On October 15th, the first International Health and Wealth Conference (IHW) will take place in Algarve, Portugal. It will be the first European conference to link Healthcare and Wellbeing with other complementary sectors, like Tourism, ITC, Corporate Finance and Real Estate. [Read more…] about Portugal: 1st International Health and Wealth Conference
The advent of the Internet and Communication Technologies revolutionised the traditional healthcare system. People are now talking about personalised medicine, where patients can be screened according to their medical and biological history.
85% of Healthcare providers want to increase communication with patients, while 42% of patients will feel more confident if their doctor communicates with them between consults.
This Infographics is about Digital Health and all progress made from Reaction to Prevention, thanks to the ITC. [Read more…] about Infographics: Health and Digital Communication
The Exhibition for a Healthy and Independent living (“Salons Santé Autonomie”) will take place on May, 19 – 21, at Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles. Organized by PG Promotion –UBM on behalf of the FHF (French Hospital Federation), this exhibition is the main business meeting for health professionals. It covers healthcare and social welfare, and since 2013, other similar events have joined the exhibition: HospitalExpo, GerontHandicapExpo and Health-ITExpo.
15 000 professional visitors and about 550 exhibitors are expected to be present at the 2015 edition. [Read more…] about The Exhibition for a Healthy and Independent living: a business meeting with health care professionals
FICHe (“Future Internet Challenge eHealth”) is a European program that challenges SMEs and start-ups to develop and imagine e-health applications using FIWARE technology. Ideable is a young Spanish start up that was selected to continue the program, thanks to its teleassistance Platform for the elderly: Kwido. [Read more…] about FICHe – a European Program to encourage eHealth development
Medications companies are launching a program to fight against the medical iatrogenesis of elderly people. At this occasion, these companies have gathered several health actors (doctors, pharmacists…) in order to improve medication intake methods. [Read more…] about What if we changed our behaviour concerning medication?
According to a study led by several American researchers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, practicing an artistic activity on a regular basis stimulates cognitive faculties and locomotion. More precisely, 73% of the elderly who practice leisures like painting, drawing or sculpting are less likely to develop dementia. [Read more…] about Painting, drawing or sculpting could prevent dementia
At the end of March, a UFC-Que choisir survey focused on the link of causality between low quality of food, staff shortage, poorly adapted schedules for meals, and undernutrition problems that have been growing in many medical-social establishments for the elderly. [Read more…] about Nutri-Culture: a technological and pleasant solution to face elderly undernutrition
Samsung group is well-known for its prowess in construction and high-tech industries. Recently with its new technologies and medical devices offers, Samsung has placed itself as an innovative actor on healthcare sector. [Read more…] about Samsung invests in R&D in healthcare
In Taiwan, researchers have developed a blood test able to detect the potential risks of Alzheimer’s among patients. This test is already being performed in several Taiwanese medical centers. [Read more…] about A blood test to detect Alzheimer is being developed in Taiwan
ARC, the vibrating pencil was designed by several English Students of Imperial College of London and Royal College of Art. At the beginning, this pencil was created with the objective to raise public awareness and understanding of the Parkinson’s disease. Ultimately, it seemed that this pencil could been a suitable solution for people suffering from Parkinson so they could handwrite.
This pencil limits shakiness, tremors and writing difficulties.
On April, 23 – 25, 2015 takes place in Germany the third edition of the International Conference on Aging & Cognition. [Read more…] about Third International Conference on Aging & Cognition
Maliterie.com will launch an intelligent mattress today, Friday, March 27th, on International Sleep Day. The item is a connected mattress that analyses the person’s sleep in order to improve their quality of sleep.
The presentation of this intelligent mattress is also available on the Silvereco.fr portal.
Morphe@: an intelligent mattress to reinvent the bedding
Maliterie.com wishes “to reinvent the bedding” thanks to the intelligent mattress Morphe@. It was designed in partnership with the Finnish start-up Beddit. The Morphe@ launch follows the release of the connected bed base Neo.usb, which was launched a few months ago: it allows people to reload their digital tablets.
Morphe@ aims to improve the quality of sleep thanks to embedded sensors and the Beddit application. A classic double mattress costs about €799 (a mattress with 160×200 dimensions will cost €899).
