Article of the week: Acceptability of Robotic-Assisted Exercise Coaching in Diverse Youth

Every week we select one paper from the scientific press.


August 2nd

Acceptability of Robotic-Assisted Exercise Coaching in Diverse Youth

Approximately 80% of adolescents do not meet the current national guidelines of engaging in 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Physical activity is widely recognized as being beneficial for healthy growth as well as important for good mental health and fitness. Interventions are needed that promote and encourage physical activity among this population to reduce the risk of obesity and to encourage maintenance of a healthy weight. Since adolescents enjoy digital technologies, robotic-assisted platforms might be a novel, innovative and engaging mechanism to deliver physical activity interventions. The objective of this study was to assess the potential acceptability of robotic-assisted exercise coaching among diverse youth.


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July 12th

Gut microbes may help malnourished children

Malnourished children, even after getting enough food, suffered from dramatic health problems. They don’t grow normally, their brains don’t develop properly, and they remain susceptible to diseases. In the latest issue of Science magazine, two studies show that fostering the right gut microbes may help these children to recover.

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July 5th

The future of Art ?

The first humanoid robot artist, Ai-Da, dabbles in drawing, painting and sculpturing. The robot has been conceived in collaboration with artists, curators, computer scientists from the universities of Oxford and Leeds, and Cornwall-based company Engineered Arts.

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June 28th

Targeting drugs for tuberculosis

Tuberculosis causes more than 1 million deaths worldwide every year. The prevalence of resistance is alarming, ∼20% of deaths. Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections are particularly hard to treat due to heterogeneous lesions which limit contact with antibiotics. Greenwood et al. describe in Science Magazine this week “how drug-lipid binding is a promising mechanism for delivering drugs to infected sites”.

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