Scientists have developed a new way to detect which areas of the brain contribute most greatly to epilepsy seizures, according to a PLOS Computational Biology study. The strategy, devised by Marinho Lopes of the University of Exeter and colleagues, could help surgeons select specific brain areas for removal to stop seizures.
Medicaid does not cover hearing aids in nearly half the country. Coverage greatly varies in the states where hearing health benefits are available. About 25% are required to have at least 'moderate' hearing loss, which is the inability to hear regular conversation.
A multinational research effort led by researchers in Israel has discovered the biological basis of a rare but severe neurological disorder in children. In a research paper published today, scientists describe for the first time how the children's cells are flooded with ribosomal RNA and are poisoned by it. This is the first time that an excess of ribosomal RNA has been linked to a disease in humans.
Many in rural Africa believe disability is caused by supernatural forces, curses and as 'punishment'. The stigma leaves disabled people vulnerable to neglect and abuse - with sexual abuse reported by 90 percent those with learning difficulties. Disabled children are often kept 'locked up' at home. But the more that communities come into contact with disability, the more awareness grows. Medical explanations are beginning to emerge, with increasing numbers of families choosing medical advice over a witchdoctor.
University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson's disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes. A research team is developing the Smarter Balance System (SBS), a smartphone-based biofeedback rehabilitation system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology.
To date, muscle function, and in particular that of the lower extremity, in OI type IV has not been investigated systematically. This study now assesses upper and lower extremity muscle function finding that lower limb weakness may contribute to limitations in mobility in people with OI Type IV despite multidisciplinary treatment.
A mobile harness suspended from the ceiling is now equipped with intelligent motion analysis for tailored walking rehabilitation in people suffering from spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders affecting gait.
Despite 15 years of investment in the Afghan health care sector by the international community, vulnerable groups -- including persons with disabilities -- cite a growing rate of insufficient access to quality health care, finds a new Washington University in St. Louis study published July 14 in the journal Lancet Global Health.
A glove fitted with wearable electronics can translate the American Sign Language alphabet and then wirelessly transmit the text for display on electronic devices -- all for less than $100, according to a study published July 12, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Timothy O'Connor and Darren Lipomi from University of California, San Diego, US, and colleagues.
Researchers have created energy-recycling stairs that store a user's energy during descent and return energy to the user during ascent, making walking up and down stairs easier. When going up, the stairs give people a boost by releasing the stored energy, making it 37 percent easier on the knee than using conventional stairs.