Study shows inability to focus on task is linked to aging
A new study has shown that the inability to focus on task at hand is linked to aging. The previous research has shown that individuals with wandering minds could be exhibiting signs of unhappiness.
According to the new study, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco discovered that telomere length, a biological measure of aging both cellular and overall physiological level played a role on whether or not an individual would be present or if they would be inclined to have thoughts about being somewhere else or doing something else.
The UCSF researchers recruited 239 healthy women between the ages of 50 to 65 and studied this biomarker of longevity.
The researchers discovered that those who reported having difficulty focusing their attention on their current tasks had shorter telomeres and those who were more aware or engaged with their ongoing activities had longer telomeres, even after the results were adjusted for levels of stress.
As per the university, telomeres, which protect chromosomes ends from deterioration and keep them fusing with other nearby chromosomes, tend to be shorter with age.
The new study shows a link between these so-called DNA caps and mind wanderers- though they have not established whether one causes the other or if a third factor is ultimately responsible for both.
They also believe, their findings, when combined with previous work in the field, could indicate that the ability to keep focused on the here-and-now might play a role in promoting overall health at the cellular level.
Lead author and UCSF associate psychiatry Professor Dr. Elissa Epel said, “Our attention state- where our thoughts rest any moment-turns out to be a fascinating window into our well-being. It may be affected by our emotional state as well as shape our emotional state.” She also said, “In our healthy sample, people who report being more engaged in their current activities tend to have longer telomeres. We don’t yet know how generalizable or important this relationship is.”
In the wake of their findings, Dr. Epel, UCSF psychologist Dr. Eli Puterman, and their colleagues report that they plan to develop a series of classes that will promote more mindful presence. Their goal is to see whether or not these classes can help protect telomeres, or even cause them to lengthen.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."