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Children with disabilities in West Africa experience violence from the day they are born
(New York University) Disabled children in West Africa experience significantly greater violence than their non-disabled peers and all experience violence from they day they are born, finds a study published in BMC Public Health by Janet Njelesani, assistant professor of occupational therapy at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Drug Addicts' Health Centre Underway
[Daily News] THE government is setting up a large-scale state-of-the-art occupational therapy centre to assist thousands of people who are struggling to recover from substance abuse in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Occupational therapy improves health, quality of life of young adults with diabetes
(University of Southern California) New results from a University of Southern California-led research study demonstrates the distinct value of occupational therapy for improving the health and quality of life of young adults living with diabetes. Research participants who completed the occupational therapy intervention program significantly improved their average blood glucose levels, diabetes-related quality of life and habits for checking blood glucose. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Norwegian occupational wholeness questionnaire (N-OWQ): scale development and psychometric properties - Bonsaksen T, Yazdani F.
This study aimed to develop and examine the pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

AOTA's societal statement on disaster response and risk reduction -
[Abstract unavailable] Keywords: American Occupational Therapy Association; Position Statements; Policy Statements Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Occupational therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence -
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Niagara Falls Memorial opens $4.3 million cardiac unit
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has opened its new inpatient cardiac and stroke unit. The $4.3 million project, dedicated Thursday morning, includes 23 private rooms, smart technology and an onsite physical/occupational therapy and rehabilitation facility on the hospital’s third floor.  It’s the latest enhancement to the hospital’s cardiac service offerings: Last spring, th e hospital opened a cardiac catheterization lab in partnership with Buffalo General Medical Center, Mercy Hospital… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 4, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Adjusting challenge-skill balance to improve quality of life in older adults: a randomized controlled trial - Yoshida I, Hirao K, Nonaka T.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate whether occupational therapy that includes adjusting the challenge-skill balance improves health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for older adults in comparison with standard occupational therapy. METHOD: In this ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Striking a balance: Charlie ’s recovery from neonatal stroke
“Hey, Charlie,” says Dr. Michael Rivkin as he gently dangles a small rubber ducky in front of the little boy. “Would you like this?” A wide smile breaks out across the toddler’s face. Why yes, he certainly would like that duck. He reaches and grasps at it, closing his tiny fingers around the toy. For Charlie Strzempek, it’s nothing more than a playful act. But for his parents, Kathleen and Tom, it’s a major accomplishment. Dr. Rivkin isn’t simply offering his patient a toy. He’s testing his ability to grab and hold an object in his right hand — the side of his bod...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Michael Rivkin Julie Croteau occupational therapy stroke Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center Source Type: news

Bouncing back: Nolan ’s life after stroke
Although he’s only a little over a year old, Nolan Morel is a bona fide charmer. Clad in a red shirt and navy blue suspenders, he flashes a happy grin at his mother, Rosalia; his physician, Dr. Laura Lehman; and the others in the room. “Look at those dimples!” someone coos, and he giggles in response. “I can’t believe how social he’s being,” laughs Rosalia. “He wasn’t always like this.” In fact, Nolan’s first several days of life were anything but lighthearted. Just a few hours after his birth at a hospital north of Boston, he stopped breathing and had to be...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 7, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories child life Dr. Laura Lehman feeding therapy occupational therapy physical therapy stroke Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center Source Type: news

Qubein: Why High Point University may add more health care degrees
Optometry, nursing and occupational therapy are among the possibilities as university explores broader health care degree offerings. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 7, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

Emerald journal collection available on ScienceOpen
One of Emerald’s top journals, Advances in Autism, is now a featured journal on ScienceOpen, along with three other journals integrated into the latter’s citation network: The Journal of Health Organization and Management, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy and International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. ScienceOpen are committed to open science and believe that unrestricted access to knowledge helps to drive creativity, innovation and development. With these journals focusing on social health research, the enhanced visibility of this research is unquestionably important for our global societ...
Source: News from STM - November 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured Open Access Source Type: news

Help us improve the care people with arthritis receive
Good quality, and cost effective, social care is vital for many people with arthritis. When done right it can mean people are supported to live well, regardless of whether they are in their own home, the home of a family member, or a residential care home.Please join us and ask the Government to take action toimprove the social care system.The term social care can often be misunderstood, and many people living with arthritis don’t know how it could help them. Social care covers much more than residential care homes; it can provide personal care and practical support (such as help to wash, dress, or go to the toilet) ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - November 13, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Test-retest reliability of a measure of independence in everyday activities: the ADL profile - Dutil E, Bottari C, Auger C.
This study presents the test-retest reliability of the task and operation scores of a performan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sherry Muir Makes Tenure in Joint UA/UAMS Program (NWA Health Movers)
Sherry Muir has been appointed to a tenured position as program director for the new occupational therapy doctoral program developed as a joint offering by the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the College of Education & Health Professions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 30, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps
(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

