Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Research In Focus is a weekly publication featuring reader-friendly summaries of the latest research from NIDILRR-funded projects. Each installment presents you with an overview of a recently-published NIDILRR-funded study, highlighting important findings, and discussing implications or directions for future research. This could be a starting point to learn more about the intervention, technology, or program. We hand-select the articles from our diverse library collections, aiming to broadly cover interesting research in many areas of disability, various types of intervention, and a wide range of age spectrum from early childhood to aging with and into disability. To be alerted to new articles, sign up for our weekly email newsletter News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond! These articles are also available in Spanish. Are you a NIDILRR grantee? Learn how to recommend your recent study for an upcoming issue.

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Muscle and joint conditions such as arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia may result in long-lasting pain and disability. According to recent studies, people with those conditions may have difficulty keeping jobs if their symptoms make it hard to get to and from work or to perform work-related activities, such as walking,... Read this article

Date published:
2018-12-12

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord from an accident or other trauma. People with SCI may become less physically active due to limited mobility. As a result, they may be at a higher risk for obesity or insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body processes... Read this article

Date published:
2018-12-05

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. People with TBI may face long-term challenges in their mobility or cognitive abilities such as thinking clearly or processing and remembering information. These... Read this article

Date published:
2018-11-14

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive central nervous system disease. People with MS can experience a variety of symptoms which typically start between the ages of 20 and 40, including difficulty walking, vision loss, pain, fatigue, or challenges with thinking and memory. As people get older with MS, they... Read this article

Date published:
2018-11-07

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Active video games (AVGs), also known as exergames, are video games that involve active body movement as part of the gameplay. Nintendo Wii is an example of gaming console with several options for AVGs. One popular AVG controller, the Wii Fit Balance Board, allows players to make moves in the video games... Read this article

Date published:
2018-10-31

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage resulting from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. People with TBI may have challenges managing stress, thinking and remembering things, or communicating with others. Resilience is the ability to adapt positively to traumatic events and being... Read this article

Date published:
2018-10-24

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as a fall or accident. TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. Past research has found that some people with TBI may have trouble empathizing with others. Empathy is the process of caring about, understanding, and sharing another person’s... Read this article

Date published:
2018-10-17

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have difficulty processing and responding to social cues. Social information processing (SIP) is the ability to understand and reason through challenging social situations, such as conflict situations. Children who have difficulties with SIP may have trouble making and... Read this article

Date published:
2018-09-26

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Working women with disabilities (WWD) face disadvantages compared to working men with and without disabilities. Studies show the average WWD is paid only 83% as much as a working man with a disability and 67% as much as a working man without a disability. Negative attitudes and stereotypes about WWD may contribute to... Read this article

Date published:
2018-09-19

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is brain damage resulting from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. TBI can be rated as mild, moderate, or severe depending on how long the person loses consciousness. Some people with mild TBI, sometimes called a concussion, may still experience injury serious enough for... Read this article

Date published:
2018-09-12

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