Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung disease

A smart shirt that accurately measures breathing through measuring lung function by sensing movements in the chest and abdomen could be used to monitor patients with lung disease

Medical Tech: This ‘smart shirt’ can accurately monitor lung diseaseImage courtesy: Metro News UK The shirt has proved to be accurate when compared to traditional testing equipment, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers have used the smart shirts, together with a mobile app, to reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out a range of everyday activities, […]

Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteria

The study also found that many gut bacteria can produce compounds that act on the nervous system. If confirmed, the results could lead to a deeper understanding of the gut-brain connection, and possibly open avenues to new treatments for mental illness

Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteriaPeople who lack certain gut bacteria are more likely to experience depression, according to the largest study yet to find a link between our microbiota and mental health. Jeroen Raes of KU Leuven University in Belgium and colleagues examined over 1000 volunteers in Belgium who’d had the bacteria living in their gut genetically sequenced as […]

Many older adults don’t take prescribed antidepressants, finds study

Older adults who are prescribed medication for depression by primary care physicians often fail to start taking these drugs or to continue using them as directed, a Dutch study suggests

Many older adults don’t take prescribed antidepressants, finds studyWhile people with severe and chronic mental illness may see a psychiatrist for medications, many patients with depression may not see a mental health professional and instead get care from a primary care provider. The new study findings are drawn from data on roughly 1,500 people who were at least 60 years old and diagnosed […]