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How surprisingly in United States a mysterious virus is spreading so wild? I was really amazed to see the current stats with kids in pain of this hazardious disease. Over the last few months, a severe pediatric respiratory disease called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has made its way into nearly every part of the United States, sickening 500 children in 42 …

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√¢Medical mystery√¢ still stumps doctors amid outbreak of poliolike paralysis

Mysterious Childhood Paralysis Linked To A Cold Virus

Thirteen-year-old Billy Sticklen of Joplin, Mo., developed polio-like paralysis during the summer of 2014 during the outbreak of the respiratory virus EV-D68. At Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, occupational therapist Kelly Grabendike works with Billy in the therapy pool. Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS/Getty Images Last year, hundreds of children across the country got …

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Adult-Derived Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss 01

Adult-Derived Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss

Lead author Shaomei Wang of Cedars-Sinai said that this is the first study to show preservation of vision after a single injection of adult-derived human cells into a rat model with age-related macular degeneration. The stem cell injection resulted in 130 days of preserved vision in laboratory rats, which roughly equates to 16 years in humans. Age-related macular degeneration affects …

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If You are a New Mother, Breastfeed Your Child to Reduce Smoking 03

If You are a New Mother, Breastfeed Your Child to Reduce Smoking

A new study has found that women who breastfeed their infants for at least 90 days smoke less in the months following childbirth as opposed to women who breastfeed for a small period of time or who do not breastfeed at all. While a large number of women quit or reduce smoking upon pregnancy recognition, many resume smoking postpartum. "Although …

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Indian Deaf Cricket Team to Compete in T20 Asia Cup 01

Indian Deaf Cricket Team to Compete in T20 Asia Cup

The Asia Cup is being organised by the Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association in collaboration with the PCB | PTI  NEW DELHI: India's deaf cricket team is all set to compete in the Twenty20 Asia Cup to be held in Lahore from April 18 to 27. USHA International Ltd is the Indian team's sponsor as the household consumer durable company today …

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Lack of toilets tied to stunted growth in Pakistan 01

Lack of Toilets Tied to Stunted Growth in Pakistan: UNICEF

A Pakistani child digs a hole to be used as a toilet for her family at a slum in Multan ISLAMABAD: Unicef warned Pakistan that the lack of toilets in the country lead to stunted growth as over 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. During her recent visit to …

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Mind-control exoskeleton gives unprecedented paralysis recovery 01

Mind-Control Exoskeleton Gives Unprecedented Paralysis Recovery

An exoskeleton that enables movement and provides tactile feedback has helped eight paralysed people regain sensation and move previously paralysed muscles "I FELT the ball!" yelled Juliano Pinto as he kicked off the Football World Cup in Brazil last year. Pinto, aged 29 at the time, lost the use of his lower body after a car accident in 2006. "It …

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New Smartphone App Gives Image of you 10 Kilos Lighter, Encourage Exercising 01

New Smartphone App Gives Image of you 10 Kilos Lighter, Encourage Exercising

You can now look slimmer and smarter thanks to a new smartphone app with promising results and without any interventions in your workout schedule! Actually, the new "Visualize You" app is designed to encourage weight loss by processing your portrait-style photograph and generating an image of what you would look like minus 10 kg... or may be more. The designers …

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Proper antenatal care can substantially reduce disability 01

Proper Antenatal Care Can Substantially Reduce Disability

UK physician in city SHILLONG: A large number of children with disabilities in India could have led ordinary lives if only they had received proper antenatal care. This was the opinion of Dr Andrew Curran, a paediatric neurologist from the UK, who was in Shillong this past week to conduct workshops with teachers and medical professionals, while also meeting disabled …

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Researcher warns of increased cancer risk with excess supplement use 01

Researcher Warns of Increased Cancer Risk with Excess Supplement Use

Popular notion holds that dietary supplements are good for our health. But increasingly, research is suggesting otherwise. At the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, one researcher discusses a number of studies associating excess use of dietary supplements with increased risk of cancer. Though dietary supplements can offer health benefits, Dr. Byers says "there is no substitute for …

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An Implant Could One Day Fix Spinal Cords And Let People Walk Again (Rats Already Are) 02

An Implant Could One Day Fix Spinal Cords and Let People Walk Again (Rats Already Are)

