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

Alzheimer’s plaques found in middle-aged people with brain injuries

People with brain injuries after head trauma might have buildup of the plaques related to Alzheimer’s disease in their brains, a new study suggests.

Findings are published in the Feb. 3 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

A corresponding editorial points out during the […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Survey: More than 1 in 20 U.S. children have dizziness, balance issues

More than 1 in 20 (nearly 3.3 million) children between the ages of 3 and 17 have a dizziness or balance problem, according to an analysis of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of these problems in U.S. children.

Prevalence increases with age, with 7.5% of children ages 15-17 and 6% […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

Therapists’ lost creativity: Can we find an antidote?

During my on-site visits to check on students’ progress during their clinical internships, I could not help but notice a consistent pattern among some of the therapists I observed.

In several of the skilled nursing facilities where my students were assigned for their clinical rotation, I observed that PTs and […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |10 Comments

Many young people unaware of stroke symptoms, would delay seeking help

Patients younger than 45 might underestimate the urgency of stroke symptoms and most say they would delay going to the hospital for help, according to a national survey by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

“Timely treatment for stroke is probably more important than for almost any other medical problem there […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Findings suggest more study needed on PT, OT in early Parkinson’s

A new study suggests low-dose physical therapy and occupational therapy did not result in clinically meaningful benefits to activities of daily living or quality of life for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease.

Findings from the research, which was conducted in the United Kingdom, were published Jan. 19 on […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Research eyes the role African-American race plays in stroke risk

Even though young African-Americans are at three times greater risk of a first stroke than their white counterparts, they might not be at a higher risk for a second stroke, according to a new study.

Findings were published in the Jan. 20 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of […]

By |February 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Study on ‘social life’ of paper health records recognized with award

An article detailing two researchers’ findings on the social life of paper health records in Social Science & Medicine received the 2015 Diana Forsythe Award from the American Medical Informatics Association in December, according to a recent news story.

Despite the ongoing transition to electronic health records nationwide, two researchers […]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

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|Tags: |0 Comments
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