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In the Loop December 2018: Social Media & Depression, Researchers Find Fountain of Youth, Infant Ibuprofen Recall, & More!

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#1 How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness

Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety, poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, inattention, and hyperactivity — often in teens and adolescents. The list goes on. However, these studies are almost entirely of an observational or correlational nature. But, a new study concludes that there is in fact a causal link between the use of social media and negative effects on well-being, primarily depression and loneliness.

#2 Fountain of Youth? Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger

People in their 70s who have been exercising regularly for decades seem to have put a brake on the aging process, maintaining the heart, lung and muscle fitness of healthy people at least 30 years younger. Read More

#3 Electronic Health Records Bogging Docs Down

Electronic health records are supposed to help doctors, but stress from using them may lead to burnout — and primary care doctors are at greatest risk, new research suggests.

#4 Infants’ Liquid Ibuprofen Recalled at Walmart, CVS, Others

Tris Pharma Inc. has voluntarily recalled three lots of infants’ liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar, because they may contain too much ibuprofen. Read More

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Early Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Associated With Lower Imaging Rates, Opioid Prescriptions, and Overall Cost

In findings on neck pain that echo the results of similar studies on low back pain, researchers have identified an association between early consultation with a physical therapist (PT) and lower rates of opioid prescription, imaging, and injections. Those lower-use rates contributed to significant cost savings over a 1-year study period compared with patients who waited 90 days or more before seeing a PT, according to the study’s authors.

Two More Valsartan Drugs Make Growing Recall List

Two more valsartan blood pressure drugs have been recalled because of impurities in its key ingredient. Teva Pharmaceuticals announced a nationwide recall of all amlodipine/valsartan combination tablets and all amlodipine/valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to a problem with the valsartan active ingredient manufactured in Mylan, India. An impurity known as N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) was found in Mylan’s valsartan. NDEA has been found to possibly cause cancer in humans.

The FDA in July announced the recall of five other valsartan products for NDEA contamination as well as possible contamination from a similar impurity, NDMA. Several more recalls were announced in August, while an irbesartan-based blood pressure drug was recalled earlier this month, along with another made with losartan. Read More

Infections Like Flu, UTI Can Put You at Higher Risk for Heart Attack

Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and smoking cigarettes are all well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. So are conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Now a new study adds to that list. Researchers found that in older adults, infection increased the risk of having a coronary event — such as a heart attack — or stroke over the next three months.

Singing Relieves Symptoms of Parkinson’s

According to a recent pilot study, singing therapy might reduce some of the difficult-to-treat motor and mood symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

AHSA: 10 Tips for Getting Kids to Go Low Tech This Holiday Season

For audiologists and speech-language pathologists craving a lower-tech holiday season professionally and personally, share these 10 tips to make this goal a reality and help families instead embrace conversation, communication and bonding this holiday season. Read More

More Sickened in E. Coli Outbreak Affecting Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says

The number sickened in an E.coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce has grown to 52. Read More

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Recent Health Articles: AOTA Annual Conference 2016, Senior Safety, Health Effects of Sit-Stand Desks, and More!

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#1The 2016 AOTA Conference: You Belong Here!

It’s time to join your fellow OTs for an unforgettable experience in the Windy City of Chicago. Chicago provides the perfect setting for the 2016 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, which embraces the profession’s distinct value to connect, collaborate, and strategize. – Read more

#2 Adequate Therapy Can Help Kids, Adults With Down Syndrome

Awareness about Down Syndrome and early intervention is very important to help children with Down syndrome develop gross, motor, language, cognitive and other skills to the best of their abilities. The aim is through early intervention and continuous, integrated and coordinated forms of therapy, as many people with Down Syndrome can adapt into mainstream schools.- Read more

#3 SLPs, Apps and Mobile Devices

Implementing new technology in speech therapy gives patients motivation, portability and independence. Since there are now hundreds of apps on the market, SLPs don’t have to rely on a “one size fits all” standard either. Rather, they can ask “what augmentative communication tools and strategies will best meet the needs of the individual”- Read More

#4 Feds Aim To Improve Academics Among Students With Behavior Issues

Federal education officials are taking new steps to address the academic needs of students with disabilities who have significant behavior challenges.- Read More

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Health Effects of Sit-Stand Desks Still Unproven, Scientists Suggest

According to a recently published Cochrane Review, the benefits of interventions—such as sit-stand desks—to reduce the amount of time workers sit during the day are still uncertain.- Read More.

