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Photo: a boy is sitting on a couch and holding a black cat in his arms; Copyright: PantherMedia / FamVeldman

Cats may help decrease anxiety for kids with autism

18/01/2021

Former school nurse Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day. At some schools, the special education teacher would bring in dogs, guinea pigs and fish as a reward for good behavior. Carlisle noticed what a calming presence the pets seemed to be for the students with disabilities.
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Photo: black glases with many electronic platinum dots; Copyright: KAUST; Anastasia Seri

Magnetic skin to support people with quadriplegia

18/01/2021

A system that uses flexible, breathable magnetic skin allows people with severe quadriplegia to move around and choose their surroundings. Developed by KAUST researchers, the high-tech system relies on the user’s facial expressions to accomplish a wide variety of tasks, from moving down the street to using an elevator.
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Photo: a man wearing some electronic patches on his neck; Copyright: Marcus Donner/Center for Neurotechnology

New treatment for people with spinal cord injury

13/01/2021

Using physical therapy combined with a noninvasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord, University of Washington researchers helped six Seattle area participants regain some hand and arm mobility. That increased mobility lasted at least three to six months after treatment had ended.
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Photo: two people are standing and talking in front of abus, a third person is looking at the bus schedule; Copyright: mobisaar

Participation for people with mobility impairments

12/01/2021

The project "mobisaar – Mobility for everyone" has passed the acid test. The Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, Energy and Transport has granted follow-up funding following a decision by the Saarland state parliament. For mobisaar, this means that regular operations will start in 2021.
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Photo: the logo of the ReWalk Robotics company; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics, Inc.

Exo-suit donation to support stroke survivors

12/01/2021

ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for individuals with lower limb disabilities, announced it has donated one of its ReStore Exo-suits to Brooks Rehabilitation, located in Jacksonville, Florida. The ReStore will be utilized by the therapy team in one of the specialized Neuro Recovery Centers to conduct gait training sessions with patients seeking post-stroke rehabilitation.
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