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How to reduce physical risk in virtual reality

13.01.2020

Carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, eye-strain headaches – these are all well-known side effects of prolonged computer use. But what happens when you step away from the desktop and into virtual reality?
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Robotic trunk support assists those with spinal cord injury

10.01.2020

Engineers of the Columbia University invented a robotic trunk-support-trainer to retrain patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
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Animal-assisted interventions positive for people's health

08.01.2020

The impact of animal-assisted interventions for both patients and health services could be substantial, but more rigorous research is needed, says Dr Elena Ratschen and Professor Trevor Sheldon from the University of York.
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Neural network for elderly care could save millions

08.01.2020

If healthcare providers could accurately predict how their services would be used, they could save large sums of money by not having to allocate funds unnecessarily. Deep learning artificial intelligence models can be good at predicting the future given previous behaviour, and researchers based in Finland have developed one that can predict when and why elderly people will use healthcare services.
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AI app to predict risk and prevent severe patient falls

18.12.2019

A Houston Methodist researcher developed a machine learning app aimed at preventing patients from severe fall-related injuries and death. It was tested over an eight-month period to help address the growing concern of severe patient falls with seniors and the worry it causes their care-providers and care-givers.
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Too many Canadians live with multiple chronic conditions

16.12.2019

A lack of physical activity, a poor diet and too much stress are taking their toll on the health of Canadians, says a new UBC study.
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Diabetes: New instrument for self-care developed

16.12.2019

Chronic diseases are now a challenge for current society. The collapse of health care services, which cannot have individualized intervention models, or the great physical and mental impact of overload on caregivers are some of the social problems that affect chronicity, which is increasingly becoming evident in the form of multimorbidity in various diseases.
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Diabetes: Eating in sync with biological clock could replace problematic treatment

09.12.2019

Type 2 diabetics inject themselves with insulin, a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into liver, muscle and fat cells, up to four times a day. But insulin injections are linked to weight gain and the loss of control of blood sugar levels. This triggers a vicious cycle of higher insulin doses, continuous weight gain, a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and other complications.
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Moderate intensity physical activity associated with lower risk of diabetes

09.12.2019

Daily exercise at moderate intensity is associated with beneficial levels of a hormone that may lower risk of diabetes, according to a study published in Endocrine Connections. Men who were physically active at moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day, released higher levels of a hormone that reduces appetite and blood sugar levels.
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Improved fitness can mean living longer without dementia

06.12.2019

Staying fit or improving fitness over time should be a goal for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of getting dementia.
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Mobile stroke units could expedite treatment and improve patient outcomes in urban areas

04.12.2019

Mobile Stroke Units (MSUs), vehicles equipped to provide stroke treatment before reaching a hospital, provided lifesaving care to stroke patients in Manhattan approximately 30 minutes faster, compared to patients transported to hospitals in traditional ambulances and who did not receive stroke treatment until arriving at the hospital.
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Micro implants could restore standing and walking

04.12.2019

When Vivian Mushahwar first applied to grad school, she wrote about her idea to fix paralysis by rewiring the spinal cord. It was only after she was accepted into a bioengineering program that the young electrical engineer learned her idea had actually prompted laughter.
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Dry, warm air increases the risk of stroke

02.12.2019

Based on almost 18,000 cases collected over a period of ten years, an Augsburg study shows that the risk of certain types of stroke increases in dry and warm air masses. This is the first time such complex interactions with so many cases and subtypes have been investigated.
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People who cannot read may be more likely to develop dementia

02.12.2019

According to the United States Department of Education, approximately 32 million adults in the country are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write. New research has found that people who are illiterate may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write.
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How movements affect the processing of visual stimuli

29.11.2019

How do we perceive our environment? What is the influence of sensory stimuli on the peripheral nervous system and what on the brain? Science has an interest in this question for many reasons. In the long term, insights from this research could contribute to a better understanding of diseases such as ADHD and Parkinson's disease.
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