Monthly Archives: August 2016

Change to mobility scheme rules

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

 

Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule.

The Government “Motability” scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.

But every week, between 400 and 500 people are forced to hand over their vehicles after a controversial “20-metre rule” was introduced, according to a report by a leading charity.


Using virtual reality and brain training to help paraplegics walk

“All eight patients experienced neurological improvements in somatic sensation (pain localisation, fine/crude touch, and proprioceptive sensing) in multiple dermatomes,” the team of academics wrote in its paper.

“Patients also regained voluntary motor control in key muscles below the SCI level, as measured by EMGs, resulting in marked improvement in their walking index.”

As a result of the research 50 per cent of the patients were “upgraded” to a diagnosis of partial paralysis, rather than full paralysis.”

More here at Wired.

 


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