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New mobile phone-based navigation service developed for older people

New mobile phone-based navigation service developed for older people

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a mobile phone-based navigation service which guides older users to the right address, even when lost in a strange town. The result of a European project, the service helps older people to use public transport, assisting them along the entire route. [More]
Big data and analytics expected to play major role in Singapore’s healthcare market

Big data and analytics expected to play major role in Singapore’s healthcare market

Continuous data collection for chronic illness management is crucial to deliver personalized care for patients. In the era of globalization, patients still do not have the right tools to collect and share their physiological information on a frequent, real time basis. [More]
Alternative tobacco products pose a new challenge in the war against tobacco

Alternative tobacco products pose a new challenge in the war against tobacco

The increasing use of alternative tobacco products, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes, by children under the age of 18 is a burgeoning public health crisis, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center write in a commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]

VTT, AIST partner to study how ICT-based applications improve care services for the elderly

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Japanese research institute AIST are studying how the adoption of ICT-based applications designed for the elderly will improve care service both at home and in assisted living facilities with the help of, for instance, a robot assistant. [More]
Getting right nutrition throughout life can help protect against osteoporosis in old age

Getting right nutrition throughout life can help protect against osteoporosis in old age

Whether you're young or old, the right nutrition can make a difference to your bone health and influence your ability to live an independent, mobile, fracture-free life into your more senior years. That's the key message of a new scientific review published today in the journal 'Osteoporosis International' by leading bone and nutrition experts, in anticipation of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20. [More]
Study: Bright light therapy reduces depression and agitation in dementia sufferers

Study: Bright light therapy reduces depression and agitation in dementia sufferers

Dementia is most often associated with memory loss, but seniors who suffer from the condition also experience depression and agitation. These symptoms are often treated with medication. [More]
WSU awarded nearly $1 million to train social workers and nurses in SBIRT

WSU awarded nearly $1 million to train social workers and nurses in SBIRT

Wayne State University has been awarded nearly $1 million to train social work and nursing students to assess patients in primary care settings for substance abuse behaviors. [More]
Researchers receive NIH grants to find genomic regions containing variants that affect disease risk

Researchers receive NIH grants to find genomic regions containing variants that affect disease risk

Six new grants from the National Institutes of Health will support researchers to develop new computational approaches for searching among millions of genomic variants to find those that make a difference in disease susceptibility or in other traits. [More]
Older pneumonia patients can benefit from ICU admission

Older pneumonia patients can benefit from ICU admission

When an older person gets hospitalized for pneumonia, where's the best place to care for them? New research findings about deaths and health care costs in such patients fly in the face of conventional wisdom - and could change where doctors decide to treat them. [More]
NCOA and award-winning actress Judith Light support national educational initiative, Flu + You

NCOA and award-winning actress Judith Light support national educational initiative, Flu + You

Two-time Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Judith Light and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) are teaming up for the second year on the national educational initiative Flu + You to educate older adults and those who care for them about the seriousness of influenza ("the flu"), the importance of prevention and available vaccine options. [More]
Honored Citizens Choice Health Plan to be renamed as Alignment Health Plan

Honored Citizens Choice Health Plan to be renamed as Alignment Health Plan

Honored Citizens Choice Health Plan, a federally qualified Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan serving nearly 20,000 seniors in California, will change its name to Alignment Health Plan as of October 1, 2015. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers develop new resource tool to monitor trends in geriatric health services

Johns Hopkins researchers develop new resource tool to monitor trends in geriatric health services

Using data from their detailed analysis of senior medical services offered by nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals before the 2009 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), researchers led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician say they have developed a Senior Care Services Scale (SCSS) that suggests a serious “mismatch” between what’s offered and what older adult populations need. [More]
Healthy adults who receive flu vaccination may also help protect older adults at higher risk for flu-related complications

Healthy adults who receive flu vaccination may also help protect older adults at higher risk for flu-related complications

Healthy adults who get the flu vaccine may help protect not only themselves but also older adults in their community at higher risk for serious complications from influenza, suggest findings from a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Based on a national sample of more than 3 million people across eight flu seasons, researchers observed that seniors were up to 21 percent less likely to be diagnosed with flu-related illness if they lived in areas where more adults under 65 were immunized. [More]
One in every 17 college students smokes marijuana on daily or near-daily basis

One in every 17 college students smokes marijuana on daily or near-daily basis

Daily marijuana use among the nation's college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. [More]

Chapman University study provides complete analysis of skill development in traditional society

Chapman University's research on aging and skill development appears as the lead article in the latest issue of American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The study, called "Skill Ontogeny Among Tsimane Forager-Horticulturalists," provides the most complete analysis to date of skill development in a traditional society. [More]
Virtua to bring high-quality wellness services to residents of Brandywine Senior Living at Haddonfield

Virtua to bring high-quality wellness services to residents of Brandywine Senior Living at Haddonfield

Virtua has partnered with Brandywine Senior Living at Haddonfield to bring high-quality medical care, rehabilitation therapy, and wellness services to residents of the new assisted living community located at 132 Warwick Road. [More]
Older people drink unsafe amounts of alcohol, study finds

Older people drink unsafe amounts of alcohol, study finds

One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels - over 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week - according to a study by King's College London. The research in inner-city London, published in BMJ Open, found these unsafe older drinkers are more likely to be of higher socioeconomic status. [More]
NIH grants Clinical and Translational Science Award to UC San Diego

NIH grants Clinical and Translational Science Award to UC San Diego

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at University of California, San Diego has received a five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) for approximately $52 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
UCLA wins $2.5 million grant to enhance geriatric care in Riverside County

UCLA wins $2.5 million grant to enhance geriatric care in Riverside County

The UCLA division of geriatrics has received a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to enhance geriatric education, training and workforce development in Riverside County. The grant will fund a new partnership between UCLA, UC Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside County Regional Medical Center and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services. [More]
WSU biomedical engineering students invent remote health monitoring system

WSU biomedical engineering students invent remote health monitoring system

A team of biomedical engineering students from Wichita State University has invented Mobile HealthLink, a remote health monitoring system that allows physicians to check on patients via a programmable smartwatch. [More]
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