Research

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A mobility researcher recently investigated a prototype of the WheelDrive—a wheelchair with electric motor backup.
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Drexel University researchers suggest that the protein MeCP2 may regulate the expression of genes that modulate pain.
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Hospitalized patients who participate in a mobility program may be less likely to experience a decline in mobility post-release, according to a recent study.
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A study presented recently at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Conference suggests a link between performing work-related physical activity and the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
At the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a 36-year old, male with paraplegia secondary to intramedullary hemiangioblastoma works on locomotor training during a therapy session with a robotic assist.
How does robotics really benefit spinal cord-injured patients? Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers test three robotic devices and discover how differences in engineering and application affect functional outcome measures among patients affected by tetraplegia and paraplegia.
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In a recent study, vascular surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston reviewed 7 years of patient records to determine the likelihood of limb loss due to specific symptoms.
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Researchers from the University of Edinburgh note that newly discovered muscle-specific proteins may help aid in the understanding of muscular dystrophy and other inherited diseases.
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A systematic literature analysis suggests that transplanting olfactory ensheathing cells into the spinal cord injury site may help improve locomotor performance.
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A recent study suggests minimal risk for severe infection in above-the-knee amputation patients who receive osseointegrated implants.
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Many hip or knee replacement surgery patients may still be taking prescription opioid pain medications up to 6 months after surgery, notes a study published recently in PAIN.
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A single-patient study describes the mobility results after a post-stroke patient received a surgically implanted prosthesis that was programmed to stimulate activity in the hip, knee, and ankle muscles.
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A phone survey of hip fracture patients suggests the possibility of mismanagement and misinformation among patients and physicians regarding osteoporosis.
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The use of virtual reality as a rehabilitation aid after experiencing a stroke may have some effect on the patient's arm function and activities of daily living.
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“Neuro-laser” treatment, or near-infrared light therapy (NILT), may be a possible new therapy to help spur the brain to repair itself after a TBI.
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Findings from a study of highly trained Paralympic athletes may have implications for the involvement of children with cerebral palsy in high-level exercise from a young age.
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The adjustability and predictability of pediatric support surfaces are critical in the prevention of pressure injuries, according to two recent studies.
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Different types of stem cells vary in their ability to restore function after spinal cord injury, according to a recently published literature review.
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The use of a mobility assessment tool may be predictive of early postoperative complications, longer hospital stays, and discharges to nursing homes among older patients.
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As people’s mobility and activity levels increase following knee replacement surgery, they may be putting themselves at risk for hip or spinal fractures down the line, a study suggests.
Shown here is a toddler using a Go Baby Go modified toy car. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)
Opportunities for young children with disabilities to play and explore their world in the same manner as their non-disabled peers are big factors in their future development, according to research.