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6 Stretches You Can Do in Bed

6 Stretches You Can Do in Bed to Feel Great All Day

A hectic life has become the norm these days. And it all starts from the moment we get out of bed, launching right into our busy day. But, taking just a few minutes for yourself before you race to get into the shower, have breakfast and start plowing through your to-do-list can be beneficial for both body and mind. Try these 6 simple stretches before you crawl out from under the covers to help you set the right tone for the day ahead.

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4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu 

A vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains appears to provide broad protection against the dangerous ailment, according to new research by a team from the Nebraska Center for Virology.

Source: 4-in-1 flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Ensure Your Tip-Top Eye Health With 7 Exercises | Health – BabaMail

Due to the simple fact of how much we use our eyes throughout the day, they get tired, but these 7 simple exercises will help to keep them in tip-top shape.

Source: Ensure Your Tip-Top Eye Health With 7 Exercises | Health – BabaMail

Smart bandage could promote better, faster healing | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Nebraska researcher Ali Tamayol has co-designed a smart bandage that can strategically release multiple medications to accelerate healing and fight infection.

SMARTPHONE-CONTROLLED DESIGN PRECISELY DELIVERS MEDICATION
Someday, a smart bandage could heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have designed a smart bandage that could eventually heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries with every fiber of its being.

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Advanced Functional Materials

The bandage consists of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel that can be individually loaded with infection-fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other medications.

A microcontroller no larger than a postage stamp, which could be triggered by a smartphone or other wireless device, sends small amounts of voltage through a chosen fiber. That voltage heats the fiber and its hydrogel, releasing whatever cargo it contains.

Smart Bandage
Video: Smart bandage

A single bandage could accommodate multiple medications tailored to a specific type of wound, the researchers said, while offering the ability to precisely control the dose and delivery schedule of those medications. That combination of customization and control could substantially improve or accelerate the healing process, said Ali Tamayol, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at Nebraska.

“This is the first bandage that is capable of dose-dependent drug release,” Tamayol said. “You can release multiple drugs with different release profiles. That’s a big advantage in comparison with other systems. What we did here was come up with a strategy for building a bandage from the bottom up.

“This is a platform that can be applied to many different areas of biomedical engineering and medicine.”

The team envisions its smart bandage being used initially to treat chronic skin wounds that stem from diabetes. More than 25 million Americans – and more than 25 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older – could suffer from such wounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that diabetes cases will double or triple by the year 2050.

Ali Tamayol
Ali Tamayol

“The medical cost associated with these types of wounds is tremendous,” Tamayol said. “So there is a big need to find solutions for that.”

Those wounded in combat might also benefit from the bandage’s versatility and customizability, Tamayol said, whether to stimulate faster healing of bullet and shrapnel wounds or prevent the onset of infection in remote environments.

“Soldiers on the battlefield may be suffering from a number of different injuries or infections,” he said. “They might be dealing with a number of different pathogens. Imagine that you have a variable patch that has antidotes or drugs targeted toward specific hazards in the environment.”

Bandage aid

Existing bandages range from basic dry patches to more advanced designs that can passively release an embedded medication over time. To evaluate the potential advantages of their smart bandage, Tamayol and his colleagues at Harvard ran a series of experiments.

In one, the researchers applied a smart bandage loaded with growth factor to wounded mice. When compared with a dry bandage, the team’s version regrew three times as much of the blood-rich tissue critical to the healing process.

Another experiment showed that an antibiotic-loaded version of the bandage could eradicate infection-causing bacteria. Collectively, Tamayol said, the experiments also demonstrated that the heat needed to release the medications did not affect their potency.

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Advanced Functional Materials – A prototype of the team’s design.

Though the researchers have patented their design, it will need to undergo further animal and then human testing before going to market. That could take several years, though the fact that most of the design’s components are already approved by the Food and Drug Administration should streamline the process, Tamayol said.

In the meantime, he said, the researchers are also working to incorporate thread-based sensors that can measure glucose, pH and other health-related indicators of skin tissue. Integrating that capability would allow the team to create a bandage that could autonomously deliver proper treatments.

The authors detailed their design and findings in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Tamayol authored the study with Harvard’s Ali Khademhosseini, Pooria Mostafalu, Gita Kiaee, Giorgio Giatsidis, Akbar Khalilpour, Mahboobeh Nabavinia, Mehmet Dokmeci and Dennis Orgill, along with Sameer Sonkusale of Tufts University.

The researchers received support from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the National Institutes of Health under grants HL092836, DE019024, EB012597, AR057837, DE021468, HL099073, and EB008392.

Source: Smart bandage could promote better, faster healing | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Secret Pressure Point for Your Shoulder & Neck | Health – BabaMail

Let me know if this works. Sounds simple. You just need a soft grippy round object.. -Keith ——-

It’s shocking how much tension creeps into our body from such unlikely places. That’s why pressure points like this are so handy to know about.

Source: The Secret Pressure Point for Your Shoulder & Neck | Health – BabaMail

9-17 – Walk with Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association

Walk to End Alzheimers – info. See below —

WHEN:            Sunday, September 17, 2017
11:00 AM Registration
12:30 PM Opening ceremony
1:00 PM Walk begins
WHERE:         Holmes Lake
HOW:              Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.
CONTACT:    Erinn Drouin, 402.502.4301, x. 8250, ehdrouin@alz.org

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S® 2017

 Over 1,200 Lincoln Residents are Raising Critically Needed Awareness and Funds

WHAT:  Over 1,200 Lincoln residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In 2016, Lincoln raised over $184,000, contributing to more than 70 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

In addition to walking, participants will enjoy live entertainment, free food from Runza, and interaction with the following event sponsors:  Runza, Alpha Media, KLKN-TV, Carpetland, CountryHouse Residences, Legacy Retirement Communities – The Arbors, and Stanley Healthcare, among others.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Participants will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®  The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association®  The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

Source: Nebraska Chapter | Alzheimer’s Association

ACTIVE LIVING WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 7

Parks and Recreation received instructor training grant for program

Aging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a 12-week series of free workshops on staying physically active.  The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays from September 7 through November 30 at the Lake Street Senior Center in the St. James United Methodist Church, 2400 S. 11th St.  Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session.  There is no class on November 23.

“Those who’ve taken part in the workshop in other parts of the country report they are exercising more, eating healthier and burning calories,” said Peggy Apthorpe, Aging Partners Health and Fitness Director.  “Participants will learn the skills necessary to make simple lifestyle changes that will enable them to become and stay physically active on a daily basis.”

Participants will learn how to create an activity plan that fits their preferences and lifestyle, with tasks like housekeeping and shopping incorporated into the plan.  The workshops will also address the causes of inactivity and help participants overcome those challenges.  Participants can attend as many workshops as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.

Aging Partners is partnering with Lincoln Parks and Recreation to present the workshops, which are made possible by an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Parks and Recreation is one of only 46 similar agencies to receive the ALED grant.  The ALED program is based on discoveries that physical activity need not be strenuous or time consuming to benefit health, and people are more likely to become and stay physically active when taught the appropriate lifestyle skills.

More information on Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on the NRPA is available at nrpa.org.

Source: lincoln.ne.gov | Mayor > Aging Partners\

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