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Deep brain stimulation decreases tics in young adults with severe Tourette syndrome

17/04/2017

A surgical technique that sends electrical impulses to a specific area of the brain reduces the "tics," or involuntary movements and vocal outbursts, experienced by young adults with severe cases of Tourette syndrome, according to a new study led by investigators from NYU Langone Medical Center.
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Study shows real-world massage is effective treatment for low back pain

17/04/2017

In the first study of its kind, researchers found real-world massage therapy to be an effective treatment for chronic low back pain.
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Photo: Driving with an Osseointegrated Prosthesis; Copyright: Susanne Lindholm

Hearing and touch mediate sensations via osseointegrated prostheses

12/04/2017

A new study has found that people with a prosthesis attached directly to their skeleton can hear by means of vibrations in their implant. This sound transmission through bones is an important part of osseoperception - sensory awareness of the patient's surroundings provided by their prosthesis.
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Adults with disabilities screened less often for colorectal cancer

10/04/2017

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly 135,000 cases reported in 2016. The likelihood of surviving colorectal cancer is strongly related to the stage in which it is diagnosed.
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Many youths with diabetes not being screened for diabetic retinopathy

07/04/2017

Many youths with type 1 and 2 diabetes are not receiving eye examinations as recommended to monitor for diabetic retinopathy, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.
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Dementia: The right to rehabilitation

03/04/2017

Rehabilitation is important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.
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Daily tea consumption protects elderly from cognitive decline

29/03/2017

Tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 per cent and as much as 86 per cent for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer's.
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Photo: Bill Kochevar eating with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies; Copyright: Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland FES Center

Quadriplegia: Injury bridging technologies to move again - just by thinking

29/03/2017

First recipient of implanted brain-recording and muscle-stimulating systems reanimates limb that had been stilled for 8 years. Bill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw. His motions were slow and deliberate, but then Kochevar hadn't moved his right arm or hand for eight years.
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'Geofencing' shows promise in tracking chronic care

27/03/2017

Location-tracking apps on smartphones could be used to help track and manage care for thousands of patients who live with chronic diseases, and possibly even provide feedback to them on lifestyle changes that could help, according to an initial assessment by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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Sound waves boost older adults' memory, deep sleep

27/03/2017

Gentle sound stimulation - such as the rush of a waterfall - synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

20/03/2017

Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, according to research by the University of Exeter.
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Healthy hiking in smart socks

15/03/2017

Often, a one-sided weight loading is the reason for hurting feet. But only few notice while walking. That is where the "Smart Sock", developed by the Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology of the Chemnitz University of Technology and in cooperation with the textile producer Lindner from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, starts.
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Tailored preventive oral health intervention improves dental health among elderly

15/03/2017

A tailored preventive oral health intervention significantly improved the cleanliness of teeth and dentures among elderly home care clients. In addition, functional ability and cognitive function were strongly associated with better oral hygiene, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.
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New data reveal aging experiences of LGBT Americans

13/03/2017

A new supplemental issue of the journal The Gerontologist presents the findings of the largest national survey to date focused on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
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Detecting mild cognitive impairment with virtual reality game

08/03/2017

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that often predates Alzheimer's disease (AD), can be remotely detected through a self-administered virtual reality brain training game.
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Video messages clarify patients' wishes for critical versus end-of-life care

06/03/2017

Adding a patient-created video testimonial to a living will or "POLST" form can help to prevent errors of interpretation regarding the choice between life-sustaining treatment or allowing natural death in critically ill patients, according to a study in the March Journal of Patient Safety.
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