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3D printing makes it possible

Dear Sir or Madam,

Technically skilled and inventive: Tony Stark alias Iron Man is probably the epitome of a self-made superhero. Today, however, you don't have to be a multi-billionaire to develop your own individual little helpers. All you need is an idea, a little bit of technical know-how and a 3D printer. From a gripping aid to small gimmicks for your wheelchair to an Iron-Man hand for children - 3D printing makes a lot of things possible. In our Topic of the Month we show you which great projects already exist and how 3D printing could change the auxiliary means industry.

Have an individual week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team
Graphic: 26 - 29 September 2018, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


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New care working model: Improved home care services and reduced workload

An Aalto University-led research group has together with carers and managers of municipal home care units found solutions. The research has been ongoing since 2009 and has lightened caregivers' workload and improved the service people in need of home care receive now in fifth of the country's municipalities.
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Women & Kids

Deaf children learn words faster than hearing children

Each year up to two thousand hearing impaired children are born in Germany. For some of them a cochlear implant can offer relief. So far, it was not clear which processes take place in these children when they start to learn language later than their contemporaries with normal hearing—and why they differ in their success to reach a normal level of language.
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Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer

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Photo collage: 3D printer with a printed hand and a small model wheelchair which was printed with 3D printing; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann
Prostheses, ortheses or gloves for rehabilitation - the market for auxiliary means is diverse. However, the needs of each person cannot always be met. Then individual solutions have to be found: for example, with the help of 3D printing. Which possibilities this procedure offers for people with disabilities, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month February: Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer.
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Research & Health

Bionic reconstruction – restoration at the psychological interface

Bionic reconstruction, whereby a patient's lifeless hand is replaced by a mechatronic hand, restores hope following accidents. However, not everyone is suitable for this programme – certain psychological preconditions must be fulfilled.
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Research & Health

Brain-scan guided emergency stroke treatment can save more lives

Advances in brain imaging can identify a greater number of stroke patients who can receive therapy later than previously believed, according to a new study.
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Emma Purcell – That's how she rolls

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Photo: Emma Purcell; Copyright: private
"Music can change the world because it can change people", said Bono of U2. For Emma Purcell music is everything and always around her. Well, the 24-year old British has a weakness for words, either written or sung or performed on a stage. What her dreams are and why J.K. Rowling influenced her, she tells us at
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Research & Health

Lifestyle changes prevent cognitive decline

Enhanced lifestyle counselling prevents cognitive decline even in people who are carriers of the APOE4 gene, a common risk factor of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in JAMA Neurology.
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