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The Latest Physical Therapy Tools: Angry Birds Game and Chocolate!

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#1New Physical Therapy Tools: Smart Tablet and Angry Birds to Help Kids with Rehabilitation

A smart tablet and the Angry Birds game serve as the latest physical therapy tools to help kids with disabilities. Children use the program to help with repetitive rehabilitation sessions. Watch the video here.

#2Should You Give Your Patients Chocolate Before Therapy?

Results of a new study reveal that the one of the best physical therapy tools just might be chocolate! PAD (peripheral artery disease) patients who ate dark chocolate were able to walk for an average of 17 seconds longer and almost 12 meters (39 feet) farther than they did before eating the dark chocolate. Based on these findings, senior study author Dr. Francesco Violi, also of the Sapienza University of Rome, says “polyphenol-rich nutrients could represent a new therapeutic strategy to counteract cardiovascular complications.” Should you give your patients chocolate?

#3How 29 Minutes of Massage Therapy Changed a Life

On January 5, 2012, a mother and five of her children were in their minivan stopped about 10 cars away from a red light. She was one and a half car lengths away from the car in front of her. Her two-year-old had just woken up and they all had turned around to give the child attention, when they were hit from behind and then shoved forward to hit the car in front of them. The driver was texting while driving and the approximate speed was 55 miles per hour on impact… Read the rest of the story and discover how 29 minutes of a massage therapy protocol helped this woman after her terrible accident.

#4Aquatic Therapy Pools Closing Down In Spite of Benefits to Patients

Though the benefits of aquatic therapy are well established, it’s becoming less available to patients in Central New York. These specially equipped, heated pools have been gradually closing down for the past several years. But why?

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Protecting Athletes From Concussion an ‘Ethical Obligation’

Doctors have an “ethical obligation” to educate and protect athletes from sports concussion, says a new position paper from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The position paper calls on doctors to make protecting the future mental and physical health of young athletes a top priority. How does this affect therapists and other health care providers?

You’ll Never Guess Which State Just Became a Haven for Painkiller Abusers

This is the only state that doesn’t have a prescription drug registry, and according to many, it has become a hotspot for doctor shopping—getting prescriptions from multiple physicians—and prescription drug abuse.

Get a Grip! New Wrist-Mounted Device Augments the Human Hand with Two Robotic Fingers

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand – or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have created a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device is quite amazing! It works with biomechanical synergy, which “teaches” the robot to assume a certain posture that the human expect the robot to take.

Walking Keeps OA Limitations Away, But How Many Steps Per Day Are Needed?

Walking a certain number of steps each day might protect adults at risk of knee osteoarthritis from developing mobility issues, such as difficulty getting up from a chair and climbing stairs, according to a new study. But how many steps per day are needed to prevent mobility issues? Is it 10,000 steps, 6,000 steps or 3,000 steps?

OT Researcher Designs Program to Help Keep Seniors in their Homes

Chiung-ju Liu, OTR, PhD, an assistant professor of occupational therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, designed a 10-week “3-Step Workout for Life” exercise program to help older patients regain muscle strength and maintain independence.

Drug-Resistant Superbug Increasing in Southeast U.S. Hospitals

Community hospitals in the southeastern United States have seen a fivefold increase in the number of cases of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug during the past five years, according to a new study.

Best Beverages for Kids to Drink in Hot Weather

The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure kids get plenty of fluids when they’re physically active, especially in the hot weather. Many parents stock up on sports drinks as they promise the “ultimate hydration.” But, the average child does not need the nearly eight teaspoons of sugar that each 20-ounce bottle contains. So, what should kids be drinking while playing in the heat?

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What do you think about the latest health news? Are there any recent discoveries that surprise you? Pique your interest? Are a cause for concern? Share your comments below.

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