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A Teen’s Guide to Test Anxiety

Almost all students experience stress before and during exams. It becomes a problem when that stress triggers physical and emotional responses — including increased muscle tension, stomach pain and irritability — that can negatively impact performance. Knowing how to approach a test can help students more effectively manage their anxiety, resulting in better physical and mental health.


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Effect of a Novel Intervention Using Daily Intermittent Hypoxia and High Intensity Training on Upper Limb Function in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

This study proposes the examine the effects of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia (AIH) in combination with upper extremity training, over the course of a month, to evaluate changes in upper extremity function, dexterity, and ability to complete activities of daily living. The use of acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) has been demonstrated, through human and animal studies, to be an effective way of increasing spinal motor excitability and strengthening residual synaptic connectivity. AIH utilizes short duration (

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2 Research Scientists Honored by AIMBE

Wendy Murray, PhD, and James Patton, PhD, were inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows on April 9, 2018.


Prosthetic Research Residency Program

All Prosthetics Residencies offered through the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Center are now 18-month combined Clinical & Research residencies. The research component occurs at the Center for Bionic Medicine through TEAMM-RERC funding.


DOD Weight Management Study

Perspectives and Preferences for Weight Management after Spinal Cord Injury

DOD Weight Management Study study is to gather perspectives of people with spinal cord injury, their caregivers and family members, and health care professionals pertaining to weight management in an effort to create an educational tool.


USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Goes for Gold

Watch a video of U.S. Paralympic sled hockey players' visit to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and see how to follow their quest for gold at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.


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Stretchable Electronics a ‘Game Changer’ for Stroke Recovery Treatment

Developed in the lab of Northwestern University engineering professor John A. Rogers, PhD, in partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the sensor is the latest in Rogers’ growing portfolio of stretchable electronics that are precise enough for use in advanced medical care and portable enough to be worn outside the hospital, even during extreme exercise.

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Aqua Therapy

The Many Benefits of Aqua Therapy

Aqua therapy is an increasingly popular form of treatment and rehabilitation for patients with a broad range of illnesses and injuries. Here are some of the many benefits to hitting the pool for treatment, recovery or just a great aquatic workout.



Row With It: The Incredible Benefits of Rowing

Rowing offers a killer full-body workout and incredible opportunities for engagement with Chicago’s dynamic, dedicated and supportive rowing community. So join a team, hop in a boat and take to the water to reap the incredible benefits the sport has to offer both mind and body


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The 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago

Make It Better proudly presents to you our inaugural list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago. These are our city’s movers and shakers — women who control multi-million-dollar budgets, powerful media or other public platforms, and have created transformational models worthy of wide replication.


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Top 31 Chicago Female Philanthropists

Chicago hosts the National Symposium on Women, Philanthropy and Civil Society, which is produced by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, on March 14 and 15. This is wonderfully appropriate for many reasons. A 2015 study by the school proves that Chicago is the most philanthropic city in the country by a generous margin