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Survey provides new directions for employment of people with disabilities

18/10/2017

Kessler Foundation released the results of a new national survey that shows that employers are striving to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities, and reveals areas of opportunity for even greater successes in the workplace.
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Study: Risk factors on rise among people with stroke

18/10/2017

Despite prevention efforts, researchers have found a significant increase over a 10-year period in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other risk factors for stroke.
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Playing a conversation game may encourage advance care planning

16/10/2017

Few people may want to spend a Saturday night planning their end-of-life care, but playing a game designed to spur conversation about advance care planning may be a more enjoyable way to ease into the process, according to researchers.
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Research says: 'Relative age' causing bias in ADHD diagnosis

11/10/2017

Younger primary school children are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older peers within the same school year, new research has shown.
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End-of-life decision-making for people with intellectual disabilities

11/10/2017

A new study by researchers at the University at Buffalo provides a groundbreaking look at how advance care planning medical orders inform emergency medical service (EMS) providers' experiences involving people with intellectual disabilities.
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Kessler study shows behavioral approach reduces cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis

09/10/2017

Novel study demonstrated potential for nonpharmacologic intervention for treating cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
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Program for parents improves ADHD behaviors in young children

09/10/2017

A program that focuses on strengthening parenting skills also improves symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 3-8 year-olds, according to researchers at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
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Thinking 'out-of-the-box' may build a better brain and prevent dementia

06/10/2017

Neuroscientist James Galvin hopes to prevent dementia in the first place. So he has developed an innovative program in the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at FAU called the "Dementia Prevention Initiative" (DPI).
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Both high, low levels of magnesium in blood linked to risk of dementia

04/10/2017

People with both high and low levels of magnesium in their blood may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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ADHD kids can be still if they're not straining their brains

02/10/2017

ADHD symptoms manifest watching videos requiring executive brain function.
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Study finds that most older adults are aware of medication risks

02/10/2017

Geriatrics experts know that certain medications may have risks for older adults that outweigh their benefits, especially when safer alternatives are available.
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Parents not confident schools can assist child with chronic disease

29/09/2017

Do parents think schools are equipped to handle health issues like asthma attacks and mental health issues?
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Seniors with Type 2 diabetes may have increased risk for fracture

27/09/2017

Though seniors with type 2 diabetes (T2D) tend to have normal or higher bone density than their peers, researchers have found that they are more likely to succumb to fractures than seniors without T2D.
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City kids with asthma are less affected if they live near a park

27/09/2017

Children with asthma who live in the city may have fewer days with symptoms the closer they live to parks and green spaces, according to research to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017.
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Scratch-and-sniff test could predict Parkinson's even earlier

25/09/2017

A new study provides further evidence that a simple scratch-and-sniff test could predict Parkinson's disease even earlier than previously thought.
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Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes

25/09/2017

A pioneering method, developed at Chalmers University of Technology, has demonstrated its potential in a large study, showing that metabolic fingerprints from blood samples could render important new knowledge on the connection between food and health.
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Small increases in physical activity reduce immobility

22/09/2017

Older adults who add 48 minutes of moderate physical activity per week can lower their chances for major mobility disability
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New diagnostic tool spots first signs of Parkinson's disease

20/09/2017

Researchers develop first tool that can diagnose Parkinson's disease when there are no physical symptoms
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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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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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