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Deaf infants' gaze behavior more advanced than that of hearing infants
Deaf infants who have been exposed to American Sign Language are better at following an adult's gaze than their hearing peers, supporting the idea that social-cognitive development is sensitive to different kinds of life experiences.
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Goalball European Championships: Germany fires half a dozen goal past Ukraine
Germany enjoyed a double podium finish at their home 2019 Goalball European Championships "A" in Rostock on last Sunday (14 October) with their men’s team claiming gold and the women’s team settled for bronze.
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Dementia: Non-pharmacologic treatments more effective for psychiatric symptoms
For patients with dementia who have symptoms of aggression and agitation, interventions such as outdoor activities, massage and touch therapy may be more effective treatments than medication in some cases, suggests a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Heated suit simulates exercise benefits for people unable to take part in physical activity
A team from Loughborough University is using the prototype device to help people with disabilities, elderly people, and those with chronic diseases that prevent them from taking part in exercise. It comes following a successful study into how hot baths can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.
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Study questions 'cross-transfer' benefits of special exercise technique
A paper recently published by researchers from the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine questions the effectiveness of a patented exercise system for relieving lower back pain.
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Biologically-inspired artificial skin improves sensory ability of robots
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings – a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.
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Affordable and mobile purification of dialysis water
For patients who undergo dialysis, this artificial washing of the blood is a major burden. To remove toxins from the blood, large quantities of dialysis water for clearance are required. Until now there has been no solution so far to recover this dialysate cost-effectively. Therefore a cryo-purification method is being developed by Fraunhofer researchers that clears the water without loosing it.
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Chair yoga more effective than music therapy in older adults with advanced dementia
As dementia progresses, the ability to participate in exercise programs declines. Sticking to a program also becomes challenging because of impaired cognition, mobility issues or risk of falls and fractures – some exercise regimens are just too complicated or physically demanding.
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Better treatment for diabetic foot ulcers
People with type 2 diabetes often live with poorly-healing infected wounds on their feet. Using existing methods, however, it takes two days to grow a bacterial culture used to identify the pathogens infecting the wound and their antibiotic resistance – and thus to find an effective antibiotic. With the help of a new rapid test, it will take just one hour to obtain this information in the future.
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Prototype smartphone app can help parents detect early signs of eye disorders in children
A Baylor University researcher's prototype smartphone app – designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children such as retinoblastoma, an aggressive pediatric eye cancer – has passed its first big test.
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