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Photo: Wristband with RTLS; Copyright: University of South Florida

New movement monitoring system helping prevent falls in the elderly

16/05/2018

Technology that allows BMW's assembly lines to run more efficiently is now being used to accurately indicate when residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are at increased risk of falling.
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Photo: Male participant with an EEG Cap and eye electrodes on his head; Copyright: Christopher Gannon, Iowa State UniversityIowa State University

Brain activity helps explain diabetics' negative feelings, risk for depression

16/05/2018

For millions of Americans who are obese and living with diabetes or prediabetes, feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety are often part of daily life.
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Photo: A patient performs various everyday tasks with a sensory control module integrated with his prosthetic arm; Copyright: Aadeel Akhtar, University of Illinois

Prosthetic arms can provide controlled sensory feedback, study finds

07/05/2018

Losing an arm doesn't have to mean losing all sense of touch, thanks to prosthetic arms that stimulate nerves with mild electrical feedback. University of Illinois researchers have developed a control algorithm that regulates the current so a prosthetics user feels steady sensation, even when the electrodes begin to peel off or when sweat builds up.
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Eating more fish could prevent Parkinson's disease

04/05/2018

A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health. Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease.
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Photo: Study participant moving forward with the eye- and motion tracking equipment on rough terrain; Copyright: Michelle Chiou

Watch your step: How vision leads locomotion

02/05/2018

Using new technologies to track how vision guides foot placement, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin come one step closer in determining what is going on in the brain while we walk, paving the way for better treatment for mobility impairments - strokes, aging and Parkinson's - and technology development - prosthetics and robots.
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Drinking water may help exercising seniors stay mentally sharp

02/05/2018

Older people should drink more water to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise, new research suggests. The study explores the association between hydration status before exercising and exercise-enhanced cognition in older adults.
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Group training aims to foster safe ambulation in older adults

30/04/2018

Increasing physical activity and preventing falls in older adults is the focus of a research project launched by the Network Aging Research (NAR) of Heidelberg University. The team of researchers is investigating a group approach to the so-called LiFE programme, a training regimen integrated into daily routine.
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New guideline: Start taking MS drugs early on

30/04/2018

For most people, it's better to start taking drugs for multiple sclerosis (MS) early on rather than letting the disease run its course, according to a new guideline for treating MS from the American Academy of Neurology.
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Men younger than 50: The more you smoke, the more you stroke

25/04/2018

Men under 50 who smoked were more likely to have a stroke, and their risk increased with the number of cigarettes they smoked, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
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People with Type 2 diabetes who eat breakfast later, more likely to have a higher BMI

23/04/2018

Being an "evening person" is linked to higher body mass indices among people with Type 2 diabetes, and having breakfast later in the day seems to be what drives this association, according to a new paper in the journal Diabetic Medicine.
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Photo-Collage: Left: Transporting participants from the hospital to the test room. Right: JV in the test room.; Copyright: Wijesuriya et al.

Breath-taking research: Throat reflexes differ in people with tetraplegia and sleep apnea

23/04/2018

New research published in The Journal of Physiology has indicated why people with paralysis of their limbs and torso are more likely to suffer from sleep apnoea. This knowledge could be used to develop much-need targeted therapies.
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Physical activity and fitness – an effective approach against dementia?

18/04/2018

By 2030, about 74 million people will be diagnosed with dementia – a number that experts have estimated because of demographic changes. Previous studies have identified that physical inactivity during midlife is a major but modifiable risk factor for dementia.
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New study highlights benefits of weekly nutrition classes to improve type 2 diabetes

16/04/2018

Prescriptions are not enough--diet changes and nutrition education make the difference in people with diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Photo: Shoe with sensor on it placed beside a notebook whille a gait analysis of a Parkinson patient is taking place in the background; Copyright: Kurt Fuchs

Sensors to prevent Parkinson's patients from falling

04/04/2018

A groundbreaking project for Parkinson’s patients from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Health (EIT Health) titled 'MoveIT' has now been launched. Using telemedicine based on sensors placed in patients’ shoes and attached to their upper body, researchers aim to analyse specific characteristics in the patient’s gait and when they fall.
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