Questionnaire

We often clamour for a chance to have our voices heard, well now is your chance, please can you take just a few minutes to complete this questionnaire created by Helen Dolphin over at People’s Parking. This survey aims to find out how safe wheelchair and scooter users feel travelling on the bus in 2018.

Click here to go to their survey.

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Stealth virus for cancer therapy

Viruses have their own genetic material and can infect human cells in a very specific manner. They will then reproduce as directed by their own genes but using the resources of the host cell. These properties make them interesting “gene shuttles” to fight hereditary diseases or cancer. There are innumerable different viruses, but the human adenovirus 5, which normally causes the symptoms of a typical cold, has substantial advantages: Its genome can be replaced completely by an artificial one which contains only “useful” genes. Without any of the viral genes left, the virus can no longer replicate and trigger diseases. In addition, the genome of the adenovirus is very large and does not integrate into human chromosomes.

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Teeny robot is the future of surgery

A tiny caterpillar-inspired robot that can walk, crawl, jump, and even swim, should one day be able to patrol the human body from the inside, according to researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany, who describe their work in a Nature paper.

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Autism friendly Minecraft sets new record!

In our house most of the talk revolves around things that have been learned. You can guarantee there’ll be a conversation about chickens, Lego, the Titanic or similar. But the king is and probably will always be Minecraft!

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You share genes with an ancient eel

And that may be a very good thing indeed! Lampreys are jawless, eel-like fish that, about 550 million years ago, shared a common ancestor with humans. The observation that a lamprey can fully recover from a severed spinal cord without medication or other treatment is what spurred this study. They can go from paralysis to full swimming behaviour in 10 to 12 weeks.

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XBOX Gamer?

Do you own an XBOX One or XBOX 360? Have you been looking to join a community where you can game with others who have a disability? Then look no further! We have created our own online gaming community through the XBOX Live facility. Simply search for our Club ‘Want My Space Take My Disability Gamers’ and join others who are casual gamers and looking to make new friendships.

Don’t have Xbox Live, then pop over here first.

See you online!

Bespoke 3D printed wheelchairs a reality

You can have a tailored suit made, bespoke curtains and covers made, even your new car can be tailored to suit your needs, so it seems strange that wheelchairs (to a certain extent) are off the shelf items not ideally designed with the individual in mind.

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