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Health News - Rehabilitation

'Walk-DMC' aims to improve surgery outcomes for children with cerebral palsy
Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries -- lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations -- in hopes of improving their physical ability to... (Medical News Today)

Women have problems sticking to cardiac rehab programs
Gender gap must be closed, say investigators in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of disability globally. (Medical News Today)

Paralyzed man controls hand and fingers using brain implant
A chip implanted in his brain and linked to a computer allows a man left quadriplegic 6 years ago from a broken neck to grasp and manipulate objects with his own hand and fingers. (Medical News Today)

Mobility plays important role in development for toddlers with disabilities
Typical toddlers simultaneously spend about three hours a day in physical activity, play and engagement with objects such as toys, while their peers with mobility disabilities are less likely to... (Medical News Today)

Biologists discover new strategy to treat central nervous system injury
Neurobiologists at UC San Diego have discovered how signals that orchestrate the construction of the nervous system also influence recovery after traumatic injury. (Medical News Today)

Repeat bowel obstruction surgery: a thing of the past?
Life-threatening bowel obstructions occur when internal scar tissue blocks food from passing through the intestines. Unable to eat, many patients face death without emergency surgery. (Medical News Today)

Brain to foot: Come in, foot!
A strange sensation, but familiar to anyone who has ever been given local anaesthesia and watched while a doctor operated on their leg or arm: in that moment, your own body part seems foreign, as... (Medical News Today)

Stress management may enhance cardiac rehab, improve recovery
Heart patients may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) programs even more when stress management is added, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. (Medical News Today)

Electrical brain stimulation could support stroke recovery
Applying an electric current to the brain can help recovery from stroke, Oxford University researchers have found. (Medical News Today)

Seismic for the spine: Vibration technology offers alternative to MRI
Magnetic resonance image isn't everything. A new University of Alberta study shows that vibrating the spine may reveal more when it comes to treating back pain. (Medical News Today)

Practicing tai chi reduces risk of falling in older adults
Recently, researchers compared the effects of tai chi to leg strengthening exercises (a physical therapy called "lower extremity training," or LET) in reducing falls. (Medical News Today)

Drug overdoses in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold in past 4 decades
Drug-overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold in the last 35 years, with rates climbing especially fast in relatively young white women, according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate... (Medical News Today)

The tortoise and the hare of spinal neural circuits
After an injury, practicing movements at different speeds improves certain nerve functions. (Medical News Today)

Video games improve brain connections in multiple sclerosis patients
Playing "brain-training" video games may help improve some cognitive abilities of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) by strengthening neural connections in an important part of their brains... (Medical News Today)

World first: bionic fingertip enables amputee to feel texture
A bionic fingertip has enabled a Danish amputee to distinguish between different textures in real-time with 96% accuracy, bringing us closer to sensory-enhanced prosthetics. (Medical News Today)

Digital fitness devices help patients monitor health and activity, improve outcomes
Apps allow patients to share data with their doctor.Many orthopaedic patients are eager to track and improve their health and progress before, during and after treatment. (Medical News Today)

New study looks at efficacy of self-guided and accelerated post-surgical therapy programs
Research presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) challenges two common rehabilitation standards: physical therapy following total hip replacement... (Medical News Today)

Young baseball players could benefit from preseason arm injury prevention programs
Preseason prevention programs are beneficial to young baseball pitchers, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol, drug treatment woefully under-resourced, Australia
Australia needs to double its investment in alcohol and drug resources to meet unmet treatment needs, according to the authors of an editorial published in the Medical Journal of Australia. (Medical News Today)

Platelet-rich plasma injections may lead to improvements in tissue healing
Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and A-Rod have all used it, but does platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) really work for the every-day active person? (Medical News Today)

New study of patients receiving physical therapy following total knee replacement raises new concerns over referral for profit
A new study concludes that patients who undergo total knee replacement (TKR) surgery and are referred to a physical therapist (PT) not affiliated with their surgeon's practice have fewer visits and... (Medical News Today)

Can gaming mend damaged brains?
An innovative research study carried out by Macquarie University, Australia, has found that first person shooter computer games, such as Medal of Honor, can help rehabilitate patients with... (Medical News Today)

Exercise may protect nerve cells in spinal muscular atrophy patients
Long-term exercise appears to be beneficial for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) like mice, suggesting a potential of active physiotherapy for patient care; according to a study published in The... (Medical News Today)

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. (Medical News Today)

Longer, intense rehabilitation boosts recovery after brain injury
Animal studies suggest greater emphasis for better results and highlight key role of brain system in rebuilding structure and function. (Medical News Today)

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