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Health News - Rehabilitation

Violence intervention programs 'could save hospitals millions'
Researchers conducting a financial evaluation of hospital-based violence intervention programs have found that such programs could be a source of large long-term cost savings. (Medical News Today)

Men who live alone run a greater risk of dying prematurely after stroke
Men who live alone have a considerably greater long-term risk of dying prematurely than other patients. This is shown in a doctoral thesis that followed 1,090 stroke cases in western Sweden. (Medical News Today)

Diagnosis and treatment of severe asthma are inadequate
Asthma is a common disease. It has increased significantly over the last hundred years and now affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 people in Europe. (Medical News Today)

The brain thinks, the spinal cord implements: Research team at MedUni Vienna identifies important control mechanisms for walking
Even after complete spinal paralysis, the human spinal cord is able to trigger activity in the leg muscles using electrical pulses from an implanted stimulator. (Medical News Today)

Balance improved, falls prevented in seniors by playing catch
The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Medical News Today)

Practice really does make perfect
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Plymouth have shown that follow-through - such as when swinging a golf club or tennis racket - can help us to learn two different... (Medical News Today)

After concussion in military personnel: new recommendations for return to activity
Military service members with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, should follow a six-step process of progressive activity, leading to return to active duty, according to new clinical... (Medical News Today)

Stroke rehab should improve with remapping of the damaged brain
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, along with researchers from the AIST Human Technology Research Institute in Japan, have identified a time-dependent interplay between two... (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop a new distance rehabilitation system for patients with heart pathologies
A team of Spanish researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the company Medtronic have participated in the development of a new distance... (Medical News Today)

Improving lives of wheelchair users focus of federally funded pitt project to create global network
Of the nearly 70 million people worldwide who require wheelchairs for mobility and function, most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to fix them. (Medical News Today)

Prosthetic leg gets Little Donkey walking in time for Christmas thanks to a UK charity
Hector the Donkey in Luxor, Egypt, is back on his feet thanks to a specially made prosthetic lower leg. (Medical News Today)

75,000 patients missing out on vital cardiac rehabilitation services, UK
Nearly 75,000 heart patients are missing out on crucial rehabilitation, according to a report on cardiac services. (Medical News Today)

Mobility disabilities can contribute to complications during pregnancy
A new study indicates that women with mobility disabilities often experience problems during pregnancy related to their functional impairments. (Medical News Today)

Severe stroke patients recover better with prompt stent action
In the case of a severe stroke, a better, faster recovery is more likely when the blocked vessel is reopened quickly with a stent to retrieve the blood clot, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Woman controls robotic arm with the power of her mind
A woman with quadriplegia has demonstrated '10-degree brain control' of a prosthetic robotic arm, after small electrode grids were implanted into relevant areas of her brain. (Medical News Today)

New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions
Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. (Medical News Today)

The difficulties of treating shoulder pain in baseball pitchers
Results of treating shoulder pain in baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes are not as predictable as doctors, patients and coaches would like to think, according to a report in the journal... (Medical News Today)

How brain uses timing during motor activity revealed by birdsong study
Timing is key for brain cells controlling a complex motor activity like the singing of a bird, finds a new study published by PLOS Biology. (Medical News Today)

Promising results of an important stroke study published in the scientific journal Brain
Neuro-rehabilitation (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) helps hemaparetic stroke patients confronted with loss of motor skills on one side of their body, to recover some of their motor... (Medical News Today)

Robot control theory improves prosthetic legs
A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk. (Medical News Today)

How stroke survivors could benefit from computer games
Stroke survivors can have "significant" improvement in arm movements after using the Nintendo Wii as physiotherapy according to researchers. (Medical News Today)

Experts urge caution in implementing pay-for-performance schemes tied to coordinating 'transitional care' of older adults
In what is believed to be the first interview-style qualitative study of its kind among health care providers in the trenches, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented... (Medical News Today)

Stroke rehabilitation supported by new research
Using world-leading research methods, the team of Dr David Wright and Prof Paul Holmes, working with Dr Jacqueline Williams from the Victoria University in Melbourne, studied activity in an area of... (Medical News Today)

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a... (Medical News Today)

Manchester researchers develop computer games to prevent falls in the elderly
A team from Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and The University of Manchester have developed new computer games in collaboration with MIRA Rehab Limited and... (Medical News Today)

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