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Embrace Neonatal MRI brings head imaging directly to the NICU, eliminating the risk associated with moving newborn patients.
This article was published in the Sept. 3, 2012
print edition of Providence Business News
As the population ages, people are forced to make difficult decisions regarding the care of loved ones. The choice can become harder for many when memory loss and dementia are a factor.
When their new East Providence facility is complete, the staff at Tockwotton on the Waterfront will be using a new technology to ensure the best possible care of such residents. The $52.3 million, 156-bed nursing home on Narragansett Bay will be the first facility in Rhode Island to house the Vigil Dementia System, a silent electronic-monitoring system that relies on passive sensors rather than just call buttons and audible alarms to detect patient distress. The new facility is slated to open Dec. 15.
“Red Bull gives you wings.” It’s a sentiment that’s easy to believe if you’re a 14-year-old boy watching a corporate sponsored snowboarder do an impressive 180 off of a snow bank. Energy drinks like Red Bull sponsor everything from break-dancing shows to extreme sporting events; and because of its aggressive advertising campaigns, Red Bull has led the way for the energy drink market boom in America. While high-caffeine soft drinks have existed in the US since the 1980’s when Jolt Cola was introduced to the market, energy drinks have only been around for a little over ten years, having made their way here from Austria in the form of Red Bull. Since then, the market has exploded, earning Red Bull’s parent company billions of dollars and spurring the proliferation of new brands. As many as 500 new energy drink products were introduced in 2006, all fighting for the same demographic: males ages 13 to 24. Their marketing has been extremely successful, and more kids are drinking these caffeine packed beverages than ever before. But the health and science community is concerned about the potential affects these energy drinks will have in the long term.
In many ways, we are the sum of our collective memories. First kisses, proms, weddings, and birthdays – we cling to cherished moments, letting them shape our lives and our interactions with others. But for many people, Alzheimer’s disease strips them of their memories and of their past.
Families afflicted with Alzheimer’s never know how fast their loved ones are going to react to the disease, which can progress from confusion and memory-loss into full-blown dementia. But researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have uncovered a way to predict the rate that Alzheimer’s disease will progress.
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