Ulster University using web to boost health

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Ulster University and Dublin City University (DCU) are pioneering the development of new technology as part of a €5m (£3.94m) research project that aims to significantly increase survival rates of patients with cardiovascular disease – the world’s leading cause of death and disability.

Professor Jim McLaughlin, director of the Engineering Research Institute at Ulster University and its Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre, said: “Traditional hospital-based treatments can be isolating and uptake of current community-based rehabilitation and structured exercise programmes is typically very low, leading to poor patient outcomes.”

By contrast, his programme will increase awareness of factors such as diet, alcohol and smoking and use internet-based interaction to encourage joint exercise programmes with other patients.