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Concussion may bring greater risks for athletes with ADHD

23/07/2018

Athletes who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at greater risk for experiencing persistent anxiety and depression after a concussion than people who do not have ADHD, according to a preliminary study.
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Fifteen minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

23/07/2018

If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, it's a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session. That's because a recent study in NeuroImage demonstrates that exercise performed immediately after practicing a new motor skill improves its long-term retention.
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Living in greener neighborhoods is associated with slower cognitive decline in elderly

20/07/2018

Contact with greenspace is known to have beneficial effects for mental health. A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation, suggests that it may also play a positive role against cognitive decline in elderly.
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Pediatric study analyzes dietary supplement trends among children with Down syndrome

16/07/2018

New research published in The Journal of Pediatrics finds 49 percent out of 1,167 surveyed participants of parents of children with Down syndrome give or have given supplements to their children in an effort to improve their health outcomes.
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nTIDE June 2018 jobs report: downturn in jobs ends trend for Americans with disabilities

16/07/2018

A modest downturn for June indicated the end of 26 consecutive months of job gains for American with disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).
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'Skinny fat' in older adults may predict dementia, Alzheimer's risk

13/07/2018

A new study has found that "skinny fat" - the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass - may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults.
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AI and radar technologies could help diabetics manage their disease

11/07/2018

People with diabetes could be able to monitor their blood sugar without drawing blood using a system now being developed at the University of Waterloo.
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Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking

11/07/2018

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options. But such high-tech designs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, making them unattainable for many amputees, particularly in developing countries.
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Learning disabilities: Kids and families struggle beyond the academics

09/07/2018

Most research on learning disabilities focuses on remediating specific academic skills like reading and math. But struggles at school and with homework can create an enormous amount of stress and anxiety for children and families, finds a study published June 4 in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
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Personalized 'deep learning' equips robots for autism therapy

06/07/2018

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them - distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them in appropriate ways.
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Two diabetes medications don't slow progression of type 2 diabetes in youth

04/07/2018

In youth with impaired glucose tolerance or recent-onset type 2 diabetes, neither initial treatment with long-acting insulin followed by the drug metformin, nor metformin alone preserved the body's ability to make insulin, according to results published online June 25 in Diabetes Care.
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New telemedicine exercise therapy

27/06/2018

Anyone who gets an artificial hip or knee joint has to spend a lot of time in rehabilitation. The offers are scarce, though, and working people often cannot make the appointments due to time constraints. In the ReMove-It project, Fraunhofer and its partners have developed telemedicine-based exercise therapy that allows patients to organize their rehabilitation more flexibly.
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Tackling bullying could help reduce depression in autistic teens

27/06/2018

Teenagers with difficulties in social communication, including autism have higher rates of depressive symptoms, especially if they are being bullied.
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A dual-therapy approach to boost motor recovery after a stroke

25/06/2018

EPFL scientists have shown that combining a brain-computer interface (BCI) with functional electrical stimulation (FES) can help stroke victims recover greater use of their paralyzed arm - even years after the stroke.
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Studies provide new insights into the role of sleep in chronic pain

25/06/2018

The results of two studies presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) provide insight into the role of sleep in chronic pain. The first study demonstrates a predictive role of sleep problems for chronic pain and the second provides insight into chronic pain and sleep in adolescents.
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Young drivers with autism spectrum disorder may need more time to learn basic driving skills

22/06/2018

When first learning to drive, young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more difficulty with basic driving skills compared to those with typical development (TD), reports a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
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Living with diabetes as young adult

18/06/2018

A team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) report that teen and young adult (aged 14-24 years) with type 1 diabetes often experience stigma, which leads them to neglect treatment and tread dangerously close to suffering medical emergencies.
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Food allergies connected to children with autism spectrum disorder

18/06/2018

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to develop a food allergy than children who do not have ASD.
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American Sign Language and English language learners: New linguistic research supports the need for policy changes

15/06/2018

A new study of the educational needs of students who are native users of American Sign Language (ASL) shows glaring disparities in their treatment by the U.S Department of Education. The article, "If you use ASL, should you study ESL? Limitations of a modality-b(i)ased policy", by Elena Koulidobrova, Marlon Kunze and Hannah Dostal will be published in the scholarly journal Language.
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Sex matters: Addressing the Alzheimer's disease research gap

13/06/2018

To prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease, scientists need to better understand how the disease differs between women and men, according to a new paper. The paper states that more research is needed into sex differences in Alzheimer's disease to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for both women and men.
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Researchers change clinical practice for infants with diabetes

13/06/2018

Infants with diabetes can drop insulin syringes. This will be new clinical practice after a recent study, now published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Researchers from Bergen and Exeter have been leading the work, which causes children worldwide to replace insulin syringes with tablets.
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Older adults with asthma are happier when they have more say in their care

11/06/2018

It's clear an increasing number of people want a say in their medical care. A new study shows older people with asthma are among those no longer content to say, "Up to you, Doc" and then wait to be told how to move forward with their care.
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Speech comprehension with a cochlear implant

11/06/2018

Some cochlear implant recipients learn to understand speech exceedingly well while others struggle with speech comprehension difficulties. A novel hearing test shortly after implantation can accurately predict future speech recognition.
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Lighting intervention improves sleep and mood for people with Alzheimer's

08/06/2018

A tailored lighting intervention in nursing homes can positively impact sleep, mood and behavior for patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary findings from a new study.
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Prosthetic hands from VINCENT Systems: A lightweight featuring high-tech quality and a sense of touch

01/06/2018

The Karlsruhe-based VINCENT Systems Company develops prosthetic hands that raise the bar for prosthetics. This prosthetic device is light-weight, based on the anatomical features of a natural hand and offers a wide variety of functions as well as an artificial sense of touch.
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Prosthetics – Research offers new possibilities

01/06/2018

Whether it’s discreetly thanks to a skin-toned look or in an eye-catching way owing to technical details – the way people wear prosthetic devices today depends on their wishes and preferences. Due to modern manufacturing processes and ever higher design standards, for many, they have become a way to express a lifestyle they increasingly want to communicate.
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"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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More choices please: Making children and youth travel more inclusive

03/04/2018

Where are you headed? There is usually a quick answer to this question when it comes to inclusive travel options for children and adolescents with disabilities. That’s because the inclusive approach hasn’t really asserted itself yet with many travel providers. A strategic action plan to promote more inclusion in travel is supposed to change this in the future.
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HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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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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