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15 December, 2019

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Biting back against a common threat

The swallowing disorder dsyphagia is widespread among people with brain injuries and conditions – and its impact can be profound. Here Helen Willis, dietitian at Wiltshire Farm Foods tells NR Times how to curb its negative influence on people in recovery.

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Leading the fight against a formidable foe

Dr Charles Bernick is leading the largest study to date into punch drunk syndrome among professional athletes. The findings could help to identify the “breaking point” for brain injuries, he tells Sarah Sinclair.

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Marching to a new beat

Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma, on how music therapy can help military personnel and their families.

The gait way to more independence

The London Orthotic Consultancy is helping to bring the most advanced treatment to those with cerebral palsy or other conditions requiring rehabilitation, throughout the UK and beyond

A national brain injury crisis

Politicians gathered in May for a Westminster debate on brain injury. Here Deborah Johnson provides the highlights.

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Opinion

How to find the perfect powerchair

When looking for a powerchair there are many options available which at times can be confusing. To eliminate some of this, we spoke to Matt James, director of Precision Rehab, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of powerchairs with over 25 years industry experience.

Making the open road accessible to all

Car parks aren’t the only places where a lack of space is stopping people with disabilities from getting behind the wheel, writes Ray Lartey, MD of TriLift UK.

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Insight

Winging it in the rehab world

For over 20 years the Flying Faculty has been sending experts across the globe on an international mission to improve neurorehabilitation training and delivery. NR Times reports.

Unequal opportunities

A third of people with a brain condition face workplace discrimination. Sarah Sinclair reports on the challenge of getting into employment – and staying there.

“It’s a really, really lonely place to be…”

Up to a third of women, and one in four men, will experience violence at the hands of a partner at some point in their lives. A black eye may be hard to hide, but a traumatic brain injury could remain undetected indefinitely, as Sarah Sinclair reports.

“The whole process was shocking”

Families affected by motor neurone disease are fighting a losing battle for accessible housing and home alterations, as Ethan Sisterson reports.

Behind the cloak of competence

Almost 100 brain injury case managers took part in a recent study investigating the influence of the Mental Capacity Act on their work with brain injury clients. Here Sophie Moore reports on the results.

Lift off for Takeji’s creations

Japanese inventor Takeji Ueda is hoping to revolutionise patient transfers with his range of products which combine the principles of physics and innovative textile design.

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Technology

2020: The year of the exoskeleton?

With the pace of exoskeleton development picking up, 2020 could be a breakthrough year in terms of their widespread use in rehab, writes Deborah Johnson.

Introducing Mollii

The super suit that’s transforming rehabilitation for children…

The next gen-air-ation of sensory spaces

PODS are pop-up, themed sensory spaces for children. Although designed for any child to enjoy, they are ideally suited to helping children with sensory needs, physical disabilities and learning difficulties…

Harnessing the power of preparation

Trying a new powerchair can be a daunting and dangerous experience for children – but help is at hand from Tiki the Elephant and the innovative creators of i-Drive, as NR Times reports.

A new spin on mobility tech

New technology is giving wheelchair users the freedom to reach places they never thought possible, as actor David Proud tells NR Times.

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Interviews

Failed and forgotten in a US care home

One of America’s leading experts on disorders of consciousness sees major flaws in the way patients are being managed – in a system marred by pessimism and premature death. But the tide may be turning, Dr John Whyte tells NR Times.

Sky high ambition

A young entrepreneur from Bristol is aiming to revolutionise air travel for disabled people, including those affected by brain and spinal injuries and conditions.

Why the Arni way is up

Dr Tom Balchin’s mission to help UK stroke survivors was forged in tragedy. In late 1996, his twin...

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Leading the fight against a formidable foe

Dr Charles Bernick is leading the largest study to date into punch drunk syndrome among professional athletes. The findings could help to identify the “breaking point” for brain injuries, he tells Sarah Sinclair.

Read More

“It’s a really, really lonely place to be…”

Up to a third of women, and one in four men, will experience violence at the hands of a partner at some point in their lives. A black eye may be hard to hide, but a traumatic brain injury could remain undetected indefinitely, as Sarah Sinclair reports.

Read More

Behind the cloak of competence

Almost 100 brain injury case managers took part in a recent study investigating the influence of the Mental Capacity Act on their work with brain injury clients. Here Sophie Moore reports on the results.

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