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Photo: Professor Ng Tze Pin is watching three old ladys playing a game ; Copyright: National University of Singapore

Parameters that can reverse physical frailty in the elderly

26/06/2017

Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that a combination of nutritional, physical and cognitive interventions can reverse physical frailty.
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Photo: A man and a woman having eye contact, their child is watching them; Copyright: panthermedia.net/RomanPashkovsky

Researchers explore why people with autism avoid eye contact

26/06/2017

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often find it difficult to look others in the eyes. Many say that looking others in the eye is uncomfortable or stressful for them all of which points to a neurological cause than just to a sign of social and personal indifference. Now, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital has shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in this behavior.
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Photo: A man in a wheelchair in front of a plane; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Manuel Faba Ortega

Larnaca International Airport wins 2017 Accessible Airport Award

23/06/2017

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Airports Council International (ACI) EUROPE last year, the EDF run the Accessible Airports Award. This is a yearly award that aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers.
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Photo: A boy from the back, so his cochlear implant is visible; Copyright: UT Dallas

Oral communication provides better outcomes for children with cochlear implants

21/06/2017

In a new, multisite study of deaf children with cochlear implants, UT Dallas researchers have found that children with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language end up with better auditory, speaking and reading skills later. The paper is one of the first nationwide longitudinal studies of how sign language exposure affects young cochlear implant recipients.
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Photo: A young driver in a car with his friends; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Jozef Polc

Teens with ADHD have lower crash risk than previously reported

21/06/2017

Adolescent drivers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a 36 percent higher crash risk than other newly licensed teens. Although elevated, this risk is far lower than previous reports of being four times higher. This is the first large-scale study to provide detailed information on crash risk of adolescents with ADHD compared to other newly licensed young drivers.
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Photo: Man sitting in front of a robotic device; Copyright: UNIST

Stroke rehabilitation: Robotic device is helping patients to recover

19/06/2017

A recent study, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has introduced a new robotic tool for assessments of muscle overactivity and movement dysfunction in stroke survivors.
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Photo: A woman using sign language in front of her notebook; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Monika Wisniewska

Human brain tunes into visual rhythms in sign language

19/06/2017

The human brain works in rhythms and cycles. These patterns occur at predictable frequencies. When people listen to speech, their brain waves lock up with the volume-based rhythms they hear. In a new study researchers of the University of Chicago designed an experiment using sign language to answer the question, if it works for visual rhythms in sign language too.
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Photo: An elderly man taking his dog for a walk; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Cathy Yeulet

Pet dogs could help older owners be more active

16/06/2017

Owning a dog may help older adults to meet physical activity levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Health professionals could encourage dog ownership or shared care of a dog to motivate older adults to be more physically active, researchers suggest.
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