Combating Parkinson with a Punch

Elderly man boxing

A new wave of specialised boxing classes is emerging around the globe to help individuals living with Parkinson disease. This disease causes the gradual degeneration of motor skills, balance, sensory function and speech. As of yet, the global medical community is yet to find a definitive cure.

However, exploratory physical therapy has discovered that boxing provides a full-body workout that is extremely beneficial to Parkinson’s Disease patients because of the rapid combinations of hand-eye coordination with footwork. This practice facilitates the re-development and strengthening of brain and body function. This physical activity helps train the body by doing movements that using ones entire muscular structure by doing whole-body movements combined with punching and footwork in several directions. This coordinated workout provides both anaerobic and aerobic exercise as well as speed training that result in an exhilarating workout and helps increase patient’s confidence levels. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Read more

Mobile apps and technology could help detect skin cancer

Lady sunbathing with cream in the shape of a sun on her exposed skin

Technology can help save lives and a team of Stanford researchers have taken this to the next level. The team have successfully developed image recognition technologies and programmed a computer to analyse and potentially identify cancerous moles and skin lesions.

Experts actively promote the preventive measures and check-ups necessary to ensure that melanomas are detected as early as possible. The five-year melanoma survival rates are 99% when detected early[1]. The figure dramatically decreases to 14% if the cancer is detected at a later stage[2]. The project was led by Sebastian Thrun, founder of research and development lab Google X and adjunt professor at Stanford University. He explained to CNN that their goal is to make melanoma detection more accessible on a global level. "Our objective is to bring the expertise of top-level dermatologists to places where the dermatologist is not available."[3] The Read more

Self-test strip detects cancer

person with drop of blood on finger

We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly independent, and this even extends to our health. We monitor our own blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and buy pregnancy tests that we can do at home. Wouldn’t it be great if it was just as easy to test ourselves for diseases like cancer? It seems that this might be possible in the near future…

Researchers at the Ohio State University are developing paper strips that detect various diseases. Each strip costs just 50 cents and they are ideal for regular check-ups. The paper test was first developed as a cheap way to detect malaria in rural Africa and Southeast Asia, where hundreds of people die from the disease. The researchers found that the test results were still accurate, even one month after testing; making it a great solution for people who live further afield or for those who aren’t able to have a face to face visit with their doctor. The researchers stated in the “Journal Read more