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New Virtual Education Guide to Help Students with Disabilities

As millions of students with disabilities and their parents head into the winter months of this pandemic and continued fluctuations between in-person, hybrid and remote learning, the national disability inclusion nonprofit RespectAbility is offering free resources with new updates to support students with disabilities during this crisis.

The updated guide, entitled Virtual Education & Students with Disabilities: Supporting Student Success in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond, is available for free on RespectAbility’s website at:


The guide covers critical topics such as virtual resources from a wide range of disability advocacy organizations, home-based programs for students of all ages, live synchronous learning opportunities, social-emotional and mental health resources and state-specific information for parents of students with disabilities.

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Fusion Robotics™ Awarded Best Spine Technology by Orthopedics This Week

Fusion Robotics LLC, a spinal robotics and navigation company with a vision to make robotics a standard in spine surgery, not an exception, announced receiving a Best Spine Technology Award from Orthopedics This Week.

"We thank Orthopedics This Week for recognizing Fusion Robotics and our vision to remove economic and efficiency barriers from the robotics equation in spine surgery. Congratulations to Kevin Frank, Dave Vaughan, Pedro Costa, Michael Vogele, MD, Kirstin Boes and Kevin Foley, MD for inventing and guiding this system to fruition.

Congratulations also to our partners Interventional Systems and Intellijoint Surgical, for their creation of the robot and camera components, respectively," said Brad Clayton, Fusion Robotics CEO.

Fusion Robotics is focused on addressing the issues limiting the adoption of spinal robotics. These include navigation line-of-sight interference, inef

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New Study: Us Students' 2021 Resolutions More Focused On Health/Wellbeing Than In Past Years

Online learning community Brainly surveyed 1,000 US high school students about their New Year’s resolutions. (Little did anyone know what a challenging and unprecedented year 2020 would end up to be at the time.) This year, only 57% of high schoolers said they were making New Year resolutions, which is roughly a 20% decrease compared to last year.

"While we faced many unique challenges in 2020 with the pandemic, students should see this moment in time as a chance for a clean slate and start anew. For teenagers especially, learning healthy habits and sticking to them—New Year’s or not—can be the key to a long, happy life. The lifestyle choices they make now will lay the foundation for what's ahead: the real world,” says Patrick Quinn, parenting expert at Brainly, former educator, and father of three.

Here are a few more highlights from the survey:


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Chronic Kidney Disease, Depression Increases Risk For Falling

People with chronic kidney disease who also suffer from depressive disorders—a long-term chronic form of depression—are more likely to suffer a fall or fall-related injuries, says a Ball State University researcher.

Brandon Kistler, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics in Ball States College of Health, was part of a multi-university research team. The study found chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with depressive disorders (DEP), also called dysthymia, were significantly more likely to report falls (87% higher odds) and fall-related injuries (58% higher odds) compared to those with no history of DEP despite adjustment for sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle and health behaviors, and chronic disease comorbidity burden.

The professor collaborated on the report, "Depressive Disorders Are Associated With Risk of Falls in People With Chronic Kidney Disease." The

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