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How a care program could improve the lives of people with advanced dementia

Staff in nursing homes are being encouraged to learn about the Namaste Care program to enhance the quality of life for residents with dementia. The Namaste Care program was developed in the U.S., and seeks to give comfort and pleasure to people with advanced dementia through engagement and meaningful activity, fun, sensory stimulation, especially through […]

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Streamlining stem cells to treat macular degeneration

As we age, so do our eyes; most commonly, this involves changes to our vision and new glasses, but there are more severe forms of age-related eye problems. One of these is age-related macular degeneration, which affects the macula—the back part of the eye that gives us sharp vision and the ability to distinguish details. […]

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World’s first complete study shows uterine transplantation is efficacious and safe

Transplanting a uterus is an effective, safe method to remedy infertility when a functioning uterus is lacking. This is the conclusion from the world’s first complete study of uterine transplantation, conducted at the University of Gothenburg. The study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, covers transplantation of uteri from living donors. The operations were […]

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Progress on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease

Inside the body, some seemingly harmless proteins have sinister potential. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, the amyloid-beta (Aβ) protein, which is vital for brain growth, can become tainted and destroy cells, which leads to forgetfulness and memory loss. Proteins are neat little things that can only perform their functions if folded properly. Thus, the […]

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New research suggests center-based childcare may bring health benefits

A new study conducted in Canada found that children who attended center-based childcare between 1 and 4 years of age had a lower body mass index (BMI) and were less likely to be overweight or obese in later childhood than children who had non-parental childcare that was home-based or provided by relatives or nannies. These […]

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Brain signal irregularity may provide clues to understanding epileptic process

Researchers from the UPF Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) propose a new method to differentiate signals from the epileptic focus from those recorded in other parts of the brain without the presence of an epileptic seizure. This technique may help detect epilepsy-induced features from these signals much quicker than conventional analysis techniques. The […]

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Food insecurity and water insecurity go hand in hand, study finds

About one-tenth of the world’s population suffers from hunger and nearly one in three people face food insecurity, according to recent estimates. Yet behind those stark figures lurks another, closely related threat: water insecurity. In a new 25-country study, researchers report a strong link between water insecurity—a lack of reliable access to sufficient water—and food […]