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New Brain-Computer Interface Reads Movement Signals

September 1st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

On July 13, in the journal Nature, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Cybernetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. in Foxborough, Mass., announced a major victory for their BrainGate technology: A 25-year-old man with a high spinal cord injury, almost completely paralyzed since 2001, was able to open e-mail, operate a television, and use a robotic arm and hand.
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Medicare | Medical Device Industry Pleased With Changes to Medicare Payments

August 3rd, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

[Aug 03, 2006]
The New York Times on Thursday examined reaction to scaled-back changes in the Medicare inpatient hospital reimbursement system that were issued by CMS on Tuesday (Pear, New York Times, 8/3). The final CMS rule includes the closure of loopholes used by specialty hospitals and plans to replace the current charge-based reimbursement system with a cost-based system and to implement a severity-adjusted reimbursement system that will pay hospitals more for the treatment of sicker patients. The proposal will affect Read the rest of this entry »

Technology Helps Disabled Children

February 21st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Computer-based technology may be the best way to help children with disabilities learn and communicate.

Penn State researchers say laptop computers combining features from popular toys with innovative technology are quickly accelerating disabled children’s skills. More than 2-million Americans are unable to use speech to communicate. Children are a big part of this population. Read the rest of this entry »

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PDAs expected to change healthcare in future

October 1st, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

By Patricia Reaney
Reuters
Thursday, September 29, 2005; 7:07 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Personal digital assistants (PDAs) could change the way healthcare is delivered in the future by providing doctors with easy access to patient data and the latest information on treatment.

Palm pilots and other hand-held computers were originally designed as personal organizers but they are becoming increasingly popular with doctors, medical students and even patients to improve the quality of Read the rest of this entry »

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Internet helps speed stroke therapy in rural areas

September 24th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Reuters
Sep. 22, 2005 - By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An internet-based network that allows doctors in rural hospitals to consult a stroke expert in real-time can hasten the delivery of clot-busting drugs to treat stroke patients, new research indicates. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Heart Devices Malfunction

September 19th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

As Sophistication Has Grown, So Have Failures, FDA Reports

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 17, 2005; Page A07

The number of implanted heart defibrillators that fail is increasing as they become more sophisticated, a trend that government officials said yesterday is worrisome but difficult to stop. Read the rest of this entry »

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Computerized Medical Records Could Save Billions

September 14th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

– Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) — Computerizing medical records could save the U.S. health-care system more than $81 billion a year and improve health care, according to a study by the Rand Health, an independent health policy research program.

“Our findings strongly suggest that it is time for the government and others who pay for healthcare to aggressively promote health information technology,” study leader Richard Hillestad, a Rand senior management scientist, said in a prepared statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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New device for removing liver tumours with virtually no blood loss

September 12th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Devices/Technology
Published: Saturday, 10-Sep-2005

A new device for removing liver tumours with virtually no blood loss has been successfully used for the first time in America.
The Habib 4X resection device is named after its inventor Professor Nagy Habib, Professor of Hepato-Biliary Surgery at Imperial College London and chief of service for gastrointestinal surgery at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust in west London. The revolutionary new device uses radiofrequency energy to ’seal’ tissue around a tumour site, allowing the tumour to be removed while preventing blood loss and other complications. The device has enabled surgeons to operate where previously it would have been too risky. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smart solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the optics and electromagnetics sector

September 10th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Devices/Technology
Published: Wednesday, 7-Sep-2005

A new study from the University of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania State University suggests a smart solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the optics and electromagnetics sector - how to produce near-perfect lenses cheaply. Read the rest of this entry »

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Katrina Disaster and the AAC Community

September 9th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Some people who use AAC were among those in the path of Hurricane Katrina. In a 6 September message from the USSAAC Executive Committee and Board of Directors, USSAAC has pledged to provide the leadership to coordinate and implement a relief plan for the AAC community. The USSAAC web site is expected to reflect this effort by the end of this week. If you need or can offer money, items, services, housing, employment, etc., please visit the site.
http://www.ussaac.org/

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Key Consumer Event for People with Disabilities Opens This Weekend at the Novi Convention Center

August 25th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Abilities Expo/Metro Detroit

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
WHAT: Abilities Expo/Metro Detroit is the one show dedicated to
educating and improving the lives of people with disabilities,
senior citizens, their families & caregivers, as well as
healthcare and education professionals.

WHEN: Friday, August 26, 2005, 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday, August 27, 2005, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, August 28, 2005, 11 am - 5 pm

WHERE: The Novi Convention Center, Novi MI
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West Michigan Hospital Only Facility in Midwest to Offer New Therapy for Neurological Patients

August 25th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation
Hospital has opened a Biofeedback Laboratory for Neuromuscular Re-education.
The Grand Rapids, Mich., hospital is the only facility in the Midwest –
and one of just seven in the nation — to offer the therapy, which is designed
for patients with neurological disabilities such as spinal cord injury and
cerebral palsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government Panel to Develop Digital Health Records Standards

August 22nd, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

A new advisory panel, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been created to recommend ways for the private and public sectors to build an electronic health records network. The news was announced by HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, who will chair the advisory panel. The panel consists of 17 members from government and the private sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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FACT SHEET: TELEPHONE ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPEECH DISABILITIES

August 10th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

FACT SHEET: TELEPHONE ACCESS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPEECH DISABILITIES
Do you have a speech disability and live in the USA (including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico)? If so, you can now use a free telephone service 24 hours a day. This service, called “Speech to Speech” (STS), provides communication assistants (CAs) for people with difficulty being understood by the public on the telephone. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington DC regulates relay service: STS is a form of relay service. STS is also available in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Sweden. Read the rest of this entry »

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Updated Assistive Technology Related Freeware List

August 10th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Updated Freeware List
Glenda Hampton Anderson has provided her up-dated Freeware List. You may share the list as long as you credit Glenda. To download the list in PDF form, simply follow this link: www.connsensebulletin.com/freeware05.pdf

You can contact Glenda at:
Glenda Hampton Anderson
Assistive Technology Consultant
Butte County Office of Education
Oroville, CA 95965
530.532.5740 X110

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