Concussion: Get ahead of the problem

Concussions have become a more visible and mainstream issue over the last few years through movies and NFL engagement. According to the CDC, an estimated 330,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for sports-related injuries, including diagnoses of concussion or traumatic brain injury, in 2012.

Concussions can vary from […]

By |May 22nd, 2017|Categories: News||0 Comments

Physical therapist’s own dementia diagnosis presents challenges for family

By Robin Farmer

Rowena delos Santos used her expertise as a physical therapist to help thousands of patients move and function better. But memories of a successful career and rich life are fading. Rowena, 52, was diagnosed in April 2014 with corticobasal degeneration/corticobasal dementia, a rare progressive neurological disease without […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: News||1 Comment

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm moves individual fingers

Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of each other using a mind-controlled artificial arm to control the movement.

The proof-of-concept, described online Feb. 15 in the Journal of Neural […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Longer, intense rehab boosts recovery after brain injury in rat study

For cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation might improve the brain’s ability to repair and restructure itself, according to a new animal study that also confirmed the importance of intensive rehab.

Researchers at the University of California, […]

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Study: One-on-one education benefits patients before joint replacement

Patients benefit from a one-on-one education session provided by a PT and access to a custom web portal before knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a new study at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

On questionnaires, patients indicated they were more satisfied with their presurgery […]

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: News||1 Comment

Research explores 10-year trends in pediatric inpatient rehab

Delivery of pediatric rehabilitation services has changed during the past decade — with length of stay decreasing, according to research presented at the Association for Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif.

Recent studies have shown discrepancies in the structures and processes of pediatric rehab both within and among different […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Study: Girls at risk for autism more attentive to social cues in faces than boys

Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to new research.

The study, conducted by researchers with the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., is the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants, […]

By |March 7th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

New-generation exoskeleton designed to be lighter, more agile

More than a decade of work by a team with University of California Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory has paid off, as a new, lighter and more agile exoskeleton recently was unveiled, according to a news release.

The robotics lab, a team of graduate students led by mechanical engineering […]

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

APTA names Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Scientific Advisory Panel

The American Physical Therapy Association, in Alexandria, Va., has appointed a Scientific Advisory Panel to oversee its Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, according to a news release.

The members of the panel are: James Irrgang, PhD, PT, ATC, FAPTA, director; Kristin Archer, DPT, PT, PhD; Linda Arslanian, DPT, PT, MS; Janet […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Caregiver perceptions of needed services for ASD differ by race, ethnicity

Among families of children with autism spectrum disorder, perceived need for medical and support services differ among caregivers of different racial and ethnic groups, even after adjusting for child and family socioeconomic and other characteristics, according to a new study.

These differences in turn might affect how caregivers prioritize and […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments
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