User-Friendly Electronic “EyeCane” Enhances Navigational Abilities for the Blind

Tactile or Auditory Cues Can Enhance the Mobility of Blind Users, According to Study Published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

October 21, 2014 - White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids (ETAs) have the potential to improve navigation for the blind, but early versions had disadvantages that limited widespread adoption. A new ETA, the “EyeCane,” developed by a team of researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, expands the world of its users, allowing them to better estimate distance, navigate their environment, and avoid obstacles, according to a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. More...

People at high risk of Alzheimer’s may have early visuomotor difficulties

October 8, 2014 - Before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia, a simple test that combines thinking and movement could point to those with a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and who are already having visuomotor difficulties, according to new research out of York University. More...

UB researchers corroborate the neuroprotective effects of Sirtuin 1 activation on mice with Alzheimer’s disease

October 7, 2014 - A study coordinated by the University of Barcelona (UB) has described a mechanism that plays a key role in the evolution of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the activation of the protein Sirtuin 1 in a murine model with familial Alzheimer’s disease has neuroprotective effects. The study, based on the PhD thesis developed by the researcher David Porquet (UB), first describes Sirtuin 1 pathway in this murine model. Mercè Pallàs, from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of UB, coordinates the study. The Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) also collaborate in the study. More...

IOS Press selects Semantico to design new journals and book platform

New full text platform to be launched in 2015

October 2, 2014 - Semantico and IOS Press have signed an agreement to work on an improved content platform with emphasis on a simpler, more elegant content delivery infrastructure, with improved discoverability and precise search functionality to create an excellent user experience. More...