Maliterie.com manager Laurent Crepin explains excitedly: “By associating the Morphe@ mattress and the bed base Neo.usb which is equipped with an USB port for each sleeper, our customers will be able to take advantage of innovative and easy to use applications. We are happy to finally share this innovation at an affordable price. Everyone will be able to enjoy a connected and intelligent sleep. The coming next years are full of promises”.
How does the Morphe@ mattress work?
People have to download the Beddit’s free application on their Smartphone, and turn it on before sleeping.
The sensors are directly integrated into the mattress: they measure and register sleeping data such as:
- Sleepiness duration
- Sleeping cycles
- Sleeping quality and the possible interferences
- Breath and the snoring …
Once the data is registered, the application analyses it and gives personalised advice to improve the quality of sleep.
An intelligent alarm clock
An intelligent alarm clock can be programed by the user. The application calculates the right moment to smoothly wake the sleeper up, who has to be in a light phase of sleep close enough to the desired time slot.
Upon awakening, the application gives a complete analysis of sleep through simple and playful graphs. The application gives a mark out of 100 points to estimate the global night quality and gives personalised advice to optimize the sleep (eg: “avoid doing sports less than 3 hours before sleeping”, “avoid driving after a bad night of sleep”…).
Morphe@ will be sold on the website www.maliterie.com starting March 27th, and it will be shown on the same day in Paris I, Paris XV, Lyon and Neuville-sur-Sarthe stores.
According to the latest Orange’s Infographic, in 2013, 60% of the wearable products belonged to the fitness or medical care sectors.
Whether we speak about smart contact lenses, smart watches or fitness bands, this new generation of wearables conquered the healthcare field.
Moreover, 1 in 3 British and American people trust the use of connected objects for their medical recovery. [Read more…] about Infographic: Healthcare and wearable technology
The third edition of the “International Conference on Aging & Cognition” will take place in Germany, on April, 23rd – 25th, 2015. [Read more…] about Event: The International Academy on Nutrition and Aging
A recent study of March, 2015 in the European Respiratory Journal reveals astonishing news: the air quality in nursing homes affects lung health of residents. The study was realized in 50 various nursing homes in seven countries.
The Europe 1 health webjournal has revealed alarming data: the number of people aged over 65 who are hospitalised for drug abuses has severely increased. Some elderly people use cannabis for therapeutical reasons in order to relieve pain. Above all, they don’t realise the consequences this drug may have on their health condition. [Read more…] about Drug abuses increase among the elderly
REGAIN wishes to involve the elderly and to make them responsible and involved in their own health. By answering questions, the players are stimulated, share their experiences and their knowledge.
One French person out of two aged between 55 and 64 years old practices a physical activity. Sport is not limited to young people, it’s even strongly recommended for the elderly.
Precautions are to take before starting practicing any sport, some studies show that exercise allows to prevent the consequences of falls and reduces loss autonomy risks.
Some sports, whether calm or more energetic, are specifically adapted to the elderly.
Here is an overview and some pieces of advice about physical practices adapted to the elderly. [Read more…] about Sports and the elderly: benefits and advice for a completely safe practice
Kenneth D. Barringer, a retired pastor and clinical psychologist has recently published his book “Healthy choices for senior living”, which encourages seniors to start acting and to make the right choices in order to prepare for their future retiree life. [Read more…] about “Healthy choices for senior living” – a guide for a better retirement
Argus II is a retinal implant developed by Second Sight Company, which allows people with vision impairments to regain their eyesight, even though partially. Strasbourg University Hospital recently announced the first implantation of Argus II retinal prosthesis to one of its patients. The surgery was made with the collaboration of the Reference Center Of Rare Diseases CARGO (Ophthalmic Rare and Genetic Disorders) and with the ophthalmic department of Strasbourg University Hospital.
36 new patients should benefit from a similar surgery in the coming next months in France.
In 2010, the Blue Button was launched in the United States at the initiative of President Barack Obama. The Blue Button is an application every American can use to download all of the data from their medical file.
In Europe, the Netherlands wish to set up an equivalent of that system.
An American study conducted by Technology Advice focused on the relationship between American patients and their doctors, especially through Internet and the “Patient Portals”.
Patient Portals are internet portals which allow patients to communicate; to be safely monitored by their doctors; to receive analysis results; to take appointments, etc…
InnoLife is a consortium of 144 companies, research centers and universities. It has been selected by EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) to become the EIT Health community: Innolife indeed won EIT’s 2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology decided to fund one of the biggest public initiatives for health in the world.
