Occupational Therapy Fails in Care-Home Stroke Patients Occupational Therapy Fails in Care-Home Stroke Patients
Stroke patients living in nursing homes showed no improvement in function, depression, or quality of life after an occupational therapy program that has shown benefits in stroke patients living at home. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

What is occupational therapy's role in addressing sleep problems among older adults? - Leland NE, Marcione N, Schepens Niemiec SL, Kelkar K, Fogelberg D.
Sleep problems, prevalent among older adults, are associated with poor outcomes and high health care costs. In 2008, rest and sleep became its own area of occupation in the American Occupational Therapy Association's Occupational Therapy Practice Framework... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Occupational Therapy Can Benefit People with Parkinson's Disease
Source: Parkinson's Disease Foundation Related MedlinePlus Page: Parkinson's Disease (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Implementing person-environment approaches to prevent falls: A qualitative inquiry in applying the Westmead approach to occupational therapy home visits - Clemson L, Donaldson A, Hill K, Day L.
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Despite evidence of the effectiveness of home safety interventions for preventing falls, there is limited uptake of such interventions within community services. Therefore, as part of a broader translational project, we explored issues und... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Four rare diseases added to newborn screening
"Newborn babies to be tested for rare diseases," reports BBC News online. The news is based on an announcement by the UK's National Screening Committee (NSC), which has recommended screening every newborn baby in the UK for four additional genetic disorders as part of the existing newborn screening programme. This means expanding the NHS Newborn Blood Spot Screening programme to include screening for homocystinuria, maple syrup urine disease, glutaric aciduria type 1 and isovaleric acidaemia.   What conditions are being screened for? Homocystinuria Homocystinuria causes a build-up of the amino acid homocys...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

Displaced and Disturbed in Pakistan
People displaced by militancy and the military operation wait to get registered in Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS.By Ashfaq YusufzaiPESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 2 2014 (IPS) Every night in his sleep, Rizwan Ahmed sees his sons being killed. “When he wakes up, he starts crying. He realises they are dead and it was the nightmare he has been having,” says Dr. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the psychiatrist treating him. Ahmed, 51, used to be a school employee in Bara Khyber Agency in Pakistan’s militancy-hit Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) before tragedy struck almost a year ago. “He los...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 2, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ashfaq Yusufzai Tags: Active Citizens Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Peace Regional Source Type: news

Driving simulators for occupational therapy screening, assessment, and intervention - Classen S, Brooks J.
Simulation technology provides safe, objective, and repeatable performance measures pertaining to operational (e.g., avoiding a collision) or tactical (e.g., lane maintenance) driver behaviors. Many occupational therapy researchers and others are using dri... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Third of stroke survivors must pay for essential rehab services
Survey finds that half had no access to speech therapy or occupational therapy (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can chronic disease management plans including occupational therapy and physiotherapy services contribute to reducing falls risk in older people? - Mackenzie L, Clemson L.
This study aimed to evaluate the outcomes and fe... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Explore OT Careers for Occupational Therapy Month
April is Occupational Therapy Month, so it is a great time to explore careers in this field, as well as recognize and promote the field of Occupational Therapy (OT)....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Health Careers)
Source: About.com Health Careers - March 31, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Combat operational stress control in Iraq and Afghanistan: army occupational therapy - Smith-Forbes E, Najera C, Hawkins D.
One of the primary roles for U.S. Army Occupational Therapists (OTs) during combat operations is the Behavioral Health (BH) mission. Army OTs have been involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) providing BH treatment to... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant
How do you become an occupational therapy assistant? What do occupational therapy assistants do? Learn more about careers as an occupational therapy assistant, including salary, job duties, and prerequisites. (Source: About.com Health Careers)
Source: About.com Health Careers - February 23, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: healthcareers.guide at about.com Tags: careers Source Type: news

Johanna’s story: brachial plexus can’t keep her down
By Jami Krayeski Like most new parents, we eagerly waited for nine months to meet our little troublemaker, wondering if she would have blue eyes like daddy or green ones like mommy, if she would have hair or be bald, what it would feel like to hold her in our arms. The words that came out of our doctor’s mouth a few hours after our daughter was born were the last ones we expected: “brachial plexus injury.” Our first response to learning that Johanna had a brachial plexus injury, also known as Erb’s Palsy, was to ask, “What is it and how do we fix it?” The first few days after Johanna was born were a blur. The s...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 10, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts brachial plexus Erb's palsy Source Type: news

What Causes Muscle Weakness?
Discussion Muscle tone is the slight tension that is felt in a muscle when it is voluntarily relaxed. It can be assessed by asking the patient to relax and then taking the muscles through a range of motion such as moving the wrists, forearm and upper arm. Muscle strength is the muscle’s force against active resistance. Impaired strength is called weakness or paresis. There are 5 levels of muscle strength. 0 = No muscle contraction detected 1 = Barely detected flicker of contraction 2 = Active movement with gravity eliminated 3 = Active movement against gravity 4 = Active movement against gravity and some resistance ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 9, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical plan to open rehabilitation hospital
Cedars–Sinai, UCLA Health System and Select Medical today announced a partnership to create a 138-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in the former Century City Hospital.   With an expected opening in late 2015, the new hospital will serve the growing needs of the community for inpatient rehabilitation and is also expected to serve as a center for treating complex rehabilitation cases from around the nation.   The vision of the joint venture, an LLC partnership among the parties, is to develop a world-class regional rehabilitation center providing highly specialized care, advanced treatme...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 3, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news