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July 2016 – Recent Health Articles: Pokemon Makes Physical Therapy Fun, Your Role In Stroke Prevention, The Healing Power of Dogs in Children’s Physical Therapy & More

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#1POKEMON GO and ‘Accidental’ Exercising

“For most people, exercise isn’t fun. Despite its various documented health benefits, for many, it’s a necessary evil that they must trudge through. What can make it better is to have a goal and make it social. Pokemon Go provides both. It isn’t all that much different than some running training plans that prepare people to complete a 5k.” — Kevin Gard, clinical professor and director of the professional doctor of Physical Therapy program in the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions. – Read More

#2 How 9 Out of 10 Strokes Could be Prevented

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, THIS ONE is the most important.

#3 Dogs with Special Needs Help Kids Heal in Physical Therapy

“I saw a lot of kids there who just wouldn’t work unless there was a dog with them. They were a huge comforting presence… they were relatable to all of us in the hospital and an inspiration.” – Read More

#4 Children with Cerebral Palsy Improve movement with Intense Physical Therapy

A one-year study of children with cerebral palsy (CP) in South Korea showed that gross motor function significantly improved when the children received intensive physical therapy. The research team recruited then observed 161 children with CP, 93 boys and 68 girls (mean age 9), who attended a rehabilitation center and school for disabled children in South Korea. Read More

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HIV Cure Study provides Insight into 2008 Case

In 2008, one man, Timothy Ray Brown, was cured of HIV. Also known as the “Berlin patient,” Brown was considered cured of his infection after receiving two bone-marrow transplants to treat a separate disease he had been diagnosed with a few years earlier: acute myeloid leukemia. Read More

Latest ZIKA Puzzle: How US Patient Infected Caregiver

The mysterious Zika virus continues to surprise health scientists. On July 18th, 2016, U.S. health officials said they were trying to determine how a now-deceased elderly Utah man who had Zika managed to infect a family caregiver. – Read More

Geriatric Doctor Shortage Means People Who Need Care The Most Receive It Least

Steven Counsell is the president of the American Geriatrics society and a professor of geriatrics at Indiana University. He says while the number of patients is increasing, the supply of doctors isn’t…a serious problem for a population with a higher risk for health problems, like, for example, falls. – Read More

Healing Sound: Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy Reduces Stress, Physical and Emotional Strain

When you’re stressed, your brain sounds the “fight or flight” alarms, triggering a surge of hormones, an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. It alters the immune, digestive and reproductive system and according to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress can cause tension headaches, migraines, increase the risk for hypertension, heart attack and stroke, lead to stomach ulcers and more. – Read More

Inspirational: Boy Given Little Hope to Walk Now Races Past Expectations

A special thank-you has gone out to Brighton’s Franciscan Children’s Hospital
from a boy whose parents were given little hope when he was born, but is now racing past all expectations. – Watch Report

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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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