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New rehabilitation applications thanks to squeezy and soft sensing devices?

11.12.2019

Imperial College London bioengineers have found a way to create stretchy and squeezy soft sensing devices by bonding rubber to electrical components.
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Diabetes: Eating in sync with biological clock could replace problematic treatment

09.12.2019

Type 2 diabetics inject themselves with insulin, a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into liver, muscle and fat cells, up to four times a day. But insulin injections are linked to weight gain and the loss of control of blood sugar levels. This triggers a vicious cycle of higher insulin doses, continuous weight gain, a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and other complications.
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Moderate intensity physical activity associated with lower risk of diabetes

09.12.2019

Daily exercise at moderate intensity is associated with beneficial levels of a hormone that may lower risk of diabetes, according to a study published in Endocrine Connections. Men who were physically active at moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day, released higher levels of a hormone that reduces appetite and blood sugar levels.
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Improved fitness can mean living longer without dementia

06.12.2019

Staying fit or improving fitness over time should be a goal for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of getting dementia.
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Mobile stroke units could expedite treatment and improve patient outcomes in urban areas

04.12.2019

Mobile Stroke Units (MSUs), vehicles equipped to provide stroke treatment before reaching a hospital, provided lifesaving care to stroke patients in Manhattan approximately 30 minutes faster, compared to patients transported to hospitals in traditional ambulances and who did not receive stroke treatment until arriving at the hospital.
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Micro implants could restore standing and walking

04.12.2019

When Vivian Mushahwar first applied to grad school, she wrote about her idea to fix paralysis by rewiring the spinal cord. It was only after she was accepted into a bioengineering program that the young electrical engineer learned her idea had actually prompted laughter.
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December 2019: Living with chronic diseases and invisible disabilities

03.12.2019

Visible at first glance – this is by no means the case for all diseases and disabilities. This makes it all the more important to give people in the public eye a face who are usually ignored. How various organizations and social networks contribute to this, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month December: Living with chronic diseases and invisible disabilities.
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Dry, warm air increases the risk of stroke

02.12.2019

Based on almost 18,000 cases collected over a period of ten years, an Augsburg study shows that the risk of certain types of stroke increases in dry and warm air masses. This is the first time such complex interactions with so many cases and subtypes have been investigated.
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People who cannot read may be more likely to develop dementia

02.12.2019

According to the United States Department of Education, approximately 32 million adults in the country are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write. New research has found that people who are illiterate may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write.
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How movements affect the processing of visual stimuli

29.11.2019

How do we perceive our environment? What is the influence of sensory stimuli on the peripheral nervous system and what on the brain? Science has an interest in this question for many reasons. In the long term, insights from this research could contribute to a better understanding of diseases such as ADHD and Parkinson's disease.
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Virtual reality would make attending therapy easier for stroke survivors

25.11.2019

Researchers have created a virtual reality clinic to make it easier for stroke survivors to attend their physical and occupational therapy sessions. Results from a proof-of-concept study suggest that the technology - and the social connection it facilitates - are effective at encouraging therapy participation.
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Skin-integrated VR device shows great potential for prostheses control

25.11.2019

A research team of scientists and engineers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Northwestern University in the United States has developed a skin-integrated virtual reality (VR) system, which can be controlled and powered wirelessly. The innovation has great application potential in communications, prosthetic control and rehabilitation, as well as gaming and entertainment.
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Immersion in virtual reality scenes of the Arctic helps to ease people's pain

20.11.2019

Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has found.
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ETH plans competence centre for holistic rehabilitation

20.11.2019

ETH researchers are planning to partner with clinics, foundations, public authorities and other institutions through a broad-​based initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and participation of people with physical disabilities.
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New 'bike helmet' style brain scanner used with children for first time

18.11.2019

A new wearable 'bike helmet' style brain scanner, that allows natural movement during scanning, has been used in a study with young children for the first time. This marks an important step towards improving our understanding of brain development in childhood.
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Sleep and sleepiness 'a huge problem' for people with spinal cord injury

18.11.2019

A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) finds that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order to prevent issues like stroke after spinal cord injury.
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A rail system allows child seat to be simply attached to the wheelchair

15.11.2019

Taking a child along in a wheelchair is not an easy task for people with walking disabilities. Within the framework of several student projects, young engineers at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) have dealt with this topic.
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Living in a noisy area increases the risk of suffering a more serious stroke

