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Photo: Blind football semi-finals at the Paralympics 2016 between Brazil and China; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Blind football takes off around the globe

19/01/2018

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has released statistics showing the global expansion of blind football, with a significant increase in the number of countries developing the sport and taking part in international events.
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Image: Graphic with the key findings of the poll about flu vaccination in nursing homes; Copyright: University of Michigan

Nursing homes should require flu shots for all staff and patients

17/01/2018

As flu season swings into high gear, a new poll suggests that nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should be doing more to get their staff and patients vaccinated before it's too late.
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Photo: Two girls build towers with wooden blocks; Copyright: panthermedia.net/karelnoppe

Being bilingual may help autistic children

17/01/2018

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.
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Photo: Three women while Nordic walking in the park; Copyright: panthermedia.net/DarioStudios

New app motivates type 2 diabetes patients to be more active

15/01/2018

During the holidays, 29 million Americans with type 2 diabetes had to navigate the minefield of treats, drinks, and dinners. Many patients have stepped up to meet the challenge of moderating their diet, but fewer embrace the benefits of physical activity in controlling their blood sugar.
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Photo: Two doctoral students are holding a sample of TRAFFIC; Copyright: Cornell University

Spider's web inspires removable implant that may control type 1 diabetes

15/01/2018

For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a Cornell University-led research team has developed a device that could revolutionize management of the disease.
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Photo: A boy and a girl at the beach; Copyright: panthermedia.net/shalamov

Girls' social camouflage skills may delay or prevent autism diagnosis

12/01/2018

On parent-reporting measures, girls with autism seem to struggle more than boys with performing routine tasks like getting up and dressed or making small talk, even when the study group is normalized to meet similar basic clinical diagnostic criteria across sexes.
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Photo: A veteran gets checked by a physician; Copyright: Tommy Leonardi

Deep brain stimulation linked to longer survival for Parkinson's patients

10/01/2018

A treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) could extend the life of people with Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois found that patients who received stimulation via an implanted device had a modest survival advantage compared with those treated with medication only.
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Photo: Radar-on-Chip-Sensor scanning stairs; Copyright: Fraunhofer IPA/Rainer Bez

Intelligent wheelchairs, predictive prostheses

10/01/2018

If you use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic leg, small obstacles can become insurmountable barriers. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a way to detect uneven ground, tiered levels or steps using radar. The information gained can be employed in orthopedic technology to control and stabilize prostheses or wheelchairs.
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