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Parents' physical activity helps kids with developmental disabilities improve motor skills

08.04.2020

It's a self-perpetuating cycle: Kids with developmental disabilities face challenges in building motor skills, which makes them less able to participate in routine physical activity, which gives them less opportunity to practice those same motor skills. But parents can make a big difference by modeling and supporting physical activity in daily life.
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Type 2 diabetes: People belonging to online support groups have poorer health

06.04.2020

Diabetes is a disease that affects people's lives more in the long term and requires emotional support and information. It is increasingly common for people with diabetes to participate in digital communities and seek help in so-called OSGs (online support groups) to share experiences and glean information. This social phenomenon has been little studied.
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Device brings silicon computing power to brain research and prosthetics

06.04.2020

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new device for connecting the brain directly to silicon-based technologies. While brain-machine interface devices already exist – and are used for prosthetics, disease treatment and brain research – this latest device can record more data while being less intrusive than existing options.
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Self-help groups relieve caregivers of children with disabilities

01.04.2020

Caregivers in low-income settings will be able to respond to the challenges of bringing up children with disabilities, thanks to a new model created by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
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Supporting parents of children with genetic learning disabilities

30.03.2020

Parents of children with genetic conditions that cause learning disabilities are at risk of mental health problems, suggests new research published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The teams behind the study have called for greater support for parents whose child receives a genetic diagnosis for their learning disability.
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AI-powered shoes unlock the secrets of your sole

30.03.2020

Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an AI-powered, smart insole that instantly turns any shoe into a portable gait-analysis laboratory. The work could benefit clinical researchers by providing a new way to precisely measure walking function in patients with movement disorders or musculoskeletal injuries, in their living environments.
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Virtual reality: The right thumb becomes the left arm

25.03.2020

A research team consisting of scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology, Keio University, and The University of Tokyo has revealed that a re-association of the right thumb with the virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment; however, this re-association may be weaker than the natural association.
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Robots popular with older adults

25.03.2020

A world without robots is almost inconceivable. They take on tasks in production processes and are also being used in the service sector. For example, machines created to resemble humans are helping to care for elderly people. A study by psychologists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena suggests, that older people are less anxious and hostile regarding ‘human robots’ than previously thought.
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Virtual reality device helps to simulate sight loss

23.03.2020

Published during World Glaucoma Week 2020, a new study demonstrates how commercially available head mounted displays (HMD) can be used to simulate the day-to-day challenges faced by people with glaucoma.
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Music therapy helps stroke patients

20.03.2020

New research has found that music therapy sessions have a positive effect on the neurorehabilitation of acute stroke patients, as well as their mood.
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Can boxing improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease?

18.03.2020

People with Parkinson's disease who participate in a special, non-contact boxing program may have better quality of life and be more likely to exercise than those who do not participate, according to a preliminary study.
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Dementia: Knowledge of basic finances empowers elderly population in Japan

18.03.2020

People with an understanding of basic finances are likely to be aware of existing legal and social services for people with dementia, according to a study of Japan's aging population.
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Wearable hearing aid in development

16.03.2020

Most people find it difficult to concentrate on a specific voice in a busy environment, but for those who are hard of hearing it’s especially challenging. Now, however, a new type of hearing aid, developed with the assistance of Fraunhofer researchers, is designed to render speech more intelligible against a background of noise, thereby making it easier to follow a single speaker.
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Fighting hand tremors: First comes AI, then robots

16.03.2020

Robots hold promise for a large number of people with neurological movement disorders severely affecting the quality of their lives. Now researchers have tapped artificial intelligence techniques to build an algorithmic model that will make the robots more accurate, faster, and safer when battling hand tremors.
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Online tool simplifies exercise advice for spinal cord injury

13.03.2020

A team of researchers has developed an online platform of tried and true resources to help people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) lead a more active life.
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Unintended pregnancy rates higher among women with disabilities

11.03.2020

Pregnancies among women with disabilities are 42 percent more likely to be unintended than pregnancies among women without disabilities, says a new report published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
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Physiotherapy could be done at home using virtual reality

11.03.2020

Current physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn't include much guidance. Virtual reality (VR) combined with 3D Motion capture could allow movements to be translated onto an avatar the patient can follow.
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Photo: Lead author Shomik Jain with co-authors Kartik Mahajan and Zhonghao Shi and Kiwi; Copyright: Haotian Mai

Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn

09.03.2020

USC researchers developed personalized learning robots for children with autism and studied whether the robots could autonomously gauge the child's engagement in long-term, in-home therapeutic interventions.
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Hearing aids may delay cognitive decline

09.03.2020

Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research.
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Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's

06.03.2020

Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms, according to a preliminary study.
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Study to examine the role of specialist nurses for people with Parkinson’s

04.03.2020

Specialist Parkinson’s Nurses are critical to the care of people living with the condition. They help people manage their medication, offer advice and information about living with Parkinson’s, and give emotional support to both the person with Parkinson’s and their families or carers. A nationwide project is aimed at getting a better understanding of the role of Parkinson’s Nurses.
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Smart insulin management for young children with diabetes

04.03.2020

An international research project (KidsAP) in which a team from MedUni Vienna is participating, is testing a new artificial pancreas system for young children up to primary school age. The children, who have type 1 diabetes, will be given a "Closed-Loop System" consisting of a glucose sensor and an insulin pump, which is controlled via a smartphone app.
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Intervention is essential for reducing loneliness and social isolation in ASD

02.03.2020

Throughout typical development children must be surrounded by peers both for their well-being and for ample growth of their cognitive, linguistic, and social skills. In children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), peer interaction is a core deficit.
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For 'blade runners' taller doesn't necessarily mean faster

02.03.2020

Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter.
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Mobile smart homes and expanded living labs

28.02.2020

With commercial smart home gadgets, a connected living is already possible today – but aims less at people that would especially profit from intelligent assistance. In order to create a close exchange with the society in their research of smart everyday objects, the German Research Center for AI and the TU Berlin develop a new living lab infrastructure as a realistic test environment.
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Smart bandages to heal chronic wounds

26.02.2020

Chronic and non-healing wounds - one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation - affects millions of Americans each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
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Diabetes patients who use online tools manage disease better

26.02.2020

In a study scientists report that diabetes patients who used a patient portal and mobile phone app improved their diabetes management outcomes. The large study, involving more than 111,000 patients, was unique in assessing the relationship between the use of online tools and medication adherence and blood glucose levels.
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Study: How to support disability pensioners to return to employment

24.02.2020

Despite being highly motivated in the beginning, only very few individuals receiving a temporary disability pension manage to return to work. According to a recently published study, on average only one in a hundred respondents succeeds in doing so. The scientific study was conducted by Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen.
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Smart diaper can notify caregiver when it's wet

24.02.2020

For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and happy to haul around the damp cargo for lengthy periods without complaint. But if worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes, and miserable babies -- and parents.
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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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