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After a serious injury, illness or surgery, you may recover slowly. You may need to regain your strength, relearn skills or find new ways of doing things you did before. This process is called rehabilitation. Rehabilitation often focuses on physical thera



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Thousands of heart patients missing out on cardiac rehabilitation

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Thousands of heart patients are missing out on cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, increasing their risk of suffering a fatal event, according to new figures released by the British...



Hope for people who struggle after suffering brain trauma

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Pharmacological therapy combined with a rehabilitation program that teaches how to compensate for memory and attention problems offers new hope for people who suffer the consequences of traumatic...



Exercise programs may not provide additional benefits to usual physical therapy following total knee replacement

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

In a randomized trial of patients who underwent total knee replacement as a treatment for osteoarthritis, a group program of strengthening and aerobic exercises was not better at alleviating...



3D imaging of muscles points to potential treatments for muscle diseases and injuries

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new form of 3D imaging of muscles has allowed researchers to "see" inside muscle and trace long cables made up of a protein called collagen.



Repurposed drug may offer diagnosis, treatment for traumatic nerve damage

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center believe they have identified a new means of enhancing the body's ability to repair its own cells, which they hope will lead to better...



Researchers restore leg movement in primates using wireless neural interface

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

An international team of scientists has used a wireless "brain-spinal interface" to bypass spinal cord injuries in a pair of rhesus macaques, restoring intentional walking movement to a temporarily...



Five weird and wonderful surgical procedures

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

From using an ankle as a knee to the world's first human head transplant, we take a look at five of the strangest, yet amazing surgical procedures to date.



Research finds brain changes, needs to be retrained after ACL injury

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers say we rely more on vision after injuries, suggest a new approach to rehab.



Rehabilitation services for trauma patients improve outcomes after hospital discharge

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

As more trauma patients survive their initial hospital stays, new study results show that acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities are the best places for some of these patients to go once they...



Restoring the sense of touch in amputees using natural signals of the nervous system

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Research provides blueprint for building neuroprosthetic devices that recreate the sense of touch by directly stimulating the nervous system.



Research shows physical activity does not improve after hip replacement

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that, surprisingly, patients' physical activity does not increase following hip replacement surgery.



Bio-inspired lower-limb 'wearing robotic exoskeleton' for human gait rehab

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Stroke and spinal cord injury patients often require gait rehabilitation to regain the ability to walk or to help strengthen their muscles.



New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PST

Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand.



Probiotics may help spinal cord injury recovery

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST

A new mouse study finds that counteracting changes in gut bacteria that arise from spinal cord injury with probiotics could help aid recovery.



Paralyzed man regains 'sense of touch' with mind-controlled robotic arm

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PST

New study reveals how a 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a car accident has regained his sense of touch, thanks to a brain implant and a robotic arm.



"Virtual physiotherapist" helps paralysed patients exercise using computer games

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

A simple device can improve the ability of patients with arm disability to play physiotherapy-like computer games, according to new research.



Heart disease exercise programme could work for bowel cancer patients

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

Could rehabilitation programmes for heart disease patients be used to help people recovering from bowel cancer get back on their feet?



Help needed to identify post-stroke visual impairments

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

A University of Liverpool led review of the methods available to screen for post-stroke visual impairments has found there is an urgent demand for the development of a tool.



Stroke: Innovative electrical stimulation glove improves hand function

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new therapy has been developed for stroke survivors to improve hand function using a glove to send electrical stimulation to nerves in the affected hand.



Stem cell therapy restores arm, hand movement for paralyzed man

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PST

A man left paralyzed from a spinal cord injury has regained movement in his arms and hands as a result of a novel stem cell treatment.



Language learning boosts brain plasticity and ability to code new information

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PST

Using EEG recordings, a new study shows that the more languages we learn, the faster the brain circuits that code new information are formed.



Physical training and social support reduce frailty and malnutrition

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PST

A training program for the reactivation of older and frail people established by MedUni Vienna has achieved remarkable success.



Virtual world improves communication following stroke, says study

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PST

A virtual reality world called EVA Park can improve the communication of those who have impaired speech and language following a stroke, according to research by academics at City University London.



Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PST

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet.



Paralysis patients regain sensation, muscle control through brain machine

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PST

Scientists have helped people who are paralyzed from spinal cord injuries regain some feeling and movement with the assistance of brain-machine interfaces.