From Buenos Aires to Boston for pediatric stroke care
Twice a year, Osvaldo and Sol board a plane in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For a week or more, they leave behind their home, their friends, their jobs — and, sometimes, their two daughters, Ines and Clara. But what waits for them, a continent away, is worth it. In Boston, they say, they have found expert care for their son, Francisco. “Francisco was perfectly fine when he was born,” says Sol. “But two days later, we were having trouble waking him up.” Although initially doctors assured the family that his behavior was normal, they quickly transferred him to the neonatal intensive care unit when h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Cameron Trenor Dr. Michael Rivkin International Health Services physical therapy stroke Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center Source Type: news

Looking to the future: Robot-assisted surgery offers hope for Brendan
Brendan Randolph focuses on the lane in front of him, takes a few steps and lets the ball fly down the lane. He waits to see where it lands and then turns back, grinning with satisfaction: With all ten pins down, it’s a strike. Bowling is one of his favorite pastimes, and he’s thrilled to be back at it. That’s no small feat for this 17-year-old, who underwent brain surgery just a few months ago. Brendan and his parents, Joanne and Chris Running out of options for epilepsy Brendan began experiencing seizures within just a few hours of his birth and was diagnosed with epilepsy, believed to be the result of ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Phillip Pearl Dr. Scellig Stone epilepsy epilepsy center robotics seizures Source Type: news

Chicago physical therapy business buys The Work Center
Athletico Physical Therapy has acquired St. Louis-based The Work Center, which specializes in providing physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale closed last week but was announced Friday, an Athletico spokeswoman said. The privately held companies do not disclose their revenue. Ronald Rucker and Angela Drumm of Carmody MacDonald PC served as legal counsel for The Work Center in the transaction . The Work Center has nine clinics,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Chicago physical therapy business buys The Work Center
Athletico Physical Therapy has acquired St. Louis-based The Work Center, which specializes in providing physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale closed last week but was announced Friday, an Athletico spokeswoman said. The privately held companies do not disclose their revenue. Ronald Rucker and Angela Drumm of Carmody MacDonald PC served as legal counsel for The Work Center in the transaction . The Work Center has nine clinics,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Enabling work: occupational therapy interventions for persons with occupational injuries and diseases: a scoping review - Blas AJT, Beltran KMB, Martinez PGV, Yao DPG.
PURPOSE This review aims to map the scope of published research on occupational therapy (OT) interventions and pertinent work and work-related outcomes for persons with occupational injuries and diseases. METHODS The scoping review adapted Arksey a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Demand prompts second location for Chautauqua physical therapy office
With demand growing and ongoing unmet need in the Mayville area, Chautauqua Physical& Occupational Therapy expanded with a second office site. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Understanding social isolation among urban aging adults: informing occupation-based approaches - Hand C, Retrum J, Ware G, Iwasaki P, Moaalii G, Main DS.
Socially isolated aging adults are at risk of poor health and well-being. Occupational therapy can help address this issue; however, information is needed to guide such work. National surveys characterize social isolation in populations of aging adults but... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Surgery, OT Restores Hand Function After Devastating Injury
Treatment TermsHand pain and injuryPhysical and occupational therapy Author Hallie Potocki Overview Beth Hufner ’s body was shattered and her left hand hung motionless after she was struck by a truck during a morning run near her Hillsborough neighborhood. Duke orthopaedic specialists used complex surgery and extensive rehab to help her regain the use of her lifeless hand. Hero Image20170815_bethhufner_arm_01.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Her Hand Hung Like a Rag Doll ContentIt was 6:30 on a crisp North Carolina morning in December 2016 when Hufner, 39, was struck by a pick-up truck that had veere...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Surgery, OT Restores Hand Function After Devastating Injury (Video)
Treatment TermsHand pain and injuryPhysical and occupational therapy Author Hallie Potocki Overview Beth Hufner ’s body was shattered and her left hand hung motionless after she was struck by a truck during a morning run near her Hillsborough neighborhood. Duke orthopaedic specialists used complex surgery and extensive rehab to help her regain the use of her lifeless hand. Hero ImageHand Function Restored After Devastating Injury Preview Image Content Blocks Header Her Hand Hung Like a Rag Doll ContentIt was 6:30 on a crisp North Carolina morning in December 2016 when Hufner, 39, was struck by a pick-up tru...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Occupational therapy and veteran suicide: a call to action - Kashiwa A, Sweetman MM, Helgeson L.
Suicide in the U.S. military veteran population is an epidemic with a wide-ranging impact on individuals, families, and society. Death by suicide is preventable. The purpose of this article is to ignite a professional discussion about veteran suicide, a se... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Our family ’s journey of the heart
When our son Nicholas was 5 weeks old, we brought him and his twin sister Emmy to our pediatrician for what we thought was a routine well visit. Though the twins had been born four weeks early, Nicholas had only been in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for a few days with low blood sugar and jaundice. Both babies seemed healthy and we had no major concerns. However, as we watched our pediatrician listen to Nicholas’ heart and pulse, we realized something wasn’t right. He told us the pulse in Nicholas’ lower extremities was weaker than the pulse in his upper body. He suspected Nichola...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Liz Wilson Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories autism spectrum disorder Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program coarctation of the aorta Dr. Anjali Sadhwani Dr. Caitlin Rollins Dr. Christopher Baird Dr. Samantha Butler Source Type: news

