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The future of medicine: Augmented Reality & Google Glass

The future of medicine: Augmented Reality & Google Glass | Senior Care | Scoop.it

With his Google Glass, Stanford University physician Dr. Homero Rivas pinpoints a target on the skin of an anatomical human model.

The surgeon and his assistant then direct their Glass at the target to reveal an augmented reality display on their screens. To their eyes, looking through the Glass, they can see the procedure illustrated step by step with images superimposed over the skin of the model.

 

Stanford University live-streamed that demonstration to physicians around the world. It wasn’t a particularly complicated procedure, but it was one of the first times that augmented reality has been introduced to Glassware for the benefit of surgeons.

 

“You don’t need to go in blind anymore,” said Dr. Rivas in an interview with VentureBeat following the demonstration. 

“Now, we have an educated impression of where a mass is. We can better understand exactly where to make an incision so we can create less trauma.”

 

more at : http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/13/this-stanford-surgeon-shows-us-the-future-of-medicine-augmented-reality-google-glass-exclusive/

 

   
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“You don’t need to go in blind anymore,” said Dr. Rivas in an interview with VentureBeat following the demonstration. 

“Now, we have an educated impression of where a mass is. We can better understand exactly where to make an incision so we can create less trauma.”

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Michael Bishop's curator insight, March 23, 7:37 PM

Augmented Reality is becoming a major infrastructure at the moment and we will see this become a major trend in the next tens of years. This technology can enable so much innovation in different areas such as Medicine, Engineering and most definitely everyday use.

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Trial By Fire: Caregiving for mother with CRPS ignites passion for world advocacy - Caregiving Cafe Blog

Trial By Fire: Caregiving for mother with CRPS ignites passion for world advocacy - Caregiving Cafe Blog | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Trial by Fire tells the story of a man’s journey helping his mother to live with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).  One of the goals Charles Mattocks has is to increase awareness of this debilitating and crippling disease so that it can be successfully treated.

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Charles Mattocks @CMattocks1:  My mother was diagnosed with CRPS a few years ago and I wanted to do something to help her.  I recently lost my father out of the blue to cancer and I saw my mother going down hill. #CRPS #RSD #HealthCare #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregiving #Pain

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Orange Juice is Good for Your Brain

Orange Juice is Good for Your Brain | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.
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This study is thought to be one of the first to show that regularly consuming orange juice flavanones could have a positive effect on older people's cognition.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers - Huffington Post (blog)

A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers - Huffington Post (blog) | Senior Care | Scoop.it
It's normal to look at other middle-aged daughters who accompany their parents to the doctor's office and wonder how they could let themselves go. It's normal to look in the bathroom mirror and realize you have let yourself go.

Via Curtis Lee Ellett
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It's normal to just want to be alone.  Caregiving is a roller coaster. Sometimes you have to hang on for dear life and sometimes you need to just let go. It's normal.  #SeniorCare #Seniors #Caregivers #Caregiving #Parents

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B-Aware of brain tumor symptoms

B-Aware of brain tumor symptoms | Senior Care | Scoop.it

#BrainTumorThursday - Did you know that there are over 120 different types of brain tumors? Brain cancer is a disease that used to be a death sentence, but not anymore thanks to laser surgery and new clinical trials.

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#BrainTumorThursday Fox 8’s Wayne Dawson found out just how far we’ve come in the area of finding and treating brain tumors.  Click here to learn more about Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Neurosurgeon Dr. Violette Recinas. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving #DIPG 

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, May 7, 3:43 PM

#BrainTumorThursday Fox 8’s Wayne Dawson found out just how far we’ve come in the area of finding and treating brain tumors.  Click here to learn more about Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Neurosurgeon Dr. Violette Recinas. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving #DIPG 

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Did you know? It was news to me. check it out....

