Month: June 2019

Better care through technology? Carers’ experience of assistive technology use in dementia

Assistive Technology (AT) includes devices such as electronic medication dispensers, robotic devices, GPS trackers, motion detectors, tablet computers, and wearable sensors. These devices benefit both people living with dementia and their carers:  they allow people living with dementia to remain independent, feel safe, socialize, and do things they enjoy and their carers to provide support, stay in touch, and monitor the welfare of the person with dementia. What we did As part of our systematic review, we completed a comprehensive search to identify research studies on carers of persons with dementia using AT. We found 56 publications, covering 50...

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Breastfeeding in public

© lolostock / Getty Images / iStock A young mother is breastfeeding her baby in a forest. What is your background and how did you get involved in the field of breastfeeding? I have a background in media and communications, with an interest in feminist theory. I’ve been particularly interested in representations of breastfeeding in western culture, and how this has changed throughout the period of breastfeeding advocacy ongoing since the 1980s. It is vital not only for breastfeeding rates but for the mental health and wellbeing of families that motherhood is not the equivalent of a sentence in...

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State-of-the-art technology seen at CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series Japan 2019

Team Fortississimo’s powered wheelchair Fortississimo, the third winner of the CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series Japan 2019 is a team created by the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University, in Japan. The concept of the team literally refers to the team name: Fortississimo stands for “playing louder” in musical notation, and it means for the team that the wheelchair traverses the race powerfully and energetically. The abbreviation of Fortississimo (fff), also states the following three concepts of the team: Friendly, Fusion, and Future. The team aims to develop a powered wheelchair that bridges lots of barriers between users and...

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Bugbittens cryptic crossword puzzle

Parasites and vectors enthusiasts,  test out your crossword skills on this little cryptic crossword puzzle. Look out for anagrams, charade-type clues, double definitions and more. Print it out and give it a go: Parasites and vectors themed cryptic crossword puzzle Across Clues 2. Worms bit of good luck (5) 4. One who entertains a large number (4) 5. Clock sound – one draws blood (4) 7. Jumble eased for virus transmitter (5) 8. Abnormal, area (8) Down Clues 1. Information to quote back describing family links (7) 3. French for bad opera piece (7) 4. Gardener’s friend found behind...

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