Restaurants and cafes are failing to make people with dementia feel welcome, research says

Some restaurants and cafes are failing people with dementia because of loud noise, confusing signs and impatient staff, new research says. Dr. Adelina Broadbridge says that although outlets are adapting slowly, they are still missing business opportunities, given the large number of people with the condition. Dr. Broadbridge, of the Continue Reading

Researchers develop novel heart pump to help people with heart failure

Dr. David Adlam, associate professor and interventional cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Piyal Samara-Ratna, Mechanical Engineer in the Space Research Centre, have joined forces to combine medical and space research to develop a pump to help people with heart failure. The new left ventricular assist device (LVAD) Continue Reading

Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment

Nearly one in 30 Americans over the age of 40 experience low vision—significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. In a new study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of Medicine of Continue Reading

The middle aged are lonelier than older and younger people

Middle-aged people are lonelier than older adults and young people, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 38,000 people in the U.K. who took part of the BBC’s Loneliness Experiment last year. The lead researchers are: Professor Christina Victor, Brunel University London, Professor Manuela Barreto, University of Exeter, and Professor Continue Reading

Do single people suffer more? The mere presence of a partner may reduce pain

Researchers at the University of Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT, Hall, Austria) and the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) have confirmed the analgesic effects of social support—even without verbal or physical contact. The short communication, titled “Dispositional empathy is associated with experimental pain reduction Continue Reading