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Autism: Overcoming challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful enough, but for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, the crisis can be especially difficult.
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A sole mate to prevent diabetic foot ulcers
A new cooling insole developed by UT Southwestern scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers. This new device could eventually prevent thousands of amputations that take place worldwide each year because of this condition.
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Liz Johnson launches job platform to support people with disabilities
British Paralympic swimming champion, businesswoman and disability advocate Liz Johnson has launched global online marketplace PodiumByTAP for persons with disabilities to coincide with Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 21 May. Her goal is to connect persons with disabilities and ambitious employers to work on freelance projects remotely.
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Knee osteoarthritis: Specially designed footwear reduces pain
New research by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the University of Toronto and the University of Bern Switzerland found: Wearing shoes specifically designed with a novel sole (biomechanical footwear) significantly reduces the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.
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Mindfulness training shows promise for people with MS
New research suggests mindfulness training may help multiple sclerosis patients in two very different ways: regulating negative emotions and improving processing speed.
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Soft robotic exosuit makes stroke survivors walk faster and farther
A research study in stroke survivors with chronic hemiparesis shows that soft exosuit technology can bring immediate improvements in walking speed and endurance tests.
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Telehealth during COVID-19 may lead to better outcomes for diabetes patients
A new study has shown that for some patients with type 1 diabetes the close monitoring of their condition using telehealth protocols combined with appropriate technology may lead to better care during the COVID-19 pandemic, when patients are avoiding in-person visits.
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Sabine Ellerbrock bids farewell to wheelchair tennis following successful career
After a dream career in wheelchair tennis, Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock announced her retirement from the courts. It was a decision that had been impending for a while and she gave a good thought to it before putting her racquet to rest, revealed Ellerbrock.
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The unexpected benefits of tailored exercise for aged care residents
Tailored exercise programs led by accredited exercise physiologists don't just provide physical benefits for residents living in aged care – they improve mental wellbeing and social engagement, according to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research.
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COVID-19 study: Impact of social distancing on the elderly
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social contact, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity in older adults will be the focus of a new University of Stirling study. The project will provide a crucial understanding of the negative impacts of social distancing in over 70s and explore strategies that could enhance social engagement and physical activity during the crisis.
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Guidance for treating stroke patients during COVID-19 crisis developed
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to optimize allocation of healthcare resources, researchers are improving ways to treat patients with acute large vessel occlusion strokes in a safe manner that also better protects health care workers.
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Plug and Play: the world’s first ready-to-use bionic arm prosthesis developed and implanted
Next milestone in the development of bionic arm prostheses: Oskar Aszmann's team in the Clinical Laboratory for Bionic Limb Reconstruction at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Surgery has developed the world's first fully integrated bionic arm prosthesis that is ready to use – in keeping with the motto "Plug and Play".
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Stress in parents of children with autism: Pets may help whole family
While current events have increased stress for all families, parents of children with autism report higher levels of stress on average than parents of typically developing kids. Some parents turn to pets as a source of comfort and support. Now, research from the University of Missouri has found that pets lead to strong bonds and reduced stress for both children with autism and their parents.
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Robotics in care – care bed of the future
Physical strains are one of the main reasons for sick leaves and early retirement amongst nursing staff. In order to support workers and give patients more independency, the project AdaMeKoR works on robotic systems and sensor solutions for hospital beds.
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Seniors: Strength training is effective to combat frailty
Physical exercise may not be top of mind for older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak. But according to one UBC Okanagan researcher, strength training can be an effective way to stay healthy while at home. A recent study from professor Jenn Jakobi shows that strength training with free-weights that progresses in intensity is effective in combating declining health often observed with adult aging.
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COVID-19 brief offers roadmap to government action for assisted living facilities
In a policy brief, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) offered a roadmap to guide federal, state, and local governments addressing COVID-19 concerns in an important but oft-overlooked arena: Assisted living facilities (ALFs). The brief, which joins an earlier statement on COVID-19 care in nursing homes, outlines recommendations based on the latest research and guidance.
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Mind-controlled arm prostheses that 'feel' are now a part of everyday life
For the first time, people with arm amputations can experience sensations of touch in a mind-controlled arm prosthesis that they use in everyday life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on three Swedish patients who have lived, for several years, with this new technology – one of the world's most integrated interfaces between human and machine.
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Diabetes: Ylvie takes part in German prevention study as 100th child
A next milestone could be achieved in the Europe-wide cooperation for the prevention of type 1 diabetes, GPPAD ("Global Plattform for the Prevention of Autoimmune-Diabetes"): 100 children are now participating in the study around Saxony. 5 months old Ylvie from Oderwitz was welcomed at the university hospital Carl Gustav Carus at the TU Dresden as the 100th study participant.
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Nursing homes prepared for pandemics, but COVID-19 reveals gaps
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit some nursing homes especially hard – including in the hotspot state of Michigan. Hundreds of deaths of residents in homes from Seattle to Boston have raised concerns about how well facilities are protecting the 1.3 million older Americans who live in them. Those concerns have prompted new federal and state requirements about testing and transparency.
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Physiotherapy support in COVID-19 recovery
New physiotherapy guidelines are targeting COVID-19 patient recovery for respiratory management, exercise and mobilisation in acute hospital wards and Intensive Care Units.
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Digital solutions for dementia care
Telehealth delivery of dementia care in the home can be as effective as face-to-face home visit services if carers and recipients take advantage of the technologies available, Australian researchers say.
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A non-invasive way of monitoring diabetes
Saliva could be used instead of blood to monitor diabetes in a method proposed in research involving the University of Strathclyde. The test has been developed as an alternative to the current prevalent practice of monitoring blood glucose, which can be invasive, painful and costly.
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Senior drivers prefer watching videos to learn driver assistance technologies
Most vehicles today come with their fair share of bells and whistles, ranging from adaptive cruise-control features to back-up cameras. These advanced driver-assistance systems are in place to make driving easier and safer. Increasing evidence shows that older seniors, who are also an age group at higher risk for motor vehicle crashes, do not use many of these driver-assistance technologies.
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Corona: Stay home and choose good therapeutic exercise programmes
Experts from the Faculty of Physical Therapy of Valencia University (UV) are warning that the physical exercise programmes that have flooded the internet since the confinement due to the COVID-19 crisis can worsen the symptoms of people with physical ailments and lead to catastrophisation and pain chronification.
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I’mPOSSIBLE offers teaching resources about Paralympic sports
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping families tightly together, parents can try something new with their children and help them learn about Paralympic sports through the Agitos Foundation’s I’mPOSSIBLE education toolkit.
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