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UCL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Ageing and Wellbeing

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Signing robot developed as chatty companion for the elderly

Following in the footsteps of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s eerily lifelike creations, Toshiba introduced its very own take on the human-looking droid at Japan’s CEATAC electronics trade show this week. The communication android has been built to communicate in Japanese sign language,… Read more →

Nearly Half of All Seniors Need Help With Daily Activities, Far More Than We Thought

Nearly 18 million older adults, or nearly half of everyone 65 and older, report that they need some assistance with routine daily activities. That’s significantly more than generally believed and suggests that the burden on families and the overall care… Read more →

HelloSpoon Mealtime Robot Helps Those That Can’t Feed Themselves

Old age and disease can make it difficult to use upper extremities, often leaving people who can’t use dining utensils to rely on others to feed them. Luis Garcia, a mechanical engineer in Mexico, has developed a new device that… Read more →

Remote healthcare for an aging population

An aging population and an increased incidence of debilitating illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease means there is pressure on technology to offer assistance with healthcare – monitoring and treatment. Research points to remote monitoring as offering a way… Read more →

Aging Process Delayed by ‘Remote Control’

UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems.

Working with fruit flies, the life scientists activated a gene called AMPK that is a key energy… Read more →

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Why age reduces stem cells’ ability to repair muscle

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal wear and tear. Researchers from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and University of Ottawa have discovered the reason why this decline occurs… Read more →

‘Pocket doctor’ phone app could measure Parkinson’s progression

Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative motor system disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose accurately. But now, new research has resulted in a new application that enables smartphones to act as a “pocket doctor,” spotting early signs of the disease by… Read more →

Transcranial magnetic stimulation found to boost memory

Failing memory is one of the (many) drawbacks of old age, but can also impact younger people suffering stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and cardiac arrest. In a breakthrough that opens up the potential for new treatments for… Read more →

Simple test could detect most common cause of visual impairment in the UK

A simple color test that could detect the early onset of a condition which accounts for over half of visual impairment certifications in the UK is being researched by scientists at Aston University.

Dr Frank Eperjesi, an optometry specialist at… Read more →

Researchers develop new technique to map pulse pressure and elasticity of arteries in the brain

Researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique that can noninvasively image the pulse pressure and elasticity of the arteries of the brain, revealing correlations between arterial health and aging.

Brain… Read more →

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