Current therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease shown to be ineffective
New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that physiotherapy and occupational therapy do not produce improvements in quality of life for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's... (Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today)
Source: Parkinson's Disease News From Medical News Today - January 19, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinson's Disease Source Type: news

Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability
The words “nonverbal learning disability” sound clunky and made up. What does it even mean? Does it mean you can’t speak? Does it mean you can’t read? According to one of my old teachers, it meant I had poor handwriting. The disability itself is not spoken about often. Its name is quieter than the diagnosis. A nonverbal learning disability means that almost everything that is not spoken or written down is misunderstood: where my body is in space. Balance and coordination. Reading facial cues. Sensory overload. These are the problems that I face. Without words, I am lost. I was first diagnosed with a nonverb...
Source: Psych Central - January 18, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Rebecca Lee Tags: Children and Teens Disabilities Disorders Education General Personal Stories School Issues Self-Esteem Students Autism Spectrum Disability facial cues Learning Disabilities Learning Disability Nonverbal learning disorder Over Source Type: news

Can You Think Yourself Into A Different Person?
For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another break-up and in despair about her future, she felt as if she’d failed at it all, and she was tired of it. On 6 June 2007 Debbie Hampton, of Greensboro, North Carolina, took an overdose of more than 90 pills – a combination of ten different prescription drugs, some of which she’d stolen from a neighbor’s bedside cabinet. That afternoon, she’d written a note on her computer: “I’ve screwed up this life so bad that there is no place here for me and nothing I can contr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What Are the Clinical Presentation of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?
Discussion Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) or hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, is the most common cause of inherited neuropathies affecting 10-82:100,000 individuals. CMT comprises a heterogeneous group of peripheral, chronic inherited neuropathies that affects both the motor and sensory neurons and which have different genetic causations. Charcot and Marie were both French neurologists and Tooth was a British neurologist who described distal muscle wasting in 1886. Dejerine and Sottas reported the infantile form in 1893 which bears their name for this more severe clinical subtype. CMT classification is advancing...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 16, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Using Social Judgment Theory method to examine how experienced occupational therapy driver assessors use information to make fitness-to-drive recommendations - Unsworth C, Harries P, Davies M.
INTRODUCTION: As people with a range of disabilities strive to increase their community mobility, occupational therapy driver assessors are increasingly required to make complex recommendations regarding fitness-to-drive. However, very little is known abou... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Adaptive strategies and person-environment fit among functionally limited older adults aging in place: a mixed methods approach - Lien LL, Steggell CD, Iwarsson S.
Older adults prefer to age in place, necessitating a match between person and environment, or person-environment (P-E) fit. In occupational therapy practice, home modifications can support independence, but more knowledge is needed to optimize intervention... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

On the road again after traumatic brain injury: driver safety and behaviour following on-road assessment and rehabilitation - Ross P, Ponsford JL, Di Stefano M, Charlton J, Spitz G.
PURPOSE: To examine pre- and post-injury self-reported driver behaviour and safety in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who returned to driving after occupational therapy driver assessment and on-road rehabilitation. METHOD: A self-repo... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Oak Creek-based Therapy Plus sold to Physiotherapy Corp.
Therapy Plus, a seven-facility physical and occupational therapy provider in the Milwaukee area, has been sold to Physiotherapy Corp. Terms of the transaction between Oak Creek-based Therapy Plus and Exton, Pa.-based Physiotherapy Corp. were not disclosed. Therapy Plus has five locations in the city of Milwaukee on the north side, near northwest side and south side. The company also has clinics in Oak Creek and West Allis. Robert Frediani is listed as the registered agent for Therapy Plus. He… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - August 28, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Kessler Foundation MS researchers link cognition with limited activity and participation
(Kessler Foundation) Kessler Foundation researchers found that processing speed is the primary limiting factor associated with activity and participation in everyday life among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). 'Factors that moderate activity limitation and participation restriction in people with multiple sclerosis' was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. This is the first such study of cognition and measures of activity and participation in MS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

“When you hit rock bottom…the only way to go is up.”
The Franciscan Hospital for Children Heartbreak Hill 5K on June 14, 2014, was a special day for Justin Ith. It was the first time the 16-year-old, who weighed a mere 70 pounds at the time, had been outside for months. As a nurse pushed the wheelchair-bound teen across the finish line, he turned to her and vowed, “Next year, I’m going to finish this race by myself.” Justin at his first 5K in 2014 and his second in 2015 after nine months of rehabilitation A few months earlier, Justin had been living the life of the average high school student. Skateboarder. Guitar player. Anime aficionado. “I thought I was invincible...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 12, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories Dr. Robert Fuhlbrigge Franciscan Hospital for Children lupus rheumatology program Source Type: news

10-year-old travels from Houston to Boston and wows her surgeon with piano performance
Jessica Lewsley’s annual follow-up appointment with her orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Waters is a fairly routine affair—x-rays and strength and function testing. Jessica was born with a birth defect to her left hand, which developed only a thumb and little finger. “Dr. Waters always shares little pearls of wisdom, and we all look forward to our visit every year,” says Jessica’s father Mike. This year’s visit, however, was a bit different. Mike pulled out his iPad and showed Waters a Jessica playing “Alouette” on the piano. “It will move you to tears,” says Waters. “Rather than focusing on what...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories cleft hand Dr. Peter Waters Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program Source Type: news

Hurricane Sandy, disaster preparedness, and the recovery model - Pizzi MA.
This article describes the lived experiences of 24 occupational therapy students who lived through Hurricane Sandy using th... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Jefferson Hospital offering concussion care at new clinic
Allegheny Health Network's Jefferson Hospital opened a physical rehabilitation center on Monday in Squirrel Hill that features concussion management services. Browns Hill Therapy Services provides a range of physical and occupational therapy services and also the C3 Logix tool for managing concussions. The tool conducts a battery of tests that measure motor skills and balance through an iPad application and uses reaction time, memory and processing time, motor function and other factors in the diagnosis… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 29, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kris B. Mamula Source Type: news

Occupational therapy practitioners with occupational musculoskeletal injuries: prevalence and risk factors - Alnaser MZ.
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and risk factors of occupational musculoskeletal injuries (OMIs) among occupational therapy practitioners over a 12-month period. METHOD A self-administered questionnaire mailed to 500... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Validation of the Safe at Home Screening with adults who have acquired brain injury - Robnett RH, Bliss S, Buck K, Dempsey J, Gilpatric H, Michaud K.
The Safe at Home Screening (SAH) is an occupational therapy assessment tool designed to quickly assess home safety awareness and skills through the use of mock hazardous situations in a kitchen setting. The SAH has been standardized on community-dwelling a... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news