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Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students

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Photo: Man wearing signglasses [02/06/2014] Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University (BYU) launched the "Signglasses" project.Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students - Read more

Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality

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Photo: Ear [09/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality - Read more

Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions

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Photo: Cartoon [31/03/2014] Researchers from the University of Southampton have shown that cartoons could be a beneficial way of educating patients and empowering them to cope better with their long term conditions.Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions - Read more

Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients

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Photo: Hand writing [18/03/2014] Research on amputees with chronic dominant hand loss may inform rehabilitation of stroke patients.Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients - Read more

Vision: Off with Your Glasses

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Photo: Glasses [06/03/2014] Researchers of Tel Aviv University's Goldschleger Eye Research Institute have discovered new evidence that correlates crowding in the fovea — a small part of the retina responsible for sharp vision — and the brain's processing speed. These findings could greatly alter earlier models of visual crowding, which emphasized peripheral impairment exclusively.Vision: Off with Your Glasses - Read more

Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills

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Photo: Stimulation glove [25/02/2014] Improving the sense of touch and motor skills without active training – what sounds impossible, does actually work. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve fibers that connect the hands with the brain.Stroke: Stimulation Glove Enhances Motor Skills - Read more

Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss

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Photo: Tinnitus [21/02/2014] University of Leicester research reveals why hearing loss is correlated with auditory signals failing to get transmitted along the auditory nerve. A research team investigating tinnitus has revealed new insights into the link between the exposure to loud sounds and hearing loss.Tinnitus: Link between Loud Sounds and Hearing Loss - Read more

Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes

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Photo: Feeling prosthesis [10/02/2014] Freiburg researchers have developed electrodes that help amputees to grasp at objects.Prostheses: Feeling through Implanted Electrodes - Read more

Eyes: Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved

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Photo: Eye [23/01/2014] The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a recent study.Eyes: Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved - Read more

Immunology: „The immunosensory system goes beyond the actual immune cells“

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[22/01/2014] It guards the body but can become its enemy: the immune system defends us from intruding pathogens; it is also able to cause severe diseases if it falsely recognizes the body itself as a threat. Molecular receptors in the whole body enable the immune system to “sense” what happens within.Immunology: „The immunosensory system goes beyond the actual immune cells“ - Read more