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29 January, 2020

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On the road to reinvention

London actor and creative Byron Konizi has emerged from years battling the effects of brain injury with a plan to help others like him, as Andrew Mernin reports.

The only way is up

An idea conceived by a psychologist in northern Spain is now helping to transform rehab outcomes across the world. NR Times reports on NeuronUP.

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Out of the shadows

A charity which encourages brain injury survivors to put others first is helping them to re-find their place as valued members of society. Deborah Johnson reports.

The twin forces creating a rehab superpower

It’s 20 years since Hocoma’s robotic rehab machine Lokomat was launched. In the decades since, over 300 peer reviewed journal articles on the gait training device have been published.

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.

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Opinion

“I am able to enjoy every day”

After a car accident on holiday, Jason was told he’d never walk again, but he had other ideas – which have now become a reality – as Irwin Mitchell partner Demetrius Danas explains.

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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Insight

Summersaulting out of the comfort zone

Staff at St Neots, a neuro-rehab centre on the border of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, were looking for ways to expand their patient
rehab opportunities when they had a gold standard idea…

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.

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Technology

The manual therapist’s new best friend?

Musculoskeletal pain caused by spinal disorders reportedly costs the US health care system US$874bn per year, and is the most common cause of severe long-term pain and disability…

Two-piece transformations…

Swedish innovation the Mollii Suit is helping neuro- rehab patients with a range of conditions to regain lost functions and boost their quality of life, as Richard Welch explains here.

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Interviews 

State of the rehab nation

The driving force of rehabilitation research in America has big plans to speed treatment development and improve skills, its outgoing president Dr Deborah Backus tells Andrew Mernin.

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. NR Times reports.

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