Photo: Hand with robotic exoskeleton holding a cup; Copyright: University of Alicante/ArtefactosLAB

Handheld robotic exoskeleton to improve hand mobility problems


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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Yoga and meditation reduce chronic pain


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: 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


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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Image: Two women working a laboratory; Copyright: E. Deiters-Keul

Study on identical twins shows early form of Multiple Sclerosis has special pattern


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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