HEALTH ADVICE: The student creates a brand of fruity jelly candies that help dementia sufferers overcome dehydration
One student developed a brand of jelly candy that can help people with dementia overcome dehydration and prevent life-threatening infections.
The delicious fruity drops were invented by Lewis Hornby after his grandmother Pat was taken to hospital with severe dehydration.
They consist of 95 percent water with additional minerals – and are flavored with a small amount of fruit and artificial sweeteners.
Studies show that older people, especially those with dementia, often forget to drink and the resulting dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections.
Pictured: Lewis Hornby, an inventor who came up with a rehydration candy that could save the lives of people with dementia around the world after his late grandmother Pat was hospitalized with dehydration
Studies have shown that older patients are more likely to enjoy jelly drops than drink a glass of water.
More information at jellydrops.com.
First baby test for the blind
British researchers have developed the world’s first pregnancy test for the blind.
Instead of showing the result with a colored line, the urine test allows users to feel it across a series of bumps on the front of the device.
Traditional urine tests are done using dyes that change color when they react with a hormone released during pregnancy.
However, in the test developed by scientists at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the hormone is sensed by a sensor that triggers a built-in motor to create bumpy pits on the surface of the device, which signals a positive result.
According to a new Dutch study, video games can help alleviate Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
In addition to the tell-tale tremors, people with this disease, which affects 145,000 British people, suffer from memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
According to researchers at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, five months after playing a smartphone game accessed through an NHS-approved app called MyCognition can improve results in five cognitive tests.
The game involved identifying images of colorful fish.
Previous studies have shown that similar video games can improve cognitive skills.
A third of Britons say housework made them more exhausted – even though they rarely left the house.
According to a survey conducted by nutrition brand Revvies of 2,000 people, the lockdown restriction has also had an impact on memory.
Respondents blamed a lack of exercise and sunlight, and limited access to activities that they enjoy, for lower energy levels.
Previous research has shown that working from home can increase anxiety as the lines between a relaxed home environment and a stressful workplace become blurred.