often have bothersome sexual function problems they don't discuss with a doctor.
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MoreGrasp: thought-controlled grasp neuroprosthetics

19/09/2018

Getting a better grip on things: The MoreGrasp Horizon2020 research project under the leadership of TU Graz is coming to an end with significant results in the field of thought-controlled grasp neuroprosthetics. A large-scale feasibility study is underway.
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Whole grains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

17/09/2018

It doesn't matter if it's rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it is wholegrain, it can prevent type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center.
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Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds

12/09/2018

Adults both with and without Alzheimer's disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Andrew Lim of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues.
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Study provides 10-year risk estimates for dementia

12/09/2018

A Danish study provides 10-year absolute risk estimates for dementia specific to age, sex and common variation in the APOE gene, which may help identify high-risk individuals who potentially could benefit from early targeted prevention.
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Focus on aging eyes: Poll finds primary care providers play key role in eye care after 50

10/09/2018

A new poll suggests that primary care providers could play an important role in promoting vision care for adults age 50 and older, especially for those most in need of eye exams, and those most sensitive to the cost.
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A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

10/09/2018

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed a new theory for the origin of the mysterious condition, 'phantom limb pain'. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, his hypothesis builds upon his previous work on a revolutionary treatment for the condition, that uses machine learning and augmented reality.
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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

05/09/2018

The University of Exeter Medical School led the study which analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world. The link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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Evening preference, lack of sleep associated with higher BMI in people with prediabetes

29/08/2018

People with prediabetes who go to bed later, eat meals later and are more active and alert later in the day - those who have an "evening preference" - have higher body mass indices compared with people with prediabetes who do things earlier in the day, or exhibit morning preference.
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Care coordination improves health of older patients

29/08/2018

For older adults with multiple chronic diseases, such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and others, care coordination appears to have the biggest impact on better health, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
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Study: The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson's disease

27/08/2018

The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells.
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Cardiovascular disease related to type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly

22/08/2018

Properly composed treatment and refraining from cigarette consumption can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease resulting from type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. In some cases, the increased risks could theoretically be eliminated.
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People who are caring for a family member with dementia don't get enough sleep

22/08/2018

Family caregivers perceive their sleep as poor, but researchers of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing measured the quality of their rest and found the reality far worse.
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Resistance training and exercise-motivation go hand-in-hand

20/08/2018

A recent study conducted in the University of Jyväskylä suggests that resistance training improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults. Exercise motivation and exercise self-efficacy are key factors in continuing resistance training.
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Just two weeks' inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients

15/08/2018

Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
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Prediabetes: Get stronger bones with football training

15/08/2018

Football scores from all angles for untrained middle-aged and elderly women and men with prediabetes. This is the conclusion from a study carried out in the Faroe Islands by football researchers and physiologists from the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of the Faroe Islands.
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Cognitive and motor training combined may slow down progress of dementia

13/08/2018

Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health found that just 30 minutes of visually-guided movements per week can slow and even reverse the progress of dementia.
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Light device is effective Ulcer treatment

13/08/2018

University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Trust scientists have developed a lamp which could treat chronic ulcers with light.
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Just 10 minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care

10/08/2018

An e-learning program that trains care home staff to engage in meaningful social interaction with people who have dementia improves wellbeing and has sustained benefits.
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Exercise cuts risk of chronic disease in older adults

08/08/2018

New research has shown that older adults who exercise above current recommended levels have a reduced risk of developing chronic disease compared with those who do not exercise.
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Software recreates complex movements for medical, rehabilitation, and basic research

08/08/2018

An open-source movement simulator that has already helped solve problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion has been expanded and improved. The software, called OpenSim, has been developed by a team at Stanford University with contributions from users around the world.
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