The Paperless Practice: Converting Management Operations From Manual to Electronic Delivers Quantifiable Benefits.

As healthcare continues to experience a shift from manual record management to electronic practice management systems, owners of private therapy practices are finding newfound ease and success in day-to-day operations.- Read More

The Benefits of Staying Engaged in Life Despite Chronic Pain

Pain acceptance involves being OK with experiencing pain and continuing to do things one enjoys and care about in spite of the pain. In this research, therapist wanted to find out how pain acceptance might affect people’s lives and well-being over time.- Read More

Confident Patient Transfers: Safety For Seniors May Require More Instruction, More Patience From Therapists.

Considerations for safe transfers must come into play for small moves — such as from bed to chair — as well as for those of greater distance — from acute care to rehab or home. –Read More

Meet The Schoolboys Raising Awareness Of Ccommunication Issues – By Telling Jokes

Two schoolboys from the UK reached the finals of a national joke-telling competition, and shone a light on the importance of making the classroom inclusive for youngsters with communication difficulties.

Physical Therapy Provides an Alternative to the Rising Use of Opioids

Opioid use is spiraling out of control in the United States and those suffering from pain conditions need an alternative. Some are heralding physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to treating pain without the threat of addiction.

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Recent Health Articles: Zika May Raise Risk of Mental Illness, The Happiest & Healthiest City in the U.S., and More!

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#1 TBI: Drug Shows Promise for Reducing Harmful Brain Inflammation

In recent years, researchers have highlighted the potential long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, which include increased risk of dementia and other neurological disorders. Now, a new study has uncovered a drug that shows promise for reducing the brain damage caused by such an injury.

#2 CMS, Private Insurers Agree on Health Outcomes Measures

Everyone agrees that the future of health care will be driven by outcomes. But which outcomes will be doing the driving? A major-player collaborative that includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the country’s leading private insurers’ organization has unveiled its first answers to that question.

#3 Zika May Increase Risk of Mental Illness, Researchers Say

Reproductive health experts are warning that microcephaly may be only the most obvious consequence of the spread of the Zika virus. Even infants who appear normal at birth may be at higher risk for mental illnesses later in life if their mothers were infected during pregnancy, many researchers fear. Read More

#4 The Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S. is…

It has Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country’s healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Read More

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Stroke Patients’ Speech Loss Linked to Loss of Brain Interconnections

Imaging reveals disruption of language network ‘structural hubs’ directly associated with aphasia following stroke, reports Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Study: One-Third of U.S. Adults Don’t Get Enough Sleep

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Despite repeated recommendations for adults to sleep at least seven hours each night, a new study shows that more than one-third of Americans are not getting enough shut-eye. And, the researchers have pinpointed which states are the most sleep deprived. Read More

Small Weight Loss Yields Large Rewards, Study Finds

Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a new study suggests.

OT: The Misunderstood Therapy

Why occupational therapists should play a greater role in interdisciplinary team assessments of long term care residents… Read More

Study Shows Just How Big a Role Cellphones Play in Car Crashes

In a finding that demonstrates how crucial it is to pay attention when behind the wheel, researchers report that video taken inside cars showed drivers were distracted seconds before an accident in more than two-thirds of crashes.

Geisinger Identifies 17 Genes Related to Developmental Disorders

A study led by a team of researchers at Geisinger Health System’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) in Danville, PA has identified 17 new genes causing autism and other related brain disorders, including intellectual disability/developmental delay, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Recent Health Articles: Zika Virus Spreading; How to Test Lead in Home Water; Concussions Affect Students Academically

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#1 Zika Virus “Spreading Explosively”, Global Health Experts Warn

The World Health Organization says it is convening an emergency committee to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems — was “spreading explosively.” Read More

#2 How to Test for Lead in Home Water Supply

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has Americans asking, “Does my home’s water contain lead?” It’s possible! The Environmental Protection Agency says between 10% and 20% of our exposure to lead comes from contaminated water. It’s even worse for the youngest and most vulnerable: Babies can get between 40% and 60% of their exposure to lead by drinking formula mixed with contaminated water. Here’s a great guide from CNN on how to assess lead exposure risks and test home plumbing.