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Living Far From These Eyesores Keeps The Brain Healthy - PsyBlog

Living Far From These Eyesores Keeps The Brain Healthy - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
New research links living near these to a 46% increase in stroke risk.
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Particles of pollution can travel deep into the lungs and have been linked to strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. #Seniors #Seniorcare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW]

This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Seniors who submitted photos to the blog BoredPanda reveal the beauty of tattoos' permanency on aging skin.
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Aging skin changes the shape, composition, and elasticity of tattoos because they are embedded in the skin. Tattoo aging is comparable to a faded colored cloth; the tattoo begins to lose its detail in terms of color and definition. #Seniors #Tattoo #Aging #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Chuck's curator insight, May 8, 7:06 PM

Something that we knew all along. And another good reason to leave off the 'tats.

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The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog

The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The age at which sleep has the greatest influence on cognitive function.
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However, people in their 70s, 80s and 90s do not typically sleep so well and the link to a good memory is less strong.  #SeniorCare, #Caregivers #Caregiving #HealthCare


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3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog

3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
On top of wisdom, there are three inner virtues which unexpectedly come with age.
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People become more trusting as they get older, a new study finds.

This is just the reverse of the stereotype of cynical, suspicious, grumpy seniors played on by many a sitcom. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Trust #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog

Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Even if you are already in middle age or later, the study has some good news.
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“This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes.” #Seniors #SeniorCare #Exercise #Caregivers #Caregiving

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5 Foods To Naturally Boost Your Mood [SLIDESHOW]

5 Foods To Naturally Boost Your Mood [SLIDESHOW] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Eating plant-based foods, like grapes for fatigue and nuts for depression, can help boost your health while stabilizing your mood.
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She believes the modern American diet has thrown our body’s natural chemistry off and has therefore deprived us of the nutrients needed to function at optimal performance.  #Nutrition #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers  #caregiving

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Your Grandchildren Could Be Saving Your Life, And You Don't Even Know It. Here's How

Your Grandchildren Could Be Saving Your Life, And You Don't Even Know It. Here's How | Senior Care | Scoop.it
...benefits of spending time with the grandkids may be greater than we think.
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This new study has shown that grandmas who spend time taking care of their grandchildren a couple days a week have a lower risk of developing cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.  #Seniors  #SeniorCare #Alzheimers #Dementia #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study: MedlinePlus

Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to people at high risk of stroke because the drug helps prevent blood clots. But for about 28 percent of stroke patients in a new study, aspirin didn't keep blood from clotting. And their strokes were worse than strokes suffered by aspirin-users who weren't resistant to the drug.


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Clots that break loose can travel to the brain and cause "ischemic" strokes -- the most common type of stroke. This study suggests that people who are aspirin-resistant might need a different drug to prevent dangerous clotting, Oh said.  #Seniors #Strokes #IschemicStrokes #Aspirin #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles: MedlinePlus

Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine.
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"This risk scale may be an inexpensive and easy way for doctors to identify people who should undergo more advanced testing for memory issues or may be better candidates for clinical trials," Petersen said.   #Alzheimers #Dementia #Seniors #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers


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Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue.


Aging is ascribed, in part, to the failure of adult stem cells to generate replacements for damaged cells and thus repair the body’s tissues. Researchers have shown that this decreased stem cell activity is largely a result of inhibitory chemicals in the environment around the stem cell, some of them dumped there by the immune system as a result of chronic, low-level inflammation that is also a hallmark of aging.

