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Photo: The pump bending in a glove; Copyright: Vito Cacucciolo/2019 EPFL

A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

19.08.2019

Soft robots have a distinct advantage over their rigid forebears: they can adapt to complex environments, handle fragile objects and interact safely with humans. Made from silicone, rubber or other stretchable polymers, they are ideal for use in rehabilitation exoskeletons and robotic clothing. Soft bio-inspired robots could one day be deployed to explore remote or dangerous environments.
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Photo: Senior couple jogging together outdoors; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Arne Trautmann

Regular exercise may slow decline in those at risk of Alzheimer's

19.08.2019

Moderate exercise is not only good for memory as people age, it also appears to help prevent the development of physical signs of Alzheimer's, known as biomarkers, in those who are at risk for the disease, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
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Photo: An example of one of the trial meals with a reduced carbohydrate content and an increased protein and fat content; Copyright: University of Copenhagen

Reduced carbohydrate intake improves type 2 diabetics' ability to regulate blood sugar

16.08.2019

Patients with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate blood sugar levels if they eat food with a reduced carbohydrate content and an increased share of protein and fat. This is shown by a recent study conducted at Bispebjerg Hospital in collaboration with Aarhus University and the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen.
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Photo: A study participant wearing the robotic neck brace; Copyright: Haohan Zhang and Sunil K. Agrawal/Columbia Engineering

Robotic neck brace dramatically improves functions of ALS patients

14.08.2019

A novel neck brace, which supports the neck during its natural motion, was designed by Columbia engineers. This is the first device shown to dramatically assist patients suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in holding their heads and actively supporting them during range of motion.
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Photo: Group of seniors playing cards; Copyright: panthermedia.net/pressmaster

Most seniors with dementia live at home

14.08.2019

Contrary to popular belief, most older Americans with advancing dementia remain in their own homes - many until they die. But a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco has revealed that this population may endure more pain and have more complex or unaddressed medical needs than their counterparts in nursing homes.
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