Photo: Study participant does grasping exercises with colorful construction blocks. He is wearing a TheraBracelet which looks like a watch; Copyright: MUSC Health

Poststroke rehabilitation more effective with vibratory stimulus


Researchers at MUSC Health assess the effectiveness of using vibrations during occupational therapy and find it improves recovery in patients following a stroke.
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Photo: A man is helping a lower-limb amputee put on an exoskeleton, which is wrapped around the waist and leg; Copyright: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

Engineers develop powered exoskeleton


University of Utah engineers develop powered exoskeleton to help amputees walk with less effort.
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Photo: Woman flipping stones on the surface of a lake. She is wearing a C-Brace leg orthosis; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KgAa

Mobile after paraplegia: Ottobock symposium for innovative solutions


According to WHO estimates, there are up to half a million new paraplegic patients in the world every year. Accidents are often the cause. But other conditions can also limit mobility, making patients dependent on a wheelchair, orthoses or functional electrical stimulation.
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Image: two para-athletes in wheelchairs playing Basketball with an apple; Copyright: Osaka City University

Nutrition and dietary behaviour: para-athletes don't know it all


A new study by Osaka City University reveals that para-athletes might be in need of nutrition education and a support system for eating behavior.
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Photo: a man – Mario Ignacio Romero-Ortega – with white hair is smiling at the camera; Copyright: University of Houston

Improving control for users of robotic prosthetics


A University of Houston biomedical engineer has been awarded $2.8 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to improve the control of robotic limbs and provide natural sensory feedback from robotic prosthetics to amputees.
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Ottobock: Director of Clinical Research receives award for best research


Boston is the backdrop for a big celebration as the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) hosted the 25th award ceremony for the Howard R. Thranhardt Award. This year marks the third time that Dr Andreas Hahn, Ottobock's Director of Global Clinical Research, received the award.
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Photo: a senior playing rehabilitation games on a computer; Copyright: EU project RGS@home

High-intensity rehabilitation boosts recovery after a stroke


Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in adults worldwide. Rehabilitative therapy is currently one of the best options that patients have to help regain lost motor function. While several studies over recent decades have pointed to the benefits of starting therapy within 6 months after a stroke, there is debate among the medical community regarding how intensive it should be.
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