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June 2016 – Recent Health Articles: Virtual Reality Advances Physical Therapy, Dry Needling for Fibromyalgia Sufferers & More

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#1Using Virtual Reality to Advance Physical Therapy

Northeastern’s Danielle Levac develops video games to make physical therapy more fun, motivating, and rewarding for patients—especially for children with movement impairments, such as those with cerebral palsy. – Read more

#2 Ways To Prevent, Treat Knee and Hip Joint Pain

In the past four weeks, more than one-third of people over the age of 55 in the United States have complained about hip or knee pain to their physician. In a lifetime, our hips and knees get a lot of use. – Read more

#3 Zika: The key unanswered questions

The best estimate of Zika infections is between 500,000 and 1.5 million – which is quite a wide margin of error. What percentage of people in an affected area are getting infected? Is it everyone? We don’t know. – Read More

#4 Interdisciplinary Rehab Improves Function, Quality of Life for Individuals

Amid a national conversation about how to safely treat chronic pain comes a new study that reinforces the idea that interdisciplinary rehabilitation can improve function and quality of life for individuals with chronic pain, even in instances when significant pain reduction itself is not possible. – Read More

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No, HIPAA Was NOT Waived in Orlando, and Here’s Why…

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Pulse, an Orlando gay bar, family and friends of wounded victims sought all the information they could about their loved ones’ health. But there was mass confusion around medical privacy and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA. – Read More

Dry Needling Plus Physical Therapy: A Major Advance for Fibromyalgia Treatment

Dry needling is a technique used by specially trained physical therapists, physicians, and dentists to treat several forms of musculoskeletal pain.  Controlled studies show benefit for regional myofascial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), and chronic tension headache. – Read More

World First: Bionic Fingertip Enables Amputee To Feel Texture

A man from Denmark has become the world’s first amputee to feel textures in real-time with the help of a bionic fingertip connected to the nerves of his upper arm. – Read More

Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. – Read More

5 Creative Ways to Get Kids Writing Over the Summer

Getting children to write over the summer can be quite a hurdle. When I went away to summer camp, we had to mail a letter home as the entry fee to the dining hall on Friday nights. – Read More

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