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First Robotic System Plays Tic Tac Toe To Improve Task Performance

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel have demonstrated for the first time the feasibility of a robotic system that plays Tic Tac Toe...
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OHSU, UCF Launch First US Clinical Trial Of 3D-Printed Prosthetics For Children

The first US clinical trial of bionic arms for children produced on 3D printers is launching today thanks to researchers at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, and a nonprofit based at ...
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Artificial Muscles, Robotic Grippers, Health Care Robotics

From a gripper equipped with gecko-inspired adhesives, to artificial muscles and robotic joints, to talks on human-robot interaction and health care robotics, the University o...
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Move It And Use It: Exergaming May Help Those At Risk Of Alzheimer's Or Related Dementia

Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer's, showed significant improvement with certain complex thinking and memory skills after exerg...
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BCOZZY Product News

Those who are entrusted with the care of people with disabilities are always looking for ways to improve their lives! Whether they care for those that sit for long periods of ...
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Simple Walking Test Helps Predict Risk For Cognitive Issues After Heart Surgery

The distance a patient can walk in 6-minutes before a heart operation may be a clue to whether that patient will develop problems with memory, concentration, and attention af...
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Financial Strain Has Major Impact On Patients’ Health Care Decisions

Financial strain is the single most important factor in making health care decisions for low-income individuals, who often forgo care in favor of basic needs like food and ren...
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Gait Assessed With Body-Worn Sensors May Help Detect Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Body-worn sensors used at home and in clinic by people with mild Alzheimer's to assess walking could offer a cost-effective way to detect early disease and monitor progression...
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A Year Of 50,000 For 50th Birthday

In honor of celebrating 50 years of service, The Warren Center – a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developme...
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Pride And Purpose Through The Power Of Work

At age 52, Timothy Zarzecki has found a place — and a purpose — through his job in food services at a military base in Virginia Beach, VA. Born with a physical disability and ...
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A Souped-Up Walker To Help Get Pediatric ICU Patients On Their Feet

Critically ill children in pediatric intensive care units once were often heavily sedated and discouraged from any activities, including walking, to facilitate speedy recovery...
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“Smart” Dresser Prototype Guides People With Dementia In Getting Dressed

A new study published in JMIR Medical Informatics describes how a “smart home” prototype may help people with dementia dress themselves through automated assistance, enabling ...
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Music Activates Regions Of The Brain Spared By Alzheimer’s Disease

Ever get chills listening to a particularly moving piece of music? You can thank the salience network of the brain for that emotional joint. Surprisingly, this region also rem...
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Concert Pianist “Reborn” After Hand Surgery Restores His Career And His Life

For a concert pianist, his hands are his life, and when Misha Dichter developed a debilitating condition affecting his hands, it was life-shattering. But after two successful ...
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Prosthetic Arms Can Provide Controlled Sensory Feedback

Losing an arm doesn't have to mean losing all sense of touch, thanks to prosthetic arms that stimulate nerves with mild electrical feedback. University of Illinois researcher...
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American Parents Weigh In On The Benefits Of Bathtime In Advance Of International Bath Day On June 14

A survey of over 300 U.S. moms found that 73-percent believe it is most important to utilize bathtime with their children as a time to explore and discover. The survey, admini...
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Future Wearable Device Could Tell How We Power Human Movement

For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a new technology developed by Un...
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Study Highlights Need For Strength Training In Older Women To Ward Off Effects Of Aging

Regular physical activity may help older women increase their mobility, but muscle strength and endurance are likely to succumb to the effects of frailty if they haven't also ...
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Salt Lake City To Host 7,000 Occupational Therapy Practitioners At Annual Conference & Expo April 18-22

An estimated 7,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Salt Lake City April 18–22 to attend the American Occupational Therapy Association’s...
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Medical DIY-ers Develop Innovative "Therapy Car” To Help Get Recovering Patients Home

The job of an occupational therapist requires creativity, ingenuity and adaptability. We’re constantly searching for ways to teach patients how to best adapt and maximize func...
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Easter Seals Greater Houston Serving The Most Vulnerable During Harvey Recovery Thanks In Large Part To The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Easter Seals Greater Houston is proud of its long standing history of serving babies, children and adults with disabilities and veterans as well as their families through mult...
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AOTA Announces New Executive Director

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE, as its Executive Director. Kera...
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Life After The NICU

Shortly after Luke Lombardi and his twin sister Sofia were discharged from a newborn intensive care unit or NICU, they were enrolled in a special clinic for premature babies o...
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First Dynamic Spine Brace—Robotic Spine Exoskeleton—Characterizes Spine Deformities

Spine deformities, such as idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis (also known as “hunchback”), are characterized by an abnormal curvature in the spine. The children with these spin...
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Paralyzed Patient Feels Sensation Again

For the first time, scientists at Caltech have induced natural sensations in the arm of a paralyzed man by stimulating a certain region of the brain with a tiny array of elect...
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