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

Latest Health News Updates

Top Updates:

#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?

Give Us Your Input!

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.


Everybody Deserves a Massage Week: How to Market Your Massage Therapy Practice & Lend a Helping Hand

July 13th through July 19th is “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week” – the perfect time to market your massage therapy practice and help others who are less fortunate.

Everybody Deserves a Massage WeekThe Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is celebrating “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week” during the week of July 13th-19th, a time for massage therapists nationwide to lend their helping hands and raise awareness of the benefits of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies.

How does “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week” work?

Massage therapy professionals take a few hours during the week to help those less fortunate, while at the same time promoting their own practice and the massage therapy profession.

What are the benefits of participating?

#1. Helping others. You’ll receive the satisfaction of making a difference in someone’s life who could greatly use your help.

#2. Exposure. Participation in community events, charity events, or health fairs is a great way to gain exposure for your massage therapy practice and make important contacts in your area.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways to get involved in “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week”. But, it may take a little planning on your part. The following marketing suggestions from the ABMP can help you promote your massage therapy practice during this special week. And, many of these options provide excellent opportunities to promote discounts or first-time client offers.

  • Create specialty offers for healthcare and hospice workers, students, police officers, firefighters, or teachers.
  • Donate a massage session to be auctioned for charity.
  • Offer onsite massage for employees at local businesses or charity organizations (examples: animal shelters, food banks, hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.).
  • Offer free or discounted chair massages at community events such as: convention centers, cultural events, health fairs, etc.
  • Provide discounts to senior citizens.
  • Support the troops. Offer discounts to active duty and retired members of the military.
  • Donate a percentage of your profits on one day to a local charity group. Advertise your support to increase support on your charity day.
  • Raise donations of items for local women’s or homeless shelters (toiletries, clothing items, food, etc.).
  • Volunteer at a local bike race, charity walk or marathon.

Want to learn more?

Our massage therapy continuing education course, Marketing Essentials for Healthcare Professionals, will instruct you on fundamental marketing skills for your massage therapy practice.

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify your target market
  • Recognize why a customer needs to utilize your services in comparisons to the services of your competitor
  • List 3 ways to build trust between you and your customer
  • Identify the 9 ways to find customers
  • Determine the appropriate utilization of marketing tools including blogs and social media as well as traditional and offline methods of marketing and creating income streams

See more massage therapy continuing education courses here.

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HIPAA Law: What You Need to Know

10 questions and answers about HIPAA law


HIPAA Law: What You Need to Know1. What is HIPAA law?

2. Who is a covered entity?

3. How do I know if my business is considered a “covered entity”?

4. What qualifies as “Individually identifiable health information”?

5. Who is not required to follow HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules?

6. What are the most common HIPAA violations?

7. How is HIPAA law enforced?

8. How do you file a HIPAA complaint?

9. What is the penalty for a HIPAA violation?

10. How can I ensure my facility is HIPAA compliant?

1. What is HIPAA Law?

HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA law was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996 to address the security and privacy of health data. It was designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information provided to health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HIPAA standards provide patients more control over how their personal health information (termed “individually identifiable health information”) is used and disclosed.

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2. Who is a “Covered Entity”?

HIPAA law applies to “covered entities” which include:

    • Health care providers
    • Health plans
    • Health care clearinghouses (such as billing services)

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3. How do I know if my business is considered a “covered entity”?

You can download the HHS’ Covered Entity Charts to determine whether your organization qualifies as a “covered entity”.

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4. What is “individually identifiable health information”?

“Individually identifiable health information” includes demographic data that relates to:

    • the patient’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition
    • the provision of health care to the patient
    • the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the patient
    • common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number)

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5. Who is not required to follow HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules?

Organizations that do not have to follow the Privacy and Security Rules include:

    • life insurers
    • employers (HIPAA does not protect your employment records even if the information in your records is health-related)
    • workers compensation carriers
    • schools and school districts
    • state agencies like child protective service agencies
    • law enforcement agencies
    • municipal offices

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6. What are the most common HIPAA violations?

The 8 most common HIPAA violations can be found here.

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7. How is HIPAA law enforced?

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing HIPAA law. The OCR enforcement process can be found here.

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8. How do you file a HIPAA complaint?

If a covered entity violates health information privacy rights or commits any other violation of HIPAA law, a complaint can be filed with OCR either by mail, fax, email or electronically via the OCR Complaint Portal. Anyone can file a HIPAA complaint – a health care provider, patient, patient’s family member, etc.

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9. What is the penalty for a HIPAA violation?

HIPAA violations result in fines per offense which range between $100 and $50,000. However, there is a $1.5 million limit that one organization can be fined annually. In addition to these fines, the states’ attorneys general can pursue civil actions. And, breaches for greater than 500 patients must be reported to news media.

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10. How can I ensure my facility is HIPAA compliant?

If you want to ensure your business is HIPAA compliant, start here: 3 Steps to HIPAA Law Compliance

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Have additional questions?

You can search the HHS.gov database of FAQs regarding HIPAA here.

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What is “White Label LMS”?

