Sociodemographic characteristics, inequities associated with access to in-person, remote elementary schooling during pandemic in New York State

What The Study Did: Among the few New York state public school districts providing full-time in-person elementary school instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, most districts served predominately white students, rural/suburban students and children who were not disadvantaged (children who were…

What is the evidence on how to improve older adults’ functional abilities at home?

A new analysis called an evidence and gap map has mapped what we know about improving the functional ability of older adults living at home or in nursing homes, retirement homes, or other long-term care facilities. A total of 548…

The vision: Tailored optical stimulation for the blind

Stimulation of the nervous system with neurotechnology has opened up new avenues for treating human disorders, such as prosthetic arms and legs that restore the sense of touch in amputees, prosthetic fingertips that provide detailed sensory feedback with varying touch…

Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Syracuse, N.Y. – A study of nearly 550 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services in New York City found that age, larger residential settings, Down syndrome and chronic kidney disease were the most common risk factors for…

Institutional environments trap disabled geoscientists between a rock and a workplace

Inaccessible workplaces, normative departmental cultures and ‘ableist’ academic systems have all contributed to the continued underrepresentation and exclusion of disabled researchers in the Geosciences, according to an article published today (Thursday 8 June) in Nature Geosciences . The article argues…

Study examines care received by patients with knee osteoarthritis

New research reveals that only a minority of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with knee osteoarthritis in 2005-2010 used non-surgical care such as physical therapy and knee injections, and few were treated by rheumatologists, physiatrists, or pain specialists. The study, which is…

Risk factors associated With COVID-19 outcomes among people with intellectual, developmental disabilities receiving residential services

What The Study Did: This study tracked COVID-19 outcomes for 543 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were receiving support services from an organization providing residential services in the five boroughs of New York. Authors: Scott D. Landes, Ph.D.,…

Exoskeleton therapy improves mobility, cognition and brain connectivity in people with MS

A pilot study led by Kessler Foundation researchers provided proof of concept for robotic-exoskeleton assisted exercise rehabilitation (REAER) in people with substantial MS-related neurological disability

Across US, COVID-19 death rate higher for those with IDD

Syracuse, N.Y. – The COVID-19 death rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is higher than the general population in several states across the U.S., according to a new study published in Disability and Health Journal . The…

Personalised medications possible with 3D printing

Customised medicines could one day be manufactured to patients’ individual needs, with University of East Anglia (UEA) researchers investigating technology to 3D ‘print’ pills. The team, including Dr Andy Gleadall and Prof Richard Bibb at Loughborough University, identified a new…

Social cognition plays a key role in everyday lives of people with multiple sclerosis

Longitudinal study by international MS research team shows that people with relapsing-remitting MS performed significantly lower in several social cognition domains, despite being classified as “cognitively normal.”

AGS honors Dr. Megan Huisingh-Scheetz with Arti Hurria Memorial Award

New York (April 26, 2021)–The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today conferred one of their newest honors on Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, MPH, a geriatrician and epidemiologist with a unique commitment to leveraging new technology…

Machine learning helps spot gait problems in individuals with multiple sclerosis

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Monitoring the progression of multiple sclerosis-related gait issues can be challenging in adults over 50 years old, requiring a clinician to differentiate between problems related to MS and other age-related issues. To address this problem, researchers are…

Move your body for five minutes every hour to counteract lockdown inactivity

A study which looked at activity levels before and during the COVID-19 pandemic has found lockdown restrictions significantly reduced light activity associated with socialising and work. The study, published recently in BMJ Neurology and led by King’s College London, examined…

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, neurodevelopmental outcomes among offspring

What The Study Did: Researchers investigated associations of maternal hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and the risk of autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disability in children as well as overall cognitive performance. Authors: Judith S. Brand, Ph.D., of Örebro…

For college students with disabilities, communication is key in online learning

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic changed the higher education experience for students across the United States, with more than 90 percent of institutions reporting a shift in education delivery with the arrival of COVID-19. The rapid transition to remote study came…

Cambodian study assesses 3D scanning technologies for prosthetic limb design

Cutting-edge 3D scanners have been put to the test by researchers from the University of Southampton and partners Exceed Worldwide to help increase the quality and quantity of prosthetics services around the world. The study, carried out within the People…

Researchers identify barriers to use of surface electromyography in neurorehabilitation

Kessler Foundation team proposes comprehensive approach to integrating surface electromyography into clinical practice as path to improving rehabilitative care for individuals with spinal cord injury

Engineers combine AI and wearable cameras in self-walking robotic exoskeletons

Robotics researchers are developing exoskeletons and prosthetic legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The system combines computer vision and deep-learning AI to mimic how able-bodied people walk by seeing…

Alzheimer Europe identifies key recommendations on legal capacity and decision making

Luxembourg, 9 March 2021 – Today, Alzheimer Europe launches a new report, “Legal capacity and decision making: The ethical implications of lack of legal capacity on the lives of people with dementia”, which looks at the intersection between legal rights…