#3 How Concussions Affect Students Academically

Increased awareness about the dangers of concussions has prompted every state to mandate that schools educate students, parents and staff on the risks of this brain injury and devise return-to-play protocols. But the development of standards governing a student’s return to learning has lagged far behind, experts say. Read More

#4 A “Game-changer” in Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it. The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and laboratory mice — is “going to be a game-changer” in terms of understanding schizophrenia and offering routes for treatment and potential for prevention, said Bruce Cuthbert, acting deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped fund the research.

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Put the Smartphone Down: Social Media Use and Sleep Disturbances Linked

It is a scene to which most of us can probably relate: the light on your smartphone is flashing, heralding a notification from Facebook or Twitter, or one of the myriad social networking sites you have willingly joined. But a new study may give you a reason to pause; it found that young adults who frequently check their social media accounts are more likely to have sleep disturbances than those who use social media sparingly.

To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In

A new study published in JAMA reveals educational efforts, back belts and orthotics were almost completely ineffective for treating low back pain, leaving people who employed either of those methods very prone to experiencing more back pain within a year. But exercise programs, either with or without additional educational elements, proved to be potent preventatives, the researchers found.

Got a Cold Coming On? Which Remedies Do & Don’t Work

Sniffling, sneezing, congestion and coughing — it can be hard to fight off the germs. Before you try your favorite home remedy, here’s what works and what may be a waste of time and money.

Wearable Sweat Sensor Could Monitor Dehydration, Fatigue

Wearable health and fitness trackers have taken the world by storm in recent years. But wristbands that monitor your heart rate and how many calories you have burned could soon be old news; researchers have now developed a device that measures sweat chemicals, which could alert users to dehydration, fatigue and more.

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again

One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims, and the more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again, according to the latest research.

Children at “Double the Risk of Aggression, Suicide” with Antidepressant Use

One of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for children and adolescents can double the risk of aggression and suicide, according to research published in The BMJ.

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Recent Health Articles: Miracle Pill for Paralysis Patients; Preventing High School Football Deaths; and More

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#1 ‘Giant Step’ in Research on Paralysis – Leg Muscle Contractions Triggered by a Simple Pill

Nordic Life Science Pipeline Inc. is proud to announce completion of the first clinical trials of SpinalonTM, an oral pill composed of three active molecular entities capable together of triggering within minutes short bouts of locomotor-like activity in the legs of spinal cord- injured patients who had been chronically paralyzed for years. Read More

#2 Study Shows Common Shoulder Dislocation Can Heal Just as Well without Surgery

Acromio-clavicular joint dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat. Severe dislocations are often treated with surgery, but patients who opt for non-surgical treatment typically experience fewer complications and return to work sooner, according to new research published today in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

#3 Can We Prevent High School Football Deaths?

From 2003 to 2013, there were 514 deaths among NCAA athletes, and 79 cardiac arrests among them, said Dr. Kim Harmon, a sports medicine doctor with the University of Washington who has tracked sudden deaths in college athletes for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. That’s about eight deaths from cardiac arrest every year. In that same 10-year period, there were four deaths from head injuries. Harmon believes that a simple (and common) screening test could help prevent these deaths.

#4 What Daylight Saving Time Does to Your Body

This autumn, daylight saving time has us “falling back” — or gaining an hour of sleep — during the wee hours of Sunday, November 1. While that may sound like the perfect way to recover from a weekend of Halloween fetes (or candy comas), it can be surprisingly jarring on the body. Read More

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Medication Errors Seen in Half of All Operations in Study

In a new study on how often medication errors occur during surgery, researchers report that mistakes were made during almost half of the operations they analyzed.

WHO: Processed Meats Cause Cancer

Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests.