EIT Health is made of six collocation facilities in Barcelona, Heidelberg, London, Paris, Rotterdam and Stockholm. “InnoStars” will allow to extend the community to partners from Croatia, Hungary, the Wales, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.
Influenza or « flu » is a viral seasonal illness that affects the respiratory tract. Influenza occurs globally with an annual attack rate estimated at 5%–10% in adults and 20%–30% in children. Flu activity is currently (February, 3rd) widespread in most of the United States.
Influenza viruses can be especially dangerous for people over 65, among others. Epidemics are more likely to spread in collective accommodations (retirement homes, nursing homes…).
How can influenza and its complications be recognized and prevented?
Be My Eyes is a smartphone application created by Danish Hans Jorgen. It allows you to “lend your eyes” to blind or visually impaired people. Indeed, the app can remotely link people with and without visual impairment. People who have trouble to see can ask for help through the application.
Worldwide, nearly 36 million people suffer from Alzheimer or a related dementia. Although the diagnosis of Alzheimer is simpler and more reliable than it used to be, a diseased person can still need assistance to take meals. Meals are supposed to be relaxing moments; however, the caregiver can face difficulties. The person needing help can refuse to eat or be unable to use silverware by themselves. How can lunch, dinner or supper become enjoyable again? What food should be avoided and preferred?
Here are a few nutrition guidelines for Alzheimer patients.
Falls are the first cause of accidental death for people over 65 years old. It often affects one’s physical and psychological condition.
People who fall can lose self-confidence. They can fear falling again and they can become isolated. Falling down can have many consequences: they are often serious since they are linked to the gravity of the wound and the state of health of the person.
In what circumstances do older people usually fall? What are the best means to detect and prevent falls? How can someone get up after falling and what can we do to prevent falls?
Find all the answers here.
A long-term British study from University College London found out that seniors feeling younger than their actual age may live longer than seniors feeling older than they actually are.
“Silver surfers” who use the Internet on a regular basis have better health practices according to recent research from University College London.
[Read more…] about Using the Internet makes the elderly healthier
In the United States, the cannabis market tends to gain ground. Several American states are legalising cannabis, some for medical use only, others for both medical and recreational use.
The debate between those in favour and against cannabis legalising is still going strong. The New York Times published an article in late July promoting its legalisation.
More and more Americans are in favour of the decriminalization of cannabis, whatever their age. This includes the elderly, especially boomers. Many admit they consume cannabis for therapeutic and recreational use.
Improving your hearing can be a lever for fitness and well-being. Who would have thought?
We used to be concerned about hearing only to treat ENT disorders. However, a good hearing is now a significant positive marker of a healthy way of life.
We all wish to enjoy life and improve our way of living. We need to make a habit of taking care of our hearing in order to remain healthy and keep positive relationships with others. Here are a few good resolutions to stay fit.
NetComm Wireless Limited is an Australian company specialised in the development of wireless M2M (Machine to Machine) devices. It has entered the health sector with the launch of it NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20) at the mHealth Summit 2014 in Washington, DC.
The device was designed to answer the increasing international demand for M2M health care solutions. The n-Hub can connecft several mobile health devices with Bluetooth and Wifi connections while taking advantage of the speed of coverage of mobile phone networks. [Read more…] about M-Health : NetComm Wireless launches the n-Hub, a product to « transform the health care sector »
The competitiveness clusters of Lyonbiopôle, Minalogic, Plastipolis and I-CARE are partners on the European project Health2CARE. They recently announced their support to 4 promising projects focusing on personalised health.
Researchers at the City University of London published a study which reveals that one of the main causes of blindness on an international level could be detected by tracking how our eyes work in front of a television. The study was funded by the Fight for Sight charity.
According to a Chinese American study published in Nature Communications, video games are likely to reduce states of depression for the elderly. The results of the clinical tests was conducted on a group of elderly people from 60 to 89 years old on whom antidepressant had no positive effects. Their state improved after spending time playing video games that were developed to improve the brain’s abilities. [Read more…] about To treat depression for the elderly, video games are more efficient than medicine
A new study conducted by the University of Iowa reveals a possible connection between stress hormones and short term memory loss.
The study was conducted by the American university of Iowa and was published in the “Journal of Neuroscience“. It shows that high levels of cortisol can lead to memory loss as we advance in age. Levels of cortisol increase when we feel stress.
