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Living Near the Road May Be Convenient, But . . . (10-08-14)

Living near a major road doesn’t seem to be good for women.  According to Hart and her colleagues “Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major source of mortality and is the first manifestation of heart disease for the majority of cases. Thus, there is a definite need to identify risk factors for SCD that can be modified on the population level. Exposure to traffic, measured by residential roadway proximity, has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. . . . women living within 50 meters of a major roadway had an elevated risk of SCD. . . .

Gardens and Dementia (09-25-14)

Whear and her fellow researchers conducted a literature review of studies dealing with dementia among people living in care homes and time spent in gardens.  More specifically they “examine[d] the impact of gardens and outdoor spaces on the mental and physical well-being of people with dementia who are resident in care homes and [to] understand the views of people with dementia, their carers, and care home staff on the value of gardens and outdoor spaces.”  They found “promising impacts on levels of agitation in care home residents with dementia who spend time in a garden.”&n

Showering (09-03-14)

The Delta Faucet Company has investigated Americans’ bathing habits.  The insights they garnered can inform the design of bathrooms, in general.  Delta learned that “Relaxation is key when it comes to showering and bathing rituals.  Just under half of Americans note relaxing as the most important thing after washing. . . .Seventy-seven percent of Americans shower or bathe at least once per day, with 21 percent showering more than once a day. . . .

Clocks and Babies (08-14-14)

Researchers Justin Moss and Jon Maner of Florida State University have conducted research that again illustrates what interesting creatures humans are.  Their work has repercussions for the design/soundscapes of healthcare facilities and homes, for example.  The team learned that “The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite literally speed up a woman’s reproductive timing. That is, the sound of a ticking clock can lead women to want to start a family at an earlier age, especially if she was raised in a lower socio-economic community. . . .

Older People and Distractions (07-16-14)

People designing spaces where older adults can be expected to do cognitive work, for example, fill out medical forms, must make certain those areas are free of sensory distractions.  A team from Rice and Johns Hopkins reports that  “Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions.” Two groups of people participated in this study; a set whose average age was 21 (with individual ages ranging from 18 to 32) and another with an average age of 71 (ranging between 64 and 82).