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VR shows promise for early detection of MS balance problems
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have a greatly increased risk of falling and injuring themselves even when they feel they're able to walk normally. Now a team led by scientists from the UNC School of Medicine has demonstrated what could be a relatively easy method for the early detection of such problems.
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Self-help groups relieve caregivers of children with disabilities
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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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics set for August 2021
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021. The dates were confirmed on Monday (30 March) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
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Supporting parents of children with genetic learning disabilities
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
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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Para athletes support Tokyo 2020 postponement
Para athletes worldwide have backed the move by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Virtual reality: The right thumb becomes the left arm
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
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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Cybathlon postponed due to coronavirus
ETH Zurich has decided to postpone the Cybathlon until 19–20 September 2020. The safety and health of all those involved in this major international event takes top priority.
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Virtual reality device helps to simulate sight loss
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Socially assistive robot helps children with autism learn
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
Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research.
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Road to Tokyo: With the tandem from Berlin to Tokyo
Inclusion rocks and rolls! This is the motto for the ambitious project of Sven Marx and Jürgen Pansin, who are riding on a special tandem from Berlin to Tokyo.
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Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's
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
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
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
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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