Maryland Heights nursing home operator to pay $8.3 million in Medicare settlement
Maryland Heights-based nursing home operator Reliant Care Group LLC and several affiliates agreed to pay $8.3 million in a civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims they provided unnecessary physical, speech and occupational therapy to nursing home residents that was then billed to Medicare, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday. From January 2008 through April 2014, Reliant provided those therapies to nursing home residents who were in a skilled nursing facility… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 6, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Fall prevention self-assessments via mobile 3D visualization technologies: community dwelling older adults' perceptions of opportunities and challenges - Hamm J, Money A, Atwal A.
BACKGROUND: In the field of occupational therapy, the assistive equipment provision process (AEPP) is a prominent preventive strategy used to promote independent living and to identify and alleviate fall risk factors via the provision of assistive equipmen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes
Facilitating chronic disease management is an emerging area within the field of occupational therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Revision of the Competency Standards for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors: an overview of the evidence for the inclusion of cognitive and perceptual assessments within fitness-to-drive evaluations - Fields SM, Unsworth CA.
BACKGROUND/AIM: Determination of fitness-to-drive after illness or injury is a complex process typically requiring a comprehensive driving assessment, including off-road and on-road assessment components. The competency standards for occupational therapy d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Unintentional injury prevention and the role of occupational therapy in the Solomon Islands: an integrative review - Daufanamae B, Franklin R, Eagers J.
INTRODUCTION: Unintentional injuries (injuries for which there is no evidence of a predetermined intent) are one of the leading causes of death worldwide, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Although evidence demonstrates unintention... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Characteristics and consequences of falls among older adult trauma patients: considerations for injury prevention programs - Chippendale T, Gentile PA, James MK.
BACKGROUND/AIM: Health promotion and prevention is an important component of occupational therapy practice. Falls are one of the most common causes of ER visits among older adults and injurious falls requiring trauma care can have a significant impact on t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

'Boring Self-Care' Drawings Celebrate Everyday Mental Health Victories
The first #boringselfcare I drew . . . . . . #edfam #edfamiliy #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalillness #drawing #art #illustration #psychosis #ocd #depression #anxiety #gad #bpd #selfharrm #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #eatingdisorder #anorexia #promarker #art #illustration #chroncillness #spoonie #spoonies #spooniesunite A post shared by Hannah Daisy ️‍ (@makedaisychains) on May 11, 2017 at 6:32am PDT What constitutes an act of self-care? The internet is full of suggestions on how to prioritize oneself, ranging from meditation to hot tea, prayer to yoga, face masks to nap time. Although such rituals are...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Weren't Listening To Somali Immigrants' Autism Concerns. Then Anti-Vaxxers Did.
Deeqa Hussein can’t put her finger on exactly how or when the vaccination disconnect happened in her community. For years, the large number of Somali immigrant parents in the Twin Cities area vaccinated their children at rates as high as 92 percent ― outpacing virtually every other ethnic group. And then, Hussein said, many parents just stopped.  “I felt like there was a lot fear and anxiety surrounding the MMR vaccine,” said Hussein, a special-education teacher with the Minneapolis Public Schools who also serves as the vice president of the local Somali Parents Autism Network and has two sons with...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinician perceptions about inpatient occupational therapy groups in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation - Patterson F, Fleming J, Doig E.
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore the experiences and perceptions of clinicians about the benefits, challenges and processes of facilitating inpatient occupational therapy groups in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation including... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

