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A number of conditions can cause fluid and mucus to build up in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing and leading to serious complications. Patients with cystic fibrosis are particularly affected, and caretakers have been helping to perform chest p...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Medicine Rehab Source Type: blogs

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CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence that adding hip core decompression to physical therapy achieves clinical improvement in people with sickle cell disease with avascular necrosis of bone compared to physical therapy alone. However, we highlight that our conclusion is based on one trial with high attrition rates. Further randomized controlled trials are necessary to evaluate the role of hip-core depression for this clinical condition. Endpoints should focus on participants' subjective experience (e.g. quality of life and pain) as well as more objective 'time-to-event' measures (e.g. mortality, survival, hip longevity). The a...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
This study aimed to investigate motor performance in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and the relationship with respiratory and anthropometric outcome measures. Methods: A cross-sectional exploratory study investigated 12 children with CF, mean (SD) age 6.17 (0.67) years, using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2nd edition (MABC-2), spirometry, body weight, height, body mass index, and age-related anthropomorphic z-scores. Results: MABC-2 total scores indicated 9/12 (75%) children performed below average (
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: Phys Occup Ther Pediatr Source Type: research
As we start a new year, and a new volume of the Journal, it is time to evaluate the state of the journal, and it can be summarized as being in very good health. Journals are always assessing how they are doing and often in comparison to other journals in their clinical arena. Ours is a specialty journal, dedicated to a single condition, and although we often compare to other pulmonary journals (and fare well in this category, ranking in the top 25% for impact factor among pulmonary journals in 2017), our readership is much broader, encompassing many disciplines (pulmonary, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nutrition, respir...
Source: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Purpose: Exercise improves pulmonary function and physical conditioning in cystic fibrosis. Exercise capacity was assessed in the inpatient setting to determine whether pulmonary exacerbation treatment with intravenous antibiotics, airway clearance, and exercise would improve exercise capacity independently of lung function. Methods: Exercise capacity was measured at hospital admission and hospital discharge by numbers of completed shuttles using the Modified Shuttle Walk Test (MSWT). Resting heart rate, oxyhemoglobin saturation, and assessments of breathlessness and perceived exertion were measured before and after e...
Source: The Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
Doctors in Scotland believe a woman’s large tattoo on her leg may have been the cause of her unexplained inflammation and severe leg pain. The authors of a report on the woman’s case, published in BMJ Case Reports, say it is a reminder to physicians that they should be mindful of their patients’ tattoos if they encounter unusual and unexplained symptoms. The 31-year-old woman was suffering a condition called inflammatory myopathy, which affected her left leg and caused pain severe enough to disrupt her sleep. The woman had a double lung transplant in 2009, and was taking drugs to suppress her immune syst...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime tattoos Source Type: news
Conclusions This study demonstrated favorable survival in patients receiving ECMO as a bridge to lung transplantation and achieved high rates of physical therapy and avoidance of mechanical ventilation while ECMO was used in patients awaiting lung transplantation. With more than half of these patients successfully bridged to lung transplantation, we gained insight into the factors influencing patients’ outcomes, including patient selection, timing of ECMO, and patient management.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
This article was originally published on Complex Child.  Compiled by Susan Agrawal I’ve been continually surprised by how many people think Medicaid is just for poor families on welfare. Those of us who parent children with complex medical needs know that Medicaid is so much more than that. After all, 72% of Medicaid enrollees are children, people with disabilities, and the elderly, and these groups account for 84% of spending. Medicaid provides vital services for children, including home nursing care and therapies, that are not otherwise covered. In this article, we will share just a few of the children with me...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Commentary on "Autogenic Drainage in Children With Cystic Fibrosis". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017 Apr;29(2):117 Authors: Swisher AK, von Berg K PMID: 28350763 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: Pediatr Phys Ther Source Type: research
Conclusions and Recommendations: We could not determine the efficacy of AD and AAD in children with CF. We recommend the implementation of pediatric-specific randomized controlled trials with adequate sample sizes, appropriate clinical outcome measures, and analysis of adverse effects.
Source: Pediatric Physical Therapy - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research
Yet in the medical and pharmaceutical world, this continual pounding was offset by my personal encounters with some outstanding people – whose deaths, or the work they did with the dying, taught me about how much more we can do to facilitate a better end of life for patients. After all, even when drugs cease to be useful, physical and emotional needs still persist.It ’s about the little thingsAn English geriatrician and campaigner for better patient care,Kate Granger, founded the‘Hello my name is…’ campaign in the UK. Designed to encourage doctors to introduce themselves to patients as a prio...
Source: EyeForPharma - Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Source Type: news
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