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Portable stimulator being tested on Parkinson patients

Photo: Portable stimulator [26/01/2015] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have shown that a weak electric “noise” can improve balance and motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease. In cooperation with NASA, the research team has now developed a portable prototype that will be used in long-term studies of Parkinson’s patients in their home environment.The has been published online in Brain Stimulation.Portable stimulator being tested on Parkinson patients - Read more

Evaluating role of training to help young people with cerebral palsy

Photo: Cherry Kilbride and Jennifer Ryan [19/01/2015] Academics from Brunel University's physiotherapy and biomechanics departments have been awarded £250,000 to lead research into resistance training in young people with cerebral palsy.Evaluating role of training to help young people with cerebral palsy - Read more

Hospital-based exercise program improves quality of life for adults with arthritis

Photo: Several women during exercise program [17/12/2014] It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can be beneficial for people with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions. A new study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that older adults experienced less pain, reduced stiffness and less fatigue after participating in a hospital-based exercise program.Hospital-based exercise program improves quality of life for adults with arthritis - Read more

New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project

Photo: Mind-controlled robot arm [17/12/2014] In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes.New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project - Read more

Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

Photo: Elderly man using a laptop [15/12/2014] Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation - Read more

Type 2 diabetes risk starts in pregnancy

Photo: Pregnant woman lying on a meadow [08/12/2014] The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease is affected by exposures in the uterus. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are now calling for updated guidelines in light of research evidence from the past decades.Type 2 diabetes risk starts in pregnancy - Read more

Minute movements of autistic children and parents provide clue to severity of disorder

Photo: Person touching a screen [03/12/2014] Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults. For the first time, researchers at Indiana University and Rutgers University report developing a quantitative way to assess these otherwise ignored variations in movement and link those variations to a diagnosis.Minute movements of autistic children and parents provide clue to severity of disorder - Read more

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Photo: Elderly woman with wheeled walker and a caregiver [21/11/2014] As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focussing on comorbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities.Sharpening state spending on seniors - Read more

New insight into common cause of blindness

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Photo: Woman with glasses tries to read a description [19/11/2014] Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified an important new factor behind one of the major causes of blindness, which they hope could lead to new treatments. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of blindness in the western world, affecting around 50 million people. It has been shown that sufferers are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. New insight into common cause of blindness - Read more

Paralyzed patients have weaker bones and a higher risk of fractures than expected

Photo: Man in a wheelchair [10/11/2014] People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a new study by a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).Paralyzed patients have weaker bones and a higher risk of fractures than expected - Read more

 
 

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