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Health News - Rehabilitation

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)

The impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees
Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. (Medical News Today)

Can mental exercise prevent unused muscles from getting weaker?
In what is being hailed as a 'major breakthrough' in neurorehabilitation, researchers show that performing mental imagery exercises can lessen weakness in unused muscles. (Medical News Today)

Month-long residential program more likely to help young adults stay drug-free
Residential treatment may be an appropriate first-line option for young adults who are dependent on opioid drugs - including prescription painkillers and heroin - and may result in higher levels of... (Medical News Today)

Patients with chronic kidney disease benefit from simple exercises
Simple exercises can help improve the health of patients with kidney disease, according to studies presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack, stroke survivors' care needs may be much greater than experts thought
Survivors' physical limitations rapidly increase over decade following heart attack and stroke; many face disability, depression and caregiver relianceA record number of people are surviving... (Medical News Today)

Improved living conditions led to rehabilitation of mice following traumatic brain injury
As football players are learning, a violent blow to the head has the potential to cause mild to severe traumatic brain injury - physical damage to the brain that can be debilitating, even fatal. (Medical News Today)

NEBIAS: The world's most advanced bionic hand
A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. (Medical News Today)

Vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot using novel piezoelectric technology shows promise for fall prevention
Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway... (Medical News Today)

"Abandoned" stroke survivors need better longer-term care, expert says
Stroke patients need better long-term support to ensure their health and social care needs are met and prevent them feeling "abandoned", a University of Leeds expert says. (Medical News Today)

Making mistakes while learning is better for memory
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences. (Medical News Today)

Tai Chi may favorably affect the inflammatory system
A randomized controlled trial published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates effects of a medictation techniqie, Tai Chi, on the inflammatory system. (Medical News Today)

Unsteady on your feet? Little touches could make all the difference
When a toddler takes their first steps we observe an uncertain sway in their walking. (Medical News Today)

University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills
A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more... (Medical News Today)

UCLA research could help improve bladder function among people with spinal cord injuries
People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often susceptible to bladder infections, and those infections can cause kidney damage and even death. (Medical News Today)

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