Thyroid Hormone Common Contaminant in Weight-Loss Supplements

Over-the-counter (OTC) weight-loss supplements commonly contain unlabeled and clinically significant levels of thyroid hormones, including thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), posing potentially serious health risks to users unaware of the contents, according to new research.

Virtual Reality Maze ‘Predict Alzheimer’s Disease’

Alzheimer’s disease can be detected decades before onset, using a virtual reality test, a study suggests.

Study: For Some, TKA With Nonsurgical Treatment Better Than Nonsurgical Treatment Alone

According to a new study, patients with moderate-to-severe knee osteoarthritis (OA) who receive knee replacement surgery (TKA) and conservative treatment that includes physical therapy tend to fare better after 12 months than those who receive only the conservative treatment, though both groups see significant improvement. Read More

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Recent Health Articles: Less Toddler Play, More Sensory Issues? High Rate of Brain Disease in NFL Players; Plus, More!

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#1 The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — and The Rise in Sensory Issues

Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences, yet many preschools are transitioning from play-based learning to becoming more academic in nature. Could this be contributing to the rise in sensory issues? Read More 

#2 87 of 91 Tested Ex-NFL Players had Brain Disease Linked to Head Trauma

Eighty-seven of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science after death tested positive for a brain disease that is believed to be linked with repeated head trauma and concussions, according to researchers.

#3 Robotic Hand Provides Paralyzed Man with ‘Near-Natural’ Sense of Touch

Scientists reveal how a 28-year-old paralyzed man has become the first person to regain a “near-natural” sense of touch with the help of a robotic hand directly connected to his brain.

#4 PTs Receiving 2016 CMS Payment Penalties Related to 2014 PQRS

Physical therapists (PTs) in private practice and other providers who participate in the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) are being sent notices from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about a potential 2016 “negative payment adjustment,” depending on whether they met satisfactory reporting requirements in 2014. Read More

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A Sprained Ankle May Have Lifelong Consequences

Tens of thousands of Americans sprain an ankle every year. But ankle sprains get little respect, with most of us shrugging off the injury as inconsequential and soon returning to normal activities. Several new studies, however, suggest that the effects of even a single sprained ankle could be more substantial and lingering than we have supposed, potentially altering how well and often someone moves, for life.

Pesticides Tied to Childhood Cancers

Childhood exposure to indoor insecticides is associated with an increased risk for certain childhood cancers, a new study has found.

PT Inventors Among Those Honored by Smithsonian

This month, a “prone progressive crawler” device developed by 2 PTs will be among 13 projects selected by the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History to be featured in an upcoming celebration of collaboration between the Institution and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Read More

State Obesity Rates Hold Steady; 30 Percent or More in 22 States

New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving.

Intensive OT, PT Might Relieve Children’s Fibromyalgia Pain without Meds

Intensive occupational and physical therapy with psychosocial support might treat fibromyalgia pain for children without using medication, according to a recent study.

Continued Smoking after MS Diagnosis Linked to Accelerated Progression

Continued smoking after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis appears to be associated with accelerated disease progression compared with those patients who quit smoking, according to a study.

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Recent Health Articles: Another Concussion Concern; Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Test; ICD-10 Update; Plus, More!

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#1Concussed College Athletes Almost Twice as Likely to Experience Later Lower Extremity Injuries

A study of Division I college athletes has reinforced the idea that there’s a connection between concussion and later musculoskeletal injury, with an estimate that for as much as a year after the initial head injury, concussed athletes are nearly twice as likely to suffer an acute lower extremity injury than they were prior to the concussion.

#2Symptom Checkers May Not Get The Diagnosis Right

There’s a warning out today for those who go online or to apps to figure out why they have an upset tummy or nagging cough. Symptom checkers, those tools that ask for information and suggest a diagnosis, are accurate only about half of the time. Read More

#3Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer’s?

Scientists say a test based on a patient’s saliva might someday help detect Alzheimer’s disease.

#4CMS Offers Concession for Certain ICD-10 Coding Errors

As the October 1st startup date for the ICD-10 coding system creeps closer and closer, the compliance picture seems to be brightening, just as the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces that it’s taking a somewhat softer approach to how it will handle provider mistakes in the new system. Read More

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Austrian Men Receive Robotic Prosthetic Hands in World First

Three Austrian men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as “bionic reconstruction”, which involves a voluntary amputation, the transplant of nerves and muscles, and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand. Read More

Obesity: ‘Slim Chance’ of Return to Normal Weight

The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year, research suggests.

