Photo: A man tries out shared control with the robotic arm.; Copyright: 2019 EPFL / Alain Herzog

A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control

18.09.2019

EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands – in particular for amputees – that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested on three amputees and seven healthy subjects.
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Why do some people stop breathing after seizures?

16.09.2019

Could a chemical produced by the brain that regulates mood, sleep and breathing also be protective in people with epilepsy? New research has found that higher levels of serotonin in the blood after a seizure are linked to a lower incidence of seizure-related breathing problems called apneas, when a person temporarily stops breathing.
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Study shows shorter people are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes

13.09.2019

Short stature is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).Tall stature is associated with a lower risk, with each 10cm difference in height associated with a 41 percent decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33 percent decreased risk in women.
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Autism study stresses importance of communicating with all infants

11.09.2019

A new language-skills study that included infants later diagnosed with autism suggests that all children can benefit from exposure to more speech from their caregivers. Dr. Meghan Swanson, assistant professor at The University of Texas at Dallas, is the corresponding author of the study, published online June 28 in Autism Research.
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Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users

09.09.2019

People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services. An electronic glove, or e-glove, developed by Purdue University researchers can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
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Study links hearing aids to lower risk of dementia, depression and falls

09.09.2019

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds.
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Photo: Woman with headphones and the developed earis pocket receiver; Copyright: Humantechnik GmbH

The easy way to personalized sound through dynamic hearing profiles

04.09.2019

The Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology Division (HSA) of the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg is developing algorithms for hearing profiles which adjust themselves automatically and dynamically to the acoustic input signal: An easy way to personalized sound and good speech intelligibility for wearers of hearing aids, headphones and hearables.
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Behavioral therapy, physical strengthening may prevent disability in minority elders

04.09.2019

A randomized controlled trial of a new disability prevention intervention, called Positive Minds-Strong Bodies (PMSB), indicates that improving coping skills and physical strengthening can significantly improve functioning and mood in racial and ethnic minority and immigrant older adults.
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Caregivers of people with dementia are losing sleep

02.09.2019

Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep -- a negative for themselves and potentially for those who receive their care, Baylor University researchers say.
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Photo: Graphic representation of what a patient sees when wearing an augmented reality low vision aid; Copyright: Scott Song/USC Roski Eye Institute

Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment

02.09.2019

Nearly one in 30 Americans over the age of 40 experience low vision -- significant visual impairment that can't be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery.
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Graphic: Image that shows a pain in the lower back of a male; Copyright: Michigan Medicine

Lower back pain? Self-administered acupressure could help

30.08.2019

A recent study finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.
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Research shows TCOM and osteopathic approach making a difference

26.08.2019

Osteopathic medicine's emphasis on physician empathy and understanding leads to higher patient satisfaction, a study by researchers at UNTHSC's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine indicates.
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Photo: Visually impaired user is communicating with his voice assistance on his smartphone; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Diego Cervo

New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired

26.08.2019

Researchers have developed a new voice assistant that allows people with visual impairments to get web content as quickly and as effortlessly as possible from smart speakers and similar devices.
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Photo: Five women on a soccer field; Copyright: Bo Kousgaard, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

Football scores a health hattrick for women with prediabetes

23.08.2019

A new study from the University of Southern Denmark shows that football is a surprisingly efficient type of physical training for female prediabetes patients, with impressive effects on cardiovascular health after 16 weeks of training for 55-70-year old women with no prior football experience.
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Aerobic exercise programs may improve endurance after stroke

21.08.2019

Stroke survivors who completed group-based aerobic exercise programs similar in design and duration to cardiac rehabilitation programs significantly improved their aerobic endurance and walking ability, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.
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Diabetes treatment targets have not improved in the US since 2005

21.08.2019

More than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Diabetes treatment is generally focused on controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level, as well as promoting smoking cessation. A new study by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) suggests that the achievement of these targets has not improved for U.S. adults with diabetes since 2005.
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Photo: The pump bending in a glove; Copyright: Vito Cacucciolo/2019 EPFL

A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

19.08.2019

Soft robots have a distinct advantage over their rigid forebears: they can adapt to complex environments, handle fragile objects and interact safely with humans. Made from silicone, rubber or other stretchable polymers, they are ideal for use in rehabilitation exoskeletons and robotic clothing. Soft bio-inspired robots could one day be deployed to explore remote or dangerous environments.
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Regular exercise may slow decline in those at risk of Alzheimer's

19.08.2019

Moderate exercise is not only good for memory as people age, it also appears to help prevent the development of physical signs of Alzheimer's, known as biomarkers, in those who are at risk for the disease, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
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Photo: An example of one of the trial meals with a reduced carbohydrate content and an increased protein and fat content; Copyright: University of Copenhagen

Reduced carbohydrate intake improves type 2 diabetics' ability to regulate blood sugar

16.08.2019

Patients with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate blood sugar levels if they eat food with a reduced carbohydrate content and an increased share of protein and fat. This is shown by a recent study conducted at Bispebjerg Hospital in collaboration with Aarhus University and the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen.
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Photo: A study participant wearing the robotic neck brace; Copyright: Haohan Zhang and Sunil K. Agrawal/Columbia Engineering

Robotic neck brace dramatically improves functions of ALS patients

14.08.2019

A novel neck brace, which supports the neck during its natural motion, was designed by Columbia engineers. This is the first device shown to dramatically assist patients suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in holding their heads and actively supporting them during range of motion.
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Care for people with learning disabilities needs improving

12.08.2019

Professor Tuffrey-Wijne, the world’s first researcher to conduct studies into palliative care for people with learning disabilities, told policymakers and leading thinkers in the field at the Death, Dying and Learning Disability lecture that improvement in end of life care given to people with learning disabilities is desperately needed.
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Positive effect of music and dance on dementia

12.08.2019

Stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile, a University of Otago, New Zealand, pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia.
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Graphic: Shows an older couple. She is telling him something but he can't hear it; Copyright: University of Tsukuba

Hearing loss tied with mental, physical, and social ailments in older people

07.08.2019

Japanese study finds convincing evidence that hearing loss in older people is associated with restriction of outdoor activities, anxiety, and memory loss.
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Socially active 60-year-olds face lower dementia risk

07.08.2019

Being more socially active in your 50s and 60s predicts a lower risk of developing dementia later on, finds a new UCL-led study.
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Gestational diabetes: diet and exercise do not reduce the risk

05.08.2019

The assumption that minimising weight gain in obese pregnant women is advantageous for avoiding gestational diabetes has not been borne out. Indeed, it might even be detrimental to the mother and the unborn child to restrict carbohydrate intake during pregnancy.
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School readiness impaired in preschoolers with ADHD symptoms

05.08.2019

Preschoolers with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are much less likely than other children their age to be ready for school, new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.
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Photo: Wheelchair user Verena Barwitz with Holger Dieterich and Matthias Heil at the re:publica 2018; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

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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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"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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