Graphic: Visualization of a person with a visual impairment who has trouble receiving visual signals while learning a foreign language; Copyright: RUDN University

Learning foreign language is harder for visually impaired people

19/10/2020

A scientist from RUDN University analysed the effect of visual impairment on a person's perception of unfamiliar sounds when learning a foreign language. The experiment showed that lack of access to visual cues makes learning difficult.
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Photo: Hand with robotic exoskeleton holding a cup; Copyright: University of Alicante/ArtefactosLAB

Handheld robotic exoskeleton to improve hand mobility problems

14/10/2020

The Engineering Design and Technological Development Group (DIDET), from the University of Alicante ArtefactosLAB, has once again taken a step forward in terms of social innovation with the design of a new handheld robotic exoskeleton. Named [flick], this robotic exoskeleton improves the lives of people with limited or no ability to move due to neurological and/or physiological disorders.
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Photo: A woman practicing yoga; Copyright: PantherMedia/kasipat

Yoga and meditation reduce chronic pain

12/10/2020

A mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course was found to benefit patients with chronic pain and depression, leading to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood and functional capacity, according to a study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
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Photo: Smartphone with patient data stream next to shoes with the wearables on it; Copyright: National University of Singapore

Gait analysis: Wireless sensor system for portable, accurate and affordable wearables

12/10/2020

Gait analysis is an important clinical measurement used for medical diagnosis of sports injuries, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy, and for assessing frailty and fall risk of the elderly. Now, researchers developed a novel wireless sensor system capable of achieving clinical gait measurements with comparable accuracies to the current gold-standard mat.
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Photo: Screenshot from virtual boxing for people during stroke rehabilitation; Copyright: University of East Anglia

Stroke: Putting virtual rehabilitation to the test

09/10/2020

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have been putting virtual reality rehabilitation for stroke survivors to the test: They have created a new gaming platform which uses low cost videogame technology to improve the lives of stroke patients living with complex neurological syndromes caused by their stroke.
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Photo: Measuring blood sugar in a child with diabetes; Copyright: PantherMedia/Anetta

Diabetes: 15-year trend persists in disparate insulin pump use in children

07/10/2020

Insulin pumps are widely used in the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and reviews have shown insulin pump therapy to be associated with improved glycemic control, fewer severe hypoglycemia events, and improved quality of life. Yet, non-Hispanic white children (NHW) are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic Black children (NHB) to use this technology.
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Photo: Elderly man during stroke rehabilitation; Copyright: PantherMedia/DesignPicsInc

Rehabilitation after stroke: There's no place like home

07/10/2020

Stroke patients who get professional rehabilitation training in their homes through live video consultations may recover their motor skills better than those who do their rehab in person with a therapist at an outpatient rehabilitation facility, according to a new study. Remote rehabilitation may also promote greater brain connectivity, the study said.
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Photo: Patient Sabine H. walking down a corridor together with Prof. Tjalf Ziemssen; Copyright: Holger Ostermeyer/University Hospital Dresden

QPATH4MS: The digitization of the multiple sclerosis care pathway

06/10/2020

Cutting-edge, structured, and easily measurable – adjectives that describe how modern digital solutions assist the processing and availability of health data. This makes digitization and personalization essential building blocks – also when it comes to managing multiple sclerosis (MS).
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ADHD: Girls benefit from doing sports

05/10/2020

When it comes to ADHD, girls – but not boys – who participate actively in school sports activities in middle childhood show improved behaviour and attentiveness in early adolescence, suggests a new Canadian study published in Preventative Medicine.
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Photo: Researcher building the LoCHAid electronics; Copyright: Craig Bromley

Ultra-low-cost hearing aid could address age-related hearing loss worldwide

05/10/2020

Using a device that could be built with a dollar's worth of open-source parts and a 3D-printed case, researchers want to help the hundreds of millions of older people worldwide who can't afford existing hearing aids to address their age-related hearing loss.
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Photo: Children sitting and learning together at one table. In the middle of the table is the avatar AV1; Copyright: Estera Kluczenko

Avatar enables chronically ill children to participate in education

30/09/2020

In order to avoid problems caused by frequent absences from school, telepresence systems such as avatars could be a useful resource. A research project being conducted by Thomas Pletschko from the CCP is investigating the effects of avatars on school participation, a sense of belonging, feelings of social isolation and the well-being of children with chronic illnesses.
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Photo: Female student in an electric wheelchair listening to a lecture at university; Copyright: PantherMedia/Monkeybusiness Images

