This technology is helping young girls with a rare syndrome communicate

When 13-year-old Nathalia Lawlor was born, she seemed perfectly healthy, moving and babbling like any other baby. But at around six or seven months, she started to lose her coordination and ability to move. Once able to grasp small objects,

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For uncontrolled tremor, ultrasound instead of brain surgery?

Patients with uncontrolled shaking caused by a condition called essential tremor may get relief with a new noninvasive ultrasound procedure, a study finds. The movement disorder involves involuntary tremors in the hands or feet, and sometimes the voice is shaky,

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How Tech Can Help the Visually Impaired

A new app reminds me of caring for my blind grandmother I grew up with a blind grandmother, who lost her vision to glaucoma. The medicine of the 1930’s and 1940’s, unfortunately, couldn’t prevent that fate. So from a very

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Schoolchildren with disabilities face digital gap

Strides in special education have not caught up with technology, leaving disabled students in the digital dust as their peers type and swipe through daily lessons. Federal investigations in Utah and across the country are drawing attention to the lag

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Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing

When her high school in Grosse Ile, Michigan, started a co-ed robotics team dubbed The Wired Devils, Maya Pandya thought she’d give it a try. The 17-year-old already excelled in math and science, and had considered going into engineering as

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Future of Education: Robot Teachers Are In!

    Kids will soon be facing robotic teachers and more virtual learning. Is this a good sign for the educational sector? Learn more about the future of robotic teachers and how the scholastic world can prepare for this big

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Using robotics to improve brain assessments

Clinicians have always had to rely on a patient’s behaviour and movement to diagnose a brain injury or track the impact of neurological diseases. Today, with advanced technology, clinician-scientists have a more precise window on brain function and they are

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Brain training, robotics help paraplegics regain some movement

Complete spinal cord paralysis is thought to be irreversible, but new research suggests brain-controlled robotics with tactile feedback may reactivate circuitry between the brain and nerves, effectively restoring some lower-body movement and sensation. In a study published Thursday in the

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Visually impaired musicians overcome obstacles with technology at Napa camp

Music has been called the “universal language,” but becoming a serious musician may require more than just picking up an instrument. Being able to read and write music is important, for example, if you want to perform with an orchestra

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‘Brain training’ technique restores feeling and movement to paraplegic patients

Eight paraplegics – some of them paralysed for more than a decade by severe spinal cord injury – have been able to move their legs and feel sensation, after help from an artificial exoskeleton, sessions using virtual reality (VR) technology

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