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5 Driving Aids That Make Driving Easier & Safer

Is it getting to be a pain (literally) to get in and out of your car? What about turning your head half way around to see what is in your "blind spot?"  Can you see while driving at night?  Well, here are 5 nifty products that will help you continue to drive without hurting yourself; they'll also help to keep you and other drivers safe.

MIT FingerReader Will Make Print More Accessible To Visually Impaired

When you hear about or see designs that can really help people lead fuller lives, you want them available - now! That's how MIT's FingerReader hit me. Well, I said, to no one in particular, if you can prototype it, get it done, roll it out, let people who are blind or visually impaired have access to it - right now!  The FingerReader is something they will want.

Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

iHear: Low Cost Invisible Hearing Aids Calibrated Just For You

One thing boomers learn fast: Medicare and other insurance plans don't pay for hearing aids.  And those buggers can cost up to $4,000 - $5,000 a pair.  There's perhaps no one who knows these facts better than the man who invented the Lyric hearing aid, which, on a subscription basis, cost that much per pair per year!  Now, that man, Adnan Shannib, has invented iHear, the hearing aid for the 99 percent of us who would love to hear, but can't afford those Lyric prices.  It's the iHear, and wait 'til you see what's different about these hearing aids!

Making Sense Of The New Statin Recommendations

Perhaps you've read that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines on which persons should take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. On March 19, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AHA presented these guidelines, including age, gender, and race, as well as various pre-existing health conditions that might call for statin intervention. But what do the new guidelines mean for you?

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

Scientists Identify Protein Common To Metastasis Of Several Cancers

In a major research project to determine what causes a tumor to spread to other cells and organs of the body, a team of researchers from the Wistar Institute and several renowned international research institutes have discovered a protein that is common in certain metastacized cancers, but not found in the original site of the cancer. They have identified the protein LIMD2 in metastatic breast, thyroid, bladder, and melanoma cells, but not in the original tumors.

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia have evaded successful therapies though considerable research has focused on their development. One reason is that they have also evaded prediction, not even being recognized until memory decline and functional loss appear.  Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center made a significant breakthrough in identifying blood-based biomarkers of cognitive impairment that can be observed through blood testing up to three years prior to the onset of disease symptoms.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.

Exert Body Coolant For Those Who Get Hot A Lot

Whether you get hot flashes from menopause, nervousness, embarrassment, exercise, medication, or stress, or you just tend to sweat a lot, don't sweat it any more.  A new product called Exert Smart Body Coolant® addresses all of that just by spraying it on your body once daily in the morning.  Then, you're good to go.

Sitting + Sitting + Sitting = Disability For Folks Over 60

A new study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine indicates that sitting too much not only leads to heart disease, but is a risk for disability among men and women over 60, regardless of how much exercise they get at other times.

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


Feces ScaleFeces Scale

I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

Exercise Your Thighs Every Which Way: The Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer

Never fear, you can achieve perfectly sculpted thighs, especially now that the Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer exercises your thighs every which way and then some....

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 


Need This New Innovation? 21 Swings

Most of us loved to spend time on the swings when we were kids, whether on the playground or in the backyard. It was a little piece of magic in our lives as we could pretend to fly. People in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, have had the chance to return to those joyous moments with the 21 Swings project. These swings are actually giant instruments and we tiny humans are the means to create the music by returning to out childhoods.

The UpBed™ Literally Gets You Out Of Bed In The Morning

Many of us have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but that may be more a reflection of our mental state than physical.  For those with conditions that physically limit their ability to get out of bed without assistance, whether due to arthritic conditions, balance issues, or injury, the new UpBed™ Ajustable Lift Bed can really make a big difference in their independence.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

8 Handy Gadgets For Those Who Can Hardly Hear You

It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids.

10 Best Low Budget Gifts To Help Friends With Back Pain

If you're over 30 you've probably suffered from back pain some time or other in your life.  In fact, 60 to 80 percent of adults suffer from chronic or periodic back pain, so chances are you have a friend or family member who could use some relief from his or her back pain when not at the doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist.  Here are some of the highest-rated low-budget gadgets that can be used solo, without the aid of others.