The term “white label” began back during the disco era when vinyl records were pre-released to the press and radio stations. Before the album artwork was designed and printed, promotional copies of records were sent out in white sleeves to stir up excitement about upcoming record releases.

Although records are now antiquated, the term “white label” has lingered over the years and taken on new meanings. Today, “white label” most often refers to a product or service that is created by one company and distributed under another company’s brand name. In the case of “white label LMS”, a learning management system is custom-designed with unique content (company logos, font, etc.) to integrate with an organization’s branding.

White label can also refer to the actual content stored within a learning management system. In CEU360.com’s learning management system, clients can produce tailored seminar-on-demand training and educational white label videos for their employees in addition to having access to a white label branded university experience.

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Choose CEU360 to Design Your White Label LMS:

  • White Label LMSBranded University. CEU360.com’s design experts can quickly brand your learning management system complete with your logo, custom URL, and custom login page to ensure your employees have a seamless experience.
  • Custom Content Creation. CEU360.com can create new training and educational content for your organization with a matter of days (not months or even weeks) which means you don’t have to wait to provide company messaging and training materials to your employees.
  • Utilization Tracking & Reporting. CEU360.com’s customized reports ensure you are able to track usage and compliance on your terms.
  • No IT Department Involvement. The CEU360.com LMS enables a rich learning environment free from many of the headaches that plague most online delivery mediums such as limited media types, extensive buffering, sub-par audio quality, and poor presentation. And best of all: our agile solution requires no expensive IT department. With minimal training to use and deploy, the CEU360 LMS is a simple choice that fulfills your education and training needs.

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Latest Health News: Benefits of Technology in Healthcare Today, Quest for the Bionic Arm, & More!

Latest Health News Updates

Top Updates:

#1Benefits of Technology in Healthcare Today: How a Smartphone Could Prevent Falls

Can a smartphone prevent falls? Can it help healthcare professionals assess patients’ fall risk? Yes! Here’s how…

#2Scientists Discover a New Way to Enhance Nerve Growth Following Injury

Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute uncover a mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells. Could it work for degenerative nerve conditions, too? Find out here.

#3Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Research published in Environmental Health Perspectives supports that children whose mothers are exposed to agricultural pesticides during pregnancy may be at increased risk for autism spectrum disorders, or ASD. They found pregnant women within a mile of an area treated with three different types of pesticides were at a two-thirds higher risk of having a child with ASD or developmental delays. These pesticide-treated areas included parks, golf courses, pastures and roadsides. Do you believe autism is contributed to environmental factors? Tell us below. (Read the research here.)

#4Therapy Controversy: Should OTs Use Art as Therapy or Not?

The use of crafts and other forms of art as therapy was commonplace for OTs up until the 1980’s. Since this time, therapeutic arts and crafts have been limited to pediatric patient populations. But, many OTs assert arts and crafts should be utilized for adult therapy, too. What do you think?

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With the Right Rehabilitation, Paralyzed Rats Learn To Grip Again

After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful. The key, however, is the correct sequence.

Paralyzed Man in Robot Suit Kicks Off World Cup

It lasted only two seconds, but a paralyzed man made history when he kicked off the World Cup in Brazil with the help of a robotic suit. “We did it!!!!” tweeted neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University Medical Center, who led the construction of the exoskeleton.

The Quest for the Bionic Arm

In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. To treat veterans with upper extremity amputations, scientists continue to pursue research and development of bionic arms and hands with full motor and sensory function.

The Truth Behind the “5-Second Rule”

The burger patty that slides off the plate, the ice cream treat that plops on the picnic table, the hot dog that rolls off the grill — conventional wisdom has it that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated. Fact or folklore?

Texting Therapy? OMG!

Health professionals are beginning to use new technologies to appeal to younger generation. For the millenials in particular, this tech-based therapy seems to be appealing because of how they tend to socialize.

Testosterone Therapy May Cause Heart Attack, Stroke and Premature Death

There’s new evidence that widely prescribed testosterone drugs — touted for men with flagging libidos and general listlessness —increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and death according to the FDA. But, some men are at higher risk than others.

Legislation Could Bring Changes to Massage Certification

A bill currently before the California State Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development could significantly change the structure of massage certification in California.

Give Us Your Input!

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.


News & Health Awareness Dates

Awareness Dates: What’s Happening In June?

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As a health professional, do you look for opportunities to raise awareness? Are you involved in programs in your community or nationally? If not, here are great opportunities for the month of June:

National Aphasia Awareness Month:

National Aphasia Association

National Safety Month:

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving
Bonus week: Summer safety

National Safety Council

Men’s Health Month:

Men’s Health Month

Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month:

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

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Cheap CEUs for Healthcare EmployeesA research study confirms poor continuing education offerings affect patient care: patients do not receive appropriate care or receive unnecessary and harmful care when healthcare professionals utilize ineffective CEU tools. Therefore, it’s critically important that your healthcare employees receive high-quality CEUs. The problem, however, is that most of those “elite” continuing education courses come with a hefty price!

