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Maddak Inc calls on occupational therapy professionals and students to submit their best design ideas for new products to assist patients with disabilities or recovering from illnesses.
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Invacare Corp, an Elyria, Ohio-based manufacturer of wheelchairs and other products in the home medical equipment market, announces its financial results for the quarter and year that ended December 31, 2015.
Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell, founders of Aquassure Accessible Baths, demonstrate the Slide-In Bathtub on the Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den. (Photo courtesy of CNW Group/Aquassure Accessible Baths.)
Aquassure Accessible Baths’ founders Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell recently appeared on the Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den to pitch their Aquassure Slide-In Bathtub to the show’s panel of entrepreneurs.
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The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) announces the list of 34 new facilities that received accreditation in December.
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Synchrony Financial announces that, as part of its commitment to diversity, it is launching a plan to hire more people with disabilities.
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BraunAbility, along with the Ford Motor Company, debut what they describe as the world’s first wheelchair-accessible SUV: the BraunAbility MXV, based on the 2016 Ford Explorer.
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Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc announces that AST-OPC1, its drug in development to help treat spinal cord injury, has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA.
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A new Transparency Market Research report on global electric wheelchairs predicts double-digit growth by 2020.
Steven Sanchez, wearing SuitX’s Phoenix, was paralyzed from the waist down after a BMX accident. (Photo courtesy of SuitX)
SuitX, a company spun off from UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, unveils the Phoenix robotic exoskeleton.
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The NeuroRecovery Research Center, on the Houston-based TIRR Memorial Hermann campus, is now open.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America announces the receipt of a $913,000 donation from Penske Automotive Group.
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A recent study may be able to back up the suggestion that amputees may be experiencing various sensations and neuropathic pain while they are near cellphone towers and other technologies that produce radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.
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A pair of recent studies suggests that a specific circuit in the brain controls walking, and that input to this circuit may be disrupted in Parkinson’s disease.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has listed the details about a study using the ReWalk Personal 6.0 Exoskeleton Systems on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website.
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A community-based study suggests there may be a dose-response relationship between the amount of weight loss achieved and the level of knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptom improvement.
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The Amputee Coalition announces its board of directors and officers for 2016.
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Bionik Laboratories Corp announces it is working with IBM to develop a cognitive computing analytical system to improve outcomes of neurological rehabilitation.
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ProtoStar, headquartered in San Diego, announces its debut as a manufacturer of “upright medical walkers.” Its first product is the LifeWalker Upright.
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United Health Foundation announces a $750,000 grant to help create The Blue Star Cares: Military Caregiver Online Interactive Program.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America has launched a new website enabling those with disabilities to share their experiences with air travel—both positive and negative.