The tiny skin like device attaches directly to damaged spinal cords and stimulates them as if they were connected to the brain. Here's how we might fix spinal injuries in the future: with an implant that reconnects our body with the rest of our nervous system. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Lausanne, have developed the e-Dura—a …

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Critical Bill Passes to Promote Disability Rights in Indonesia 03

Critical Bill Passes to Promote Disability Rights in Indonesia

A ground-breaking law protecting and promoting the rights of people living with a disability has been passed in Padang, Indonesia, with the help of Australian volunteer Eban Pollard. Secretary of PPDI Antoni Tsaputra being carried up the stairs to the Mayor's Office to attend a public discussion about the draft legislation on disability rights Through the Australian Volunteers for International …

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Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers to Premiere at Hot Docs 01

Film on Japanese Disabled Wrestlers to Premiere at Hot Docs

‘Sambo Shintaro,’ star of the movie Doglegs, grapples with an unnamed opponent. A documentary about a small troupe of disabled wrestlers based in Tokyo aims to challenge public perceptions toward disabilities when it premieres at an international film festival in Toronto later this month. Five years in the making, the film follows the story of Shintaro Yano, a janitor with …

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Fury As Blind People Hit By Benefit Reform 01

Fury as Blind People Hit by Benefit Reform

Government plans which could reduce state benefits paid to thousands of blind people have sparked a revolt by Liberal Democrat MPs in the latest sign of tension inside the Coalition over cuts. The Liberal Democrat rebels are demanding a U-turn after it emerged that many blind or partially-sighted people who currently receive disability living allowance (DLA) of up to £120 …

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Know How A Wheelchair Should Fit Your Body 04

Know How a Wheelchair Should Fit Your Body

Alternative forms of mobility are often used by individuals with paralysis, most often a wheelchair.  Knowing how a wheelchair should fit your body is helpful. As a consumer, it is good to have an idea about what is needed to be specific for your body.  It has been estimated that 80-90% of individuals are not properly fitted in their current …

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Mentally ill should wear wristbands, Tory candidate says, provoking outrage 01

Mentally Ill Should Wear Wristbands, Tory Candidate Says, Provoking Outrage

A Conservative Party candidate has caused a furor for “harmfully” suggesting mentally ill people should wear wristbands to identify their condition. Cambridge Tory candidate Chamali Fernando was speaking at a hustings event on Monday when she made the “outraging” statements. Fernando said the wristbands, labeled with the person’s condition, would be helpful to police and legal professionals to understand the …

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Movie Featuring Actor With Down Syndrome Set For Wide Release 01

Movie Featuring Actor with Down Syndrome Set for Wide Release

David DeSanctis, left, as Produce in the film “Where Hope Grows.” (Tom LeGoff) A film starring a man with Down syndrome is set for a nationwide release this spring. “Where Hope Grows” is expected to appear on about 300 screens across the country when it is released May 15. Central to the story is a grocery-store worker named Produce, played …

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No disability allowance for blind receptionist 01

No Disability Allowance for Blind Receptionist

In Italy, a blind person who finds work loses their right to disability allowance. This was the ruling from Italy’s Court of Cassation, which upheld an appeal filed by the Italian social security (INPS) against an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal of Salerno, which confirmed the judgement of the Court of Vallo Della Lucania. The latter had accepted …

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The app that adapts text for dyslexic children 01

The App that Adapts Text for Dyslexic Children

A website has been developed in France that can adapt written texts to the needs of dyslexic children. The website, which was the result of intuition from the social start-up Aidodys, allows the user to load pages of reading, exercises and lessons in various digital formats and generate the same documents in readable versions for those who suffer from dyslexia, …

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Artificial Hands 01

The Life-Changing Artificial Hand Made by INAIL

A prototype artificial hand made by INAIL and the Italian Institute of Technology has been unveiled in Rome. The innovative prosthesis is made entirely in Italy and will go on sale by 2017.  It will enable people to perform acts very precisely such as spreading butter on bread or driving in a nail using a drill. The first to trial …

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Shock Absorber Wheelchair Wheel 01

A Clever Shock-Absorbing Bike Wheel, Now for Wheelchairs

It's taken nearly a decade, and 70 iterations that Pearce worked on with a local archery shop, to get Loopwheels at the right compression and price for users. Loopwheels In 2007, British designer Sam Pearce got an idea for a better, smarter kind of wheel. Loopwheels Entrepreneurs love to claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when …

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