Slow cognitive decline by eating flavonols
Antioxidants (flavonols) found in a variety of vegetables, fruits, tea and wine could slow the rate of memory loss. Participants in the study who ate the most flavonols declined 0.4 units per decade slower than those who ate the fewest. Something as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more tea is a manageable way to take an easy but active role in maintaining brain health.
Source: American Academy of Neurology
Wave-based glucose testing
More than 400 million people worldwide are living with diabetes and having to endlessly prick their fingers multiple times a day to check blood glucose levels. A group of researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has found a non-invasive technique for testing by using an electromagnetic (EM)-wave-based glucose sensor inserted under the skin and has the capability to track minute changes in glucose levels.
Using virtual reality to manage pain
Can VR be a distraction that helps kids during cancer treatments? The London Health Sciences Children’s Hospital is using virtual reality to support paediatric patients during painful and distressing procedures. The study focuses on children who need port access (a small reservoir under the skin for transfers of medication and blood, most common amongst cancer patients).
Source: Lawson Health Research Institute
New research shows that a specialised app is just as effective as gastroenterol-ogists at characterising poop. Patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) captured images of their poop for two weeks using the app. After-wards, two gastroenterol-ogists analysed the data for sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. The app gave more accurate descriptions of constipation, diarrhoea, and other forms of poop.