Foot Inertial Sensing for Combined Cognitive-Motor Exercise of the Sustained Attention Domain

Objective: In the past decade, cognitive training tools have been used to improve brain functioning, and some have been applied to cognitive decline in dementia. Recently, research studies have demonstrated that aerobic exercise could play an important restorative role toward cognitive impairments. Therefore, the main objective of this paper is to present the innovative use of the SmartWalk tool, which combines aerobic exercise and cognitive protocols traditionally used to stimulate cognitive function. Methods: The primary goal of this study to demonstrate if our tool is correlated with traditional computerized test in stimulating the cognitive system similarly, despite the fact that SmartWalk adds a supplementary physical load on the task. The SmartWalk tool was tested with a total of 49 subjects—29 healthy subjects and 20 subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairments. The participants were asked to perform both the tests to fulfil the proposed goal. Results: The results obtained considering the overall population show a good and significant (p 
Source: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research

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CONCLUSIONS: Frailty and cognitive screening protocols are feasible and provide information for perioperative care planning. Challenges to clinical adaptation include staff training, missing data, and additional administration time. These challenges appear minimal relative to the benefits of identifying frailty and cognitive impairment in a group at risk for negative postoperative cognitive outcome. PMID: 31425227 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 August 2019Source: The Lancet NeurologyAuthor(s): Lenore J Launer
Source: The Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 August 2019Source: The Lancet NeurologyAuthor(s): Christopher A Lane, Josephine Barnes, Jennifer M Nicholas, Carole H Sudre, David M Cash, Thomas D Parker, Ian B Malone, Kirsty Lu, Sarah-Naomi James, Ashvini Keshavan, Heidi Murray-Smith, Andrew Wong, Sarah M Buchanan, Sarah E Keuss, Elizabeth Gordon, William Coath, Anna Barnes, John Dickson, Marc Modat, David ThomasSummaryBackgroundMidlife hypertension confers increased risk for cognitive impairment in late life. The sensitive period for risk exposure and extent that risk is mediated through amyloid or vascular-related mechanisms are p...
Source: The Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
In conclusion, recent research shows physical activity to be a promising intervention for the prevention and non-pharmacological treatment of dementia in that it contributes to the improvement of patients' quality of life. However, results vary according to the particularly characteristics of the exercise under review, such as type, intensity, frequency, and duration. It is therefore important to gain both awareness and understanding of the specific factors that give physical activity its therapeutic potential leading to the development of exercise programs designed specially to treat dementia. PMID: 31425142 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Psychiatriki - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatriki Source Type: research
Background: Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) includes basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and are the most common skin cancers in the world. This term also encompasses more rare, but aggressive tumors such as sebaceous carcinoma. Many NMSC are detected and treated in the earlier stages of development, however, if left untreated, NMSC can grow to become large, ulcerating, locally destructive, and malignant tumors that may cause functional impairment, significant pain, and bleed frequently.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Conditions:   Dementia;   Staff Attitude Intervention:   Behavioral: Speeko for Elderspeak Sponsors:   University of Kansas Medical Center;   National Institute on Aging (NIA) Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conditions:   Cognitive Deficits;   Alzheimer Disease Intervention:   Procedure: Acupunture Sponsor:   N & S Neurology Center, A Medical Group, Inc Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusion: This study has found that pragmatic computer-based training with real-life outcomes is both feasible and acceptable and should be evaluated more extensively using controlled methods. PMID: 31428303 [PubMed]
Source: Parkinsons Disease - Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinsons Dis Source Type: research
DEMENTIA is a growing challenge, according to the NHS. More and more elderly are being diagnosed with the condition and the health epidemic affects not only the patient but their carers too. What are the best tools to help those suffering from the condition and those caring for them?
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Hypertension in people around age 43, and greater increases in blood pressure between age 36 and 43, had lower brain volume and greater risk for dementia later in life than those without hypertension, a new study shows.
Source: Health News - UPI.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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