Rehab Managment Rehab Management is a pragmatic clinical and management magazine that features recent advances in the rehabilitation marketplace along with news and current issues in the rehab industry. Published ten times a year Rehab Management features an annual buyer's guide as well as an international issue. Rehab Management reaches your target audience: directors and administrators of rehab facilities, physical and occupational therapists, PTs in private practice, physiatrists, assistive technology providers, athletic trainers, sports medicine specialists, and other rehabilitation professionals. With a 20,000 circulation, Rehab Management offers special sections devoted to long-term rehab and rehab economics in addition to the multidisciplinary coverage, Rehab Management features informative feature stories, industry-leading facility profiles, financial issues, clinical approaches to rehab, legislative and technology updates, and much more. If you want to reach the decision-makers in the rehab field, you need to be seen in Rehab Management. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rehab Management is a pragmatic clinical and management magazine that features recent advances in the rehabilitation marketplace along with news and current issues in the rehab industry. Published ten times a year Rehab Management features an annual buyer's guide as well as an international issue. Rehab Management reaches your target audience: directors and administrators of rehab facilities, physical and occupational therapists, PTs in private practice, physiatrists, assistive technology providers, athletic trainers, sports medicine specialists, and other rehabilitation professionals. With a 20,000 circulation, Rehab Management offers special sections devoted to long-term rehab and rehab economics in addition to the multidisciplinary coverage, Rehab Management features informative feature stories, industry-leading facility profiles, financial issues, clinical approaches to rehab, legislative and technology updates, and much more. If you want to reach the decision-makers in the rehab field, you need to be seen in Rehab Management. Rehab Managment no Rehab Management is a pragmatic clinical and management magazine that features recent advances in the rehabilitation marketplace along with news and current issues in the rehab industry. Published ten times a year Rehab Management features an annual bu... Rehab Managment Medical Robotics Market Poised to Reach $7.6 Billion by 2020, Report Estimates Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:51:18 +0000

IndustryARC has released a new report about the medical robotics market.

According to the report, per a media release from IndustryARC, the global medical robotics market size was $2.67 billion in 2014 and is growing at a CAGR of 19% from 2015 to 2020.

One of the growing segments in the medical robotics market is rehabilitation robots. These include exoskeletons, prosthetics, and assistive devices, used by patients with disabilities.

For more information, visit IndustryARC.

[Source(s): IndustryARC, PR Newswire]

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Study Investigates Possible Link Between Knee Buckling and Fall Risk Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:50:49 +0000

Determining effective treatments for knee instability should be an important priority to help prevent falls among older people, according to a recent study.

Knee buckling is a symptom of knee instability, especially among those with knee pain and knee osteoarthritis. Knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling, according to a media release from Wiley.

In a study published recently in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, Michael Nevitt, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and his colleagues prospectively studied 1,842 participants in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST) who were an average of 67 years old at the start and who had, or were at high risk for, knee osteoarthritis.

At the end of 5 years, 16.8% reported knee buckling; and at the end of 7 years, 14.1 percent had recurrent falls. Bucklers at year 5 had a 1.6 to 2.5 times higher likelihood of recurrent falls, fear of falling, and poor balance confidence at year 7. Those who fell when a knee buckled at the start of the study had a 4.5 times, 2 times, and 3 times higher likelihood 2 years later of recurrent falls, significant fall injuries, and fall injuries that limited activity, respectively, and they were 4 times more likely to have poor balance, the release explains.

“Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people,” Nevitt says in the release. “Fortunately, it may be possible to treat knee instability and prevent knee buckling with targeted exercises. Joint replacement surgery can also improve knee stability.”

He adds in the release that pain is the predominant symptom of knee osteoarthritis, and that symptoms of instability, such as knee buckling and falls, may be overlooked by treating professionals.

He advises health professionals to query their patients with knee OA about instability, buckling, and falls, and to work with them to take preventive actions, including proper use of walking aids, leg strengthening, and appropriate footwear.

[Source(s): Wiley, Science Daily]

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Maddak Inc Challenges OT Schools to Submit Their Best Product Designs, Adaptations Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:16:21 +0000

Maddak Inc calls on occupational therapy professionals and students to submit their best design ideas for new products to assist patients with disabilities or recovering from illnesses.

