Smartphone use commonly impacts necks, elbows, thumbs and pinky fingers

Smartphone use - Sore neck

Frequently holding a device can gradually build painful conditions in these parts of the body. Smartphone use has become life changing for pretty much everyone these days, but among the downsides of this trend can include physical injury from repetitive use. Among the most common injuries are those to pinky fingers, thumbs, elbows and necks. “Constant cellphone use can cause a range of joint problems. While some claims of injury might be overstated, others are real and involve serious, long-term damage,” said Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD, orthopedic surgeon. The…

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VR tech can help ease anxiety in pediatric cancer treatments

VR Tech - Child with cancer

Lawson Health Research Institute and Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre is testing it. Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) have started using virtual reality (VR tech) to reduce fear and stress levels in kids undergoing painful medical procedures such as those used for treating cancer. The virtual reality technology will be used for kids that need port access for their treatments. The research will look at treating patients between the ages of 5- and 17-years requiring port access. This…

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Virtual and augmented reality for healthcare to become $9.7B market in 5 years

Augmented reality - Doctor Using VR headset

The next half decade will be a defining one for AR and VR in this particular niche of the marketplace. The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market is expected to experience substantial growth over the next 5 years within the specific healthcare niche. AR and VR in healthcare are currently estimated to be worth nearly $2.7 billion. A new report titled “Global AR-VR in Healthcare Market, By Component (Hardware, Software), By Device Type, By Application, By End Use, By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2017-2027F” showed that the…

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New artificial intelligence tool may spot Alzheimer’s sooner

Artificial intelligence tool - Alzheimer's Disease

This language processing tool could help to provide earlier diagnoses mental degenerative diseases. Researchers at Boston University have developed a new artificial intelligence tool that they say has the potential to help with earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental degenerative diseases. The AI software can be used for detecting cognitive impairments and spot Alzheimer’s earlier. The researchers published their findings in The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Within their paper, they indicated that their artificial intelligence tool uses a machine learning computational model that can use audio recordings…

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Virtual reality technology could boost multiple sclerosis rehabilitation therapies

Virtual reality technology - Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers are conducting a study to determine how beneficial the VR tech will be to MS patients. Kessler Foundation scientists recently published an article in which they advocated for working virtual reality technology into certain more conventional multiple sclerosis therapies to help to boost their effectiveness. The researchers offered a conceptual framework to support the use of VR tech for cognitive rehabilitation. The researchers discussed a way of using traditional cognitive rehabilitation and exercise training along with virtual reality technology. They theorized that this combination would strengthen the impact of…

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