Photo: A technician is showing the patient how he is able to self-administer the electrical stimulation; Copyright: Alain Herzog

Stroke patients take the lead in their rehabilitation

15/05/2017

Every year, 17 million people worldwide suffer strokes, and a third are left paralyzed on one side of their body. But current rehabilitation solutions are not always effective in improving mobility declines after the first few months. This is where the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) startup Intento comes in with a new device that can help patients regain mobility in their arms.
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Photo: An older man getting some pills from a nurse; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Wavebreakmedia ltd

Adjusting meds may reduce fall risk in older adults

08/05/2017

Simply adjusting the dose of an older adult's psychiatric medication could reduce their risk of falling, a new University of Michigan study suggests.
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Photo: The N2B consortium standing on and in front of some stairs; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB

Nose2Brain – Better therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

08/05/2017

Over the next few years, in a research project funded by the EU, an international consortium is developing a new technology for a better treatment of multiple sclerosis. The idea of the innovative "Nose2Brain" approach is to transport a special active substance directly through the nose into the central nervous system.
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Photo: Older patient talking to his doctor; Copyright: panthermedia.net/alexraths

The underestimated impact of hearing loss

05/05/2017

Doctors believe that communication with those under their care is important, but most studies of communication between physicians and older adults do not mention that hearing loss may affect this interaction. The findings come from a review published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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Photo: Elderly patient with researchers; Copyright: Susanne Pallo

Retraining the brain to see after stroke

19/04/2017

Patients who went partially blind after having a stroke regained large swaths of rudimentary sight after undergoing visual training designed by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Flaum Eye Institute.
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Photo: Two physicians performing a deep brain stimulation; Copyright: Joshua Bright

Deep brain stimulation decreases tics in young adults with severe Tourette syndrome

17/04/2017

A surgical technique that sends electrical impulses to a specific area of the brain reduces the "tics," or involuntary movements and vocal outbursts, experienced by young adults with severe cases of Tourette syndrome, according to a new study led by investigators from NYU Langone Medical Center.
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Photo: Dagmar Marth

"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"

28/04/2015

Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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