For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

Feb 26, 2015

Elder care givers take on surge in demand

by Sawako Obara

Elder-to-elder nursing care is expanding in Japan due to the aging of care workers. The ratio of elderly workers is rapidly rising in the nursing care sector because young people are unwilling to take on the tough, low-paying work. While care services, including bathing ...

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Feb 24, 2015

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Men who regularly visit saunas live longer and are less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, a Finnish study published Monday. In often frigid Finland, going to the sauna is a popular activity, and is ...

Feb 19, 2015

'Nanodrones' tested to clear arteries

Tiny nanoparticles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knockout punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by U.S. scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles ...

Feb 18, 2015

Scores of elderly restrained in Tokyo retirement homes

Scores of elderly people living in retirement homes in Tokyo have been routinely tied to their beds or locked in their rooms, officials said on Wednesday. A Tokyo authority has ordered a care provider to stop the abuse of elderly people in three separate ...

Feb 15, 2015

High-tech contacts zoom in with a wink

Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. First released in 2013 and fine-tuned since then, the prototype was unveiled by Eric Tremblay from the Swiss Federal Institute ...