PhD Candidate Kate Mercer explaining wearable fitness devices to a group of volunteers and seniors.
Approximately 88% of Canadian older adults struggle to comprehend medical information. Low health literacy is linked to poor health outcomes, a fact that is especially worrying given that elderly patients tend to suffer from chronic health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure.
By providing tools to improve health literacy, pharmacists can help patients better manage conditions and interpret vital information.
Pressure ulcers, better known as, bedsores, are the number one hospital-induced illness. The problem affects a quarter of all patients in North America, and contributes to nearly 60,000 deaths every year. Treating these ailments can get costly, too, bedsores have an average annual cost of approximately $40,000 per patient.
Two studies involving University of Waterloo researchers presented this week at the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto highlight a new diagnostic tool that can identify Alzheimer’s disease long before the onset of symptoms as well as document the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in Ontario.
Salient Energy, a company developing new high-tech batteries that will enable the shift towards renewable energy, and UpGrain Inc., a company that uses low frequency electromagnetic simulation to increase crop yield, were among the top winners at the Velocity Fund Finals, held yesterday at the University of Waterloo.