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Five of the best Alzheimer’s blogs

2017-04-10T08:24:58+00:00 April 18th, 2017|

According to the Alzheimer's Association, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease every 66 seconds. Due to the rising population in the U.S. of people aged 65 and older, the number of new cases of Alzheimer's and other dementias is set to soar. Alzheimer's is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder. The disease slowly destroys

A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injury

2017-04-10T08:19:57+00:00 April 16th, 2017|

Whether from sports, car crashes or military service, traumatic brain injuries are prevalent and dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent of deaths due to injury feature TBIs. In 2013, that amounted to nearly 50,000 deaths in the United States. Some TBIs, especially the more severe ones, are characterized by

Scientists seek early signs of autism

2017-04-10T08:16:35+00:00 April 14th, 2017|

Soon after systems biologist Juergen Hahn published a paper describing a way to predict whether a child has autism from a blood sample, the notes from parents began arriving. “I have a bunch of parents writing me now who want to test their kids,” says Hahn, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. “I can’t

FDA Approves At Home Genetic Testing For Alzheimer’s Risk

2017-04-10T08:14:32+00:00 April 12th, 2017|

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Genetic testing. At home. The FDA has given the green light to an at-home test that can detect a genetic risk for a number of diseases including Alzheimer Disease. There is no specific cause for the disease and there is no cure. So would you want to know? “Yes,” says Penny Howie

Blind leading the blind to new heights in accessibility of personal devices

2017-04-10T10:15:22+00:00 April 10th, 2017|

"It’s never been a better time to be blind,” says a blind engineer at the SAS Institute. Siri, what was life like for the blind before you? Apple Inc.’s virtual assistant might not have an answer for that question, but Ed Summers does. “It’s radically different than it was fifteen, even just ten years ago,”

We All Get a Little Fidgety Sometimes

2017-04-07T08:00:41+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

For the first 2 years of our lives our parents/caretakers are teaching us to talk, walk and move. Then suddenly we are expected to “sit still and focus”; “sitting still and being quiet will help you to focus”. Well if you think of how the body functions, that isn’t an accurate statement at all. Our

Elderly And Disabled Assistive Technology Market To Surpass $26 Billion By 2024

2017-04-05T07:35:43+00:00 April 5th, 2017|

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. 70 million people need a wheelchair. Another 360 million people globally have moderate to profound hearing loss. Globally, more than 1 billion people need one or more assistive products. The global elderly and disabled assistive devices market was valued at $14

Bonita teen creates apps to help people with special needs

2017-03-22T08:34:46+00:00 March 24th, 2017|

The most successful is an app called MyVoice —Tap or Type to Talk, which was launched last May. This program brings what's called a PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) book into the digital world. Non-verbal children and adults might carry these books around with them so they can communicate with others, and it works by having an individual point

Speech pathologist cuts tennis balls and glues them to chairs, sees instant change in students

2017-03-22T08:34:55+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Thanks to the ingenuity of one dedicated teacher, students with sensory issues at an elementary school in Illinois now have a creative way to get some relief. With just some paint and a hot glue gun, Amy Maplethorpe created two sensory chairs by cutting tennis balls in half and hot gluing them to the back

Assistive tech for people with visual impairments to identify scientific images on a computer screen

2017-03-17T13:20:20+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

Purdue University researchers are developing software in a "haptic device" that could give people with visual impairments the ability to identify scientific images on a computer screen using their other senses. Ting Zhang, a graduate student in the Purdue School of Industrial Engineering, is developing a system that involves a specially designed joystick attached to