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UCL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Ageing and Wellbeing

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Your retirement may include a robot helper

Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot.

As robots become safer, smarter, and more capable,… Read more →

Adapted Wii games aid in stroke victim rehab

Paralysis or problems controlling movement are among the most common disabilities resulting from stroke and have a major impact on everyday life. Lancaster University researchers say seven out of 10 stroke survivors suffer from arm weakness as a result of… Read more →

New hope for tackling signs of aging in the future

A new advance in biomedical research could have potential in the future to assist with tackling diseases and conditions associated with aging– as well as in treating cancer.

The team carried out the study to find new ways of identifying… Read more →

Social interaction may preserve health literacy in seniors

Surfing the net, going to museums or joining a club might have an unexpected side-effect: improving the ability of older people to understand drug labels and doctors’ instructions, according to a new study in the UK.

“We found that the… Read more →

3-D printing to the rescue of gastronomy for frail seniors

Researchers are now developing personalised food for elderly people with chewing or swallowing problems, by working on printable versions of meat and vegetables

In Europe, the population is ageing. In 2010, about 17% of the population were 65 or older.… Read more →

10 finalists chosen for dare-to-dream Medtech Design Challenge (PureWick)

PureWick For Women

How does the device work? A perforated, contoured tube wrapped in wicking material (a “Wick”) is positioned comfortably between a female user’s legs. It is meant to snugly hug, but not enter, the perineum. Urine is captured… Read more →

Philips Lifeline GoSafe Medical Alert Service Now Live

Philips is finally releasing its Lifeline GoSafe personal alert system after previewing it at CES almost two years ago. Similar to other “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” devices, it lets the user press one button to quickly get in… Read more →

Vibratory insoles improve balance stability for elderly fallers

Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study participants. The vibratory stimulation is delivered… Read more →

University and NTU Singapore to push the frontier in ageing innovations

In the near future, smart wearable technologies will make it easier for the elderly to continue living independently, while enabling their children and caregivers to ensure their safety and daily health and well-being are properly monitored.

A potential solution could… Read more →

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 →

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