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Insomnia identified as a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes
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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Job seekers with disabilities must score with technical rather than soft skills
A new study by Rutgers University researchers finds that job candidates with disabilities are more likely to make a positive first impression on prospective employers when they promote technical skills rather than soft skills, such as their ability to lead others.
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How deaf and hearing people watch sign language
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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Researchers report positive results for ReWalk ReStore exosuit in stroke rehabilitation
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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Art and Para sport: a perfect match
Stefanie Herrmann connects more than one part of her life to drawing Paralympians. It is her full-time job, her passion, her source of motivation, and also the means through which she met her fiancé, Paralympic and world champion in Para Nordic skiing, Martin Fleig.
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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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Quality over quantity in recovering language after stroke
New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found that intensive therapy is not necessarily best when it comes to treating the loss of language and communication in early recovery after a stroke.
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Helping teens with type 1 diabetes improve diabetes control with MyDiaText
Adolescence is a difficult period of development, made more complex for those with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The challenges of managing multiple doses of daily insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, dietary and exercise requirements, can make self-care difficult and complicate outcomes.
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Study examines the benefits of virtual stroke rehabilitation programs
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
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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New electronic skin can react to pain like human skin
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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Virtual training improves physical and cognitive functions
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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IPC and Coca-Cola Company announce worldwide Paralympic partnership
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) welcomes the addition of The Coca-Cola Company to its roster of Worldwide Paralympic Partners.
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FIS and World Para Snow Sports to cooperate on "Bring Children to the Snow"
Campaign aimed at introducing snow sports to new generations to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities.
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US: Risk of dementia has been rising for years - instead of falling
Over the past 20 years or so, the risk for US men and women of suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia has increased. This is the conclusion of a new study by MPIDR researchers and colleagues that takes into account learning effects when repeating the same dementia test.
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Simple test could improve public attitudes to autism
Using a simple 'thermometer scale survey' to measure public attitudes towards people with autism could help improve public understanding and acceptance, say researchers.
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Dementia education: an age-friendly future starts with our kids
School-based dementia education could deliver much needed empathy and understanding for older generations as new research from the University of South Australia shows it can significantly improve dementia knowledge and awareness among younger generations.
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Exoskeleton research marches forward with NIST study on fit
A shoddily tailored suit or a shrunken T-shirt may not be the most stylish, but wearing them is unlikely to hurt more than your reputation. An ill-fitting robotic exoskeleton, however, could be a much bigger problem than a fashion faux pas.
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COVID-19: more than 20% of US nursing homes still report staff, PPE shortages
Nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred among nursing home residents, whose age, chronic medical conditions, and congregate living quarters place them and their caregivers at high risk of contracting the disease.
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Study focuses on low-carb, high-fat diet effect on older populations
A new study, published in Nutrition and Metabolism, from researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Nutrition Obesity Research Center observed improvements in body composition, fat distribution and metabolic health in response to an eight-week, very low-carbohydrate diet.
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Osteoarthritis: Conservative therapy delays need for knee and hip joint replacement
"It is wise to consider all non-surgical treatment options before resorting to an artificial hip or knee joint implant," said EULAR President Prof. Iain B. McInnes, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
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Researchers develop smart gaming glove with medical uses
Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.
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Robot technology for everyone or only for the average person?
People come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and with different needs. Robot technology needs to reflect that.
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Amputations: The combination of diabetes and gout significantly increases risk
Diabetes mellitus and gout are ranked among the most common metabolic disorders in Western industrialized countries: According to figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), around 60 million Europeans suffer from diabetes and 18 million Europeans suffer from gout.
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The importance of balance and postural control in children with autism spectrum disorders
Doctoral candidate of the Education Program of Castellón’s Jaume I University (UJI), Juan Vives Vilarroig, has highlighted in his thesis the importance of working on basic aspects such as balance and postural control to improve sensory integration in children with autism spectrum disorders, using horses as the main elements of this intervention.
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