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Health News - Rehabilitation

Neurologic recovery from corticospinal tract injury due to subfalcine herniation
After development of diffusion tensor tractography (DTT), which is derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), three-dimensional reconstruction and estimation for three motor tracts, such as the... (Medical News Today)

New wrist-mounted device augments the human hand with two robotic fingers
Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. (Medical News Today)

Pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients
The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. (Medical News Today)

Lack of rehab programs leaves cardiac patients underserved globally
Rehabilitation programs must become an integral part of cardiac care to significantly reduce the burden of living with heart disease, one of the most common chronic diseases and causes of death... (Medical News Today)

Identifying risk factors for ACL re-injury
Re-tearing a repaired knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) happens all too frequently, however a recent study being presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM)... (Medical News Today)

Tech team pairs humanoid with Angry Birds to help kids with rehabilitation
With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. (Medical News Today)

Doctors have 'ethical obligation' to protect athletes from concussion
A new position paper by the American Academy of Neurology appeals to doctors to give the 'all-clear' to sports concussion patients only when the athlete is medically ready. (Medical News Today)

Rehab for age-related loss of vision cuts depression risk in half
Research finds that a technique called behavioral activation leads to a 50% decrease in the chances of people with age-related macular degeneration developing clinical depression. (Medical News Today)

How kangaroos use their tails as a 'fifth' leg provides new insight into why we walk the way we do
Published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, the study, led by professor Max Donelan of SFU's Locomotion Laboratory, found kangaroos, commonly viewed as hoppers, move with a "pentapedal"... (Medical News Today)

Dark chocolate 'may improve walking ability for PAD patients'
A new study by researchers in Italy suggests that for patients with peripheral artery disease, just 40 g of dark chocolate may improve walking time and distance. (Medical News Today)

How aging can intensify damage of spinal cord injury
In the complex environment of a spinal cord injury, researchers have found that immune cells in the central nervous system of elderly mice fail to activate an important signaling pathway... (Medical News Today)

One partner can suffer when couples disagree on stroke recovery
An innovative study from a University of Cincinnati (UC) social work researcher has found that when a stroke survivor and his or her caregiving spouse disagree on the survivor's rate of recovery, the... (Medical News Today)

How a smartphone could prevent falls
Purdue University researchers have created a smartphone tool - called SmartGait - that can measure a person's walking gait, which they say could prevent falls. (Medical News Today)

With the right rehabilitation, paralyzed rats learn to grip again
After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. (Medical News Today)

"All systems go" for a paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup
According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014... (Medical News Today)

Recent advancements in the quest for the bionic arm
In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. (Medical News Today)

During alcohol dependence, executive function deficits can lead to attentional impairments
Previous research has shown that alcohol-dependent (AD) individuals exhibit frontal lobe abnormalities. (Medical News Today)

Electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons alters human learning, offers potential for rehabilitation after injury or addictive behaviors
Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania. (Medical News Today)

Bionic arm can catch objects on the fly
With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts of flying objects thrown in its direction - a tennis racket, a ball, a bottle-. (Medical News Today)

Jintronix to provide first gamified rehabilitation software for clinics and home users
Jintronix, a company radically changing how patients rehabilitate from stroke or other injury, has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. (Medical News Today)

FDA allows marketing of first prosthetic arm that translates signals from person's muscles to perform complex tasks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed marketing of the DEKA Arm System, the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical... (Medical News Today)

Mirror therapy assists upper limb motor recovery in patient with acquired brain injury
The Occupational Therapy team at The Huntercombe Group's specialist Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Frenchay (Bristol), are exploring the use of mirror therapy to aid motor recovery in... (Medical News Today)

New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel
Participating in a new five day course involving adaptive sport and adventurous training significantly improved the mental wellbeing of in-service wounded, sick and injured UK Armed Forces... (Medical News Today)

Researcher shows what mechanisms interfere with our ability to recognize faces
People can only recognize two faces in a crowd at a time - even if the faces belong to famous people. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover a new way to enhance nerve growth following injury
New research published out of the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) uncovers a mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells as a means to restore connections after... (Medical News Today)

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