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

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