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Anemia Negatively Affects Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injuries

COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 25, 2016) ? Approximately half of patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are anemic, according to recent studies, but anemia's effects on the recovery of these patients is not clear. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found evidence that anemia can negatively influence the outcomes of patients with TBIs."More research is needed to develop treatment protocols for anemic patients with traumatic brain injuries," said N. ...

Posted on: May 26, 2016
AOTA Report Analyzes Affordable Care Act Coverage of Occupational Therapy

BETHESDA, MD-The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), unveiled an updated report analyzing Marketplace plans available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report, "Analysis of Rehabilitation and Habilitation in Qualified Heath Plans," explains how Marketplace plans cover rehabilitation and habilitation services."This updated analysis is part of AOTA's ongoing efforts to monitor and influence how occupational therapy is covered in ACA Marketplaces," said Frederick P. Somers, Chief ...

Posted on: May 25, 2016
Occupational Therapists Modify Toy Cars for Children with Physical Challenges

CHICAGO, IL - For many young children, a kid-sized battery-powered car or truck can be a fun way to explore a backyard with a sibling, or race neighborhood friends along the sidewalk. But for children who have physical and developmental disabilities, the thrill of driving a motorized toy vehicle can seem out of reach.A group of occupational therapists, physical therapists, and engineers are working to change that by making these simple pleasures a reality for kids who have challenges such as cerebral ...

Posted on: May 24, 2016
USAHS Hosts Exercise Strategies Seminar May 21-22

BALTIMORE, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a graduate institution that emphasizes rehabilitative and health science education through innovative classroom and distance education, has teamed up with Johns Hopkins University to offer a continuing professional education seminar, Exercise Strategies and Progression for Musculoskeletal Dysfunction, at the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center in White ...

Posted on: May 21, 2016
OT Quickens Recovery from TBI, Concussion

BETHESDA, MD - A quick blow to the head can have a lasting impact on life. Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnoses continue to climb. An individual in the U.S. sustains a TBI every 23 seconds, and an estimated 2.5 to 6.3 million people are living with a brain-related injury which often leads to long-term disability. With some calling it a public health crisis, recognizing the signs of brain injury and participating in appropriate rehabilitation is important now more than ever in helping ...

Posted on: May 19, 2016
AOTA Launches Second Centralized Application Service through Liaison

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is again collaborating with Liaison, a provider of higher education admissions management and enrollment marketing solutions, to power a second centralized application service (CAS™) for OT degree programs. This development highlights the trend of programs in healthcare and beyond increasingly turning to CAS to simplify their admissions processes. To date, more than 5,000 programs nationwide ...

Posted on: May 18, 2016
Telehealth Solution for PTs Through In Hand Health

In Hand Health, LLC, recently announced the availability of its telehealth solution for physical therapy.Physical therapists (PTs) use In Hand Health products to strengthen relationships with patients and keep rehabilitation plans progressing in between office visits through video-based home exercise programs, monitoring of exercise compliance and analysis of feedback on pain and recovery levels.Patients follow the video exercises, track their progress with real-time stats and securely communicate with ...

Posted on: May 17, 2016
Elizabethtown College Students Create Device for Three-Year-Old Cerebral Palsy Patient

In December 2014, Jaclyn Rhodes, contacted Elizabethtown College Engineering Department looking for someone to create a device to assist her son Teddy. The 3-year-old has cerebral palsy and a hypoxic brain injury-loss of oxygen to the brain-which cause motor function issues. The mechanism she hoped to have made would help improve Teddy's muscle control, she told Elizabethtown College. This, in turn, would help him see the world.While attending a conference to learn about new medical advances to ...

Posted on: May 16, 2016
NAU's Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program Earns Accreditation

According to NAU News, Northern Arizona University's occupational therapy doctoral Program has received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education for seven years, the longest term possible."We are very excited to share that in addition to receiving the longest accreditation term, the program was found to be compliant with all 203 educational standards," Patricia Crist, founding chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, told NAU News.NAU's ...

Posted on: May 12, 2016
Epic Health Services Expands Footprint in Virginia with Acquisition of Rehabilitation Associates

DALLAS, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Health Services Inc., a portfolio company of Webster Capital and Dallas-based provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, announced that it has acquired Rehabilitation Associates. Based in Virginia Beach, Va., Rehabilitation Associates is the state's largest private pediatric therapy provider, serving over 3,000 children and employing approximately 150 professionals."The professionals and therapists at ...

Posted on: May 11, 2016
Occupational Therapists Help to Address Driving as a Life Skill for Teens with Disabilities

BETHESDA, MD (May 5, 2016)-Driving is one of the most complex life skills, and it needs careful consideration of all youth in terms of both their physical and mental health. Driving demands many skills and abilities including coordination, attention and concentration. In addition, a safe driver manages sleep routines understanding that becoming drowsy behind the wheel is a risky behavior. As youth reach their teen years, many want to learn to drive. Youth with developmental disabilities such as autism or ...

Posted on: May 10, 2016
Hunterdon Healthcare Opening Bridgewater, N.J. Site in June

According to NJ.com, Hunterdon Healthcare signed a lease agreement to occupy 55,000-square-feet of space at 1125 Route 22 east in Bridgewater, most commonly known as the Bank of America Building.Through Hunterdon Healthcare's alliance with Atlantic Health System, Atlantic Health System will also lease space in the building and provide specialists.Hunterdon Healthcare Chief Executive Officer and President Robert Wise mentioned to NJ.com the expansion during the annual meeting of the organization's ...

Posted on: May 09, 2016
Waud Capital partners with Ivy Rehab Execs in Management Buyout

Waud Capital Partners ("WCP" or "Waud Capital"), a lower middle-market private equity firm, has announced that it has partnered with the CEO and Founder of Ivy Rehab Network Inc. ("Ivy" or the "company"), Michael Neuscheler and the president of Ivy Midwest, Dave Franklin, to effectuate a management buyout of the company. In conjunction with the buyout, WCP has also added another industry-leading executive, Jeremy VanDevender, to Ivy's senior leadership team in the Northeast region. Founded in 2003 by ...

Posted on: May 08, 2016
CSU Students Present on Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

It's official: Visits with four-legged Colorado State University mascot CAM the Ram are therapeutic.In what may be the best show-and-tell of the year, two occupational therapy students capped off a presentation about animal-assisted therapy this week by bringing the real CAM the Ram to their class.The May 3 visit with CAM 25 occurred in the Occupational Therapy Garden, where the Rambouillet sheep posed for photos with OT students and faculty.First-year OT students Stacy Langton and Tina Swearinger ...

Posted on: May 07, 2016
PresenceLearning "Lightyear" Online Therapy Solution To Help In School System

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2016 -- PresenceLearning, a provider of live, online therapy services, announced the release of Lightyear, their newly designed therapy environment that delivers high fidelity, live telehealth sessions while putting less demand on school network bandwidth. Now, even more schools-especially schools in areas with limited access to high-speed Internet-can gain access to PresenceLearning's network of highly qualified clinicians to help students with special needs succeed.This ...

Posted on: May 06, 2016
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