There’s an App for That: Apple® iPod Touch® Helps Adults with Autism Function in the Workplace

New Vocational Tools Reported in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

September 3, 2012 - Only 15% of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States have some form of paid work. Difficulties related to cognition, behavior, communication, and sensory processing can impact their ability to attain and retain employment. Now investigators report the task management and organizational features on personal digital assistants (PDAs) can help people with ASD function more successfully in the workplace. They have published case studies in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation demonstrating the use of Apple® iPod touch® PDAs as vocational supports. More...

September 3, 2012

New Diagnostic Biomarkers Offer Ray of Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

State-of-the-Art Imaging Technology for Biomarker Development Explored in a Supplement to Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 30, 2012 - Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most common brain disorders, with an estimated 35 million people affected worldwide. In the last decade, research has advanced our understanding of how AD affects the brain. However, diagnosis continues to rely primarily on neuropsychological tests which can only detect the disease after clinical symptoms begin. In a supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, investigators report on the development of imaging-based biomarkers that will have an impact on diagnosis before the disease process is set in motion. More...

August 30, 2012

Neural Interface for Hand Prosthesis Can Restore Function in Brain Areas Responsible for Motor Control

Research Results Reported in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

August 21, 2012 - Amputation disrupts not only the peripheral nervous system but also central structures of the brain. While the brain is able to adapt and compensate for injury in certain conditions, in amputees the traumatic event prevents adaptive cortical changes. A group of scientists reports adaptive plastic changes in an amputee’s brain following implantation of multielectrode arrays inside peripheral nerves. Their results are available in the current issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. More...

August 21, 2012

Scientists Report Promising New Direction for Cognitive Rehabilitation in the Elderly

Findings Published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience

August 21, 2012 - Research has found that declines in temporal information processing (TIP), the rate at which auditory information is processed, underlies the progressive loss of function across multiple cognitive systems in the elderly, including new learning, memory, perception, attention, thinking, motor control, problem solving, and concept formation. In a new study, scientists have found that elderly subjects who underwent temporal training improved not only the rate at which they processed auditory information, but also in other cognitive areas. The study is published in the current issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. More...

August 21, 2012