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Virtual reality: The right thumb becomes the left arm


A research team consisting of scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology, Keio University, and The University of Tokyo has revealed that a re-association of the right thumb with the virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment; however, this re-association may be weaker than the natural association.
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Music therapy helps stroke patients


New research has found that music therapy sessions have a positive effect on the neurorehabilitation of acute stroke patients, as well as their mood.
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Wearable hearing aid in development


Most people find it difficult to concentrate on a specific voice in a busy environment, but for those who are hard of hearing it’s especially challenging. Now, however, a new type of hearing aid, developed with the assistance of Fraunhofer researchers, is designed to render speech more intelligible against a background of noise, thereby making it easier to follow a single speaker.
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Fighting hand tremors: First comes AI, then robots


Robots hold promise for a large number of people with neurological movement disorders severely affecting the quality of their lives. Now researchers have tapped artificial intelligence techniques to build an algorithmic model that will make the robots more accurate, faster, and safer when battling hand tremors.
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Online tool simplifies exercise advice for spinal cord injury


A team of researchers has developed an online platform of tried and true resources to help people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) lead a more active life.
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Image: A screenshot of the avatar that patients would follow; Copyright: University of Warwick

Physiotherapy could be done at home using virtual reality


Current physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn't include much guidance. Virtual reality (VR) combined with 3D Motion capture could allow movements to be translated onto an avatar the patient can follow.
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Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's


Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms, according to a preliminary study.
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For 'blade runners' taller doesn't necessarily mean faster


Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter.
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Mobile smart homes and expanded living labs


With commercial smart home gadgets, a connected living is already possible today – but aims less at people that would especially profit from intelligent assistance. In order to create a close exchange with the society in their research of smart everyday objects, the German Research Center for AI and the TU Berlin develop a new living lab infrastructure as a realistic test environment.
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Diabetes patients who use online tools manage disease better


In a study scientists report that diabetes patients who used a patient portal and mobile phone app improved their diabetes management outcomes. The large study, involving more than 111,000 patients, was unique in assessing the relationship between the use of online tools and medication adherence and blood glucose levels.
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Smart bandages to heal chronic wounds


Chronic and non-healing wounds - one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation - affects millions of Americans each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.
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Smart diaper can notify caregiver when it's wet


For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and happy to haul around the damp cargo for lengthy periods without complaint. But if worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes, and miserable babies -- and parents.
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Type 1 diabetes: Time to consider standard care screenings


Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München employed the world's first early detection test for type 1 diabetes in a large-scale population study in Bavaria, Germany, and investigated its effects. For the first time, screening for islet autoantibodies makes it possible to diagnose pre-symptomatic stages of type 1 diabetes.
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Eye-tracking data improves prosthetic hands


Prosthetic hands restore only some of the function lost through amputation. But combining electrical signals from forearm muscles with other sources of information, such as eye tracking, promises better prostheses. A study funded by the SNSF gives specialists access to valuable new data.
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Parkinson’s patient treated with unique Deep Brain Stimulation device


In January, the neurosurgical department of the LMU University Hospital in Munich treated the first Parkinson's patient worldwide with a new neurostimulator, which enables better, more personalized care for patients. The new technology can possibly enable stimulation to be adjusted to the treatment requirements of different situations and therefore optimize treatment outcome.
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