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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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The future belongs to e-mobility
The future belongs to e-mobility. New to the fleet of converted vehicles at PARAVAN GmbH are therefore the Ford Tourneo Custom and the Peugeot Traveller, two vehicles that are available on the market as electric cars and plug-in hybrids respectively.
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Make-A-Wish: teen receives Quantum power wheelchair
Quantum Rehab recently donated a Stretto Power Chair to 17 year old Austyn Martin as part of his wish from the Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas chapter. The new wheelchair not only features iLevel technology but also a special detail from Aston Martin.
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Exoskeleton-assisted walking may improve bowel function
A Research team shows that physical intervention plans that include walking, not just standing, may enhance bowel function in people with spinal cord injury.
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Ottobock: High-tech prosthesis for enhanced safety
About six years after its initial launch, the new version of the Kenevo microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee joint is now being released to the market. The Kenevo is the first high-tech knee joint tailored especially to the largest user group: Users with a low mobility level who mainly move about at home, and newly amputated people who are learning how to use their prosthesis.
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Stroke: Prism adaptation treatment improves rehabilitation outcomes
Performing daily sessions of prism adaptation therapy during rehabilitation results in higher functional and cognitive independence scores for stroke survivors.
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Brain stimulation improves control of robotic arm
A team of bioengineers from the University of Pittsburgh Rehab Neural Engineering Labs describe in a paper how adding brain stimulation that evokes tactile sensations makes it easier for the operator to manipulate a brain-controlled robotic arm.
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Diabetes patients: Game-based program boosts physical activity
By making a game out of getting their daily steps, new research points to the possibility that people with diabetes could be nudged toward increasing their physical activity, with changes lasting for a full year.
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Brain Injury: new rehab technology at STEPS rehabilitation
STEPS rehabilitation, a specialist facility that delivers intensive rehabilitation for people recovering from brain injury, spinal cord injury, strokes and complex trauma injuries, is now home to cutting edge rehabilitation technology equipment – all housed in its brand new STEPS RehabHub.
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Stroke-recovery device receives FDA market authorization
A first-of-its kind device that helps people disabled by stroke regain significant control over their arm and hand function by using their minds has received market authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Thoughts bring prostheses to life
The more natural the position of an arm prosthesis, the more precise the control – this is the result of a Bochum study on brain-computer interfaces in the therapy of severely paralysed patients.
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New implant tech could aid spinal cord or heart therapies
Rice University engineers who developed implants for electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injuries have advanced their technique to power and program multisite biostimulators from a single transmitter.
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Stressed out: Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills
For college students under pressure, a dog may be the best stress fighter around. Programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students' thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management information, according to new Washington State University research.
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Dementia: Integrated radar technology makes care easier
Severely ill dementia patients usually only react via facial expressions and gestures. A remedy to this can now be found in a table that uses the latest radar technology to connect commercially available objects with interactive communication technology on a surface. It can be used in occupational therapy for people with dementia as well as in individual care situations.
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Decubitus Therapy Systems: Funke Medical ensures optimal delivery capability
Funke Medical AG continues to ensure its optimal delivery capability of Decubitus Therapy Systems regardless of current bottlenecks in international freight traffic. Therefore, the company has continuously expanded its own storage capacities over the past few years.
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Helping children with complex needs understand grief through special toys
A Kingston University, London PhD student has created a set of toys to help children with complex needs learn how to express grief and deal with other difficult emotions. Sarah Helton has created Good Grief Toys to help children understand and communicate about death, bereavement, grief and loss.
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Algorithm for shoe-based blind assistance system
The shoe from the company Tec-Innovation warns blind and visually impaired people of obstacles thanks to ultrasonic sensors. Computer scientists at TU Graz have now developed a camera-based AI image recognition system for this purpose.
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Stroke: Call 112, every minute counts
In Germany, about 270,000 strokes occur every year – not seldom with a fatal outcome. Therefore, the maxim for a stroke is "time is brain": every minute counts. Those affected must be treated as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of permanent damage. The nationwide "Day against the Stroke" takes place on 10 May.
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J4 HD: The newest in Single Power HD
The newest base in Single Power HD has arrived. Quantum's new J4 HD Power Chair is now available, offering a 400-pound weight capacity and optional Q4 HD Power Tilt. This chair is coded Group 2 Single Power HD, K0837.
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Natural gait: New Ottobock patent simplifies prosthesis control
New measuring technology, sensors or interfaces – advanced technology is often behind changes that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. Patents ensure the appropriate recognition of the scientific effort behind them. The health tech enterprise Ottobock was recently granted a patent for a simpler sensor system to control prostheses and orthoses.
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Smartphone app can identify autism symptoms in toddlers
A digital app successfully detected one of the telltale characteristics of autism in young children, suggesting the technology could one day become an inexpensive and scalable early screening tool, researchers at Duke University report.
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