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…

Bruisable artificial skin could help prosthetics, robots sense injuries

When someone bumps their elbow against a wall, they not only feel pain but also might experience bruising. Robots and prosthetic limbs don’t have these warning signs, which could lead to further injury. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials…

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…

New way to 3D-print custom medical devices to boost performance and bacterial resistance

Using a new 3D printing process, University of Nottingham researchers have discovered how to tailor-make artificial body parts and other medical devices with built-in functionality that offers better shape and durability, while cutting the risk of bacterial infection at the…

Fragility fractures cost European health care systems €56.9 billion annually

New International Osteoporosis Foundation report provides unique overview of osteoporosis in Europe, revealing the enormous disease burden and an unacceptable treatment gap; 71% of women at high risk of fracture are not receiving much-needed medication

Important to reduce patients’ time respiratory intensive care with mechanical ventilation

More active efforts to reduce patients’ time on a ventilator in an ICU can both spare their suffering and free up intensive care resources, a thesis at the University of Gothenburg shows. Mechanical ventilation (MV) in an intensive care unit…

Danish invention preserves muscle mass in COVID-19 patients

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed electronic support stockings and tested them on bed-ridden Covid patients at Copenhagen University Hospitals. Results show that the stockings counteract a significant loss of muscle mass.

FAPESP will discuss an integrative approach to clinical long-term effects of COVID-19

Renowned scientists sharing their research and clinical practice will take part at the webinar. They will tackle the patients’ evolving clinical conditions and the challenges of dealing with the subacute phase.

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

Novel immunotherapy boosts long-term stroke recovery in mice

PITTSBURGH, May 19, 2021 – Specialized immune cells that accumulate in the brain in the days and weeks after a stroke promote neural functions in mice, pointing to a potential immunotherapy that may boost recovery after the acute injury is…

How to manage osteoporosis in hematologic stem cell transplant recipients

IOF Cancer & Bone Disease Working Group summary and algorithm outlines main recommendations to maintain bone health in HSCT patients: includes guidance for bone assessment, management and treatment as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations.

Prioritise opportunities to say final goodbye during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

First study in bereaved relatives’ experience during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown published today The study makes important recommendations for health and social care professionals providing end-of-life-care Bereaved families highlighted their need for practical and emotional support when a family member was…

Early training delays symptom onset in mouse model of Rett syndrome

New scientific findings bring hope that early training during the presymptomatic phase could help individuals with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, retain specific motor and memory skills and delay the onset of the condition. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine…

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…

Reading minds with ultrasound: A less-invasive technique to decode the brain’s intentions

What is happening in your brain as you are scrolling through this page? In other words, which areas of your brain are active, which neurons are talking to which others, and what signals are they sending to your muscles? Mapping…

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