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ed for increased physical activity. The bone mineral density (BMD) of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) increased slightly while taking Hectorol, a synthetic derivative of vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to increase BMD and reduce fractures in osteoporosis.

An analysis of how effective is the treatment in patients needing arm-hand reconstruction following SCI showed that surgery combined with functional electrical stimulation is necessary. But the team preferred tendon transfer. Gabapentin, a popular treatment for phantom and residual limb pain, was found ineffective in a recent double-blind trial.

This study identified and resolved problems in color analysis of silicone prostheses. Investigators analyzed various systems that automatically detect human skin color and assessed the possibility of introducing an automatic color detection system. They found that automatic color detection for prosthesis production is complex due to intrinsic factors of the silicone.

The systems tested require further development to meet the needs of prosthetic manufacturers. People with diabetes are at risk for developing foot ulcers due to poor circulation and nerve damage, putting them at risk for amputation. Data suggests a strong relationship between foot deformity and ulceration and between foot deformity and foot type.

A recent study showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) along with work services may help veterans with schizophrenia participate and succeed in existing vocational rehabilitation programs.

It was found that Veterans who received CBT worked more weeks and had better work performance than veterans who received standard support. It was concluded that individuals with severe upper-limb (UL) impairment after many years benefit from robotic rehabilitation.

Study volunteers had reduced UL impairment and improved movement control. In this study researchers outline a multimethod approach to prosth
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