The Maddak Awards Program, held during the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual conference, awards cash prizes for first, second, or third place winners in either the Professional or Student categories, judged by a panel of volunteer occupational therapists.

As an added incentive to enter, the Maddak Intercollegiate Challenge was added in 2014 to the Annual Maddak Awards Program to spur occupational therapy schools and students to compete against each other for bragging rights and to win the Intercollegiate Challenge trophy, according to a media release from Maddak Inc.

The trophy will be awarded based on a point system that takes into consideration the number of entries in the Student category received from each school. Bonus points will be given to the school whose student entry wins first place, per the release.

The AOTA annual conference will be held April 7-10 in Chicago. Deadline to enter the Maddak Awards Program is March 28.

For more information, including how to submit an entry, visit Maddak Inc.

[Source: Maddak Inc]

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Invacare Corp Announces Financial Results for 2015 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:16:05 +0000

Invacare Corp, an Elyria, Ohio-based manufacturer of wheelchairs and other products in the home medical equipment market, announces its financial results for the quarter and year that ended December 31, 2015.

According to a media release from the company, highlights for the fourth quarter include GAAP loss per share from continuing operations was $0.09 for the quarter compared to loss per share of $0.21 in the fourth quarter prior year. Adjusted net loss per share from continuing operations was $0.06 for the quarter compared to adjusted net loss per share of $0.12 in the fourth quarter prior year. And free cash flow was $29.2 million for the quarter compared to $11.4 million in the fourth quarter prior year.

In addition, constant currency net sales, excluding the divested rentals businesses, decreased 1.7% for the quarter compared to the same period prior year. Reported net sales from continuing operations decreased 11.0%. Reported gross margin as a percentage of net sales from continuing operations for the quarter was higher by 0.7 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter prior year. Excluding the benefit of warranty accrual reversals in 2015 and the impact of the divested rentals businesses from 2014, gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2015 was higher by 1.1 percentage points compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter.

Highlights for the year include: GAAP loss per share from continuing operations was $0.82 compared to loss per share of $2.15 in 2014. Adjusted net loss per share from continuing operations was $0.62 compared to adjusted net loss per share of $1.59 in 2014. Free cash flow was $13.9 million compared to $8.4 million in 2014.

In addition, constant currency net sales, excluding the divested rentals businesses, were flat compared to 2014. Reported net sales from continuing operations decreased 10.1%. Debt outstanding was $48.3 million as of December 31, 2015, compared to $22.3 million as of December 31, 2014.

[Source(s): Invacare Corp, Business Wire]

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Aquassure Accessible Baths Founders Enter the Dragon’s Den Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:15:44 +0000
Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell, founders of Aquassure Accessible Baths, demonstrate the Slide-In Bathtub on the Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den. (Photo courtesy of CNW Group/Aquassure Accessible Baths.)

Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell, founders of Aquassure Accessible Baths, demonstrate the Slide-In Bathtub on the Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den. (Photo courtesy of CNW Group/Aquassure Accessible Baths.)

Aquassure Accessible Baths’ founders Matthew Longman and Shari McDowell recently appeared on the Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den to pitch their Aquassure Slide-In Bathtub to the show’s panel of entrepreneurs.

The show recently aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Television.

According to a media release from Aquassure Accessible Baths, the Slide-In Bathtub features an elevated, full-size bathtub.

In 2011, Aquassure licensed production of the Slide-In Bathtub to Best Bath Systems of Boise, Idaho. The company is currently in the process of licensing its sliding door technology to a second manufacturer in the US, per the release.

For more information, visit Aquassure Accessible Baths.

[Source(s): Aquassure Accessible Baths, PR Newswire]

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AAAASF Accredits 34 Facilities in December Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:15:30 +0000

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) announces the list of 34 new facilities that received accreditation in December.

In order to receive accreditation, AAAASF requires 100% compliance with all standards concerning patient safety. No partial accreditation is awarded. If a facility fails to meet any standard, it must correct the deficiency or risk denial or loss of accreditation, a release from AAAASF explains.

