Photo: Seniors playing board game on the terrace of a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Arne Trautmann

Memory and cognition problems affect recovery in rehabilitation facilities

09/01/2019

After a hospital stay, many older adults will be discharged to a skilled nursing facility to recover. The goal of this type of short-term nursing care is to help patients regain their ability to function and perform their daily activities to the best of their ability so they can return home, if possible.
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Photo: Two doctors and a female amputee talking to each other; Copyright: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Rerouting nerves during amputation reduces phantom limb pain before it starts

07/01/2019

Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine are pioneering the use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to prevent or reduce debilitating phantom limb and stump pain in amputees.
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Smart apparel: Bringing wearable sensor networks to application

07/01/2019

Xenoma, wearHEALTH, a research group from Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), have announced a collaboration that combines smart apparel with highly-developed motion capturing technology which brings wearable sensorics close to various applications in sports, health and industry.
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Photo: Elderly man and woman in the break of a spinning class. He is drinking water, she is smiling at him; Copyright: Andrea Hegdahl Tiltnes, NTNU

Getting older adults to be more active

14/12/2018

Exercise and physical activity are good for our health, and soon Generation 100, a comprehensive study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on the effects of exercise on aging will be able to tell us whether exercise actually prolongs life.
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Photo: One of the participants during the experiment, bending his elbow to grasp the cylinder in front of him; Copyright: N. Jarrassé 2018

A prosthetic arm that decodes phantom limb movements

12/12/2018

About 75 percent of amputees exhibit mobility of their phantom limb. Using this information, in collaboration with physicians, researchers from CNRS and Aix-Marseille University have developed a prototype capable of detecting these movements and activating a prosthetic arm. The prosthesis does not require any surgery and patients do not need training.
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Improving dementia care and treatment saves thousands of pounds in care homes

05/12/2018

Improving staff training in care homes and reducing reliance on harmful medications saves thousands of pounds per year, as well as improving quality of life and reducing agitation in dementia, new research has demonstrated.
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Eating Breakfast Regularly Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

30/11/2018

Eat or skip breakfast? Does eating breakfast regularly have an effect on the risk of diabetes? – Research has not yet provided clear answers to these questions. A scientific evaluation at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) has now shown that adult men and women who skip breakfast have a 33 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Music may improve mood in adults with dementia

26/11/2018

In a Geriatrics & Gerontology International study of 51 individuals living with dementia who attended community-based adult day health centers, behavioral observations of a music intervention showed a positive change in mood and a decrease in agitation.
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