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Epilepsy treatment: First successful implantation of a new brain pacemaker

25.09.2023

In August 2023, Austria successfully implanted an innovative brain pacemaker called EASEE for treating focal epilepsy at University Hospital Vienna and MedUni Vienna. This procedure offers hope to epilepsy patients who don't respond to drug therapy by providing individualized brain stimulation without invasive surgery, aiming to reduce seizure frequency and severity.
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CYBATHLON/ETH Zürich

CYBATHLON at REHACARE 2023: The Future of Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Design

06.09.2023

ETH Zurich will present CYBATHLON, a non-profit project showcasing assistive technologies and inclusive design, at RehaCare 2023. From September 13-16, 2023, hands-on demonstrations will showcase the advancement of assistive technologies and announce CYBATHLON, an international competition to promote assistive technologies and inclusion.
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Ribcap

Revolutionary head protection solution Ribcap

23.08.2023

Ribcap is an innovative head protection solution that combines the comfort of a beanie with helmet-like safety. Its unique design offers style and protection, particularly benefiting those with medical conditions or sensitivities, and it holds value for occupational therapists seeking a safe and stylish headgear for patients in various settings.
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Ottobock

Ottobock focuses on technical orthopaedic devices for children

21.06.2023

Children with disabilities can lead more active and self-determined lives thanks to orthotic devices from Ottobock such as customizable wheelchairs and the Exopulse Mollii Suit. The use of state-of-the-art 3D printing technology also enables the production of lighter and more comfortable orthotic helmets for babies with head deformities.
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cait00sith/envatoelements

Medical Equipment Group (HQIB) acquires DERON

19.06.2023

MEG Medical Equipment GmbH ("Medical Equipment Group"), parent company of Funke Medical GmbH ("Funke Medical"), acquires 100% of the shares of Deron B.V., Lima B.V. and Connect Foam Care B.V. (collectively "DERON"). The acquisition is supported by Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ("HQIB"), majority shareholder of Medical Equipment Group.
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THERA-Trainer

THERA-Trainer is expanding its portfolio with a unique training device for cognitive-motor training

13.04.2023

The new THERA-Trainer senso is a highly efficient training device for improving mental and physical performance and reducing the risk of falls. Numerous scientifically validated training programs are available for selection. Intelligent algorithms automatically adapt the games to the individual performance capacity.
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Marco Binelli / ETH Zurich

3D-printed insoles measure sole pressure directly in the shoe

03.04.2023

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa and EPFL used 3D printing to produce a customised insole with integrated pressure sensors that can measure the pressure on the sole of the foot directly in the shoe during various activities.
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halfpoint

Singing supports stroke rehabilitation

20.03.2023

Many stroke survivors suffer from aphasia. According to a recent study at the University of Helsinki, singing-based group rehabilitation can support patients' communication and speech production and increase social activity even in the chronic phase of stroke.
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Ottobock

Ottobock: a new lease of life with an app-controlled leg orthosis

15.03.2023

Denise was 29 years old when she underwent disc surgery – a seemingly harmless procedure. However, the surgery didn't go as smoothly as planned and when she woke up from anaesthesia, she could no longer feel her right thigh. The diagnosis: incomplete paraplegia. The world's first smart leg orthosis, the C-Brace® has given the mother of two new mobility and improved her quality of life.
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Ottobock

Ottobock unveils the patient care of the future

22.02.2023

On 20 February, the global healthtech company Ottobock opened the doors to its most state-of-the-art and future-oriented clinic to date. Located in the newly developed Sartorius Quarter in the German city of Göttingen, the clinic will provide care for patients across the country and worldwide.
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envato/LightFieldStudios

Dementia: playfully maintaining mental strength

13.02.2023

Dementia is a progressive disease and ultimately cannot be cured by any therapy. Although there are medicinal approaches that are supposed to keep brain performance, no active substance has yet been found that would revolutionize the therapy. It is therefore all the more important to preserve the patients' functional abilities for as long as possible after diagnosis.
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envato/LightFieldStudios

Living with dementia: practical tools make daily living easier

13.02.2023

Forgetfulness is often one of the first recognizable signs of dementia. In its early stages, the condition initially affects short-term memory and gradually progresses to more long-term memory loss. Yet there are many accompanying symptoms that make daily living for people with dementia challenging.
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icho systems GmbH

ichó: The smart therapy ball for home use

16.12.2022

Building communication, strengthening skills, and responding to individual needs – that is the goal of icho systems GmbH. To realize their vision, the team has developed the ichó therapy ball. It brings therapeutic measures and individual support to people's homes and can be used to promote cognition and motor activity.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE 2022: Highlight topics from the expert forum

12.12.2022

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE is your central platform for lectures, panel discussions, and the exchange of information and experience. Topics included the digitization of the workplace and recreational environment, technical assistance and vocational rehabilitation with a focus on exoskeletons, job coaching, and rehabilitation for people living with long or post-COVID conditions.
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THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer: Complete solution for gait rehabilitation

24.11.2022

The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
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ezyGain S.A.S.

One step at a time – With ema, the smart treadmill for gait rehabilitation

02.09.2021

The overall goal of rehabilitation is to – literally – get patients (back) on their feet and provide professionally guided training to regain mobility and strength. However, some people find walking on a treadmill boring after a while.
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Rehahunde Deutschland e.V.

PTSD assistance dogs provide security and increase rehabilitation successes

29.07.2021

Dogs are not only popular pets, but in some cases they also do important work: Assistance dogs trained for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are not only a physical companion in everyday life, but above all must also be a psychological support. The association Rehahunde Deutschland e.V. trains such dogs. This year it celebrated its 15th anniversary.
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PantherMedia / matusskaaaaa

Strategies for optimal bowel management with stoma or TAI

02.03.2021

A variety of solutions can help when the intestines don’t work properly: a stoma is an artificial opening designed to treat disease, relieve symptoms and make life easier. Transanal irrigation (TAI) is another well-documented technique that helps remediate fecal incontinence and constipation. Medical device manufacturers and home care experts help find the best solution to every problem.
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beta-web

De BeleefTV: How an interactive table creates joy for those with dementia

17.01.2020

In Germany, nearly 2 million people are living with dementia. Many caregivers are confronted with helping patients and family members once they are affected. In the Netherlands, developers took an interactive approach and teamed up with a nursing home: The result was De BeleefTV, a touchscreen table designed to help people with dementia to connect with their environment.
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ITB therapy with Medtronic's baclofen pump

19.09.2019

In the case of severe spasticities, conventional medication may not be sufficient. An alternative is ITB therapy with the Medtronic Baclofen pump.
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