Barefoot Running May Contribute to Problematic Patterns

A study found that a significant number of experienced runners age 30 and older (40 percent of men and 20 percent of women) maintained a heel-first running pattern — which naturally occurs when wearing a shoe with an elevated heel — when running without shoes. Maintaining a heel-toe pattern while running barefoot or in a minimalist shoe may lead to more frequent injuries.

Meta-Analysis Backs Use of Electrical Stimulation on Patients Post-Stroke

Authors of a review and analysis of studies on neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES) in the treatment of patients post-stroke say they’ve taken a step toward settling some of the debate about the technique’s effectiveness. Bottom line: it’s an option that they recommend to reduce spasticity and increase range of motion.

Congress Guarantees Access to Speech-Generating Devices for Medicare Patients

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 14th passed the Steve Gleason Act, which protects Medicare patients’ access to medically necessary speech-generating devices for individuals with communication disabilities, including ALS, cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome. Read More.

Smoking Linked to Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than those who don’t have the mental health condition, according to a study published in Lancet.

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Recent Health Articles: Arthroscopic Knee Surgery of No Benefit, Sleep or Die, Talking Therapy for Back Pain & More!

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#1More Evidence Questions Benefits of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

The case continues to mount around the lack of evidence to support arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knees—this time, by way of research that calls for a “reversal of a common medical practice,” even among patients with knee osteoarthritis. Authors of the article write that the procedure produces “small inconsequential” benefits in pain and that surgery produced no benefit in function. Read More

#2Talking Therapy Shows Promise for People with Chronic Low Back Pain

New research from Royal Holloway, University of London has found that a new form of talking therapy is a credible and promising treatment for people with chronic low back pain who are also suffering from related psychological stress.

#3Sleep or Die? Growing Body of Research Warns of Heart Attacks, Strokes

A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could have insidious effects on heart disease, obesity and other conditions. Read More

#4Strokes Steal 8 Years’ Worth of Brain Function, Study Suggests

Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years — robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests, according to a new study.

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Diet May Trump Noise Exposure in Hearing Loss, Research Shows

University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing. Read More

Medicare Provides Tips on Reducing Errors around Insufficient Documentation

According to Medicare administrative contractors (MACs), physical therapy procedures are among the “more common” procedures that get denied due to insufficient documentation. It’s a pattern they’re hoping to change through additional information aimed in part at physical therapists (PTs). Read More

Intensive Motor Learning Can Improve Function Post-Stroke, Even if it Begins a Year Later

Authors of a small study of motor learning (ML) treatment with patients post-stroke claim that not only can the approach make a difference more than a year after the stroke event, but that ML alone works about as well as ML that uses robot-assisted training or functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Pollution May Age the Brain

Exposure to air pollution may hasten brain aging, a new study has found.

Breakthrough Tinnitus Research Could Lead to Testable Model

A global research effort provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained.

Massage Therapy Can Reduce Inflammation at the Circulatory Level

This month’s research review by the Massage Therapy Foundation explored the findings of a randomized, blinded study examining the effects of Swedish massage on exertion-induced muscle injury.

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Recent Health Articles: Concussions & Memory Problems. Oblivious Parents? Beyond the Fitbit. Plus, More!

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#1Concussions and Memory Problems: Study Affirms Brain Injury in Retired NFL Players

A new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a link between concussions and memory problems. The research affirms retired football players are plagued with memory problems years after their NFL careers have ended. Read More

#29 of 10 Parents of Overweight Children Don’t See the Problem

The APTA reports nearly 95% of parents of overweight children in America don’t perceive their child as overweight, according to a new study that underscores a phenomenon one editorial writer describes as “oblviobesity.”

#3Animal-Assisted Therapy Helps Child with TBI

They introduce their son to a therapy dog. Pay attention to the child’s reaction. Video here.

