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Hasbro’s Robotic Pet Therapy

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Modern technology has produced something very special- a new companion for the elderly who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  It is a Robotic Pet and it acts similar to a live pet, but it never runs away, has to be fed, or must make an expensive trip to the vet!  These pets give these seniors a true companion and would be terrific for any activity program.  The video is short, but very sweet and shows how these pets can make a real difference to your loved one.  You can find these at Walmart.com.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5177109640001/are-robots-the-future-of-therapy-animals/?#sp=show-clips

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Bacteria Ultimately Wins?

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I read an interesting article about bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and how scientists are working to address this issue in order to help protect society.  This can be worrisome, but some of the best advice I have read about this topic in previous articles, is to not take antibiotics unless they are absolutely required (ie, not for a virus), finish all of the antibiotics prescribed, and to remember that good old fashioned hand washing is our best protection against germs.  For more, please read the article below.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-antibiotic-resistance-20160711-snap-story.html

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Stanford Center on Longevity

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Stanford Center on Longevity.

Did you know there was a Center on Longevity at Stanford that studies many facets of aging?  I read about this program in Time magazine and thought it was very interesting.  An article about Dr. Laura Carstensen, the Director of Longevity at Stanford, suggests two activities that will help individuals live healthier lives.  Of course, we know about staying physically fit, but Carstensen suggests going through the process of solving a “big” problem, which keeps the mind sharp.

Not sure how to download that app, or make an amazing quiche?  Keep trying something new!  I have read it is terrific mental exercise to try to master an instrument or a foreign language.  What about volunteering for a non-profit that needs guidance for some aspect of their program to be more successful?  Help them problem solve!  For more information on this program at Stanford, check out this link to their website or visit Dr. Carstensen’s page.

http://longevity3.stanford.edu/people/laura-carstensen/

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Surprising Dangers of CT Scans and X-rays

Surprising Dangers of CT Scans and X-rays – Consumer Reports.

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This past two weeks, I had very bad pain in my stomach area- bloating, feeling too full, and it hurt to bend over and tie my shoes.  This came out of nowhere, so it concerned me.  On Sunday I went to an urgent care and was given an order for an upper GI X-ray.  I questioned it “lightly” and asked about an ultrasound instead.  The doctor did not share my concern for an X-ray, and told me the X-ray was no big deal.

Like most people I trust medical professionals; believing they will always choose the test that is least invasive, or that puts me in the least amount of danger. Read the rest of this entry »

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Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging

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Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging – NYTimes.com.

Can you imagine a time where there is a breakthrough so significant, that there are cures for things like heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even the aging process?  According to this article, research has been done that shows the blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains.  If this happens in mice, could this also happen in humans?  Perhaps; but a caution was noted: to wake up old stem cells in older adults may mean they multiply uncontrollably; leading to cancer.  I’ll leave it to scientist to keep pushing onward.  I look forward to an update on this in the years to come.

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New Drug May Stop Spread of Breast Cancer

pills-140186_640New drug in development to reverse spread of breast cancer | Fox News.

There are many people in the world battling breast cancer (mostly women, but also men).  This article discusses a breakthrough that is currently being conducted in Cardiff, Wales.  A study has found that by “suppressing the Bcl3 gene in mice, the spread of cancer was suppressed by more than 80 percent.”  It is hoped that a new drug will prevent a tumor from spreading to other organs.  Tiziana Pharmaceuticals is backing the research.  The article said it would take a full two years to go through the process of trials on humans.  It is exciting!  I hope this group finds great success.

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Robots and Care for the Elderly in Nursing Homes

Robots to help elderly or paint nails at Tokyo expo – Yahoo Sport New Zealand.

This article discusses something quite fascinating- using robots or robot type devices in the care of elderly. Some of these devices were recently seen at an exhibit in Tokyo, Japan. One of the most interesting was a device that CNAs or certified nursing assistants wear to help them lift a patient. CNAs must help immobile seniors move in and out of beds (and special tubs) throughout the day. Most CNAs are women. It is often difficult to keep a nursing home staffed with CNAs because of the physically taxing job (also with little pay). This device would obviously be helpful; yet incredibly expensive. For now, CNAs can only dream of robots being part of the every day work place.

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