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People with Disabilities Describe Features of Mobile Health Apps that Would Increase Accessibility

Developers of mHealth apps may wish to incorporate adaptations such as haptic feedback, speech-to-text or text-to-speech conversion, and fitness advice designed for people with physical disabilities. In addition, symptom management apps may be an under-utilized resource for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Targeted marketing efforts may assist in promoting adoption of these apps …

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New Guidelines For Treating Adults With Down Syndrome

“We are so pleased that the quality of our guideline rose to the occasion of being published in JAMA, and we are deeply grateful to our families and self-advocates for pushing us to work on this difficult project,” says Michelle Sie Whitten, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, or GLOBAL, which spearheaded …

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Risk factors for dementia

An infographic explaining some of the risk factors for dementia. Source: Imperial College London Dementia strikes one in 14 people in the UK over 65, and 47 million people worldwide. Yet scientists are still urgently trying to find why the disease affects some but not others. In the below infographic, Imperial researcher Dr Ruth Peters explores …

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New public health policy statements adopted at APHA 2020

Source: New public health policy statements adopted at APHA 2020 Date: Oct 25 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Media Relations The American Public Health Association’s Governing Council adopted 19 new policy statements at its 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo yesterday, covering topics such as e-cigarettes, children’s vision care and the separation of immigrant families. (Disclaimer: These brief …

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Intellectual disability and dementia: perspectives on environmental influence

This study provides a beginning point to establishing a framework for creating supports and addressing barriers to participation for adults with intellectual disability and dementia based on direct input from potential service consumers and their caregivers. People with intellectual disabilities and dementia provide valuable insights into their experiences through engagement in accessible research. Source: Emerald …

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Cause of death in adults with intellectual disability in the United States – Landes

The leading cause of death for adults with and without ID indicated on their death certificate was heart disease. Adults with ID, regardless of the severity of the disability, had substantially higher risk of death from pneumonitis, influenza/pneumonia and choking. Adults with mild/moderate ID also had higher risk of death from diabetes mellitus. Source: Journal …

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How The Deaf Community Challenged The White House—And Won

Like 48 million other deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States, Debra Fleetwood spent the first six months of the pandemic watching White House briefings without an ASL interpreter. A recent ruling will ensure that won’t happen again. Source: ForbesWomen – Allison Norlian “…a historic win stemming from a lawsuit filed in …

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The INCLUDE Project Research Plan

Down syndrome is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability, the most common autosomal trisomy, and one of the most visible and universally recognized genetic syndromes. Each year there Source:National Institutes of Health (NIH) With additional funding, this directive provided NIH with the opportunity to expand its current efforts on Down syndrome and commonly …

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Summit Virtual Meeting Series: 2020 National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Identifying Research Gaps and Opportunities to Improve the Care, Services, and Support of Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers Source: National Institute on Aging The goal of the summit, which was held as a virtual series on July 10, July 21, and August 13, 2020, was to bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds …

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