Weekly News Roundup: Beware of Pool Parasites, Scientists Wonder Why Alzheimer’s Affects More Women, “Feeling” Leg Prosthesis Looks Promising

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Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for June 23–29.

CDC Warns of Pool Parasite this Summer

Spending time at the pool this summer? You might want to do a little research on your local pool’s cleaning inspections. The CDC put out a warning for pool goers to be on the lookout for Cryptosporidium outbreaks. This new parasite is more dangerous than most because it is able to survive chlorine-treated water for 10 days. In comparison E coli can only last a few minutes in chlorine-treated water. Those with compromised immune systems need to be especially vigilant since an infection can have dire consequences. Read More

Scientists Look into Why Most Alzheimer’s Patients Are Women

It’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Last month, scientists banded together in an attempt to answer why this is the case. While researchers previously thought women had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s because they lived longer, scientists are wondering if hormones during menopause may have an effect as well. Read More

World’s First “Feeling” Leg Prosthesis Offers Hope to Amputees

Researchers in Vienna have developed the world’s first artificial leg capable of simulating the feelings of a real leg. A series of sensors are attached to the prosthetic and send stimulation signals to the wearer’s skin, allowing him to “feel” his leg touching the ground. Read More