The following facilities received AAAASF accreditation in December:

Southern California Surgery Center Inc in Huntington Park, California

Advance Rehabilitation & Consulting Limited Partnership in Ozark, Alabama

Neurohope Of Indiana Inc in Indianapolis

Women’s Care Associates in Eugene, Oregon

Advance Rehabilitation & Consulting Limited Partnership in Rome, Georgia

Ortho Spine Surgical LLC in Hinsdale, Illinois

YJ Lee Gastroenterology PC in Duluth, Georgia

Southwest Florida Neurosurgical Associates in Fort Myers, Florida

Princeton Surgiplex LLC in Princeton, New Jersey

Aim High Childrens Therapy LLC in Brownsville, Texas

Clara Barton Medical Clinic Great Bend in Great Bend, Kansas

The Portland Surgical Center in Portland, Oregon

Riverwalk Medical Corporation in Bakersfield, California

Bay Area Surgical Specialist Services LLC in Walnut Creek, California

POSC of Orange in Newport Beach, California

Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services Inc in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Stony Brook Surgical Associates in Centereach in New York City

Fleur-de-Lis Community Health Inc in Church Point, Louisiana

Genesis Rehabilitation Services in Columbia, South Carolina

Heights Surgicare in New York City

Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology PC in Newnan, Georgia

Seminole Hospital District in Seminole, Texas (doing business as Memorial Hospital Clinic South)

Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services Inc in Florence, South Carolina

Care Continuum Consultants, LLC in Harlingen, Texas (doing business as Quantum Therapy)

Minor Surgical Center LLC in Jamaica, New York

MedStar Medical Group – Southern Maryland LLC in Prince Frederick, Maryland (doing business as Tri-County Endoscopy Center in Prince Frederick)

Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services LLC in Tega Cay, South Carolina

CORA Health Services Inc in Sun City Center, Florida

Alvarez, MD & Leary, MD PC in Orchard Park, New York

Roswell Eye Surgery Center LLC in Marietta, Georgia

Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield, Iowa (doing business as JCHC Rural Health Clinic)

Center for Advanced Plastic Surgery Inc in Thousand Oaks, California

Salem Peabody Oral Surgery Inc in Peabody, Massachusetts

Nashville Gastrointestinal Specialists Inc in Nashville, Tennessee (doing business as Southern Endoscopy Center)

[Source(s): American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities Inc, PRWeb]

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Synchrony Financial Announces Disability Hiring Initiative Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:02:27 +0000

Synchrony Financial announces that, as part of its commitment to diversity, it is launching a plan to hire more people with disabilities.

Per the company, its commitment also takes into account its recognition, per the United States Census Bureau, that people with disabilities may be less likely to be employed and more likely to hold jobs with lower earnings. As well, per 2010 US Census bureau data, 41% of persons age 21 to 64 with any disability were employed, compared with 79% of those with no disability.

“Our purpose statement is: we pioneer the future of financing while improving the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch,” says Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane, in a media release from Synchrony Financial.

“The people with disabilities hiring initiative is a living, breathing embodiment of that statement by providing qualified individuals with career opportunities that, in turn, will help us better serve our retail partners. More importantly, it is simply the right thing to do,” she adds.

During the announcement at Synchrony’s Kettering, Ohio, location, Keane and Glenn Marino—executive vice president and CEO, Payment Solutions, and leader of the Kettering site—presented a $20,000 grant to Dennis Grant, executive director of United Rehabilitation Services (URS).

“We know from working with United Rehabilitation Services in the past, that there is an eager workforce among individuals with disabilities that are ready to contribute in meaningful ways,” Marino adds in the release. “We look forward to working with our partners to identify people with disabilities who can be given an opportunity to shine at Synchrony Financial.”

“We appreciate Synchrony Financial’s tremendous support of children and adults with disabilities at United Rehabilitation Services and their commitment to this partnership,” URS’ Grant notes in the release. “Synchrony’s dedication to creating a culture of inclusiveness and supporting individuals with disabilities through their People with Disabilities Network is a perfect fit with URS’ mission and values.”

For more information, visit Synchrony Financial.