For Parents Of Kids With Pre-existing Conditions, Trumpcare Is Terrifying
Megan, 36, still had 16 weeks left in her pregnancy when she gave birth to her second child four years ago. Her daughter, Ellie, teetered on the edge of survival and weighed less than a pound. She spent the first four months of her life hooked up to tubes in the NICU. At the time, Megan—who asked that only her first name be used—had health insurance though Obamacare. Ellie also qualified for secondary Medicaid coverage. The couple still relies on that combination to cover her ongoing health complications: Chronic lung disease, which requires her to be on oxygen; intestinal complications that require a special f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Occupational therapy interventions for adults with traumatic brain injury - Wheeler S, Acord-Vira A, Arbesman M, Lieberman D.
This Evidence Connection describes a case report of an adult with traumatic brain injury (TBI), applying the evidence for intervention from the systematic reviews on TBI that were conducted in conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association'... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Occupation-based practices and homelessness: a scoping review - Roy L, Vall ée C, Kirsh BH, Marshall CA, Marval R, Low A.
BACKGROUND: Persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness have occupational needs that are seldom addressed in the Canadian system of care. The lack of documented evidence on occupational therapy practices in this field hinders the development of the pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Lead Poisons Children In L.A. Neighborhoods Rich And Poor
With its century-old Spanish-style homes tucked behind immaculately trimmed hedges, San Marino, California, is among the most coveted spots to live in the Los Angeles area. Its public schools rank top in the state, attracting families affiliated with CalTech, the elite university blocks away. The city’s zoning rules promote a healthy lifestyle, barring fast food chains. Home values in L.A. County census tract 4641, in the heart of San Marino and 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, can rival those in Beverly Hills. The current average listing price: $2.9 million. But the area has another, unsettling distinction, unk...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Student perspectives of a student-led groups program model of professional practice education in a brain injury rehabilitation unit - Patterson F, Fleming J, Marshall K, Ninness N.
BACKGROUND/AIM: Professional practice education is a core and essential component of occupational therapy training. With increasing numbers of education programmes and more students requiring professional practice placements, development of innovative mode... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Home- and community-based occupational therapy improves functioning in frail older people: a systematic review - De Coninck L, Bekkering GE, Bouckaert L, Declercq A, Graff MJ, Aertgeerts B.
The objective is to assess the effectiveness of occupational therapy to improve performance in daily living activities in community-dwelling physically frail older people. DESIGN: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis. We i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Focus on: Autism spectrum disorder
April is Autism Awareness Month and there is a lot in the news about autism. More and more children — up to one out of 68 — are diagnosed with autism. Sesame Street even has a new character, Julia, who has autism. But what exactly is this condition, how does it affect children and what can you do to help? What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder of very early brain development that is approximately four times more common in boys than girls. Autism spectrum disorder was previously recognized as several separate disorders — including autistic disorder, pervasive develop...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Carolyn Bridgemohan and Sarah Spence Tags: Diseases & Conditions Parenting autism Autism Spectrum Center autism spectrum disorder Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan Dr. Sarah Spence Source Type: news

Superhero Joey: Five-year-old fights moyamoya disease
It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes — but Joey Gallagher owns several. The five-year-old has already amassed a collection of superhero gear, from a Superman Halloween costume to a t-shirt emblazoned with the Batman logo. Yet even the most diehard comic book fan would likely admit that feats like flying, leaping tall buildings and fighting bad guys don’t hold a candle to the challenges this little boy has already surmounted. Just last June, Joey was out of town with his family when he had what his parents, Leila and Scott, feared was a seizure. Clinicians in the emergency department dismissed the...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 4, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories childhood stroke Dr. Edward Smith Dr. Michael Scott moyamoya Moyamoya Disease Program Source Type: news

In-home occupational therapy curbs depression in visually impaired patients
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 8, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

2017 Health Care Heroes winner: Sarah Meinking
Sarah Meinking Title: Certified occupational therapy assistant Organization: Mercy Health - West Hospital Meinking helps patients improve their motor skills and regain independence while also advocating on their behalf. What’s the most challenging part of your work? Time constraints. It is important to be a ble to complete a thorough chart review on a patient, ask the right questions, provide quality therapy services, document concise and clear notes, keep on schedule to avoid patients waiting… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Nikki Kingery Source Type: news

If Trump Really Wants To 'Do Something' About Autism, Here Are 3 Suggestions
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.    function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arg...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fifth Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation for Aspiring...
At this event, students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, healthcare studies, education, counseling, and nursing observe a "patient" case presentation and...(PRWeb February 09, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/HussonUniversity/InterprofessionalEvening/prweb14056290.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ascension opens first clinic under new unified name
Ascension Medical Group has opened its first clinic in the country under the new unified name for the St. Louis-based health care system. Ascension Medical Group at Westwood opened this week in Wausau, Wisconsin. The 48,000-square-foot clinic offers primary and specialty care, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, occupational medicine and physical and occupational therapy. Ascension, which is the largest nonprofit health syste m in the United States, announced in September that it was launching… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 3, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news