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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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Photo: A research participant wearing prism goggles performs a task; Copyright: Kessler Foundation/Jody Banks

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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Photo: a man wearing a stroke recovery device on his arm; Copyright: ELIZABETHE HOLLAND DURANDO

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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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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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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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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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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Photo: A chessboard projected onto a table surface; this technology is intended to address dementia patients; Copyright: Volker Mai / Fraunhofer IZM

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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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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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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