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Coronavirus pandemic strikes Paralympics

Dear Sir or Madam,

Actually, the Paralympics in Tokyo should have been the para-sport highlight of the year. But then everything turned out differently. In the current Topic of the Month May, we therefore took a look at how the Coronavirus affects the Para Sports World.

Have a nice week!

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team

Graphic: 23 - 26 September 2020, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


Topic of the Month
News from the field of Auxiliary Means
How We Roll
News from the field of Research & Health

Pandemic strikes Paralympics: How the Coronavirus affects the Para Sports World

Topic of the Month

Photo: The Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland |
Coronavirus has changed the world and brought life to a grinding halt. Major sporting events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo in August and September, also fell victim to the pandemic and have been officially postponed. Read our Topic of the Month May to learn about the original plans of three athletes for 2020 and how it all changed and gain insights into the processes at Ottobock – one of the official supporters and sponsors of the Paralympic Games. The Coronavirus has also prompted many changes for this German prosthetics company in Lower Saxony.
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Auxiliary Means

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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Anas Alhakim – That's how he rolls

How we roll

Photo: Anas Alhakim sitting cool in his wheelchair; Copyright: Mohammad Abo Shukur
There's no such thing as "This doesn't work"! This is the attitude that Anas Alhakim's father gave him from the beginning. It not only shaped him, but certainly helped him to find a clear answer to a question that had been on his mind for years. Which insights he draws from the Corona crisis and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on
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Research & Health

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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Research & Health

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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Research & Health

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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Research & Health

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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