Photo: Left to right: Dr. Mario Spaggiari, Arlys Martinez and Dr. Enrico Benedetti.; Copyright: Fatemi Hossein

Robotic pancreas transplant offers hope for obese patients with Type 1 diabetes

17.07.2019

For patients with Type 1 diabetes who don't respond well to insulin or have other serious medical complications caused by their disease, pancreas transplantation offers hope for a cure. But obese candidates who need a pancreas transplant often are denied the procedure.
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Medical assistants and Dr. Maximilian Wintergerst (center) during an eye screening in Bangalore; Copyright: University Hospital Bonn

Diabetes in India: Smartphones save sight

17.07.2019

About one in ten people in southern India is diabetic. Around one in three suffers from a so-called diabetic retinopathy (DR), a disease of the retina caused by diabetes. Untreated, DR is often the cause of visual impairment and blindness. Early detection is therefore all the more important in order to intervene in good time.
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Older adults' independence is most significant factor for vulnerability in hot weather

15.07.2019

Efforts to support older people during extreme heat should focus on those who lack independence or have pre-existing health issues, according to an expert from the University of Warwick.
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Photo: A brain-computer interface EEG cap; Copyright: Wyss Center www.wysscenter.ch

Neurotechnology holds promise for chronic stroke patients

10.07.2019

Neurotechnology-based therapies, including brain-machine interfaces, robotics, and brain stimulation among others, will lead to largest treatment effects and success if they are tailored to the needs of individual patients, and used in combination, say the authors from the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering.
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Meals on Wheels drivers good early warning system for senior's health and safety issues

08.07.2019

Meal delivery drivers bringing food to homebound seniors can be an effective early-warning system for health and safety problems, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by researchers at the West Health Institute, Brown University and Meals on Wheels America.
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Photo: Remote-controlled implantable nanochannel drug delivery system (nDS); Copyright: Grattoni/Houston Methodist

Implants: Remote-controlled drug delivery system for chronic disease management

05.07.2019

People with chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease may one day forego the daily regimen of pills and, instead, receive a scheduled dosage of medication through a grape-sized implant that is remotely controlled.
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Photo: Researcher demonstrates phantom sensations; Copyright: Bielefeld University

Phantom sensations: When the sense of touch deceives

28.06.2019

Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study in the scientific journal Current Biology shows how healthy people can sometimes misattribute touch to the wrong side of their body, or even to a completely wrong part of the body.
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Photo: Smart knee brace; Copyright: FREEHAB/University of Bristol

FREEHAB: Developing wearable devices for rehabilitation

26.06.2019

The lives of thousands of people with mobility issues could be transformed thanks to ground-breaking research by scientists at the University of Bristol. The FREEHAB project will develop soft, wearable rehabilitative devices with a view to helping elderly and disabled people walk and move from sitting to a standing position in comfort and safety.
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Image: physician sits on a bed examining a man in a wheelchair, another man is sitting on a chair and watching them; Copyright: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks

Promising treatment for shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

21.06.2019

A New Jersey team of researchers has reported the successful, long-term relief of chronic refractory shoulder pain in a wheelchair user with spinal cord injury (SCI) following a single injection of autologous, micro-fragmented adipose tissue into the affected shoulder joint.
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Image: Dr. Steven Kahn talks with RISE participant Faamafi Faamafi Jr.; Copyright: Christopher Pacheco, VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Improvements in insulin release wane after treatment stops in adults with type 2 diabetes

19.06.2019

A set of clinical trials examining youth and adults with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance has found that disease progression in adults slowed during medical treatment but resumed after treatment stopped. Youth on the same treatment had markedly poorer outcomes with continued disease progression both during and after the treatment.
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New research could help predict seizures before they happen

19.06.2019

A new study has found a pattern of molecules that appear in the blood before a seizure happens. This discovery may lead to the development of an early warning system, which would enable people with epilepsy to know when they are at risk of having a seizure.
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Image: woman in the lab uses a synthetic model to demonstrate how the spinal load simulator works; Copyright: Elvira Eberhardt / Uni Ulm

EU project 'iPSpine': Spinal disc under scrutiny

17.06.2019

Back pain is one of the leading causes for disability around the world. With a total of 15 million euros for five years, the European Union is funding a major European project which is radically breaking new ground in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. The 'iPSpine' project, coordinated by Utrecht University, combines innovative biomaterials with stem cell-based approaches.
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Image: two boys each raising one arm and holding a small baseball with the inscription “Diabetes TrialNet” in their other hand; Copyright: Benaroya Research Institute

Drug delays type 1 diabetes in people at high risk

17.06.2019

A treatment affecting the immune system effectively slowed the progression to clinical type 1 diabetes in high risk individuals, according to findings from National Institutes of Health-funded research. The study is the first to show that clinical type 1 diabetes can be delayed by two or more years among people who are at high risk.
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Photo: elderly woman in a wheelchair holding a rattle; Copyright: Care UK

Advancing dementia and its effect on care home relationships

12.06.2019

As dementia advances, in most cases it can change the behaviour displayed by those with the condition. Such changes in behaviour can bring strain to a wide-ranging network of relationships – from those between people with dementia and their professional carers or between those with dementia and their families – which in turn can affect the delivery of care.
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Texture-modified foods for people with dysphagia

12.06.2019

The UPV/EHU's LaTex has spent the last 10 years developing its research projects in the field of diet adaptation for the group of people who have dysphagia. The Food Hydrocolloids journal has just published a piece of research entitled 'Sensory perception and flow properties of dysphagia thickening formulas with different composition'.
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Diabetes: Study improves medication adherence of Latinos

10.06.2019

Latino adults have higher diabetes rates than non-Latinos, yet research shows they are less likely to follow medication instructions. Furthermore, diabetes can set off medical complications, that create a challenging daily regimen. In a study coming out of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, student researchers have identified several potential approaches for improving medication adherence.
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Home exercise program: Reducing of falling in seniors

10.06.2019

An in-home exercise program reduced subsequent falls in high-risk seniors by 36 per cent, according the results of a 12-month clinical trial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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