College students with disabilities at greater risk for substance abuse

30/09/2020

College students with physical and cognitive disabilities use illicit drugs more, and have a higher prevalence of drug use disorder, than their non-disabled peers, according to a Rutgers study.
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Photo: Mother in a conversation with a therapist during parental training; Copyright: PantherMedia/photographee.eu

ADHD: Systematic parental training helps the well-being of preschool children

28/09/2020

Research findings from Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region's Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Centre show that quality of life is poorer for preschool children with ADHD compared to children from the control population. But the children's quality of life can be significantly improved using treatment without medication.
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Photo: The biomimetic hand prosthesis Hannes takes an apple from a human hand; Copyright: IIT-INAIL

Biomimetic hand prosthesis Hannes uniquely similar to a human hand

28/09/2020

The prosthetic hand Hannes is able to restore over 90 percent of functionality to people with upper-limb amputations and its concept was awarded the international industrial design prize Compasso d'Oro.
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Foto: Some of the exercises which mitigate freezing-of-gait; Copyright: Carla da Silva Batista

Exercise protocol mitigates one of the most incapacitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease

23/09/2020

Brazilian researchers use complex training program to stimulate different motor and cognitive skills simultaneously and restore brain regions associated with freezing of gait in advanced-stage patients
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Foto: Female feet in front of a bathroom scale and a tape measure over white background; Copyright: PantherMedia/macniak

Autistic adults have a higher rate of physical health conditions

23/09/2020

Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic physical health conditions, particularly heart, lung, and diabetic conditions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge.
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Graphic: Illustration figure of the results for T2D risk factors; Copyright: Diabetologia

Insomnia identified as a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes

21/09/2020

A new study published in Diabetologia is the first to identify insomnia as a risk factor associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study identifies 34 risk factors that are thought to increase (19) or decrease risk (15), as well as a further 21 'suggestive' risk factors where evidence was not quite as strong.
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Image: A man and a woman sitting on a couch next to each using sign language; Copyright: PantherMedia/Andriy Popov

How deaf and hearing people watch sign language

18/09/2020

A recent study has shown that readers' eye gaze behaviors are strong indicators of words that are unexpected, new, or difficult to understand.
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Photo: dummy with the ReWalk ReStore soft robotic exosuit; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics Ltd

Researchers report positive results for ReWalk ReStore exosuit in stroke rehabilitation

16/09/2020

A team of U.S. researchers published the results of a multi-center, single-arm trial of the ReWalk ReStore™ for gait training in individuals undergoing post-stroke rehabilitation. They found the device safe and reliable during treadmill and overground walking under the supervision of physical therapists.
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Study on identical twins shows early form of Multiple Sclerosis has special pattern

14/09/2020

They are about as "easy" to find as the proverbial needle in the haystack: identical twins, one of whom has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and one does not. Neuroimmunologists in Munich have – to stay with the image – put together an entire set of needles, and their colleagues in Münster have analyzed the blood samples taken from these twins.
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Image: An older man talking to a physician in a video conference on the computer; Copyright: PantherMedia/fizkes

Study examines the benefits of virtual stroke rehabilitation programs

09/09/2020

While virtual medical and rehabilitation appointments seemed novel when COVID-19 first appeared, they now seem to be part of the new norm and might be paving the way to the future.
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Handgrip strength shown to identify people at high risk of type 2 diabetes

09/09/2020

In new research, scientists at the universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland measured the muscular handgrip strength of 776 men and women without a history of diabetes over a 20-year period and demonstrated that the risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by around 50 per cent for every unit increase in handgrip strength value. The findings are published in Annals of Medicine.
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Image: The hand of a human touching a silvery robotic hand; Copyright: Ella Maru Studio

New electronic skin can react to pain like human skin

07/09/2020

Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts. The prototype device developed by a team at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, can electronically replicate the way human skin senses pain.
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Image: View on an arm and a leg of a person from above; Copyright: Tohoku University

Virtual training improves physical and cognitive functions

07/09/2020

Researchers at the Smart-Aging Research Center (IDAC) at Tohoku University have developed an innovative training protocol that, utilizing immersive virtual reality (IVR), leads to real physical and cognitive benefits.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Prototype of the sensor for a cane; Copyright: Zahout-Heil

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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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: HelpCamps

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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