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Can we imagine old age and good health being the norm? Were living longer than any previous generation, but how will we spend our older years? Science can help us to partly control our future health by giving us the tools to be proactive and DO-HEALTH is set to deliver practical health advice that can be easily accessed and applied by older people.
Published: 13 August 2013
Modern medicine has come a long way, but the mere thought of having a heart defect can still rattle us to our very core. The heart is a human bodys engine room. Each time its beat propels blood through our bodies, it is a reassuring affirmation of our existence.
Published: 14 June 2013
Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is far too easily ignored. Its onset is insidious. Its progression gradual. People with declining hearing often mistakenly believe the problem is that their conversation partners mumble or speak too quickly and as hearing ability diminishes further, social exchanges slowly turn from fluid repertoires to too many non sequiturs. Frustrated from no longer being able to understand others well in social settings, people may stop going to the theatre or senior centres, or even just to a restaurant with friends or family. This social isolation, in turn, is associated with depression and cognitive decline. Disturbances of gait and balance have also been linked to ARHL.
Published: 26 April 2013
The hardening of arteries also known as 'atherosclerosis' can cause cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. New evidence has been uncovered strengthening the link between inflammation a defensive reaction of the body and cardiovascular diseases. This could lead to new innovative preventive and therapeutic strategies, and perhaps ultimately to a cure for atherosclerosis.
Published: 16 April 2013
A Marie Curie Action (MCA) played a pivotal role in progressing the careers of two young medical researchers, bringing new hope of speedy recovery to millions of future sufferers of knee cartilage damage, and enabling a medical start-up company based in the Netherlands to develop a ground-breaking cartilage-repair technology and speed up its progress towards clinical trials and the eventual prospect of commercialisation.
Published: 19 December 2012
The call of nature and bath time can be challenging endeavours for older people and the bedridden. A novel 'dry shower' and height-adjustable, fully automated portable hygienic toilet could help give those with restricted mobility more autonomy and dignity. Final prototypes are expected by June 2013.
Published: 21 November 2012
It takes a brave person to step outside their comfort zone. Scientist Gillian Hendy is braver than most. She left a job and postponed a wedding in Ireland to do research at the world-renowned Langer Lab (USA). During her time there, she has learnt whole new biological processes, braved hurricanes, and thanks to hard work could well have found a material that can speed up nerve regeneration in damaged limbs.
Published: 20 November 2012
For elderly people living on their own, or even in individual rooms in residential care homes, falls are an ever-present risk. A fall can leave them incapacitated or unconscious, unable to summon emergency help. Being able to call for immediate medical help after a fall is critical. Every minute matters. In some cases, it can literally be a matter of life or death.
Published: 31 October 2012
Governments across Europe face many complex issues relating to health and healthcare which they have traditionally analysed and tackled on a national basis, often ignoring the parallel efforts being made by other health authorities across Europe.
Published: 10 July 2012
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Published: 18 April 2012