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Research group focuses on economics of transportation needs for rural elderly

19/07/2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers is examining economic issues associated with providing transportation for the rural elderly and other socially disadvantaged populations.
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Photo: Three boys standing in a cowshed; Copyright: University of Zurich

How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma

19/07/2017

It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have shown that a sialic acid found in farm animals is effective against inflammation of lung tissue. This study opens up a wide variety of perspectives for the prevention of allergies.
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Bandage with a voice

17/07/2017

A novel bandage alerts the nursing staff as soon as a wound starts healing badly. Sensors incorporated into the base material glow with a different intensity if the wound’s pH level changes. This way even chronic wounds could be monitored at home.
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Photo: A nurse measuring the blood pressure of a patient in a nursing home; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Diego Cervo

Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six months of life

17/07/2017

Many nursing home residents have a fairly pain-free experience until the end of life, but at least a third suffer persistent, significant pain during their last six months, according to a new study from the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia and University of Alberta that could have implications for end-of-life care in Canada.
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Image: talking to a doctor about cost; Copyright: University of Michigan

Older Americans don't get - or seek - enough help from doctors & pharmacists on drug costs

12/07/2017

The majority of Americans over age 50 take two or more prescription medicines to prevent or treat health problems, and many of them say the cost weighs on their budget, a new poll finds.
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Diabetes patients still produce insulin

10/07/2017

A 'brain training' game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.
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Certain OTC, less expensive hearing aids provide benefit similar to conventional hearing aid

10/07/2017

A comparison between less-expensive, over-the-counter hearing assistance devices and a conventional hearing aid found that some of these devices were associated with improvements in hearing similar to the hearing aid, according to a study published by JAMA.
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'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

07/07/2017

A 'brain training' game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.
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Older people who feel close to God have well-being that grows with frequent prayer

05/07/2017

As people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being - and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a Baylor University study. But those who feel more distant from God do not receive the same benefit.
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Photo: Professor Ng Tze Pin is watching three old ladys playing a game ; Copyright: National University of Singapore

Parameters that can reverse physical frailty in the elderly

26/06/2017

Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that a combination of nutritional, physical and cognitive interventions can reverse physical frailty.
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Teens with ADHD have lower crash risk than previously reported

21/06/2017

Adolescent drivers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a 36 percent higher crash risk than other newly licensed teens. Although elevated, this risk is far lower than previous reports of being four times higher. This is the first large-scale study to provide detailed information on crash risk of adolescents with ADHD compared to other newly licensed young drivers.
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Pet dogs could help older owners be more active

16/06/2017

Owning a dog may help older adults to meet physical activity levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Health professionals could encourage dog ownership or shared care of a dog to motivate older adults to be more physically active, researchers suggest.
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Electrodes placed on the scalp could help patients with brain diseases

07/06/2017

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. Now researchers have come up with a way to stimulate regions deep within the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp. This approach could make deep brain stimulation noninvasive, less risky, less expensive, and more accessible to patients.
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Photo: A hand-prosthesis holding an egg; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Constanze TillmannMichigan State University

First-of-its-kind study shows how hand amputation, reattachment affect brain

05/06/2017

When a person loses a hand to amputation, nerves that control sensation and movement are severed, causing dramatic changes in areas of the brain that controlled these functions. As a result, those brain-areas take on other functions. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found evidence of specific neurochemical changes associated with lower neuronal health in these brain regions.
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