A part of our brain stays “young” as we age. This is the reveal of a study conducted by American researchers at the University of Adelaide.
Researchers hope that this new discovery on the functioning of the brain will help better understand the evolution of neurodegenerative disorders, and most especially the Alzheimer disorder.
[Read more…] about Part of the human brain stays “young” despite ageing
The CEA Foundation announced its continued support of the Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and the OATS project which began last year at the Senior Planet Exploration Center in Manhattan, the nation’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. The Senior Planet Exploration Center fits with the CEA Foundation’s mission by empowering older adults to harness the power of technology to change the way they age. [Read more…] about CEA Foundation Extends OATS Grant for Innovative Technology Center for Seniors
Physical activity helps against chronic prostatitis, new Harvard study suggests, but the fight for a healthy prostate gland is stronger with Dr. Allen’s device.
Indeed, it relieves disturbing symptoms of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP and CPPS), improving men’s wellbeing and helping to combat depression, which often develops in response to poorer conventional treatments.
Moreover, Fine Treatment highlights a recent study led by The Harvard School of Public Health encouraging men to stay more physically active in order to lower the risk of CP/CPPS as they age. [Read more…] about Physical activity helps against chronic prostatitis
“One of the many ways technology has changed our lives is helping seniors live independently”, says Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership. This, in turn, makes caregivers’ jobs a little easier.
The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer of home healthcare products for incontinence, diabetes, nutrition support and more. In its eighth year of providing products and services that help caregivers and loved ones maintain personal dignity, the company also offers an online library of more than 1,500 family caregiver resources and personal service by experts in caregiving.
Gallaudet University is a semi-public university designed for hearing-impaired, based in Washington DC. It is the only liberal arts university in the world designed for deaf and hard of hearing students, communication among faculty, staff and students, whether in or out of the classroom. The university is proud to annonce that they have been awarded a grant to create instructional videos for consumers with hearing loss.
Malnourishment is a serious senior Health issue in the United States. This infographic, published by A place for Mom, gives tips to prevent senior malnourishment. It also gives information on how to recognize the signs of malnourishment. [Read more…] about Infographic: How can we prevent senior malnourishment?
The Argus II bionic eye is a retinal prosthesis that allows blind and visually impaired to partially recover sight. Developped and launched by the californian company Second Sight, it is sold on french market since 2011.
French minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, recently announced the full repayment of the epiretinal prosthesis Argus II.
QardioArm is a wireless connected and designed sphygmonanometer. Sold by Qardio, the project was first introduced and funded on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform in January 2014.
This connected blood pressure monitor is compact, which can be carried easily to measure blood pressure wherever you are.
Hypertension is a chronic disease that affects many people in France and which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
[Read more…] about QardioArm : a connected and designed sphygmonanometer
In Netherlands, Hogeweyk village is a special retirement home hosting patients with Alzheimer suffering from advanced dementia. This retirement home with an innovative concept, offers its residents a different living environment far away from usual staff in uniform and medical monitoring. The idea is to recreate a familiar lifestyle, as patients are allowed to move freely at their discretion. Indeed residents can walk, have a cup of tea, do their shopping, attend workshops …
According to the results of a study published on “The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences“ spending time on the Internet helps prevent depression among retirees, especially those who live alone.
In the article “Internet Use and Depression Among Retired Older Adults in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis”, the authors explains that Internet use reduces by 33% the risk of falling into depression . [Read more…] about Internet use reduces elderly depression rates by 30%
The European Commission has published an infographic about mHealth in the context of the Horizon 2000 European program launched in January 2014.
This innovative solution should reproduce modified food texture in their original form using a 3D food printer.
[Read more…] about 3D food printer for seniors developed as part of a European project
ALZ is a poetic and touching experimental game conceived by Dylan NG that can slip into shoes of an Alzheimer’s patient.
By moving a faceless character with the keyboard arrow, you find yourself immersed for a few minutes in the daily difficulties of the disease.
Nu-age is a European project with a duration of 5 years which brings together 30 partners from 17 countries. 9 millions of dollars have been allocated for this project under the seventh “Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology” EU’s program. The project Nu-age aims to show how nutrition can help control or slow the ageing process. [Read more…] about Nu-age: a European project to prevent the effects of aging with a dietary study