National Institute on Aging: The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All!

National Institute on Aging: The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All!. “Developed by Amy Kind, M.D., Ph.D., and her team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas2 is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. Anyone can use the Neighborhood Atlas, not just researchers: If you can use a smartphone mapping app, you can use the Atlas — no fancy degree required!”

EurekAlert: King’s College AI-Longevity Hub launched via support of Biogerontology Research Foundation

EurekAlert: King’s College AI-Longevity Hub launched via support of Biogerontology Research Foundation. “The UK’s first AI for Longevity hub — the Longevity AI Consortium — is launched at King’s College London with the strategic and financial support of the Biogerontology Research Foundation and Deep Knowledge Ventures.”

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia

UC Davis Health: $4 million grant to UC Davis and Drexel tests online tool for caregivers of individuals with dementia. “Agitation and aggression are just a few of the behavioral and psychological symptoms that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders – and their caregivers — can have difficulty understanding and managing. But an easy-to-use online platform, called WeCareAdvisor, aims to bridge the information gap for caregivers, who are typically family members. The tool educates caregivers about dementia and provides daily tips for managing stress. It also offers a systematic approach for describing, investigating, creating and evaluating strategies, known as the DICE approach.”

Mosaic Science: How can doctors find better ways to talk – and listen – to patients close to death?

Mosaic Science: How can doctors find better ways to talk – and listen – to patients close to death?. “Two brothers are combining palliative care expertise, linguistics and AI to encourage more effective conversations between doctors and people receiving end-of-life care.” This story just grabbed me and swallowed me whole. I hope there are enough Kleenex in the house.

The Next Web: Meet the YouTube Mortician teaching people not to fear death

The Next Web: Meet the YouTube Mortician teaching people not to fear death. “Death is something we as a society don’t care to think or talk about — unless, like me, you stay up at night pondering about the inevitability of the inevitable. It’s not a case of ‘if’ you die, it’s ‘when’ you’ll die, and that’s a hard pill to swallow. But Caitlin Doughty, a LA-based Mortician and YouTube host of the channel, Ask A Mortician, answers all of our inquisitive and creepy questions about death — from what happens to breast implants in a crematory machine to what happens to a fetus if a woman dies when pregnant — everything that my young death-starved self needs and wants to know.”

Wired: Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Wired: Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful . “In a culture obsessed with tweeting and Instagramming every moment of life, it’s little surprise that streaming extends to death. Funeral livestreaming services have been around for more than a decade, but the practice has recently exploded in popularity, says Bryant Hightower, president-elect of the National Funeral Directors Association.”

CNET: How families are giving a fantastic trip to loved ones in hospice

CNET: How families are giving a fantastic trip to loved ones in hospice. “VR may get a bad rap as a once-hot tech trend that failed to live up to expectations, but companies haven’t given up on it. Facebook last month released the $400 Oculus Quest, which CNET editor Scott Stein called the best thing he’s tried this year. And virtual reality has made headway outside of the consumer world. For example, using VR for hospice care — as a way to bring a larger world to people who’ve found themselves limited to a room, or just a bed — is beginning to catch on with care providers. “

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer’s research

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer’s research. “Researchers at UC Davis and UC San Francisco have found a way to teach a computer to precisely detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in human brain tissue, delivering a proof of concept for a machine-learning approach to distinguishing critical markers of the disease.”

The Healthy Cognitive Aging Project: A major data resource for cognitive epidemiology (National Institute on Aging)

National Institute on Aging: The Healthy Cognitive Aging Project: A major data resource for cognitive epidemiology . “Anybody who has ever loved, lived with, or cared for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or its related dementias knows that its effects are multifaceted, complex, and often difficult to predict. That’s why NIA’s longitudinal aging studies are so important—they can provide prospective data on these as-yet incompletely understood points. This week, we are proud to announce the first public release of data from the Healthy Cognitive Aging Project (HCAP), a nationally representative study that will help shed light on how and when cognitive decline progresses in older adults.”

EurekAlert: The dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years

EurekAlert: The dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years. “New analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford, predicts the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within fifty years, a trend that will have grave implications for how we treat our digital heritage in the future. The analysis predicts that, based on 2018 user levels, at least 1.4 billion members will die before 2100. In this scenario, the dead could outnumber the living by 2070. If the world’s largest social network continues to expand at current rates, however, the number of deceased users could reach as high as 4.9 billion before the end of the century.”

Lifehacker: How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death

Lifehacker: How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death. “There are a number of ways loved ones can request access to your accounts once you’re gone, but they don’t need that stress. Several online services allow you to designate legacy contacts or grant access after a period of inactivity. Here’s how to make sure that those you leave behind are able to manage your affairs when you can’t anymore.”

EurekAlert: Database funded to help researchers understand bipolar disorder throughout adult lifespan

EurekAlert: Database funded to help researchers understand bipolar disorder throughout adult lifespan . “Under the grant, [Dr. Martha] Sajatovic and her colleagues, aided by a steering committee of other bipolar experts, will aggregate and standardize data from more than 1,000 bipolar patients worldwide who have been previously studied. But most findings from these studies are based on research samples of no more than 50 participants from a relatively narrow geographic and age representation. By creating a single comprehensive data set, the scientific team aims to overcome these shortfalls and increase knowledge about BD, its symptoms, and changes in behavior at different stages of life.”

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play . “The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project–a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada. PLAY will focus on the behaviors of infants and mothers during natural activity in their homes, providing an unprecedented corpus of data, and using an innovative, transparent approach to science… This first-of-its-kind corpus will be shareable and searchable with data spanning domains from language to locomotion, gender to gesture, and object play to emotion.”

WFLA: Online database eerily calculates your activity on Earth since birth

WFLA: Online database eerily calculates your activity on Earth since birth. ” Have you ever wondered how many breaths you’ve taken, or how many hours you’ve spent dreaming since you were born? We usually measure our time on Earth in years, but now thanks to an online database you can see how many raindrops fell or how many new species were discovered in your lifetime.”