#4Beyond the Fitbit: Self-Monitoring As a Way of Life

recent article in The Washington Post examines how the trend in self-monitoring technologies has quickly moved beyond the Fitbit, and now includes the ability to document and analyze—and widely share, if you want to—an almost-scary range of daily activities…. Welcome to your life, now more quantified than ever!

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After-school Program Improves Functional Skills in Autistic Children

An after-school program for children with autism featuring activities ranging from golf to indoor surfing significantly improves their motor skills, according to a new pilot study presented in a poster session at Touro College Research Day.

Major Alzheimer’s Risk Gene Opens New Pathway to Prevention

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers from the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) have discovered that the Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) gene, the major genetic risk factor for the vast majority of late, age-dependent Alzheimer’s patients, can reduce the number of mature, functional synapses in the brain by interfering with the DNA responsible for synapse formation and maintenance. Synaptic loss, a key element of Alzheimer’s disease, often occurs before the onset of amyloid plaques or tangles in Alzheimer’s patients. This new finding could potentially shift current thinking around Alzheimer’s disease-from treatment of the disease to prevention. Read More

The Risk of Exercising Alone

Exercise at any level is not without risk. But, it can be especially dangerous when exercising alone. These prudent safety measures can prevent devastating and even deadly consequences.

School Problems in Children after Concussions

If a school-age child suffers a concussion, how well will he or she do when returning to school and trying to learn? A new study in the journal Pediatrics says that depends on two major factors.

Healthy Diet May Improve Memory, Says Study

New research sheds additional light supporting the long-standing notion that eating a healthy diet could potentially be linked to a lower risk of memory and thinking decline. Read More

Strengthening Hip Muscles May Ease Calf Pain From Blood Vessel Disease

Exercises to strengthen the hips may ease calf pain for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests.

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Recent Health Articles: The Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Sick, Early PT Reduces Costs, & More!

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#1The Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Sick

When you’re under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you’re craving ice cream or a glass of wine? It depends on what’s wrong with you, experts say. Here are common symptoms and expert suggestions on foods that help — and hinder — relief.

#2Patients Who Go Home After Knee Replacement Do As Well As Those Discharged to Rehab Facility

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that patients who go home after knee replacement and receive physical therapy at home do as well as those who go to an in-patient rehabilitation facility.

#3WHO Leadership Admits Failings over Ebola, Promises Reform

The World Health Organization has admitted serious failings in its handling of the Ebola crisis and pledged reforms to enable it to do better next time, its leadership said in a recent statement.

#4Early Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Reduces Costs, Resources

study in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research shows that early and guideline adherent physical therapy following an initial episode of acute, nonspecific low back pain (LBP) resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of health care resources over a 2-year period.

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Participating in Arts, Crafts May Delay Memory Problems

People who participate in arts and craft activities and who socialize in middle and old age may delay the development in very old age of the thinking and memory problems that often lead to dementia, according to a new study.

Cerebral Blood Flow Possibly a Marker for Concussion Outcomes

A new imaging study suggests cerebral blood flow recovery could be a biomarker of outcomes in patients after concussion, according to new research.

Clues to How an Electric Treatment for Parkinson’s Works

In 1998, Dr. Philip A. Starr started putting electrodes in people’s brain. A  neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Starr was treating people with Parkinson’s disease. After the surgery, Dr. Starr closed up his patients’ skulls and switched on the electrodes, releasing a steady buzz of electric pulses in their brains. For many patients, the effect was immediate. “We have people who, when they’re not taking their meds, can be frozen,” said Dr. Starr. “When we turn on the stimulator, they start walking.” Learn More

Chemicals in Some Flavored E-Cigs Exceed Recommended Limits

A new study raises concerns about the levels of chemicals used to flavor some brands of fluids used in electronic cigarettes.

Children with Autism Can Learn to be Social, Trial Shows

Teachers and speech therapists can teach children with autism how to be social with their peers, a randomized trial shows. “We found that the children who participated in the social network not only made significant progress in social communication during the intervention but also made many more initiations to their peers in general.”

8 Makeup Tricks for Women With Arthritis

Here’s how your patients can put their best face forward, even when arthritis is flaring.

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