[Source(s): Synchrony Financial, Business Wire]

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Drive or Ride: Wheelchair-Accessible SUV Comes to Market Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:08:33 +0000

BraunAbility, along with the Ford Motor Company, debut what they describe as the world’s first wheelchair-accessible SUV: the BraunAbility MXV, based on the 2016 Ford Explorer.

The BraunAbility MXV features a 3.5-liter V6 engine and is available in Ford Explorer base, XLT, and Limited models.

Other features include sliding-door technology, removable driver and passenger seats, a lighted in-floor ramp, a sliding shifter and front seat base design, and an integrated key fob. A tow package is also available, per a media release from both companies.

The MXV maximizes interior space to enable wheelchair users to drive the vehicle from their wheelchair or ride as a passenger.

Dimensions include: 55-inch side door opening height, 28 ½-inch ramp width, 58-inch interior height (vehicle center), 59-inch interior height (driver and passenger), 55-inch interior floor length behind the front seats, and 59 ½-inch interior width at B-pillar.

We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility,” says Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager, in the release. “Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation.”

“Our customers are very excited to have a mobility option that reflects their individuality,” states Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO. “For us, Ford Explorer was the obvious choice.”

The BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility’s 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Winamac, Indiana.

[Source(s): BraunAbility, Ford Motor Company]

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Imagine Controlling an Exoskeleton with the Power of Thought Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:22:05 +0000

Australian researchers have created a minimally invasive brain interface that they suggest may someday enable paralyzed patients to control an exoskeleton via their thoughts.

The stent-based electrode that is the size of a small paper clip is implanted within a blood vessel in the brain and records the type of neuronal activity that has been shown in preclinical trials to move limbs through an exoskeleton or to control bionic limbs, according to a media release from University of Melbourne.

Results from a study published recently in Nature Biotechnology notes that the device is capable of recording high-quality signals emitted from the brain’s motor cortex, without the need for open brain surgery.

“Our vision, through this device, is to return function and mobility to patients with complete paralysis by recording brain activity and converting the acquired signals into electrical commands, which in turn would lead to movement of the limbs through a mobility assist device like an exoskeleton. In essence, this a bionic spinal cord,” explains Thomas Oxley, MD, the study’s lead author, in the release.

Oxley is a neurologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and a research fellow at The Florey Institute of Neurosciences and the University of Melbourne. He is currently based at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York, per the release.

Co-principal investigator Nicholas Opie, PhD, a biomedical engineer at the University of Melbourne, says in the release that the concept is similar to an implantable cardiac pacemaker—electrical interaction with tissue using sensors inserted into a vein, but inside the brain.

“Utilizing stent technology, our electrode array self-expands to stick to the inside wall of a vein, enabling us to record local brain activity. By extracting the recorded neural signals, we can use these as commands to control wheelchairs, exoskeletons, prosthetic limbs, or computers,” Opie states.

“In our first-in-human trial, that we anticipate will begin within 2 years, we are hoping to achieve direct brain control of an exoskeleton for three people with paralysis,” Opie adds.

The in-human trial is expected to take place at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2017. The participants will be selected from the Austin Health Victorian Spinal Cord Unit, the release explains.

[Source(s): University of Melbourne, Science Daily]

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OPTP Releases Updated Professional Catalog Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:21:49 +0000

Minneapolis-based OPTP releases the latest edition of its professional catalog.

New OPTP-exclusive products featured in the semi-annual catalog’s 35th edition include the LoRox Aligned Roller (a specially designed foam roller), the OPTP Posture Brick (a foam block built for yoga, Pilates, and physical therapy available in three sizes), and the OPTP MicroRoll (a miniature foam roller with circular ridges designed to help massage the feet, neck, and arms).

For more information about these and other products, or to obtain a free copy of the catalog, visit OPTP.

[Source: OPTP]

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StandUp Walker Combines Standing Assistant with Walker Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:21:35 +0000

URise Products LLC releases the StandUp Walker, which is engineered to help users independently lift themselves from a seated position.

The Charlotte, NC-based company, in a media release, describes the product’s patent-pending design as a combination of a stand-assist device and a traditional walker. It can be used use both inside and outside the home, and it collapses for transport.