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Schaffer and Conboy’s research groups are now collaborating on a multi-pronged approach in which modulation of two key biochemical regulators might lead to safe restoration of stem cell responses in multiple aged and pathological tissues.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Ageing #Caregivers #Caregiving


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We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia

We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia | Senior Care | Scoop.it
RT @oklabecca: We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia http://t.co/TIUO9zmiuY

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Caregiving for an elderly person with dementia can seem like a piece of cake early on in the process. But as it progresses, and more of their brain switches off, it becomes increasingly fraught. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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You're NOT as old as you feel - inside you're ageless

You're NOT as old as you feel - inside you're ageless | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Researchers from Southampton University questioned almost 1,200 people and asked them about their attitudes to the ageing process, with 10 per cent claiming they had a subjective age such as 'I always feel 18 inside'.
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‘Some people, however, really don’t care about age at all, they really think they are ageless.  ‘They are not bothered about how old other people are, how they dress or behave, and they have friends of all ages.  #Seniors #Age #SeniorCare, #Health #Caregivers #Caregiving




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Chuck's curator insight, May 8, 7:04 PM

We knew this all along. How about something new?

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Emergency room visits up, despite Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com

Emergency room visits up, despite Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Too many Americans get care in emergency rooms instead of doctors offices — and expanded health coverage is making the problem worse rather than fixing it.
Three in four emergency room doctors said patient visits have increased since the Affordable Care Act's requirement to have health insurance went into effect, in an email survey released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
That's not the news some healthcare advocates had hoped for. The thought was that by expanding health
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But instead of pulling back on emergency room care, the newly insured now have a plan to pay for those visits so they're not responsible for the entire bill. And that seems to be driving the change in patient load, at least for now. #ACA #EmergencyRoom #EmergencyDoctors #Seniors #SeniorCare 

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Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life - PsyBlog

Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Why friends are better at predicting how long you'll live from personality traits.
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The kicker is that it’s your friends — not you — who are better at judging these personality traits from the outside. #Health #Seniors #Longevity #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better

Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better | Senior Care | Scoop.it
According to a new study, meditation’s benefits may extend to treating migraines and cognitive impairment.
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Yet another study found that mindfulness and meditation improved sleep quality among older people, and might even work better than melatonin or other sleep aid pills.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregivers #Meditation 

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A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog

A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
"Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them."
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No matter what your age, new research finds, having a sense of purpose helps you live longer. #Seniors #Purpose #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot

California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The Air Force veteran has been a pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.
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Weber was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento on March 30. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Flying #Pilot

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Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Dr. Hodes talks about how important it is to exercise regularly—at any age! | NIH Medlineplus the Magazine."   Exercise is perhaps the best demonstrated way to maintain good health, fitness, and independence. 

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Research has shown that regular physical activity improves quality of life for older adults and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses and disabilities. In many ways, it is the best prescription we have for healthy, successful aging.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Sit All Day [VIDEO]

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Sit All Day [VIDEO] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
If nothing else has inspired you to try a standing desk at work, this video will.
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 Physical activity will lengthen our telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that are tied to aging and stress — making us live longer, healthier lives.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Elvana Agora's curator insight, March 28, 12:17 PM

Research has shown that taking walks — especially in parks and in nature — is conducive to a creative, sharp, and concentrated mind. You may often feel lighter, happier, and more focused the very moment you step outside the office. This is because when your body is moving, so is your circulation, your breath, your “flow” — and the wheels of your mind are turning as well.

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The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog

The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Study finds diet that gives brain fuel to repair age-related damage.
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Researchers have discovered that a high-fat diet — from fatty acids contained in coconut oil, or similar — gives brain cells extra fuel to burn, which helps its repair mechanism work more efficiently.  #SeniorCare #Seniors #Health #HealthCare #Nutrition #Caregivers #Caregivers

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Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus

Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it

The medications are widely used to treat the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that occur in many people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antipsychotic drugs have a significant risk of side effects, the study authors pointed out.

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In the study, the risk of death among patients taking antidepressants was lower than among those taking antipsychotics or valproic acid, but was still higher than among those who weren't taking any medications to treat dementia-related behavior problems.  #Seniors #Dementia #Alzheimers #Medication #Antipsychotics #Caregivers #Caregiving #SeniorCare

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Sandy Whelan, ADC, QDCS's curator insight, April 25, 6:48 PM

We need to stop using these drugs when treating people with dementia.