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The impact of cars designed for kids with mobility issues

20.01.2020

For the first month and a half after receiving a modified toy car designed for children with disabilities, the kids and their families seemed motivated to use driving as a means of exploration and socialization. What is needed to continue using the car after that time was researched by Sam Logan, a kinesiologist at Oregon State University.
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Photo: Fluorescence image of a variety of immune cells at work repairing the injured sciatic nerve.; Copyright: Fraunhofer IME

Neuropathy: early prevention of neuropathic pain

20.01.2020

An unpleasant tingling in the hands and feet, numbness, furry and burning sensations – these symptoms may indicate a neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system. If the pain persists for several months, it is referred to as chronic pain. Researchers have found a way to prevent the development of neuropathic pain early on.
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AI can detect low-glucose levels via ECG

17.01.2020

A new technique developed by researchers at the University of Warwick uses the latest findings of Artificial Intelligence to detect hypoglycaemic events from raw ECG signals, via wearable sensors and without requiring fingerprick tests.
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One-fourth of children with autism are undiagnosed

15.01.2020

One-fourth of children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder -- most of them black or Hispanic -- are not being diagnosed, which is critical for improving quality of life.
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Photo: Two boys during a judo class; Copyright: University of Central Florida

Judo may help health, social interactions of children with autism

13.01.2020

Judo may be just the right sport to increase the physical activity level among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and holds promise for reducing sedentary behavior, which is linked to obesity and diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Central Florida.
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Photo: Motion capture and electromyography sensors measure a study participant's movement and muscle activity; Copyright: Jay Kim

How to reduce physical risk in virtual reality

13.01.2020

Carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, eye-strain headaches – these are all well-known side effects of prolonged computer use. But what happens when you step away from the desktop and into virtual reality?
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Robotic trunk support assists those with spinal cord injury

10.01.2020

Engineers of the Columbia University invented a robotic trunk-support-trainer to retrain patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
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Animal-assisted interventions positive for people's health

08.01.2020

The impact of animal-assisted interventions for both patients and health services could be substantial, but more rigorous research is needed, says Dr Elena Ratschen and Professor Trevor Sheldon from the University of York.
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Neural network for elderly care could save millions

08.01.2020

If healthcare providers could accurately predict how their services would be used, they could save large sums of money by not having to allocate funds unnecessarily. Deep learning artificial intelligence models can be good at predicting the future given previous behaviour, and researchers based in Finland have developed one that can predict when and why elderly people will use healthcare services.
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New wearable device for people with swallowing problems

06.01.2020

A wearable monitoring device to make treatments easier and more affordable for the millions of people with swallowing disorders is about to be released into the market.
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Why candidates for cochlear implants rarely get them

18.12.2019

Many hearing loss patients are cochlear implant candidates, but few use this technology that could improve their hearing and quality of life. University of Miami and University of Michigan researchers looked into why.
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Too many Canadians live with multiple chronic conditions

16.12.2019

A lack of physical activity, a poor diet and too much stress are taking their toll on the health of Canadians, says a new UBC study.
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Photo: Researcher talking to a patient; Copyright: University of Malaga

Diabetes: New instrument for self-care developed

16.12.2019

Chronic diseases are now a challenge for current society. The collapse of health care services, which cannot have individualized intervention models, or the great physical and mental impact of overload on caregivers are some of the social problems that affect chronicity, which is increasingly becoming evident in the form of multimorbidity in various diseases.
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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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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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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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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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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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Photo: A kind of Lego robot and a child's hand that has the control for it on its wrist; Copyright: PantherMedia/yacobchuk1

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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Photo: The Canute 360 Braille eReader in use; Copyright: Bristol Braille Technology

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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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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"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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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

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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