More information is available at the company’s website, URise Products LLC.

[Source(s): URise Products LLC, PRWeb]

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Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:26:29 +0000

Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc announces that AST-OPC1, its drug in development to help treat spinal cord injury, has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development grants Orphan Drug Designation to products that treat rare diseases—those that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, explains a media release from Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc.

AST-OPC1, derived from human embryonic stem cells, has three potentially reparative functions at the site of spinal cord injury, the company suggests in the release: produces neurotrophic factors, stimulates vasularization, and induces remyelination of denuded axons—all of which are critical for survival, regrowth, and conduction of nerve impulses through axons at the injury site.

In preclinical animal testing, administration of AST-OPC1 led to remyelination of axons, improved hind limb and forelimb locomotor function, dramatic reductions in injury-related cavitation and significant preservation of myelinated axons traversing the injury site, the release suggests.

Asterias is continuing to test AST-OPC1 on patients with complete cervical spinal cord injuries. Known as the SCiStar trial, it will test three escalating doses of AST-OPC1 administered at 14 to 30 days postinjury in such patients.

For more information, visit Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc.

[Source(s): Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc, PR Newswire]

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Össur Introduces Customizable Rebound DUAL Knee Brace Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:06:34 +0000

The new Rebound DUAL Knee Brace from Iceland-headquartered Össur is designed to deliver functional support for patients with ligament instabilities and osteoarthritis.

Its lightweight aluminum frame can be customized for varus/valgus alignment and patient height. This way, the brace can be easily contoured to a patient’s unique anatomy in order to enhance comfort and functionality.

Additional features, according to a media release from Össur, include an adjustable strap, a doeskin thigh liner and a breathable ActiveGrip calf liner. As well, the brace features Össur’s proprietary SmartDosing controls, which allow patients to make fine-tune adjustments to the brace’s dynamic tension.

“It is flexible in design as well as in application, because it is suitable for prophylactic use in patients with ligament instabilities, as well as for those recovering from ligament injuries,” says Jason Thorne, Össur’s vice president of global marketing OA&I Solutions, in the release.

Seven standard sizes, in right or left configurations, are available in choices of five custom paint and liner colors.

For more information, visit Össur.

[Source: Össur]

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Per Report, Global Electric Wheelchair Market to Grow to $4.48 Billion By 2020 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:06:21 +0000

A new Transparency Market Research report on global electric wheelchairs predicts double-digit growth by 2020.

Per the report, the global electric wheelchair market accounted for $1.23 billion in revenue in 2013, but is predicted to rise to $4.48 billion by 2020. It is also expected to register a CAGR of 19.2% from 2014 through 2020, states a media release from Transparency Market Research.

Center wheel drive electric wheelchairs held more than a 50% market share in 2013. The demand for front wheel drive electric wheelchairs is expected to grow at an encouraging pace, and is poised to exhibit a 25.3% CAGR from 2014 through 2020, per the report.

The need for mobility products, such as electric wheelchairs, could increase as the population ages, the report predicts. However, their high price tag may lead to a postponement or cancellation of a purchase decision. Thus, bringing feature-rich but competitively priced electronic wheelchairs to market may be a good business strategy, according to the report.

For more information, visit Transparency Market Research.

[Source(s): Transparency Market Research, PR Newswire]

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SuitX Unveils Phoenix Robotic Exoskeleton Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:03:24 +0000

SuitX, a company spun off from UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, unveils the Phoenix robotic exoskeleton.

The robotics lab is a team of graduate students led by mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni, also the founder and CEO of SuitX.

According to a media release from University of California at Berkeley, the Phoenix—featuring original technology developed by the Kaz laboratory—is lightweight, has two motors at the hips, and electrically controlled tension settings that tighten when the wearer is standing and swing freely when they’re walking. Users can control the movement of each leg and walk up to 1.1 miles per hour by pushing buttons integrated into a pair of crutches. It’s powered for up to 8 hours by a battery pack worn in a backpack.

The Phoenix can also be adjusted to fit various weights, heights, and leg sizes, and can be used for a range of mobility hindrances, per the release.

