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Stay at home but do not stay still during the pandemic

08/07/2020

In a review article published in the American Journal of Physiology, Brazilian researchers present scientific evidence on the impact of short periods of inactivity on the cardiovascular system and recommend exercise to stay fit at home during the pandemic.
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Photo: Hands operating a laptop equipped with assistive technologies for blind and visually impaired people; Copyright: Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

Digitization: Harnessing the power of inclusion to create more accessible workplaces

02/07/2020

They can be technical, structural, or mental in nature – people with disabilities often face a barrage of barriers in the workplace. Coworkers and employers can help in overcoming them. Digital trends likewise promote inclusion strategies and accessibility at the workplace.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Elderly woman wearing a nose and mouth protective mask against the Coronavirus; Copyright: PantherMedia/TaniaBertoni

COVID-19: Responding to challenges of older adults after infection

17/06/2020

Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them.
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Photo: An older man lies on the ground and presses a hand to his head, his wife kneels next to him and calls an ambulance; Copyright: PantherMedia/AndrewLozovyi

Coronavirus linked to stroke in otherwise healthy young people

08/06/2020

Young patients with no risk factors for stroke may have an increased risk if they have contracted COVID-19, whether or not they are showing symptoms of the disease. Surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University and collaborators analyzed patients presenting with stroke from March 20th until April 10th at their institutions. The strokes they observed were unlike what they usually see.
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Photo: Young girl during rehabilitation in a swimming pool. The physiotherapist is sitting at the edge of the pool; Copyright: PantherMedia/welcomia (YAYMicro)

"Rehabilitation for children and young adults must keep all options open"

04/06/2020

The foundation for self-determination and control over one's own life should be laid at a very young age. A comprehensive supply of auxiliary aids and services and custom rehabilitation programs are critical for children and young adults with disabilities. This is the jumping-off point of rehaKIND, a competent partner that assists parents, providers, health insurance providers, and policy-makers.
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Photo: Boy with a disability undergoing animal-assisted rehabilitation with a dog; Copyright: PantherMedia/tifonimages

Rehabilitation in review: Helping children and young adults

04/06/2020

Whether it’s animal-assisted, game-aided, or by using digital tools – targeted early rehabilitation is important, if not essential for children and young adults with disabilities to promote self-determination and positive quality of life outcomes. What are the latest trends and developments? And how does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the industry sector?
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Photo: Young person during arm training in a rehabilitation clinic; Copyright: VAMED Klinik Hattingen

Rehabilitation during the Coronavirus outbreak: Clinical facilities stay flexible

04/06/2020

Covering mouth and nose and keeping as much distance as possible to prevent the spread of disease – if physical touch is severely restricted and involves protective measures, rehabilitation becomes an especially difficult endeavor. How have rehabilitation facilities dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic in the recent past and have things changed as the country starts to open up?
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Photo: Dr. Maximilian W. M. Wintergerst (second from right) trains ophthalmic assistants at the Sankara Eye Hospital in Bangalore, India; Copyright: University of Bonn/Sankara Eye Foundation

Inexpensive retinal diagnostics via smartphone

27/05/2020

Retinal damage due to diabetes is now considered the most common cause of blindness in working-age adults. In low- and middle-income countries, an eye examination via smartphone could help to detect changes at an early stage. This is shown by a new study carried out by scientists from the University of Bonn together with colleagues from Sankara Eye Hospital Bangalore (India).
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Photo: The Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

May 2020: Pandemic strikes Paralympics: How the Coronavirus affects the Para Sports World

04.05.2020

Coronavirus has changed the world and brought life to a grinding halt. 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.
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Photo: A resting basketball from Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Paralympics 20XX: The only thing certain is nothing is certain

04/05/2020

It was supposed to be the crowning event in para sports – Tokyo 2020. But now the Games have been postponed until 2021. This ended a period of uncertainty for the athletes who trained for late summer 2020. REHACARE.com wondered what comes next for three German athletes, and learned why the new date set for the summer of 2021 won’t solve all problems.
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Photo: Three technicians working on different auxiliary means in the Ottobock workshop during Rio 2016; Copyright: Ottobock

Coronavirus crisis strikes Paralympics: Ottobock embraces flexibility and fosters creativity

04/05/2020

Coronavirus has heightened the importance of being flexible and creative. Two strengths that Ottobock, the Official Technical Service Partner of the Paralympics, has leveraged many times at its onsite workshop during the Games and now relies on in these strange times.
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Photo: David Behre, Hans-Peter Durst and Christiane Reppe; Copyright: David Behre | Oliver Kremer | Jan Siewert

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – a case of postponed plans, mental fitness, and a forced slow-down

04/05/2020

Firsts, last times, first and maybe last times or once-in-a-lifetime moments – the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo could have been all of these things and more for German athletes. David Behre, Christiane Reppe and Hans-Peter Durst spoke to REHACARE.com about their original plans and preparations for the Paralympics and explain how they cope with the current situation.
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Photo: The Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

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

04.05.2020

Coronavirus has changed the world and brought life to a grinding halt. 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.
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Photo: Man in wheelchair with his wife in front of a hotel entrance; Copyright: Seehotel Rheinsberg@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel for people with disabilities: A quick review

02/04/2020

Frankly, it’s not an easy feat to write about (accessible) travel as the Coronavirus outbreak rages on and travel restrictions and quarantines put a damper on some of the best-laid travel plans. Yet despite all the somewhat dire news, there are still some exciting travel news to report. So get ready: Once SARS-CoV-2 loosens its grip, let the (accessible) journey begin!
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