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MS researchers find well-being differs with age in multiple sclerosis

01/10/2018

A study by researchers from NYU and Kessler Foundation shows that with aging, individuals with MS exhibit less severe depressive symptoms and better quality of life.
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People who walk just 35 minutes a day may have less severe strokes

28/09/2018

People who participate in light to moderate physical activity, such as walking at least four hours a week or swimming two to three hours a week, may have less severe strokes than people who are physically inactive, according to a new study.
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Multi-joint, personalized soft exosuit breaks new ground

26/09/2018

In the future, smart textile-based soft robotic exosuits could become a powerful means to enhance mobility and quality of living for people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders and for the elderly.
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Can video game exercises help chronic low back pain?

26/09/2018

New research from University of Sydney has found home-based video-game exercises can reduce chronic low back pain in older people by 27 percent, which is comparable to benefits gained under programs supervised by a physiotherapist.
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One technology, two applications

24/09/2018

Researchers of the University of Texas at Arlington have patented a technology for smart seat cushion and adaptable prosthetics. The technology uses real-time pressure monitoring and automated pressure modulation capabilities.
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Type 2 diabetes remains the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in American adults

24/09/2018

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that type 2 diabetes remains overwhelmingly the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in American adults who have the disease.
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MoreGrasp: thought-controlled grasp neuroprosthetics

19/09/2018

Getting a better grip on things: The MoreGrasp Horizon2020 research project under the leadership of TU Graz is coming to an end with significant results in the field of thought-controlled grasp neuroprosthetics. A large-scale feasibility study is underway.
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Whole grains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

17/09/2018

It doesn't matter if it's rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it is wholegrain, it can prevent type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center.
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Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds

12/09/2018

Adults both with and without Alzheimer's disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Andrew Lim of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues.
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Study provides 10-year risk estimates for dementia

12/09/2018

A Danish study provides 10-year absolute risk estimates for dementia specific to age, sex and common variation in the APOE gene, which may help identify high-risk individuals who potentially could benefit from early targeted prevention.
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A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

10/09/2018

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed a new theory for the origin of the mysterious condition, 'phantom limb pain'. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, his hypothesis builds upon his previous work on a revolutionary treatment for the condition, that uses machine learning and augmented reality.
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Children with tics can be helped by both group and individual therapy

05/09/2018

Nonvoluntary stressful movements or sounds are everyday reality for children and adolescents with Tourette Syndrome, but the symptoms can be significantly reduced - both when help comes individually and in a group.
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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

05/09/2018

The University of Exeter Medical School led the study which analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world. The link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers

03/09/2018

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.
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Evening preference, lack of sleep associated with higher BMI in people with prediabetes

29/08/2018

People with prediabetes who go to bed later, eat meals later and are more active and alert later in the day - those who have an "evening preference" - have higher body mass indices compared with people with prediabetes who do things earlier in the day, or exhibit morning preference.
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Care coordination improves health of older patients

29/08/2018

For older adults with multiple chronic diseases, such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and others, care coordination appears to have the biggest impact on better health, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
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Study: The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson's disease

27/08/2018

The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells.
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Robots as tools and partners in rehabilitation

27/08/2018

In future decades the need for effective strategies for medical rehabilitation will increase significantly. Socially assistive robots (SARs) are already being used in rehabilitation for this reason. A research team analyzes the improvements necessary to make SARs valuable and trustworthy assistants for medical therapies.
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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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