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F. Sodermanns Automobile: Independent driving with amputations and without certain limbs
F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH helps people without individual limbs and with amputations to drive independently using the latest technology and individual adaptations. With rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH, the company creates prostheses and orthoses using 3D scanning and 3D printing processes and adapts them to the driving aid.
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FAU lands $1.2 million NSF grant to transform prosthetic hand control
A project at Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science aims to enable amputees to maximize their individual potential for controlling the full dexterity of artificial hands. The project combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, biosensors and automated training to transform the state-of-the-art for dexterous control of prosthetic hands.
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Germany's second-largest health insurer accepts preliminary ruling on ReWalk exoskeletons as direct disability compensation
The health insurer BARMER accepts the second-instance ruling of the Federal Social Court North Rhine-Westphalia. This decision enables paraplegics in Germany to obtain exoskeletons as direct disability compensation on an easier pathway.
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Interview with Mao Zhongwu: Paralympics winner in skiing and inclusion ambassador
Becoming a Paralympics champion after just five years of training – What sounds like a dream to many became true for Mao Zhongwu at this year's Winter Games in Beijing. In an interview with REHACARE Shanghai, he talks about his career path, how sports changed his life and his wishes for the future.
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Physiologist from Bayreuth receives European Diabetes Research Award: New app enables safe exercise in type 1 diabetes
A study at the University of Bayreuth is evaluating an app that has already been developed to enable people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely. The aim is for people with type 1 diabetes to be able to exercise without fear of dysglycemia. Bayreuth physiologist Professor Othmar Moser receives a European Diabetes Research Award.
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Wireless earphones work as inexpensive hearing aids
In a study conducted by the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, AirPods were tested as alternative hearing aids. The result was that the Aipods performed similarly to premium hearing aids in some aspects and could improve quality of life.
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Carbonhand 2.0 approved as a medical device according to the EU-MDR
The grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand® from Bioservo is now classified and approved as a medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). The grip strengthening glove gives people with limited hand function additional strength and endurance in their grip and is equipped with sensors at the fingertips.
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"Quantified Health System" provides patients with an overview of their health data
The "Quantified Health System" from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS uses a fitness wristband that detects vital signs, processes this data statistically and sends it to the patient's doctor. This helps the patients to find right balance between self-care and activity in the future.
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Research: Robots to help people with disabilities in the kitchen
The Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen has equipped its new research lab with a kitchen and furniture to recreate everyday situations. An exact digital image of this lab, called a digital twin, has been developed. This is used by the international research community to help develop and test robotics technologies remotely.
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AI system to predict patients at higher risk for diabetes complications
Researchers at the University of Houston Primary Care Forecast have developed a clinical decision support system that uses Deep Learning to predict which patients are more likely to experience complications. The new Diabetes Complication Severity Index (DCSI) Progression Tool considers social and environmental circumstances in addition to disease history.
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Robot sleeves for kids with cerebral palsy
Robotic "clothing," is designed to help children with cerebral palsy gain control of their arm movements. The project by the UC Riverside engineers is taking a novel approach to create devices made of soft textiles that also allow for more natural limb function.
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Supporting caregivers of kids with developmental disorders: there's an app for that
A web-based, self-guided app with instructions in both English and Setswana is designed to be used by caregivers in South Africa. The app provides structured activities that encourage caregiver-child communication and can be implemented into daily routines. The app shows potential for advancing the communication skills of children with developmental disorder.
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Funke Medical honoured as a finalist at "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes"
Funke Medical GmbH was named "Finalist of the Year 2022" in this year's "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" competition. For example, the medical technology manufacturer supports sustainable development and is one of a particularly committed corporate elite that continuously trains its employees.
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Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app
The I-CARE 2 randomized clinical trial will measure the impact of Brain CareNotes, a mobile telehealth application, on informal caregivers of patients living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app.
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ALS: Quantum partners with Team Gleason to provide seat elevation
Quantum Rehab® has entered into a multi-year sponsorship with the Team Gleason Foundation. Together, they want to ensure that no person living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has to go without an electric booster seat like iLevel®.
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Sunrise Medical launches the QUICKIE ACCESS, a knee-pivot manual wheelchair
The company Sunrise Medical has announced the launch of the QUICKIE ACCESS. This is a manual wheelchair with knee swivel for independent locomotion with the benefits of tilt and recline.
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Etac joins university research project about residential bathrooms
The aim of the project of the Ergonomics Division at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) entitled "Making bathrooms safer for all" is to research, identify and develop normative solutions in the bathroom sector to increase functionality. It also aims to improve the working environment for caregivers and increase the autonomy and safety of users.
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Social media: Linguist researches inclusion of people with disabilities
As part of the "Digital Transformation" program, communicative strategies in social media for the inclusion of people with disabilities are being investigated. In addition to linguistic and communication science analyses, the research also focuses on formulation recommendations for companies, at the media, cultural institutions and political leaders.
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In-home wireless device tracks disease progression in Parkinson's patients
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutes have unveiled a home-use device that can monitor a patient's movements and gait speed to assess the severity of Parkinson's disease, the progression of the disease and the patient's response to medication.
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The need for less waste and more recycling in diabetes technology
A presentation at this year's annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes highlighted the need for sustainability in diabetes. Waste generated by diabetes products should be reduced. In the U.S., the Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) is spearheading efforts to reduce diabetes-related waste.
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Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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