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More TV & less physical activity ramps up risk of walking disability

18/09/2017

Older people who watched more than five hours of TV per day and reported three or fewer hours per week of total physical activity had more than a three-fold higher risk of being unable to walk or having difficulty walking at the end of a study that ran for nearly a decade.
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Breakthrough study reveals new diagnosis for Alzheimer's

18/09/2017

In the largest and most conclusive study of its kind, researchers have analysed blood samples to create a novel and non-invasive way of helping to diagnose Alzheimer's disease and distinguishing between different types of neurodegenerative disorders.
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Determining motor deficits more precisely following a stroke

15/09/2017

After a stroke, many people are unable to successfully perform basic hand movements in everyday life. The reason are symptoms of hemiparesis resulting from damage to the brain. These very frequently affect fine motor skills. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now paving the way to better diagnosis and more targeted therapy.
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Study finds the burdens of spousal caregiving alleviated by appreciation

13/09/2017

The fact that spouses often become caregivers for their ailing partners is quite common in American life - and few roles are more stressful.
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Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface

11/09/2017

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer.
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Self-identifying as disabled and developing pride in disability aid overall well-being

08/09/2017

Experiencing stigma, the severity of a disability and a person's age and income level help determine whether someone with an impairment considers themselves to be a person with a disability, and experiencing stigma predicts whether those individuals will ultimately develop disability pride, new research from Oregon State University shows.
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Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities

06/09/2017

Researchers demonstrate non-invasive method can help people re-learn to walk
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80 percent of Ebola survivors living with disabilities one year after discharge

06/09/2017

New research highlights the need for long-term rehabilitation of Ebola survivors after almost 80 percent of those interviewed were found to have major limitations in mobility, cognition and vision.
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Young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

04/09/2017

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living with a chronic illness are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their healthy peers, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.
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Artificial neural networks decode brain activity

01/09/2017

Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during performed and imagined movements.
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Nearly one in four hospitalized patients has Diabetes

30/08/2017

One in four patients in a university hospital has diabetes (22 percent), and again as many have prediabetes (24 percent). These were the findings of a current study by researchers in Tübingen of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and Helmholtz Zentrum München.
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Simulation shows the high cost of dementia, especially for families

30/08/2017

A new simulation of how the costs and the course of the dementia epidemic affect U.S. families finds that neurodegenerative conditions can more than double the health care expenditures of aging and that the vast majority of that financial burden remains with families rather than government insurance programs.
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Experiences of stroke survivors with visual impairments examined

28/08/2017

A new University of Liverpool study, published in Wiley Brain and Behaviour, identifies simple measures that could substantially improve the quality of life of stroke survivors with visual impairments.
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Cognitive hearing aid filters out the noise

28/08/2017

Columbia Engineers make major advance in helping the hearing impaired follow a conversation in a noisy environment: new method brings cognitive hearing aids a step closer to reality.
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Telemedicine as effective as in-person care for Parkinson's disease

25/08/2017

New findings from a nationwide program that links neurologists with patients with Parkinson's disease in their homes via video conferencing shows that telemedicine can successfully deliver quality care.
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Study calls for action to help adolescents with diabetes transition to adult care

23/08/2017

A new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) sheds light on gaps in transition care practice in Quebec, pointing out a lack of standardized policies across pediatric diabetes centres.
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Imagining an action-consequence relationship can boost memory

23/08/2017

Imagining an action between two objects and a potential consequence may help people improve their memory for relationships with other objects, according to a recent Baycrest Health Sciences study published in the Memory & Cognition journal.
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Men, not women, may be having fewer strokes

21/08/2017

The overall rate of stroke in the United States has been declining in recent years and while that has been good news, a new study suggests it may be primarily good news for men.
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Gaining weight between pregnancies boosts diabetes risk

18/08/2017

The study performed at the University of Bergen shows that increasing Body Mass Index (BMI) above one unit from first to second pregnancy increases the risk of diabetes (GDM), no matter if you are overweight or not.
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Medicaid coverage brings more silence to the hearing impaired

16/08/2017

Medicaid does not cover hearing aids in 22 states. Coverage varies greatly in the remaining 28 states based on the degree of hearing loss and types of benefits available. Such inconsistencies exist as the federal government does not require Medicaid to cover hearing aids for adults, allowing individual states to set its own guidelines.
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Study: Europe’s Demographic Future

16/08/2017

Europe is demographically divided. In the north, west and centre of the continent, comparatively high fertility rates and immigration are ensuring population growth for the foreseeable future. By contrast, many regions in southern and Eastern Europe are threatened with accelerated aging processes and marked population losses.
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Successful guide dogs have 'tough love' moms, study finds

14/08/2017

Much has been written on the pitfalls of being a helicopter parent, one who insulates children from adversity rather than encouraging their independence. A new study seems to back up this finding - in dogs. Researchers showed that doting mothers seem to handicap their puppies, in this case reducing their likelihood of successfully completing a training program to become guide dogs.
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Coming face-to-face with disability could end supernatural myth-making in Africa

14/08/2017

Many people in rural African communities still believe that disability is caused by supernatural forces, curses and as 'punishment' for wrongdoings - according to University of East Anglia research.
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Resistance training may slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis

11/08/2017

In the past, multiple sclerosis patients were advised not to exercise for fear of exacerbating the illness. However, it is now known that physical training can relieve many of the symptoms, including the excessive fatigue and mobility impairments that are often seen. New research now shows that resistance training may protect the nervous system and thus slow the progression of the disease.
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People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

09/08/2017

Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.
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Greater interaction with older people positively impacts health students

09/08/2017

A new study has found that a community-based service learning experience involving greater interaction with older adults had a positive impact on career development for medical residents (physicians who have graduated from medical school and are starting work at a healthcare facility under supervision).
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A changing society – 100 is the new 80

07/08/2017

Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been studying illness trajectories in centenarians during the final years of their lives. According to their findings, people who died aged 100 or older suffered fewer diseases than those who died aged 90 to 99, or 80 to 89. The findings of this study have been published in The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
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When push comes to injury: What pushing a wheelchair does to your back

07/08/2017

When you push someone in a wheelchair, you may be hurting your back without knowing it. Researchers at The Ohio State University Spine Research Institute measured the forces on the spine caused by pushing a wheelchair, and discovered that people aren't good at judging when they're exerting forces strong enough to hurt their back.
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Invisible disability: You can’t be what you can’t see

01/03/2017

When they hear the word “disability“ many people immediately think of people in wheelchairs and perhaps of the blind or people with amputated limbs. In other words, people usually associate visible impairments with this term. Yet not every disability can be recognized at first glance – and sometimes not even at a second glance.
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Touchdown: People with Down's syndrome teach

01/12/2016

People with Down's syndrome are not accepted by all of society. That's something "Touchdown" – the world’s first exhibition about and by people with Down's syndrome – wants to change in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle) in Bonn. The project was initiated by people with and without trisomy 21.
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Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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"Many people underestimate the economic impact of accessible tourism in Europe"

01/04/2015

There is a market for accessible travelling in Europe. Yet it only grows very slowly. But actually there is a huge demand, like a study has recently proved. So what do people with access needs really require? And what does the travel industry have to offer – already today and in future?
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