“We can’t really fix their disease,” Kazerooni says in the release. “We can’t fix their injury. But what it would do is postpone the secondary injuries due to sitting. It gives a better quality of life.”

A writeup about SuitX’s Phoenix exoskeleton was published recently in MIT Technology Review.

[Source(s): University of California at Berkeley, Science Daily]

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Opens NeuroRecovery Research Center Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:03:01 +0000

The NeuroRecovery Research Center, on the Houston-based TIRR Memorial Hermann campus, is now open.

TIRR Memorial Hermann treats patients with brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple trauma, amputation, and neurodegenerative diseases.

The NeuroRecovery Research center—a collaborative project among clinicians, scientists, and engineers—is part of a more than 42,000-square-foot building devoted to researching ways to treat and rehabilitate patients, per a media release from Memorial Hermann Health System.

“The NeuroRecovery Research Center will house a number of labs conducting different studies and trials at the same time,” says Gerard E. Francisco, MD, FAAPMR, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann, director of NeuroRecovery Research Center, and Professor and Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PM&R) at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), in the release.

Carl Josehart, Sr Vice President and CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann, concurs.

“This is an exciting time at TIRR as we take the research component of our rehabilitation services to the next level,” he says. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide researchers with the tools to pioneer new advances in rehabilitative medicine and get our patients back to the life they love.”

TIRR Memorial Hermann is currently taking part in a clinical trial aimed at assessing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) during rehabilitation for improved upper limb motor function following a stroke, according to the release.

[Source(s): Memorial Hermann Health System, PR Newswire]

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Penske “Service Matters” Donation Assists Paralyzed Veterans of America Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:36:01 +0000

Paralyzed Veterans of America announces the receipt of a $913,000 donation from Penske Automotive Group.

The funds were raised via Penske’s “Service Matters” campaign, which allowed customers to make a donation whenever they had their car serviced at a Penske Automotive Group Dealership location. Penske matched all monies donated by customers, up to a total contribution of $500,000.

All funds donated and matched go toward Paralyzed Veterans of America’s programs for paralyzed veterans and their families, such as benefits assistance, employment counseling, and adaptive sports programs, according to a media release from Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“We cannot thank Penske Automotive Group enough for this significant contribution. It will undoubtedly have a direct, positive impact on the veterans we serve,” says Al Kovach, Jr, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America, in the release.

“We thank our customers and Penske employees for embracing the ‘Service Matters’ campaign and the importance of the work performed by Paralyzed Veterans of America,” states Robert H. Kurnick, Jr, president of Penske Automotive Group, in the release.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership for another year to help make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families,” he adds.

For more information, visit Paralyzed Veterans of America.

[Source(s): Paralyzed Veterans of America, Business Wire]

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Could Nearness to Cellphone Towers Be Causing Amputees to Feel Pain? Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:31:28 +0000

A recent study may be able to back up the suggestion that amputees may be experiencing various sensations and neuropathic pain while they are near cellphone towers and other technologies that produce radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.

“Our study provides evidence, for the first time, that subjects exposed to cellphone towers at low, regular levels can actually perceive pain,” says Mario Romero-Ortega, PhD, the study’s senior author, in a media release from the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas).

“Our study also points to a specific nerve pathway that may contribute to our main finding,” states Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering at UT Dallas’ Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

In their study, published recently in PLOS ONE, Romero-Ortega and his research team hypothesized that the formation of neuromas created an environment that may be sensitive to EMF-tissue interactions. To test this, the team randomly assigned 20 rats into two groups: one receiving a nerve injury that simulated amputation, and the other group receiving a sham treatment.

The team then exposed the subjects to a radiofrequency electromagnetic antenna for 10 minutes, once per week for 8 weeks. The antenna delivered a power density equal to that measured at 39 meters from a local cellphone tower—a power density that a person might encounter outside of occupational settings.

By the fourth week, 88% of subjects in the nerve-injured group demonstrated a behavioral pain response, while only one subject in the sham group exhibited pain at a single time point, and that was during the first week. After growth of neuroma and resection, the pain responses persisted, the release explains.