CEU Conferences and Online Course Options:

In the past, health professionals would have to travel to weekend or weeklong conferences to obtain their CEUs. This would result in excessive fees. But, not anymore – CEUs are now readily available online. Still, online courses come with their challenges. In some instances, while health professionals can get cheap CEUs online, they also get cheap CEU content. (Either the actual CE courses are lacking high-quality, well-researched content or they are delivered via a poor content delivery system with bad video and image quality, poorly developed PDFs, etc.)

Reasonably priced, cheap CEUs don’t have to be “cheap” CEUs!

The good news is high-quality continuing education doesn’t have to come with a high price. In fact, many healthcare companies now offer their employees the opportunity to acquire their CEUs at work, on the road or even at home. And, many business owners are pleasantly surprised at the affordability and flexibility a learning management system (LMS) offers.

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New Technology Delivers a Smoother CEU Experience

In our never-ending drive to deliver the best continuing education experience to our valued customers, we are happy to announce that we have completed our upgrade to a new online presentation platform. Not only does the new platform provide trouble-free CEU viewing on laptops and computers, it also offers an even more customizable learning experience.

The new platform requires no software installation or updates, just click the link and go. We’re thrilled with the reliability and lack of technical issues this new platform is delivering to our customers, and we’re sure you’ll be over the moon with the ease and flexibility it offers.

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The even bigger news is now CEU360’s seminar-on-demand courses are viewable on your iPad, iPhone or Android mobile device! Using a new cloud-based solution, we now stream our top of the line continuing education video courses directly to your tablet or smartphone. Take your learning with you, and take even more control of your educational experience.

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Opinion Poll: Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas – Should OTs Use Art as Therapy?

Give us your feedback: Should OTs treating adult populations utilize art as therapy? And if so, what artistic occupational therapy activity ideas do you recommend for the adult population?

Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas – Should OTs Use Art as Therapy?The use of crafts and other forms of art as therapy was commonplace for OTs up until the 1980’s. Since this time, therapeutic arts and crafts have been limited to pediatric patient populations. But, many OTs assert arts and crafts should be utilized for adult therapy, too. This doesn’t mean adults should be reduced to coloring in picture books, but there is evidence to show painting and other “adult” artistic activities can prove beneficial for both muscle and brain stimulation. But first…

The History of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy began around 100 BC when Asclepiades, a Greek Doctor, used exercise and massage to attend to mentally ill patients. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century when Phillipe Pinel and Johan Christian Reil actually developed the profession of “occupational therapy”. Since this time, treatment protocols have evolved:

1910s – First practitioners in OT profession, called “reconstructive aides”, worked during World War I to rehabilitate disabled soldiers and civilian patients. Arts and crafts were a big part of treatment modalities at this time.

1942-1960 – Often referred to as the “rehabilitation movement,” and occupational therapists were called to organize and run rehabilitation programs for injured veterans and advances were extended to include those with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy.

1960s -1970s – The entire medical profession moved towards specialization, and occupational therapy followed suit. Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and pediatric disorders expanded greatly during this time. Utilizing arts and crafts therapeutically for the pediatric population was a natural development.

1980s-1990s – Occupational therapy became more involved in education, prevention, screening programs and health maintenance efforts. The use of art as therapy declined dramatically and therapists were only using crafts 20% of the time.

2000s – In May 2002, the American Occupational Therapy Association adopted a revised framework of practice for the profession. The new practice framework, Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, returned to the roots of participation in “occupation” as the focus of the profession.

*Accessed via Washington State University.

Should OTs Use Art as Therapy?

Any activity like drawing, painting or working with clay helps stimulate muscle movement in the hands, arms, and shoulders. It also benefits patients with cognitive impairments by stimulating the creative parts of the brain. Over time, however, OTs have become disillusioned with the use of arts and crafts in their therapeutic practices. Today, approximately half of OTs use arts and crafts in their practice – most often with pediatric populations.

Attention OTs and OTAs! Give us Your Feedback…

Do you feel that OTs should include crafts and other art as therapy in adult patient treatment? Or, do you think this is an antiquated therapy method? Perhaps you feel this treatment method should be limited to pediatrics?

Give us your opinion:

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Would you recommended art as therapy for adults? Why or why not? If you feel artistic therapies are beneficial treatment, what artistic occupational therapy activity ideas would you recommend for the adult population? Tell us in the comments section below.


Hit Us Up At #AOTA2014!

Fresh off a successful weekend at the Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, the HomeCEUConnection.com and CEU360.com team is heading to Baltimore for the AOTA’s annual conference and expo.

Baltimore is a colorful and diverse city where you can enjoy its beautiful Inner Harbor, fascinating National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center, historic Fort McHenry, unique museums, great chefs and cuisine, and so much more!

Each day you spend at Conference will be educational and exciting! On Thursday evening, Conference goes live with an invigorating and entertaining Welcome Ceremony, Keynote Address, and Expo Grand Opening & Reception—and that’s just the beginning. Special events throughout Conference include the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, Plenary Session, Special Interest Section Roundtables, International Breakfast, Tech Day, and Fitness Sessions, just to name a few.

We’ll be waiting and ready to greet you in the exhibit hall on April 4th and 5th so be sure to stop by Booth #351! We’ll be handing out prizes, showcasing our newest courses and sharing information about CEU360.com, our corporate learning division.

See you there!


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