Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy can linger, affecting gait and falls

Years after completing cancer treatment, 45% of women cancer survivors still have chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms, according to new research.

In the study, CIPN was associated with worse physical functioning, poorer mobility and a nearly two-fold higher risk of falls. While more research is needed, the investigators said these findings […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Study: Poor sleep in seniors linked to hardened brain arteries

Poor sleep quality in elderly people is associated with more severe arteriosclerosis in the brain and a greater burden of oxygen-starved tissue or infarcts in the brain — both of which can contribute to the risk of stroke and cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

Findings were reported Jan. […]

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

Meta-analysis: Exercise can reduce recurrence of low back pain

Exercise, alone or combined with education, might reduce the risk of low back pain, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

Findings were published Jan. 11 on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine.

For the review, Daniel Steffens, PhD, of the George Institute for Global Health at the University of […]

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

EsoGlove detects muscle signals, guides the hand for rehab exercises

Patients who have lost hand function because of injuries or nerve-related conditions such as stroke and muscular dystrophy could be able to restore movements using a new lightweight rehabilitation device called EsoGlove.

The device, developed by a research team from the National University of Singapore, is made of soft materials […]

By |January 25th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Trial links higher monthly doses of vitamin D with increased risk of falls

Higher monthly doses of vitamin D were associated with no benefit on lower extremity function and with an increased risk of falls in patients ages 70 or older, according to a randomized clinical trial.

Findings appear in an article published Jan. 4 on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Lower extremity […]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

New research shows four patterns of symptoms after military brain injury

Four distinct patterns of symptoms occur after mild traumatic brain injury in military service members, according to new research that also validates a new tool for assessing the quality-of-life impact of TBI.

The research results appear in the January-February issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, an annual special […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Study: Physical therapy with phone support eases postop spine pain

Spine surgery patients at risk for poor recovery can benefit from cognitive-behavioral based physical therapy, according to Vanderbilt University Medical Center research.

This potential new model of care involves PTs conducting weekly, 30-minute phone sessions with 80 patients. A recent study compared the model with educational support only.

In the Changing […]

By |January 18th, 2016|Categories: News||1 Comment

Study: Post-acute therapy associated with better hip fracture outcomes

Patients recovering from hip fractures who receive an extra hour per week of rehabilitation therapy in short-term nursing care facilities have better long-term outcomes than those who receive less rehab, according to a new study.

The research, led by an investigator with Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, suggests policymakers […]

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: News||1 Comment

Study: Music therapy makes pulmonary rehab more effective for COPD

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy and standard rehabilitation saw an improvement in symptoms, psychological well-being and quality of life compared with patients receiving rehabilitation alone, according to a recent study.

The research was conducted by investigators at The Louis Armstrong […]

By |January 12th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments

Review: Exercise to improve skill, coordination can ease low back pain

Targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine offers another strategy to reduce discomfort and disability caused by low back pain, according to a new Cochrane Review.

Low back pain is one of the most common health conditions worldwide, according to the World Health Organization’s 2010 Global Burden […]

By |January 11th, 2016|Categories: News||0 Comments