According to an American study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, vitamin D deficiency may accelerate cognitive decline, especially elderly people. This study was led by a researchers team leaded from Rutgers University in New Jersey between 2002 and 2010. [Read more…] about Vitamin D deficiency may lead to cognitive decline
A team of German and French researchers recently identified a new peptide that could be involved in the Alzheimer disease.
The η-amyloid – or eta-amyloid – belongs to the same family as the beta-amyloid involved with the development of the disease. It has escaped notice from researchers for thirty years. According to research teams, its discovery could impact some clinical trials that are currently ongoing.
Several diseases and symptoms, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases; they may also increase the risk of developing the Alzheimer disease. Studies have indeed shown that 80% of Alzheimer’s patients also have cardiovascular disease. [Read more…] about A healthy mind in a healthy body: stay physically active!
In a recent study that was published in the Nature Medicine journal, American researchers from the University of California in San Francisco have identified the responsability of a protein in the cognitive decline process: as it accumulates in blood with ageing, the protein harms the cognitive functions in the hippocampus, which is a region of the brain associated with memory. [Read more…] about Study reveals a protein’s influence on memory and cognitive abilitites on adults
In France, 71% of people aged 50 years old and above take daily mediations; 45.000 people aged 70 years and above have medical prescriptions given by their doctors that exceed 10 different types of medicine per day. In fact, elderly people having several chronic diseases may need various medical prescriptions from different doctors (general practitioner, specialists). However, polypharmacy can cause iatrogenesis risks. [Read more…] about Polypharmacy and Iatrogenesis: elderly people and their medication
Everyone has been waiting for this beautiful season that rhymes with holidays, sun, beach, parties, sunbathing…
However, we shouldn’t forget some practical advice about summer and mostly heat waves which could cause some health problems. [Read more…] about Heat Wave: summer is coming… and with it, sunny days!
One of three women is going to suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in her life. Knowing that, midwife and researcher of the pelvic soil Olga Polo designed the product Boltex Inertial. She created Boltex Inertial to prevent and to treat the pathology of the pelvic soil, in order to support women’s quality of life. [Read more…] about Boltex Inertial, for women who suffer from incontinence
Recent researches show that memory loss among the elderly is not as severe as we originally thought. Wilma Koutstaal (University of Minnesota) and Alaitz Aizpurua (University of the Basque Country) have studied this topic and revealed some information about the matter.
By 2030, one in three people in Japan will be over 65 years old. A study conducted by the Japan Policy Council (JPC) showed that by 2025, more than 430,000 people will not be able to receive necessary nursing care services. They propose to the elderly to migrate towards rural regions, where more nursing care facilities are available. [Read more…] about Should the elderly flee the Tokyo area?
The United Nations has named June, 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a statement about the matter. Once again, he raises general awareness, demanding a “public response” so that older people’s rights can be respected. [Read more…] about United Nations ask people to come together to support the rights of the elderly
The Second World Congress on Healthy Ageing (WCHA) will be held in South Africa from July 30th until August 2nd, 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. It is Africa’s leading multi-purpose exhibition and convention centre.
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.
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
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.