May 2nd, 2013
Image of Jess shown aging naturally, and aging as a smoker
Radio Australia (ABC’s international online and radio service for Asia and the Pacific) has published a story and a podcast about the research conducted at Perth University in western Australia. The researchers used our APRIL Face Aging software in trials to show young adults their “aged smoker’s face”. Researchers found that the importance of personal appearance at an older age is persuading some young adult smokers to quit.
April 29th, 2013
Vancouver Sun reports on Australian research study that used the APRIL Face Aging Software to show participants 18 – 30 their “photo-aged smoker’s face.” More participants quit after seeing their photo.
Australian research shows success using APRIL Face Aging Software to encourage young smokers to quit
April 8th, 2013
Aprilage News Release: Australian research shows success using APRIL® Face Aging Software to encourage young smokers to quit
Toronto (April 5, 2013) – Researchers from Curtin University in Australia have reported success in encouraging young adult smokers to quit by showing them computer-generated images of how their faces might look in their 50s and 60s if they continue to smoke. The results of the Curtin study have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. To supply the accelerated smoking-related photo-agings, the researchers turned to APRIL® Face Aging Software of Toronto, Canada. The photo-agings were completed on participants aged 18-30 in a community pharmacy setting to determine if the intervention promoted cessation among young adult smokers.
“Available literature suggests that cigarette smoking continues to be a major modifiable risk factor for a variety of diseases and that smokers aged 18-30 years are relatively resistant to anti-smoking messages due to their widely held belief that they will not be lifelong smokers,” said study supervisor Professor Moyez Jiwa, Chair of Health Innovation, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute. “As a result, we wanted to look at the issue from a different angle. We conducted the trial to establish whether digitally photo-aging participants using the internet-based APRIL® Face Aging software, would have any effect on their smoking status. We found that using this photo-aging technology to confront smokers with how their smoking will affect their skin aging was effective at persuading one in seven young adult smokers to quit,” he said. Mrs Oksana Burford, a pharmacist and lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University, conducted the randomised control trial. The results have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and the full article is available from http://www.jmir.org/2013/3/e64/.
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Pulse+IT, Australia’s eHealth Magazine, reports on Curtin University smoking cessation study using APRIL face aging software
April 4th, 2013
More coverage in Pulse+IT magazine of the Curtin University study conducted in eight community pharmacies in Perth, Australia, which used the APRIL face ageing software to show young smokers the deleterious effect of smoking on their appearance.
In addition to normal smoking cessation advice from the pharmacist, the intervention group of 80 people between the ages of 18 and 30 was shown digitally photo-aged images of how they might look in their 50s and 60s if they continued to smoke, and what they might look like as a non-smoker.
The study, led by Curtin University PhD student Oksana Burford, aimed to test the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of interventions based on personalised illustrations of “smoker’s face”. It also explored the value of an unfunded intervention within pharmacy practices.
In terms of cost-effectiveness for the health system, the researchers say the mean cost of implementing the intervention was estimated at $5.79 per participant. Interestingly, the mean cost that participants indicated they were willing to pay for the digital ageing service was $20.25.
Phoenix television station, Fox10, reports on findings showing more young adults and teen smokers will quit when shown how smoking affects their looks as they age. View their story here.
April 3rd, 2013
Australian journal, Pharmacy news, reports on new research from Curtin University (Perth, Australia) that shows more young adult and teen smokers will quit when shown an aged image of their own face showing effects of smoking.
Allure Magazine has just published a story about an independent study out of the School of Pharmacy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia which suggests that one of the most potent ways to persuade young smokers (ages 18 to 30) to quit is by appealing to their vanity and showing them pictures of how smoking will age their skin. The study, reported respected medical journal Pediatric News, used our face aging software called APRIL (available via download for professionals or online at AgeMe.com) that predicts what you’ll look like at any age up to 72 if you keep on smoking, or if you give up the habit.
According to the Curtin study, fifty-one percent of participants who got a glimpse at their digitally created future (versus only 14 percent in the control group that did not) reported a lower dependency on cigarettes six months later.
Pediatric News recently wrote an article about using the APRIL Face Aging software in a research study at Curtin University in Australia. The study, led by lecturer and PhD student Oksana Burford, found that the use of the APRIL helped persuade young people to stop smoking.
Ms. Burford said that she and her colleagues were hoping to find a way to motivate young smokers to quit, as they are generally resistant to most messages. Previous studies have shown, however, that young people do respond to graphic imagery, she said at the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group. Ms. Burford decided to test a software program that would show teens and young adults how they would look in their 50s and 60s if they continued to smoke.
Overall, one in seven smokers quit after viewing their photo-aged selves. Ms. Burford concluded that the software program is an effective motivator in getting young people to quit.
*photo courtesy of umassmed.edu
December 11th, 2012
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On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, check out the Rachael Ray TV show for a segment featuring AgeMe.
From Rachael’s website: How do the choices you make today — like smoking, drinking and tanning — affect the way you will look in 30 years? You’ll find out as revolutionary imaging technology lets viewers take a peek into the future!
November 21st, 2012
Check out the AgeMe feature in the Beauty section of EyesIn. See how the effects of smoking, weight gain, and heavy sun exposure will affect your appearance as you age.
