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Wearable device for early detection of common diabetes-related neurological condition

Photo: Prototype of the pupillometer [30/07/2014] A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication, called diabetic autonomic neuropathy.Wearable device for early detection of common diabetes-related neurological condition - Read more

App to help elderly people get around on public transport

Photo: Demonstration of the app [25/07/2014] Getting around in a town or city is a necessity in order to carry out everyday tasks. However, knowing which is the most convenient bus to get to the centre or when you have to change buses is not always a straightforward task. This is now much easier for elderly people because the Tecnalia research centre has produced an app that offers the best alternative by providing clear information.App to help elderly people get around on public transport - Read more

Rehabilitation: Pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients

Photo: Pneumatic actuator tendon hammer [18/07/2014] The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong enough neural signal that travels from the brain to the wrist.Rehabilitation: Pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients - Read more

3D printer to aid visually impaired in educational endeavors

Photo: Different objects made with a 3D printer [04/07/2014] Tactile objects in various size, shape and colors, can now be made with 3D printer. They are manufactured with thermal reflow treatment, which is eco-friendly and durable.3D printer to aid visually impaired in educational endeavors - Read more

Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults?

Photo: Man with glasses looking at a smartphone [20/06/2014] Commercially available activity-monitoring apps, Web sites, and wearable devices allow for easy self-management of health and wellness. This technology may be particularly helpful for older adults, who can improve their cognitive function through proper diet and exercise.Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults? - Read more

Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes

Photo: Hands holding a smartphone [18/06/2014] A study shows potential for improving glycemic control: The study findings suggest that a text message-based self-management intervention improves glycemic control in high risk Latinos with type 2 diabetes.Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes - Read more

Engineers design systems to help children with special needs

Photo: Glove with sensors [11/06/2014] A group of Kansas State University engineers and students have developed technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.Engineers design systems to help children with special needs - Read more

Innovative diabetes app for smartphone

Photo: Smartphone taking a picture of a meal [06/06/2014] An app for smartphones automatically calculates the carbohydrate content of a meal. The programme called GoCARB enables diabetics to better plan their meals and to control their blood glucose easier. GoCARB was developed at the ARTORG Institute of the University of Bern in close cooperation with Bern University Hospital.Innovative diabetes app for smartphone - Read more

Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students

Photo: Man wearing signglasses [30/05/2014] Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University (BYU) launched the "Signglasses" project.Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students - Read more

Technology supports diabetic patients and their doctors

Photo: Tablet for Diabetes management [26/05/2014] Diabetes affects around 10 percent of the population; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disease places a huge financial burden on healthcare systems, and also leads to early death and poor quality of life. However, patients and healthcare professionals will now be able to partner up and manage the illness in better, more effective ways.Technology supports diabetic patients and their doctors - Read more