A release from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden reports that researchers at the university’s Sahlgrenska Academy have tested the use of noisy electric stimulation to change the activity of the brain in order to improve motor skills and balance for Parkinson’s patients. The study was published in January 2015 in the scientific journal Brain Stimulation and was conducted in cooperation with researchers at NASA. The release explains that Parkinson’s disease is a slowly degenerative neurological disorder that is expressed as impaired motor control, tremors, stiffness and, in later stages, problems with balance.
Falls among older adults appear to have been increasing over a 12-year period, according to a new study.
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Falls Becoming More Frequent in Older Adults
In the largest study to date on infidelity, Chapman University in Orange, California has learned that men and women are different when it comes to feeling jealous.
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Sexual vs. Emotional Infidelity: How Men & Women Differ
This year “Blue Monday” falls on January 26, 2015, which is the Monday of the last full week in January.
Don’t Let “Blue Monday” Get You Down!
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have tested a temporary tattoo that both extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This first-ever example of the flexible, easy-to-wear device could be a promising step forward in noninvasive glucose testing for patients with diabetes
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Temporary Tattoo to Monitor Glucose Levels
Listening to older sisters of mentally ill siblings discuss their mothers’ difficult caregiving experiences made Case Western Reserve University co-investigator M.
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All Family Members of the Mentally Ill Need Help
If you enjoy playing catch with your partner or the grandkids, you’re doing yourself a favor. It turns out that the simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research done at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published in January 2015 in advance of print in two journals: Electromyography and Kinesiology and Experimental Brain Research
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Playing Catch Can Prevent Falls in Older Adults
Aggressively controlling blood sugar in older diabetics may actually lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), researchers say. Investigators from Yale University School of Medicine published their findings in JAMA Internal Medicine
Of all the tactics used by couples when they’re in conflict, researchers now say, withdrawing “like a turtle into its shell” is the most damaging. And expecting your significant other to be a mind reader isn’t much help, either. Those attitudes are two of the most common kinds of “disengagement in relationships, and both can be harmful, but in different ways and for different reasons,” according to a news release from Baylor University.
When patients are discharged from hospitals, case manager rarely share full information about home health agencies, even though state and federal quality reports are readily available.
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Hospitals Seldom Share Info on Quality of Home Care Providers