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Adjustable Schedules Result in Greater Weight Loss

Personalizing rest periods and dietary intake after exercise results in more permanent weight loss, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine. "A great deal of the diet failures we see nowadays are because people are trying to follow generalized schedules written for the masses," stated lead author and founder of The Catching Point Transformation J. David Prologo, MD. "In reality, each person needs different combinations of time and nutrients to ...

Posted on: February 05, 2016
Drexel Partners with Salus University on Sequential OT Program

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Drexel University's health sciences department and Salus University's occupational therapy department announced Jan. 13 that they have partnered to offer a sequential degree program to undergraduate students enrolled in the health sciences program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. The articulation agreement creates the opportunity for up to four undergraduate students from Drexel University, who successfully complete all necessary requirements, to ...

Posted on: February 04, 2016
Performance Health Launches Online Academy

AKRON, OH -- Performance Health announced Feb. 3 the introduction of the Performance Health Academy, an online resource targeted at a broad clinical audience. The Performance Health Academy provides research, trends, and articles targeted primarily to physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic trainers and occupational therapists. It provides best practices for using TheraBand® products, such as CLX™ Consecutive Loops and Kinesiology Tape, and Biofreeze®, ...

Posted on: February 03, 2016
HealthSouth Opens Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Hot Springs

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- HealthSouth Corp. and CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, a Catholic Health Initiatives' hospital, announced Feb. 2 that they have begun operations of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of HealthSouth. The 27-bed unit is currently operating on the campus of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs in Hot Springs, AR. The joint venture partners expect to relocate the inpatient rehabilitation unit to a newly renovated 40-bed hospital in the third quarter 2016. "This hospital ...

Posted on: February 02, 2016
Study: Four Factors Predict Outcomes in Children with Low Birth Weight

NEW YORK, NY -- A new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development finds that four factors -- medical complications at birth, maternal education, early motor assessments, and early cognitive assessments -- help predict later cognitive function and motor performance for children born early and at a very low birth weight. Studies suggest that 40-70% of pre-term children have minor neurodevelopmental impairments, including cognitive delays, speech and language disorders, and ...

Posted on: February 01, 2016
TexPTS Opens Community Clinic in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) announced Jan. 28 the opening of a community clinic in their San Antonio-Northwest location in the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Physical Therapy building. The clinic, which will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., will serve patients with a medical diagnosis and a valid referral from a healthcare provider for physical therapy, age 13 and older, who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, are uninsured, are ...

Posted on: January 31, 2016
Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice Appoints Leadership

JACKSON, MI -- Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice announced Jan. 29 the appointments of new executive leadership positions. "Our Leadership 2025-Evolution of Excellence is a carefully constructed strategic and operational model, which focuses on the changing landscape of the entire health care continuum," said Great Lakes Caring CEO William Deary. "Over the next 10 years, data, intelligently acquired, strategically evaluated and synergistically converted into tactical process improvement, will ...

Posted on: January 30, 2016
OPTP Unveils LoRox Aligned Roller

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Jan. 28 that it has partnered with fascia and body alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh to produce the LoRox Aligned Roller.TMThe new foam roller is available in the traditional 36" length by 6" diameter size, as well as a portable 12" length by 4" diameter size. Both rollers are exclusive OPTP items and are now available for purchase. The Aligned Roller is designed to elongate muscles, tone the body, and provide regenerative massage. It features a moderate density made from ...

Posted on: January 28, 2016
PT 360 Opens Two Atlanta-area Clinics

ATLANTA -- David Mesnick, PT, OCS, cMDT, announced Jan. 25 that he has opened PT 360 in two of Atlanta's northern suburbs. The physical therapy clinics located in Sandy Springs and Johns Creek are now accepting new patients. PT 360 provides manual therapy, exercise performance, and functional dry needling, and specializes in spine and sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction. "We at PT 360 look forward to serving the north Atlanta and Johns Creek areas," stated Mesnick. "This is an exciting venture where we will ...

Posted on: January 27, 2016
Georgia State Names First Chair of OT Department

ATLANTA -- Georgia State University announced Jan. 26 that Kinsuk Maitra, PhD, has joined the faculty of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions as professor and founding chair of the university's new Department of Occupational Therapy (OT). Maitra was previously professor and chair of OT at Florida International University in Miami. With experience in cognition, neurological disorders, and geriatric and adult rehabilitation, Maitra has received research support from the National ...

Posted on: January 26, 2016
Select Medical Corp. Acquires Physiotherapy Associates

MECHANICSBURG, PA -- Select Medical Holdings Corp. announced Jan. 25 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Select Medical Corp., has entered into a merger agreement to acquire Physiotherapy Associates Holdings Inc. for $400 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments in accordance with the terms set forth in the agreement. According to a release, the transaction, which is expected to close in the first or second quarter of 2016, is subject to a number of closing conditions, including clearance under the ...

Posted on: January 25, 2016
Brace Compliance Affects Scoliosis Outcomes

ROSEMONT, IL -- Bracing often is recommended for adolescents diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, and a spinal curve between 25 and 45 degrees. When worn consistently and as directed, braces have been found to effectively halt or slow further progression of a spinal curve, often preventing surgery. In a new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, adolescent scoliosis patients each received a brace with embedded sensors to monitor use. Patients were then divided into two ...

Posted on: January 24, 2016
Study: Cytokine Levels Correlate with Back Pain

MANHASSET, NY -- Scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a new, personalized approach to diagnosing low back pain. Findings from a clinical study show that serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) vary in individuals with lumbar intervertebral disc disease, and that biochemical profiling of circulating cytokines may assist in refining personalized diagnoses of disc diseases. The findings were published in Arthritis Research and Therapy. Feinstein ...

Posted on: January 23, 2016
Touro Professor Receives AOTA Achievement Award

NEW YORK, NY -- Touro College School of Health Sciences announced Jan. 20 that Patricia J. Precin, assistant professor of occupational therapy, was presented with the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association. The award recognizes OT practitioners who have made notable contributions to the profession and its consumers in a focused area of OT practice. Precin has pioneered new practices in mental health through disaster intervention, welfare-to-work programs, ...

Posted on: January 22, 2016
Bariatric Surgery Can Improve Post-Knee Replacement Outcomes

ROSEMONT, IL -- A computer model-based evaluation appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery supports bariatric surgery in morbidly obese patients with end-stage osteoarthritis (loss of cartilage and joint pain, caused by aging and use) prior to total knee replacement. In the evaluation, researchers used a computer model to analyze previously published data on obesity, bariatric surgery and TKR. The evaluation compared the costs and outcomes of two treatment options for patients with morbid ...

Posted on: January 21, 2016
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