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Pitt Opens ALS Research Center

PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh announced Feb. 5 the creation of the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, and that O'Hara Township couple Neil and Suzanne Alexander have pledged to raise half of its initial funding. The new center will focus both on developing new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and on improving the quality of life for people who are now living with the progressive, degenerative neurological condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's ...

Posted on: February 28, 2015
Baptist Health South Florida Announces Name Change

MIAMI -- Baptist Health South Florida has integrated its orthopedic and sports medicine services and named the program Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute will provide orthopedic and sports medicine care at five Baptist Health locations -- Doctors Hospital, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. "The orthopedic and sports medicine program at Doctors Hospital has a ...

Posted on: February 27, 2015
Study Shows Cerebellum's Role in Grasping

COLUMBIA, MO -- New findings from researchers at the University of Missouri suggest that the cerebellum, a region of the brain that has changed very little over time, may play a critical role in grasping objects. Findings could lead to advancements in assistive technologies benefiting the disabled. "We live in a world of advanced technology in which a button can move a crane or open a door," said Scott Frey, professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Science, and director of the Brain ...

Posted on: February 26, 2015
Therapy Cap Repeal Bill Introduced

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Feb. 24, the U.S. Senate introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, a bill that would permanently repeal Medicare's outpatient therapy cap. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 539. The bill was first introduced this session on Feb. 5 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Charles Boustany (R-LA) serves as the bill's lead sponsor in the 114th Congress, working in close collaboration with Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Marsha Blackburn ...

Posted on: February 25, 2015
National Council on Aging Announces Online Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Council on Aging announced Feb. 24 that its Medicare education website, MyMedicareMatters.org, now offers more personalized tools and enrollment advice to anyone in search of Medicare information. "The redesigned MyMedicareMatters.org website is optimized to help consumers access the information most useful and important for them," said Jay Greenberg, ScD, chief executive officer of NCOA Services LLC. "Most Medicare websites provide large chunks of hard-to-understand ...

Posted on: February 24, 2015
CureDuchenne Launches Outreach Program

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, announced Jan. 25 the launch of CureDuchenne Cares, a physical therapy, education and outreach program for the Duchenne community. CureDuchenne partnered with the Duchenne Therapy Network to develop the program to help educate parents and caregivers on the best standard of care for Duchenne patients. Duchenne is a progressive muscle-wasting disease that currently has no ...

Posted on: February 23, 2015
Husson PT and OT Students Attend 'Evening of Conversation'

BANGOR, ME -- More than 250 students from Husson University, majoring in physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, health care studies, education, and graduate mental health counseling, as well as those pursuing bachelor's and graduate nursing degrees, will participate in the Third Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation Feb. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre. This event, structured in a manner similar to "grand rounds," features a simulated case presentation with an actor portraying ...

Posted on: February 19, 2015
Study Examines Pain Among Wheelchair Users with MS

LONDON -- People with multiple sclerosis (MS) should be holistically assessed when being offered an electric wheelchair, a study at Brunel University London has found. The study of 91 wheelchair users, each severely affected by MS, found that 15% of the trial group had problematic pain. It was further noted that chairs with a tilt-in-space (TIS) function had the potential to relieve some of the pain if they replaced older wheelchairs without TIS. Overall, 30% of the study group had health conditions prone ...

Posted on: February 18, 2015
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Opens Manhattan Office

NEW YORK, NY -- Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy announced Feb. 16 that it has opened a physical therapy clinic in Brookfield Place -- a new cultural, dining, and shopping center south of TriBeCa along the Hudson River waterfront in Downtown Manhattan. Professional's clinic is inside the Brookfield Place Equinox. "I'm extremely proud to announce the addition of our Brookfield Place location," said Tony D'Angelo, partner and vice president of Professional's Clinical Operations in New ...

Posted on: February 17, 2015
NIA Magellan to Add PT and OT Management

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Magellan Health Inc. announced Jan. 20 that NIA Magellan will include management of chiropractic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. "These new capabilities are a natural extension of our focus on musculoskeletal management, and will provide our customers with the highest level of care management on behalf of their members," said Tina M. Blasi, chief executive officer of NIA Magellan. "Providing appropriate, high-quality chiropractic care, as well as ...

Posted on: February 16, 2015
Casa Colina Announces Name Change

POMONA, CA -- Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, a rehabilitation hospital and specialized healthcare service provider, announced Feb. 11 that it has changed its name to Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. "Casa Colina has been highly regarded for its broad range of rehabilitative services for more than 75 years. Now we've reached a new milestone," said Felice L. Loverso, PhD, president and CEO of Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. "Our new name reflects Casa Colina's ...

Posted on: February 15, 2015
Calvert Health System CEO Announces Retirement

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD -- James Xinis, president and CEO of Calvert Memorial Hospital and Calvert Health System, announced Jan. 15 that he plans to retire Feb. 28, 2015 after 27 years of service at the helm. "I've been privileged and honored to work alongside some of the best physicians and staff I have ever met," said Xinis. "I will miss the daily camaraderie and relationships I have built, but I know the time is right to move on and that CMH has a bright future ahead." "I feel good that I'm leaving at a ...

Posted on: February 14, 2015
Brooks Rehabilitation Using Microsoft Kinect in Home Health

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- In partnership with Reflexion Health, Brooks Rehabilitation announced Feb. 13 that it is leveraging Microsoft™ technology to improve the patient experience after a knee or hip replacement. The two organizations have begun piloting a Microsoft Kinect™-based physical therapy program to monitor patients as they perform their rehabilitation exercises at home. Vera™, Reflexion Health's customized software platform, incorporates Microsoft's motion-tracking technology to ...

Posted on: February 13, 2015
Nova Medical Centers Opens Odessa Center

ODESSA, TX -- Nova Medical Centers announced Feb. 12 that it will open a new occupational medicine center in Odessa, Texas on Feb. 25. Nova Medical Centers' services include minor emergencies, injury care, pre-employment services, drug screens, physical therapy, online reporting and occupational health services. The opening marks a total of 37 Nova Medical Centers occupational medical locations in Texas. Nova Medical Centers operates 46 other locations across Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. The Odessa ...

Posted on: February 12, 2015
APDA Names Director, Advisory Board Members

NEW YORK, NY -- At its annual meeting in January, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) announced the election of David J. Butler as the newest member of the National Board of Directors. We are pleased to welcome David to this national role," stated Fred Greene, APDA's Chairman of the Board. "Our goal is for our APDA leadership to reflect the Parkinson's community in order to best serve the 1 million people in the U.S. touched by this disease. David's professional background combined with his ...

Posted on: February 11, 2015
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