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: |12 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

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