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Type 1 diabetes: Not just a disease of childhood


Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a 'disease of childhood' as previously believed, but is similarly prevalent in adults, new research published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows.
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3-D-printed prosthetic implants could improve treatment for hearing loss


Researchers using CT scans and 3-D printing have created accurate, custom-designed prosthetic replacements for damaged parts of the middle ear, according to a study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
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People with disabilities more likely to be arrested


People with disabilities face all sorts of discrimination every day. New Cornell University research suggests they may also face it while interacting with the police.
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Researchers map brain activity to improve prosthetic design


Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated how brain activity is used to identify different terrains - level ground and stairs, for example - a key step in developing prosthetics that allow the user's prosthesis to automatically adjust to changing ground conditions in real time.
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Novel microdisplays will benefit blind users


The EU-funded research project 'LOMID', led by the Fraunhofer FEP, has fabricated a new generation of microdisplays with 1-inch diagonal and WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) – requiring a pixel density of 2300 ppi. The project team has also shown, for the first time, that it is possible to bend such displays to radii of just 40 mm after thinning the substrate.
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Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer


Research suggests a positive outlook can mitigate the psychological effects of parenting a child with autism
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Are long jumpers with below the knee amputations at an advantage?


Do long jumpers with below the knee amputations have an advantage or disadvantage or it is not possible to compare the achievements of long jumpers with or without prostheses? An international study dealt with this question.
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Controlling diabetes with your phone might be possible someday


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School immunologist says body's electrical network can help it heal
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Online education tool helps teens with juvenile arthritis improve quality of life


An internet-based health education and self-management program that offers monthly calls with health coaches improved health-related quality of life for participating teens with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, according to new research findings.
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Patient-centered medical home model improves chronic disease management


Data from more than 800 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics revealed that national implementation of a patient-centered medical home model was effective at improving several chronic disease outcomes over time. Findings were published online in Health Services Research.
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Video game improves balance in youth with autism


Playing a video game that rewards participants for holding various "ninja" poses could help children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve their balance, according to a recent study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"


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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Virtual reality training may be as effective as regular therapy after stroke


Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study published in the November online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Social mobile gaming boosts rehabilitation for physically impaired patients


The researchers from Imperial have designed a video game called Balloon Buddies, which is a tool that enables those recovering from conditions such as a stroke to engage and play together with healthy volunteers such as therapists and family members as a form of rehabilitation.
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School exacerbates feelings of being 'different' in pupils with autism spectrum conditions


Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study in the journal Autism reports.
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Intervention becomes first to successfully reduce risk of dementia


Computerized brain-training is now the first intervention of any kind to reduce the risk of dementia among older adults.
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Exercise may be best intervention to prevent falls among elderly


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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Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics


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


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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Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees


New North Carolina State University research into wearable robotics shows how amputees wearing these devices adapted when presented with a real-world challenge: carrying a weighted backpack. The results could assist device manufacturers and clinicians expand the utility of these important devices, and could help researchers develop smarter controllers that adapt to real-world demands.
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Brain activity is inherited, may inform treatment for ADHD, autism


Every person has a distinct pattern of functional brain connectivity known as a connectotype, or brain fingerprint. A new study conducted at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, concludes that while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships.
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Specific exercise dosage for people with spinal cord injury


For decades, the main message to keep the general population healthy was for everyone to get active. In fact, the World Health Organization laid out specific guidelines (150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each week) on how much physical activity was required for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Invisible disability: You can’t be what you can’t see


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


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?


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


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"


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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