Better treatment for diabetic foot ulcers

People with type 2 diabetes often suffer from 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 developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it will take […]

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Professor’s research underpins World Health Organization first ever report on vision

More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma, diabetes, and cataracts, according to the first-ever World Report on Vision issued by the World Health Organization. Dr. Janet Leasher, optometrist and professor of health policy, economics and public health at Nova […]

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Craving junk food after a sleepless night? Blame your nose, which sniffs out high fat, calorie-dense food

When you’re sleep deprived, you tend to reach for doughnuts, fries and pizza. A new Northwestern Medicine study has figured out why you crave more calorie-dense, high-fat foods after a sleepless night—and how to help thwart those unhealthy choices. Blame it on your nose—or olfactory system—which is affected in two ways by sleep deprivation, according to the study. First, it […]

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Studying for exams? Here’s how to make your memory work for you

Have you ever thought about how your brain works when you study? Knowing this may improve your ability to retain and recall information. There are three main memory structures: sensory, working and long-term memory. Using these tips, you can activate all three to enhance how you study. 1. Try to learn the same content in different ways Activating your sensory […]

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Paralysed man walks again with brain-controlled exoskeleton

A French man paralysed in a night club accident can walk again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton in what scientists said Wednesday was a breakthrough providing hope to tetraplegics seeking to regain movement. The patient trained for months, harnessing his brain signals to control a computer-simulated avatar to perform basic movements before using the robot device to walk. Doctors who […]

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Smart insole can double as lifesaving technology for diabetic patients

Stevens Institute of Technology has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Bonbouton, giving the cutting-edge health and technology company the right to use and further develop a graphene sensing system that detects early signs of foot ulcers before they form so people living with diabetes can access preventative healthcare and confidently manage their health. The smart insole, Bonbouton’s first product, […]

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Leg amputees feel and use nerve-stimulating leg prosthesis as a real limb

A European consortium led by ETH Zurich and SensArs Neuroprosthetics reports that tiny electrodes implanted in a patients’ thigh nerve allow them to feel natural sensations of touch and movement from a prosthesis. Amputees can then walk freely while thinking about activities other than controlling the device. The details of the work were published in Science Translational Medicine and represent […]

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Social media influencing young boys’ body attitudes

The endless endorsement of particular body images and physical attributes on social media is influencing how young boys view themselves in the modern age, according to a new book. Professor Murray Drummond, Director of the SHAPE Research Centre, interviewed 33 Australian boys over an eight-year period through significant development stages of early childhood, middle years and adolescence—encompassing reception until year […]

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