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9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated....

 


Build Strength, Improve Acceleration And Work On Endurance With Keiser Air300 Runner

It's really hard for a machine to mimic a sprint. Treadmills come close, but it's hard to change pace and run all-out on a treadmill. Ellipticals confine you to a limited range of motion in your stride. However, the Keiser Air300 Runner gives you a range of motion in your stride and allows you to change your pace.

Rilakkuma Donut Cushion Keeps Your Coccyx Cozy

Show your tailbone a little TLC with this comfy donut cushion from Tokyo Otaku Mode designed to look like Rilakkuma, Japan's favorite cute character bear, who must have done something terribly bad in his previous life.

6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....


The Squatty Potty Improves The Way You Do Your Business

Simply sitting on a regular toilet to do your business doesn’t put you in the ideal position for thorough elimination. The Squatty Potty puts you in the perfect 35 degree angle to properly evacuate your bowels.

Coming Soon: Bionic Hands, Knees And Ankles

When The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man series were aired on television, the bionics parts were still in the imagination of writers and producers and viewers. Now a bionic arm is close to becoming a reality (except for the fact that it's not really bionic, because it doesn't have any sensory, motor or electronic capabilities). The technology is in fact a basic pulley system, implanted in a human hand, to allow for a more natural grasping function while using less muscle energy.

Toyota's "Well Chair" System Makes Minivans More Wheelchair Friendly

Toyota has announced an integrated system for disabled passengers that better integrates wheelchairs with a range of its popular minivans. The “Well Chair”, introduced at the 2014 International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition, is expected to be rolled out by the end of this year.

Mango Health App Makes Taking Your Medication More Fun

Mango Health just updated their app for medication adherence for iOS8, and it's worth taking a look. Set reminders to ensure you take your medication, see the side effects of your medication, and potentially dangerous interactions between the medications you are taking, including your supplements. Win points for rewards and get notifications when you are running low.

Suffering From Alzheimer's? Wander Safely With New Wearable Sensor

A young scientist has invented a wearable sensor, SafeWander, that alerts caregivers on their smartphones when their patients wander out of bed. He invented it based on personal experiences with his own grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's and has started to wander.

THC In Cannabis Has Potential Therapeutic Effects On Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it.

Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.

Get Your Blood Pressure With Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

There are probably a thousand products on the market that will take your heart rate. There are fewer that will give you a blood pressure reading, and even fewer of those are available for in-home use. However, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is one that you can get for yourself and one that is designed for the tech geek.

Silver Generation Tricycle Helps Seniors Exercise Their Independence

The Kukuru S silver generation tricycle is ideal for on-the-go seniors who aren't quite ready for an electric mobility scooter. The unique 4-wheeled trike boasts a host of built-in safety and security features that don't sacrifice everyday convenience and practicality.

Ghastly Ghost Japanese Eye Drops Tongue Will Get You Hooked

Applying eye drops is horrifying enough for some folks but this cute ghost-shaped eye drops tongue from Japan has to be an opti-phobic's worst nightmare. Designed to hook under the user's lower eyelid (*shudder*) and prevent the eye from reflexively blinking, the bizarre "akanbeh" eye drops helper actually won a special award at a Japanese all-invention contest.

Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?

Personalized QR Code Badges Help Keep Elderly Wanderers Safe

Fear of becoming disoriented and/or lost when outside their homes can turn many senior citizens into shut-ins. Now a new QR code badge currently being tested in several Chinese cities can help restore the freedom and independence vital for maintaining good quality of life for the elderly

A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Heart Mate II Treats Advanced Heart Failure

The first of its kind to be approved by the FDA, the Hear Mate II is one of the most advanced devices available for advanced heart failure treatment. For patients who are so sick that a transplant isn't an option, the Heart Mate II could not only mean surviving heart failure, but living a better quality life.

Improve Balance And Core Strength With Drift

If your fitness routine is getting old and you're looking for some variety, or if you want to improve your core strength and stability, you may want to look into the Drift Balance Board. This unique piece of fitness equipment was designed to strengthen the core and improve balance.

Sproing Is An Unique Version Of The Treadmill And An Innovative Fitness System

The treadmills of today are very similar to the first treadmills. Of course, today we have things like audio and television options and senors that measure heart rate, but the concept and design are the same--there's a moving belt, on which you run. However, Sproing has diverted from that design and offers a few alternatives to the traditional treadmill.