“Many believe that a neuroma has to be present in order to evoke pain. Our model found that electromagnetic fields evoked pain that is perceived before neuroma formation; subjects felt pain almost immediately,” Romero-Ortega states in the release.

“My hope is that this study will highlight the importance of developing clinical options to prevent neuromas, instead of the current partially effective surgery alternatives for neuroma resection to treat pain,” he adds.

According to the research team, their next step will be to develop devices that block neuropathic pain from radiofrequency electromagnetic energy, per the release.

[Source(s): University of Texas at Dallas, Science Daily]

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“Stop” and “Go” Walking in Parkinson’s: Result of Short Circuit Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:48:43 +0000

A pair of recent studies suggests that a specific circuit in the brain controls walking, and that input to this circuit may be disrupted in Parkinson’s disease.

In the first study, published in Neuron, scientist from the Gladstone Institutes, led by associate investigator Anatol Kreitzer, PhD, suggests that the depletion of dopamine in the brain’s basal ganglia (BG) region—which researchers suggest causes Parkinson’s to develop—causes a miscommunication between the BG and the thalamus, through which scientists believe sensory information is relayed to the brain.

In Parkinson’s, an imbalance arises between two pathways in the BG that control locomotion: the direct or “go” pathway and the indirect or “stop” pathway. The miscommunication resulting from the depletion of dopamine results in a loss of input to the “go” pathway from the thalamus, which consequently disrupts movement.

Blocking the connection between the two regions reversed the imbalance between the “stop” and “go” pathways, and restored normal behavior in a mouse model of Parkinson’s, explains a media release from Gladstone Institutes.

“Several studies have targeted the thalamus with deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s, but the region’s role in the disease was not well established,” says Kreitzer, who is also an associate professor of physiology and neurology at University of California San Francisco. “Our findings finally provide a clear picture of how the thalamus can imbalance neural circuits and suppress movement in this condition.”

In the second study, published in Cell, scientists from Gladstones Institutes, led by Dr Kreitzer, note that the “go” and “stop” pathways from the BG control locomotion by regulating a group of nerve cells in the brainstem that connects the brain to the spinal cord. The “go” pathway selectively activates a type of neuron in the brainstem that releases the neurochemical glutamate, and these neurons are responsible for triggering locomotion, the release explains.

By using optogenetics, the scientists stimulated either the “go” or the “stop” pathway in mice that were running on a treadmill, while recording neural activity in the brainstem. They discovered that the “go” pathway selectively activated glutamate neurons, causing the mice to move, whereas the “stop” pathway inhibited these neurons and made the mice stop.

During the study, they also observed from the mice activity that the brainstem neurons can overpower the signals from the BG—that is, if glutamate neurons were turned on, the animal moved even if the stop pathway is activated, the release continues.

“In order to understand why walking is particularly disrupted in Parkinson’s disease, we need to map out the circuitry that controls walking,” Kreitzer states in the release.

“Our study shows that a specific set of neurons in the brainstem are both necessary and sufficient to initiate locomotion. This finding could open the door for new treatment targets to help Parkinson’s patients walk more easily,” he adds.

[Source(s): Gladstone Institutes, Newswise]

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Mediware Announces Next Release of CareTrend Software Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:41:33 +0000

Post-acute care healthcare software provider Mediware Information Systems Inc is set to unveil the next release of its CareTrend Software at Medtrade.

The new release includes a next-generation business intelligence suite that enables providers to analyze their data on a deeper level in real time. The analysis package includes detailed analytic cubes, real-time exception reporting, and dashboards with trending metrics and key performance indicators, explains a media release from the Lenexa, Kansas-based company.

Additions to the software include HME inventory and infusion features. These additions include national pricing changes and advanced workflow capabilities that allow staff to easily track orders and identify bottlenecks before they become backlog issues, the release continues.

“Access to data is key for providers to stay ahead and proactively lead their business into the future. We are thrilled to introduce the CareTend BI software to the market so that data can easily be turned into insight in real time,” says Paul O’Toole, vice president and general manager of the Home Care Solutions Division of Mediware, in the release.

The Medtrade conference will take place February 29 to March 2 in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit Mediware.

[Source(s): Mediware Information Systems Inc, PRWeb]

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