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Fall Prevention for Older Adults: Play Catch

Medicine balls found commonly in the therapy clinic may be extremely useful as a fall prevention tool among older adults, according to research at University of Illinois at Chicago. A study there determined a simple routine of throwing and catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and potentially help prevent falls among older adults.

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Wheelchair Assessment for MS Patients Should Be Holistic

Researchers based at Brunel University London recently concluded a study that found individuals affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) who have a mobility deficit should be holistically assessed when offered a power wheelchair.

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Brain Unnecessary to Control Mechanisms for Walking

A chicken without a head running through a barnyard exemplifies how the spinal cord transmits motor signals after connection to the brain has been lost. Along similar lines, researchers in Italy recently identified the mechanisms the human spinal cord uses to control muscle activity even if neural pathways from the brain are physically interrupted.

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Remyelination Is Focus of New Research Collaboration

A collaboration among University of Edinburgh scientists and biotech company Genzyme will focus on identifying therapeutic candidates capable of promoting remyelination and reducing neurodegeneration, mostly in relation to Multiple Sclerosis.

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Biocompatible Implant Could Solve Issues for Paralysis, Pain, Epilepsy

A small device designed to closely imitate the mechanical properties of living tissue that simultaneously delivers electric impulses and pharmacological substances may open the door for a new solution to paralysis, pain management, symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

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Study Explores Challenge of Treating Athletes’ Shoulder Pain

Nonsurgical treatment is urged as the primary approach for addressing shoulder pain among athletes, especially those involved in throwing sports, according to a recent study published in the journal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.

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Meniscal Repair May Actually Raise Risk of Osteoarthritis

Repairs to meniscal tears may ultimately raise the probability of developing osteoarthritis and cartilage loss as soon as 1 year after surgery, according to recent research. As an alternative, “conservative management” is recommended, including physical therapy.

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Chronic Tendinosis Solution Moves Ahead in Canada Trials

RepliCel Life Sciences Inc announced that it will progress to clinical trials with its injectable treatment to address adverse effects associated with chronic tendinosis. The trial will include 28 patients affected by chronic Achilles tendinosis who have completed physical therapy with no improvement.

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Healthy Obesity Myth Debunked by 20-Year Study

Ideas about “healthy obesity” took a body blow recently with a University of London report that demonstrates an apparent state of good health among obese individuals does not last over time.