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|Tags: |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|Tags: |1 Comment

The winning hand

One of the social events organized by our recreational therapist seems to be our patients’ favorite: tabletop games. Patients look forward to this activity, scheduled every Wednesday afternoon. For this, the therapist divides the patients into small groups based on their interests. Some play Scrabble. Some play Monopoly. Others […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments

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|Tags: |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|Tags: |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|Tags: |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|Tags: |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|Tags: |0 Comments

Cognitive, physical function decline when older adults stop driving

Driving cessation nearly doubled the risk of depressive symptoms, while also contributing to diminished cognitive abilities and physical functioning for older adults, according to a new study.

Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City examined the health and well-being of older adults after they […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Books honored for portrayal of people with disabilities

Four books for children and teens have won the American Library Association’s 2016 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience, according to a news release.

The awards were announced Jan. 11 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in […]

By |February 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments
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