Image: Graphic of a neuron, that is connected with many other neurons via synapses. The synapses are glowing at several points; Copyright: panthermedia.net/ktsdesign

World Brain Day 2016 - The ageing brain

21/07/2016

The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) invites the people to observe the World Brain Day for the third time in 2016. This year’s motto is “The ageing brain”. The focus lies on prevention of and dealing with the neurological diseases stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, since the risk to fall ill with them increases with age.
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Image: Two pictures (A and B) of brain scans. The perfusion of blood throughout the brain is highlited in different colors; Copyright: Radiological Society of North America

Artificial intelligence may aid in Alzheimer's diagnosis

08/07/2016

Researchers in The Netherlands have coupled machine learning methods with a special MRI technique that measures the perfusion, or tissue absorption rate, of blood throughout the brain to detect early forms of dementia, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI)., according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.
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Photo: Elderly woman walking outside with a wheeled walker

Blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults

09/06/2016

Visual blurring - like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses - may cause errors in foot position when walking. And that could contribute to the risk of tripping and falling in older adults, suggests a study in the June issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry.
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Radar, bed sensors help health providers detect problems early

09/06/2016

Developing and evaluating motion-capture technology to help older adults "age in place" has been the focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Now, two new studies demonstrate how monitoring walking speed using radar and heart health by utilizing bed sensors help maintain older adults' health and warn of impeding issues.
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