[AY-AY- AI!] WHO releases report on ageism in artificial intelligence for health
"The World Health Organization has released a policy brief on ageism in artificial intelligence (AI) for health. The report examines the use AI in medicine and public health for older people, including the conditions in which AI can exacerbate or introduce new forms of ageism. The brief presents legal, non-legal and technical measures that can be used to minimize the risk of ageism in AI and maximize AI’s benefits for older people as these technologies become more commonly used across the world."
[MOVING, HEART-FELT] 20 minutes/day of exercise at 70 may curb heart disease in later life
"Twenty minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous exercise in early old age (70-75) may stave off major heart disease, including heart failure, in late old age (80+), a recent study suggests. The findings reinforce the maxim of “better late than never” when it comes to exercise, but earlier on in older age is better still, conclude the authors of an accompanying editorial."
[A DOG’S LIFE] Companion dog study to inform human aging, healthy lifespan
"The Dog Aging Project set out in 2018 to become the largest research data-gathering program of its kind, according to a February 2 report in the journal Nature. The project is enrolling and studying tens of thousands of dogs from all backgrounds for a long-term effort to better understand canine aging. "
[HEADS UP] Migraine, stress headaches at work “overlooked disease,” researchers say
"A recent study found that headache is a frequent complaint at work and that those who experience recurrent headaches are both physically and cognitively impaired, which negatively affects both productivity and sick leave. And when it comes to solutions such as adapting work during headache attacks, “there is a significant inequality in health,” says principal study author Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen of the University of Denmark."
[GET PHYSICAL!] CDC adds physical inactivity as severe COVID risk factor
"In a February 15 update to its evidence-based science brief, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added physical inactivity to the list of underlying medical conditions associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19. The addition was based on evidence from published reports, scientific articles in press, unreviewed pre-prints, as well as internal data. “Severe” illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death."
[HIRE UP] 60% of job seekers say companies don’t get hiring right
"A new Greenhouse Candidate Experience Report uncovered major gaps in hiring processes and poor candidate experiences in a tight labor market. The survey of over 1,500 employees and job seekers found that 84% of respondents are looking for, or are open to, a new job in the next six months – yet, over 60% are unimpressed by time-consuming recruitment processes and are demanding companies create a more modern recruiting experience. "
[SCALING UP] AGETECH implementation response program issues RFP
"If you have an innovative evidence-based AgeTech solution that is ready for implementation or scaling up, consider applying for a grant from AGE-WELL’s AgeTech Implementation Response (AIR) Program. The program, which launched on January 24 and is open to Canadians, supports post-discovery projects focused on implementing solutions. The application deadline is March 18, 2022, with an anticipated notice of decision and funding start in April."
[SICKENING] Vulnerable Medicare recipients often failed to get antibody drugs for COVID-19
"People over age 65 at the highest risk for severe COVID-19 have often been the least likely to receive monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) -- a highly effective treatment for the disease -- both across and within US states, according to a recent study. "
[WHEN YA GOTTA GO] Crohn’s
"On February 6, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation launched the We Can’t Wait app, which provides an interactive map that allows users to find a restroom near them across the US. Driven by crowdsourced submissions and major retail and restaurant partners that contributed their restroom location data, the app empowers inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients – and all users – with a tool to find restrooms more easily, both in emergency and everyday situations. "
[GET THOSE ZZZZs] Poor sleep can triple heart disease risk
"Individual aspects of poor sleep can be detrimental to heart health. But if you combine them, the risk of heart disease can increase by as much as 141%, a recent study suggests. The researchers reviewed sleep data from 6,820 US adults with an average age of 53 who self-reported their sleep characteristics and heart disease history; 633 also wore a research device (actigraphy) around their wrist that captured sleep activity."
[GRIEF ENCOUNTER] Canadian study wants those who lost someone during the pandemic
"The 32,000 direct deaths COVID-19 has caused in Canada has also taken a toll on the survivors. Given all the health restrictions, how do you care for someone in their last days or give them a proper funeral service? What longer-term effects do these restrictions have on people who are grieving? "
[IN IT TOGETHER] Collaboration, connection challenging with hybrid workforce: Report
"Hybrid work is here to stay and 2022 is about making it future-proof, according to customer relations management platform HubSpot. The company's “2022 Hybrid Work Report” is an analysis of feedback from a survey of over 4,000 full-time remote, in-office, and flex workers from companies in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, and Japan. The analysis revealed findings around collaboration, culture, communication, mental health, and management in a hybrid world. "
[LIFE-SAVING] Add 10 min of exercise daily to help prevent early death
"It's known that relatively large increases in daily physical activity, such as 30 minutes or more, are likely to confer health benefits. This study took a big-picture view to examine the association between physical activity and mortality in a large representative sample of the US population to estimate the number of premature deaths prevented yearly with modest increases in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity."
[BERRY GOOD] Flavonoids may boost survival in Parkinson’s disease
"People with Parkinson’s disease who eat a diet that includes three or more servings per week of foods high in flavonoids, like tea, apples, berries and red wine, may have a lower chance of dying prematurely than those who do not eat as many flavonoids. That's according to a study published January 26 in Neurology."
[TRENDING] Tech for aging: 2022 market report released
"Lori Orlov, principal analyst, Aging and Health Technology Watch, recently published her Technology for Aging 2022 Market Overview. Orlov says in the introduction that “most everything” is new in this edition of the annual report, including 30 recent entrants, some of which were winners of innovation competitions. "