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Photo: Three scientists standing in a row; Copyright: RUB, Kramer

Alzheimer's research: Poison in the brain

26/09/2016

The following factors facilitate the formation of putatively toxic structures in the neuronal nuclei of Alzheimer's patients. Spherical structures in the nucleus of nerve cells, so-called nuclear spheres, are suspected to trigger Alzheimer's disease.
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Photo: Man holding his hands against his head; Copyright: panthermedia/Oleg Dudko

Study examines risk factors for depression after stroke

26/09/2016

During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. More than 10 million people had a stroke in 2013 and more than 30 million people worldwide live with a stroke diagnosis
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Photo: Man reading a book in Braille; Copyright: panthermedia/Shannon Fagan

EU takes positive steps to end book famine

23/09/2016

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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Photo: Dr. Martin Fuhrmann; Copyright: DZNE/www.schmelz-fotodesign.de

Alzheimer’s: Cellular mechanism provides explanation model for declining memory performance

21/09/2016

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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Photo: Young engineer is working at a wheelchair in a lab; Copyright: HERL/Michael Lain

The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own

21/09/2016

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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How to get around Rio in a wheelchair: British travel writer provides essential travel tips

19/09/2016

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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Photo: Martin Schulz winning gold in first triathlon at Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Paralympics: Rio 2016 draws to a close with hundreds of records broken

19/09/2016

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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Photo: Markus Rehm; Copyright: Rio 2016/Paulo Mumia

Markus Rehm determined to lift Paralympic sport to new heights

16/09/2016

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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