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Photo: Virtual scene of the brain training exercise with cars on a street and houses in the background; Copyright: Posit Science

Intervention becomes first to successfully reduce risk of dementia

20/11/2017

Computerized brain-training is now the first intervention of any kind to reduce the risk of dementia among older adults.
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Photo: Elderly couple practicing tai chi in a park; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Monkeybusiness Images

Exercise may be best intervention to prevent falls among elderly

17/11/2017

Exercise alone or in combination with other assessments and interventions appears to be the most effective strategy for preventing falls causing injury among older people, a new study has found.
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Photo: Wheelchair rugby players in action; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Wheelchair rugby on the rise in Europe

15/11/2017

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has established the European Project to improve collaboration within the region to deliver Wheelchair Rugby education and development workshops. Using the talent and resources that are already available, the aim is to work with the European Union to fund these exciting projects and offer a legacy for future generations.
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Photo: Researcher demonstrating the effect of virtual reality; Copyright: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

15/11/2017

In breakthrough research led by neuroscientist Olaf Blanke and his team at EPFL, Switzerland, the scientists show that phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics by creating a bodily illusion with the help of virtual reality. The results are published in Neurology.
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Photo: Patient receiving an infusion of cells from umbilical cord blood; Copyright: Shawn Rocco/Duke Health

Umbilical cord blood improves motor skills in some children with cerebral palsy

13/11/2017

An infusion of cells from a child's own umbilical cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy, according to a randomized clinical trial published this week by Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
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Photo: Elderly man lifting weights; Copyright: WFU / Ken Bennett

Lose fat, preserve muscle: Weight training beats cardio for older adults

13/11/2017

Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle mass that can be lost through aerobic workouts.
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Photo: Student researcher Shir Kashi interacts with robotic arm; Copyright: Ben-Gurion U. Israel

Personalizing human-robot interaction may increase patient use

10/11/2017

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have begun to discover preferences in human-robot interactions and the need to personalize those encounters to fit both the human's preferences and the designated task.
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Photo: Andrea Rothfuss, Georg Kreiter and Clara Klug in the national team Germany outfits for upcoming Paralympics; Copyright: NPC Germany

Paralympics: Germany reveal kit for PyeongChang 2018

08/11/2017

The Germany Paralympic and Olympic teams modeled their kits for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games during an event held in Dusseldorf. Top German athletes such as Para alpine skiers Andrea Rothfuss and Georg Kreiter, and Para Nordic skier Clara Klug showcased the Adidas outfits during the event, alongside several Olympic counterparts.
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