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FDA Issues Clearance for the ReStore™ Exo-Suit, the First Soft Robotic System for Stroke Therapy
ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. (Nasdaq: RWLK) ("ReWalk" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of robotic medical devices for individuals with lower limb disabilities, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has cleared the Company's ReStore soft exo-suit system for sale to rehabilitation centers across the United States. ReStore is the only soft exo-suit with FDA clearance, and is intended for use in the treatment of stroke survivors with mobility challenges. Stroke is a leading cause of disability, which affects approximately 17 million people worldwide each year (1), and as many as 80% of people who have had a stroke will suffer from gait impairments. (2)
"The exo-suit achieves our commercial goal to offer a functional and affordable system that can be utilized in the 'Main Street' clinics in every community," said ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski. "With a launch price
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Competition at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games starts today, providing vital physical and mental rehabilitation opportunities for athletes
More than 600 military Veterans from across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Great Britain are in Louisville this week to compete in the 39th National Veterans Wheelchair Games through July 16. The Wheelchair Games are co-presented each year by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. For many injured Veterans, the Wheelchair Games provide their first exposure to wheelchair athletics.
"Every year, our members look forward to this event for the adaptive sports competition and the chance to reconnect with peers," said David Zurfluh, a disabled Air Force Veteran and national president of PVA, who himself will compete this week.
"The PVA mission is to ensure Veterans with disabilities have the same life ex
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Home-Schoolers See No Added Health Risks Over Time
Years of home-schooling don't appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study.
A report by Rice kinesiology lecturer Laura Kabiri and colleagues in the Oxford University Press journal Health Promotion International puts forth evidence that the amount of time a student spends in home school is "weakly or not at all related to multiple aspects of youth physical health."
"Although there may be differences in the health of elementary through high school home-schoolers, those differences don't seem to change with additional time spent in home school," Kabiri said. "In other words, staying in home school longer isn't related to increased health benefits or deficits."
Earlier this year Kabiri and her Rice team reported that home-schooled students who depended on maintaining physical fitness through outside activities were often falling short.
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Sustainable Savings On Medical Care
One popular idea for lowering the nation’s ballooning health care spending is to change the way insurers pay provider organizations for their care. Instead of paying a fee for each service rendered—a model that can encourage the unscrupulous use of more services even when the benefit is dubious—reformers suggest giving clinical practices a global yearly budget to care for a population of patients. The rationale is that operating with a capped budget would incentivize greater use of preventive care and discourage wasteful services.
Evidence from preliminary, and mostly short-term, studies of these so-called “global payment” experiments has been mixed and has offered a limited snapshot on outcomes. The question remained: Could it work over the longer term once the early changes or investments in care delivery had been made?
The likely answer may be yes, according to research published Ju