Photo: An otologist is doing an examination; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Viacheslav Iakobchuk

Clinic provides free hearing aids for low-income adults

28/06/2017

Low-income people dealing with hearing loss just got a little hope. Doctors from Michigan Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery partnered with the Hope Clinic to create Hope for Hearing, a program that provides free hearing aids to uninsured adults.
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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 3D-animation of a home; Copyright: University of Stirling

New app to help improve environments for people living with dementia

12/06/2017

The University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) has announced the development of a ground-breaking new app to help improve workplaces, public buildings and homes for people living with dementia.
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Photo: The prototype system of MIT researchers; Copyright: Courtesy of the researchers

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

12/06/2017

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that uses a 3-D camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments.
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Photo: A child using a Go Baby Go car and giving high five to a researcher; Copyright: Oregon State University

New modified toy car designs offer children with disabilities more options

02/06/2017

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed two new modified toy car designs for children with disabilities in an effort to encourage them to further explore, play, and engage in physical and social activities.
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Photo: A Labrador retriever; Copyright: MU College of Veterinary Medicine

Study reveals recommendations for certifying emotional support animals

26/05/2017

Service animals help owners navigate daily tasks and often have years of training to help them serve disability-related functions. However, little consensus exists when it comes to the certification of "emotional support animals" (ESAs). These animals usually have little or no specific training, which poses a challenge for mental health professionals who are asked to certify them.
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Photo: Senior with Headphones; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Witthaya Phonsawat

Personalized music may help nursing home residents with dementia

17/05/2017

Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Now they can compare key outcomes in homes that implemented an individualized music program called MUSIC & MEMORY with similar homes that did not adopt the program.
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