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EU takes positive steps to end book famine
The European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism.
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Alzheimer’s: Cellular mechanism provides explanation model for declining memory performance
Alzheimer’s disease triggers memory and learning disorders. To date, the causes are poorly understood. Now, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are shedding light on a possible mechanism.
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The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own
Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
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Paralympics: Rio 2016 draws to a close with hundreds of records broken
There is more to the success of a Paralympic Games than numbers alone, but one number makes a compelling case for Rio 2016 having been one of the best Games ever: 209 world records were set during the 11 days of competition.
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How to get around Rio in a wheelchair: British travel writer provides essential travel tips
If you want to know where to go in Rio de Janeiro and how to get there, ask Emily Yates. The 24-year-old British author has travelled the world in her wheelchair and is the ultimate authority on accessibility in the Paralympic host city.
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Markus Rehm determined to lift Paralympic sport to new heights
The centimetres keep adding up for Markus Rehm, the German long jumper who flies as far as the best in the world and begins the defence of his Paralympic title on the night of Friday (16 September) at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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Forget the Backstreet Boys, meet the Backfavela Boys, Brazil’s new Paralympic heroes
Daniel Silva, Diogo Ualisson Jeronimo da Silva, Felipe Gomes and Gustavo Araújo won gold for Brazil in the 4x100m relay for visually impaired sprinters on Monday at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and then revealed the unusual nickname they go by. “We say that you've got the Backstreet Boys, but we are the Backfavela Boys,” said Araújo with a laugh.
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Inclusive education for children with muscle-wasting conditions
Muscular Dystrophy UK announced the availability of an informative, helpful and comprehensive guide and hopes it will continue to empower schools and parents to improve the lives and educational experiences of pupils with muscle-wasting conditions, enabling them to reach their full potential.
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Paralympics: Iranian giant Mehrzad begins journey to summit of sitting volleyball
At the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as the Iranian delegation entered the Maracanã it was hard to take your eyes off the giant figure in their midst. At 2.46m high (over 8 feet), sitting volleyball player Morteza Mehrzadselakjani is the tallest man in Iran and by some distance the tallest athlete at Rio 2016.
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Type 2 diabetes: Risk factor air pollution
Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes.
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