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Prosthetic limb: Reconnecting muscle pairs gives more sensory feedback

17/02/2021

MIT researchers have invented a new type of amputation surgery that can help amputees to better control their residual muscles and sense where their "phantom limb" is in space. This restored sense of proprioception should translate to better control of prosthetic limbs, as well as a reduction of limb pain, the researchers say.
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Image: a hand in a blue glove is holding up a small implant; Copyright: Johns Hopkins Vestibular NeuroEngineering Lab

Inner ear disorder: Implant improves balance and movement

16/02/2021

For about 1.8 million adults worldwide with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH), walking requires constant attention to avoid a fall. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown that they can facilitate walking, relieve dizziness and improve quality of life in patients with BVH by surgically implanting a stimulator that electrically bypasses malfunctioning areas of the inner ear.
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Autism: Reducing biases may increase social inclusion

10/02/2021

Efforts to improve the social success of autistic adolescents and adults have often focused on teaching them ways to hide the characteristics that define them as autistic. Psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, however, have been focusing on another approach: promoting understanding and acceptance of autism among non-autistic people.
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Image: a trampoline build of paper which a person can feel; Copyright: UNIGE

Tactile books adapted for blind children

08/02/2021

Blind children do not apprehend the world in the same way as their sighted counterparts. A research team from UNIGE and Université Lumière Lyon 2 have developed tactile books that are tailored specifically to their needs.
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Child head injury guidelines created

08/02/2021

Australia's and New Zealand's first set of clinical guidelines for children's head injuries has been created by a network of specialists based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI).
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Photo: a woman and a man in a room with computers, both are wearing a face covering mask; Copyright: Hochschule Landshut

Low-barrier palliative care for deaf people

25/01/2021

Together with Achdorf Hospital, Landshut University of Applied Sciences wants to improve palliative care for deaf people.
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Magnetic skin to support people with quadriplegia

18/01/2021

A system that uses flexible, breathable magnetic skin allows people with severe quadriplegia to move around and choose their surroundings. Developed by KAUST researchers, the high-tech system relies on the user’s facial expressions to accomplish a wide variety of tasks, from moving down the street to using an elevator.
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Cats may help decrease anxiety for kids with autism

18/01/2021

Former school nurse Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day. At some schools, the special education teacher would bring in dogs, guinea pigs and fish as a reward for good behavior. Carlisle noticed what a calming presence the pets seemed to be for the students with disabilities.
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New treatment for people with spinal cord injury

13/01/2021

Using physical therapy combined with a noninvasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord, University of Washington researchers helped six Seattle area participants regain some hand and arm mobility. That increased mobility lasted at least three to six months after treatment had ended.
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Participation for people with mobility impairments

12/01/2021

The project "mobisaar – Mobility for everyone" has passed the acid test. The Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, Energy and Transport has granted follow-up funding following a decision by the Saarland state parliament. For mobisaar, this means that regular operations will start in 2021.
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Exo-suit donation to support stroke survivors

12/01/2021

ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for individuals with lower limb disabilities, announced it has donated one of its ReStore Exo-suits to Brooks Rehabilitation, located in Jacksonville, Florida. The ReStore will be utilized by the therapy team in one of the specialized Neuro Recovery Centers to conduct gait training sessions with patients seeking post-stroke rehabilitation.
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Photo: an artificial head wearing bloodmeasuring earrings, next to the head the earrings are shown in detail; Copyright: University of Huddersfield

Glucose earring could revolutionise how patients manage type 1 diabetes

16/12/2020

A product design graduate from the University of Huddersfield has defeated thousands of entries from around the world to become one of the finalists of the 2020 Global Grad Show with their design for a discrete earring that monitors blood sugar levels and delivers feedback in real-time.
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Photo: Patient Sabine H. walking down a corridor together with Prof. Tjalf Ziemssen; Copyright: Holger Ostermeyer/University Hospital Dresden

QPATH4MS: The digitization of the multiple sclerosis care pathway

06/10/2020

Cutting-edge, structured, and easily measurable – adjectives that describe how modern digital solutions assist the processing and availability of health data. This makes digitization and personalization essential building blocks – also when it comes to managing multiple sclerosis (MS).
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The digitization of care: Key to greater transparency and efficiency

06/10/2020

The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has been a global stress test and underscored the fact that digitization has not yet reached all sectors in Germany. Healthcare turns out to be an area that still has a lot of catching up to do. REHACARE.com spoke the managing directors of the opta data Gruppe about the challenges and opportunities of a comprehensive approach to digitization in this sector.
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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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