Aprilage Inc., the creator, developer, and distributor of the APRIL Face Aging software, announces the re-launch of online face aging tool, AgeMe. Read full news here.
September 10th, 2012
Addiction researchers have known for many years that smokers are less likely than non-smokers to look to the future in planning their lives. New research has now shown that among smokers, those who have more of a future orientation are more likely to stop smoking.
Drs. Heather Brown and Jean Adams of Newcastle University (UK) tapped into eight years of data from a large Australian database to make this discovery. The Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia (HILDA) survey collects data on economic and subjective well-being, work, and family dynamics every year from over 7,000 Australian households. Brown and Adams identified 1,817 participants who were smokers at the start of the survey (2001) and analysed their planning regarding their saving and spending to measure their future orientation.
September 7th, 2012
Israel’s Children’s Museum Holon presents: “Dialogue With Time”, featuring the APRIL Face Aging software. The exhibit is a groundbreaking, innovative project and one of its kind in the world, which takes the visitor on a fun and exciting journey to see, feel and experience old age. The project aims to deal with the stereotypes associated with aging and encourage intergenerational dialogue.
Belgium Foundation Against Cancer creates “The Midnight Switch” for sun exposure education using age-me.com
May 6th, 2012
The Belgium Foundation Against Cancer produced a very creative video about sun safety and the importance of wearing sun screen. A serious subject with a humourous twist to educate people about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and skin cancer.
New version of APRIL® Face Aging Software offers Body Mass Index Predictor
- Launch of Version 2.7.0 now offers personal choice in selecting specific BMI (Body Mass Index) levels
- Shows you how you will look in the future if you put on weight or are obese
- Effective tool in nutrition, weight and obesity programs
Toronto, Canada – (April 26, 2012) – Aprilage Inc., the creator and developer of the APRIL® Face Aging software, today announced the launch of V2.7.0 of the software that now includes a BMI (Body Mass Index) Predictor. The APRIL® BMI Predictor allows you to choose the amount of weight you want to see added to the face. Also included in APRIL® V2.7.0 is:
• Faster processing time of images
• Improved grey hair detection
• 3D image output
The APRIL® BMI Predictor enables someone to see what they will look like with various levels of increased body mass added to their face as they age. After uploading a simple digital photograph, users can choose any of five BMI levels they want to add: BMI level “22”, “27”, “33“, “37”, or “40” ¹. The user can also select the age, up to age 72, to which they wish to see themselves aged. For purposes of contrasting and comparing how weight changes one’s appearance over time, the ability to also see the facial image age, without added weight, remains part of the regular functionality of APRIL® V2.7.0.
The APRIL ® BMI Predictor joins the “Smoking Effects module” and “Sun Exposure Effects module” in APRIL® ‘s suite of products for public health, medical practitioners and lifestyle counsellors worldwide who are focused on prevention, education, counselling, and research in smoking cessation, nutrition, weight and obesity, and sun safety programs.
The APRIL® Face Aging software works from a standard digital photograph of a person’s face, and ages it by applying the aging characteristics based on a statistical database of thousands of people of various ethnic backgrounds. Anyone from age 7 – 70 can be aged, and results are displayed in side-by-side, comparative photos that can be printed, emailed, or shared on Facebook.
“APRIL® has been shown in independent, evidence-based research to be a powerful visual tool in the health and lifestyle professional’s toolbox,” said Ron Estey, Managing Director, Aprilage Inc. “The BMI Predictor can be used to see how someone will look as they age if they put on weight or become obese. Being able to show someone what they will look like at a specific age and a particular BMI level can be a powerful starting point in a discussion about health and wellness and positive lifestyle behaviours.”
April 6th, 2012
A forensic artist who “age enhanced” an image of Madeleine McCann, the young girl who disappeared while on a family vacation in Portugal, needed to combine her knowledge of anatomy and forensics with a little bit of artistry.
April 1st, 2012
A retirement crisis is looming. As people live longer, one study finds that half of all households are at risk of coming up short on retirement money. And while many working households may feel they simply don’t have enough to spare for retirement, experts say some of the biggest barriers to saving up are psychological.
Now, new research has found a way around that barrier: providing a virtual glimpse into the future that could help motivate young people to save more for retirement.
Miss Northern Ireland, Finola Guinnane, agreed to have photos taken using a new high-tech facial scanner on the Action Cancer Bus. The technology, the APRIL Face Aging Software by Aprilage Inc., will show us how our faces will look after years of smoking, sun exposure, and calorie-laden food – and the results are dramatic.
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Focus Magazine. Focus is a very popular Italian scientific magazine which includes articles about popular science, technology, history, health and social issues.
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Photos aged for two missing Canadian boys, Alexander and Christopher Watkins, to help in global search
May 16th, 2011
May is Melanoma Awareness Month and in Timmins, people use APRIL to see what sun damage can do to your face.
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Aprilage Inc. is proud to announce their participation with CSI: NY, an Emmy Award-winning crime drama airing on CBS.
March 6th, 2011
Swedish newspaper, “Expressen”, features APRIL® face aging software in a cover story on effects of smoking on facial appearance.
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