13.11.2019

The high levels of environmental noise we are subjected to in large cities can increase both the severity and consequences of an ischaemic stroke. More precisely, researchers put the increased risk at 30 percent for people living in noisier areas.
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Quality over quantity! Interval walking training improves fitness and health

11.11.2019

Interval Walking Training is a method that is effective in increasing overall fitness and decreasing healthcare costs associated with lifestyle-related diseases of the middle-aged and elderly. That's the result of a study of Dr. Shizue Masuki of Shinshu University.
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Researchers find high-intensity exercise improves memory in seniors

11.11.2019

Researchers at McMaster University who examine the impact of exercise on the brain have found that high-intensity workouts improve memory in older adults.
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November 2019: Quo vadis inclusion?

07.11.2019

Ten years ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force in Germany. There is still considerable criticism of the current state of its implementation. The hope for a more inclusive society has not yet been fulfilled. But what about the rest of Europe? REHACARE.com has set out on a search – for positive developments, but also for obstacles still to be overcome.
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It is not only in digital form that the diversity of people must be recognized and taken into account!

07.11.2019

Sweden is a pioneer in many things. But the Scandinavian country does not represent Europe. However, there is also no country that can be regarded as a positive overall example in the topic of Inclusion. Susanna Laurin from Funka knows why digital accessibility is a way to participate and why research in the field of disabilities and information and communication technology is so important.
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High rates of dementia amongst people with Down syndrome

06.11.2019

Not so many years ago, people with Down syndrome rarely survived to middle age. Many died young due to heart problems associated with the congenital condition.Today, advances in treatment have allowed them to live longer, healthier lives. But these advances have also revealed a previously unknown characteristic of the condition: increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Predicting frailty, disability and death

06.11.2019

Using a wristwatch-like device, researchers detected fluctuations in the daily motor activity of older adults that could predict increased risk of deteriorated quality of life or death years later.
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Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

04.11.2019

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older adults with mild cognitive impairments.
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Risk factors for unemployment with multiple sclerosis vary by age

04.11.2019

A recent study by Kessler Foundation researchers explored numerous factors that contribute to the high unemployment rate among individuals of different ages with multiple sclerosis (MS). This is the first investigation to consider age within the context of disease- and person-specific factors affecting employment in MS.
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Tracking gaze patterns might help detecting autism

01.11.2019

Measuring children's gaze patterns as they watch movies of social interactions is a reliable way to accurately identify nearly half of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cases, according to a new study just published in Autism Research by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.
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October 2019: Research & development

01.10.2019

Basic research, technology development, and the development of a prototype to a marketable product - these are the steps that innovations go through before we can use them. REHACARE.de has looked around which promising tools could soon conquer the market for blind people and how a FabLab project tries to implement digital participation for all.
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The basis for innovation: research and development

01.10.2019

Basic research, technology development, and the development of a prototype to a marketable product - these are the steps that innovations go through before we can use them. REHACARE.de has looked around which promising tools could soon conquer the market for blind people and how a FabLab project tries to implement digital participation for all.
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Leveraging research and development to shape the future

01.10.2019

Whether it’s wheelchairs or prosthetics – there is an ongoing effort to continuously improve auxiliary aids and services. As a result, the standards of medical equipment also continue to change - always based on the latest developments and research results. That’s why REHACARE.com has taken a closer look at how trends like digitization and creative minds impact this industry sector.
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Two innovative ideas expected to breathe new life into Braille

01.10.2019

Braille was invented nearly 195 years ago. The system has helped people to effectively participate at home and in society and acquire higher education ever since. It remains a reliable system that facilitates inclusion today. However, when it comes to Braille reader advancements, current technology is not nearly as up to date. Two projects plan to change that.
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Daimler’s WheelPilot app finds accessible destinations

01.07.2019

Navigation systems are not a new invention. But what if an app for accessible destinations could be connected straight to your vehicle, thus making mobility easier for people with disabilities? The creative, innovative minds of Daimler AG’s Lab1886 challenged themselves to make it reality. That marked the birth of WheelPilot.
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SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

28.05.2019

Accessible and realistic – that’s how auxiliary aids should be in the eyes of Professor Carsten Zahout. Students at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory (SmAccLab) are working on technical solutions that fulfill these requirements and lead to increased participation for people with disabilities. REHACARE.com found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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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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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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