October 28, 2011

Monitoring "Walkers"

1 GPS Shoes Keep Track of Dementia Patients

Shoes with a GPS device built into the heel will soon be available to help keep track of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who wonder off. The shoes, manufactured by GTX and sold by Aetrex Worldwide, will retail for $300/pair; 3000 pairs have already been shipped. Many people with Alzheimer’s or dementia wear GPS-equipped bracelets but often reject them, says Andre Carle, an adviser on the project. “The primary reason is that paranoia is a manifestation of the disease. If you put something on someone with Alzeheimer's that they don't recognize, they remove it.” The shoes will enable caregivers to monitor the whereabouts of the wearer and set up boundaries so that an alert is triggered if the patient travels outside of the predetermined area.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Asthma Drug Zileuton Might Help Manage Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, GPS, Andre Carle, Aetrex Worldwide, GTX, GPS-Equipped Bracelets, GPS-Equipped Shoes

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220 Cases So Far in U.S.

2 Measles Cases Tripled from Usual Number

Measles cases are at a 15-year high in the U.S. with 220 cases reported so far this year. The usual number is only 60 to 70 cases of measles a year, says the CDC. While no deaths from measles have occurred in the U.S. this year, there have been nine reported deaths of the 26,000 cases of the disease in Europe. Among the 220 measles cases in the U.S., 87 percent of those infected didn't receive the vaccine. Thirteen percent were too young to get the vaccine. Unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles may become infected at a rate of 90 percent or greater. CNN reports that children who get severe measles can suffer for years before dying from the disease, and those who survive may be left with permanent neurological problems.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Measles Mump Rubella Vaccine, Measles Outbreak, Measles Risk, Measles 15 Year High, CDC Measles Rates

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Add to Blood Clot, Cancer Risk

3 Estrogen Therapy Increases Incontinence Risk

A long-term study that followed 167 postmenopausal women who filled out questionnaires about estrogen use in 1993 found that 47 of them developed urinary incontinence. Of those 47 women, 14.9 percent had taken estrogen for over five years compared to 5.8 percent who did not develop incontinence. Estrogen minimizes vaginal dryness and hot flashes that accompany menopause. Research has demonstrated that estrogen may affect the nerves that control the function of the bladder and it has been postulated that normal aging also plays a role. About 50 percent of women over 45 years old have reported an episode of incontinence. Estrogen therapy also increases the risk of blood clots and breast cancer, and doctors believe this may be another reason to minimize the time it is taken.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Weight Loss Can Relieve Urinary Incontinence

Tags: Menopause, Urinary Incontinence, Bladder Control Problems, Estrogen Therapy

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