Photo: Female Participant doing Interval Walking Training; Copyright: Shizue Masuki, Shinshu University

Quality over quantity! Interval walking training improves fitness and health

11.11.2019

Interval Walking Training is a method that is effective in increasing overall fitness and decreasing healthcare costs associated with lifestyle-related diseases of the middle-aged and elderly. That's the result of a study of Dr. Shizue Masuki of Shinshu University.
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Photo: McMaster undergraduate student Ronald Perinpanayagam works with one of the seniors who participated in the study; Copyright: Paulina Rzeczkowska

Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors

11.11.2019

Researchers at McMaster University who examine the impact of exercise on the brain have found that high-intensity workouts improve memory in older adults.
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Photo: A child and a grown up man with Down syndrome in a park; Copyright: PantherMedia/nd3000

High rates of dementia amongst people with Down syndrome

06.11.2019

Not so many years ago, people with Down syndrome rarely survived to middle age. Many died young due to heart problems associated with the congenital condition.Today, advances in treatment have allowed them to live longer, healthier lives. But these advances have also revealed a previously unknown characteristic of the condition: increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Photo: Actimetry sensor in a wristwatch-like device on a wrist; Copyright: Peng Li/Brigham and Women's Hospital

Predicting frailty, disability and death

06.11.2019

Using a wristwatch-like device, researchers detected fluctuations in the daily motor activity of older adults that could predict increased risk of deteriorated quality of life or death years later.
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Photo: Patient doing a gait analysis; Copyright: PantherMedia/SimpleFoto

Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

04.11.2019

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairments.
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Risk factors for unemployment with multiple sclerosis vary by age

04.11.2019

A recent study by Kessler Foundation researchers explored numerous factors that contribute to the high unemployment rate among individuals of different ages with multiple sclerosis (MS). This is the first investigation to consider age within the context of disease- and person-specific factors affecting employment in MS.
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Photo: Young man in the Icaros flight simulator; Copyright: German Sport University Cologne

Rehabilitation: Exergaming with Icaros

30.10.2019

Studies show significant correlations between periods spent sitting and the prevalence of chronic diseases. This also applies to children and adolescents. One of the major obstacles to people taking up physical exercise is a lack of motivation. The solution could be Icaros: a flight simulator with exergaming technology that promises the user an element of fun while at the same time keeping fit.
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Helping people with low vision retain their independence

30.10.2019

More older Americans will have to live with low vision. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips to help people with low vision retain their independence and how to make life easier and safer.
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Photo: Young man during the acoustic emission demonstration; Copyright: Lancaster University

Listening to 'noisy knees' to diagnose osteoarthritis

25.10.2019

A new way of diagnosing and assessing knee osteoarthritis (OA) has moved a step closer with a major study paving the way for its use in research and clinical practice. The technique involves attaching small microphones to knees, and detecting high frequency sounds from the joint components as people perform sitting standing movements.
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Dementia: Non-pharmacologic treatments more effective for psychiatric symptoms

18.10.2019

For patients with dementia who have symptoms of aggression and agitation, interventions such as outdoor activities, massage and touch therapy may be more effective treatments than medication in some cases, suggests a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Heated suit simulates exercise benefits for people unable to take part in physical activity

16.10.2019

A team from Loughborough University is using the prototype device to help people with disabilities, elderly people, and those with chronic diseases that prevent them from taking part in exercise. It comes following a successful study into how hot baths can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.
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Photo: Man with lower back pain; Copyright: PantherMedia/lightwavemedia

Study questions 'cross-transfer' benefits of special exercise technique

16.10.2019

A paper recently published by researchers from the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine questions the effectiveness of a patented exercise system for relieving lower back pain.
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Photo: Robot with artificial skin is touched by a hand; Copyright: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Biologically-inspired artificial skin improves sensory ability of robots

14.10.2019

Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings – a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.
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Photo: Patient in hospital bed during dialysis; Copyright: Fraunhofer IZI/Dr. Rainer Goldau

Affordable and mobile purification of dialysis water

14.10.2019

For patients who undergo dialysis, this artificial washing of the blood is a major burden. To remove toxins from the blood, large quantities of dialysis water for clearance are required. Until now there has been no solution so far to recover this dialysate cost-effectively. Therefore a cryo-purification method is being developed by Fraunhofer researchers that clears the water without loosing it.
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Chair yoga more effective than music therapy in older adults with advanced dementia

11.10.2019

As dementia progresses, the ability to participate in exercise programs declines. Sticking to a program also becomes challenging because of impaired cognition, mobility issues or risk of falls and fractures – some exercise regimens are just too complicated or physically demanding.
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Photo: Microfluidic cartridge for on-site analysis; Copyright: BiFlow Systems GmbH

Better treatment for diabetic foot ulcers

09.10.2019

People with type 2 diabetes often live with poorly-healing infected wounds on their feet. Using existing methods, however, it takes two days to grow a bacterial culture used to identify the pathogens infecting the wound and their antibiotic resistance – and thus to find an effective antibiotic. With the help of a new rapid test, it will take just one hour to obtain this information in the future.
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Photo: Dario Bortolotti adjusts the insole and smart electronics on the prosthesis; Copyright: Stanisa Raspopovic

Leg amputees feel and use the prosthesis as a real limb

07.10.2019

Tiny electrodes implanted in the patients' thigh nerve allow them to feel natural sensations of touch and movement from the prosthesis. Therefore, the amputees can walk freely while thinking about different activities other than controlling the device.
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Photo: Woman with a smartphone in her hand next to her ear; Copyright: PantherMedia/Iñigo Quintanilla

Dementia: Phone check-in may mean less depression for caring relatives

07.10.2019

A monthly, 40-minute phone call from a non-clinical professional may suppress or reverse the trajectory of depression so frequently experienced by family members caring for patients with dementia at home, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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Stroke: Cerebral reperfusion of reading network predicts recovery of reading ability

02.10.2019

A team of New Jersey stroke researchers has linked recovery of reading and language competence with cerebral blood flow in the left reading network. Their findings may contribute to new approaches to identifying and treating reading deficits after stroke.
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Photo: Patient with implanted electrodes on his head; Copyright: Gregor Gast/UKB

Epilepsy: Seizures not forecastable as expected

30.09.2019

Epileptic seizures can probably not be predicted by changes in brain wave patterns that were previously assumed to be characteristic precursors. This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the University of Bonn in a recent study. The results are now published in the journal "Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science".
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