What Are Some Risk Factors for Cerebral Palsy?
Discussion The term, cerebral palsy, or CP has gone through many iterations with the first description in 1861 by W.J. Little who described it as “The condition of spastic rigidity of the limbs of newborn children.” The most recent definition is from Rosenbaun et al. in 2007 which states it is “a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing fetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cog...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 9, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Occupational therapy practitioners' knowledge, comfort, and competence regarding youth suicide - Kirby AV, Terrill AL, Schwartz A, Henderson J, Whitaker BN, Kramer J.
Suicide rates for young people are climbing in the United States and worldwide. Increasing rates of youth suicide are of concern to occupational therapy (OT) practitioners in pediatric settings, yet the profession's role in this area is poorly defined. To ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Occupational therapy at home may benefit people with dementia and their carers
Multiple occupational therapy sessions, provided in a person with dementia ' s own home, improve their ability to carry out daily activities, compared with usual care. Improvements are also seen in behavioural and psychological symptoms and their quality of life. In addition, carers report feeling less distress, and a better quality of life. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can exercise improve video game performance?
(McGill University) Time spent playing video games is often seen as time stolen from physical activities. Research has shown that exercise has many physical and cognitive benefits. But what if exercise could benefit video game performance as well? A new study led by neuroscientist Dr. Marc Roig and his research team from the School of Physical& Occupational Therapy at McGill University, found, for the first time, that it can. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Factors associated with higher occupational balance in people with anxiety and/or depression who require occupational therapy treatment - Wagman P, Hj ärthag F, Håkansson C, Hedin K, Gunnarsson AB.
Background: Anxiety and depressive disorders are associated with problems with everyday occupations, including difficulties achieving occupational balance. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to describe occupational balance in people sufferin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Occupational therapy led vocational clinics get people back to work sooner
Saving GP and practice nurse time is a key priority in primary care, particularly for those appointments that could be more appropriately dealt with by other professionals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Mayo Clinic research is a step toward hope for spinal cord injuries
Early research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings examines the first case at Mayo Clinic of stem cell therapy tested in humans for spinal cord injury. The case study found stem cell intervention, which took place after standard surgery, and physical and occupational therapy, restored some function in a patient with spinal cord injury. The report, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 29, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Confluent Health names new director after change in investor group
Confluent Health has added a new member to its board directors on the heels of a change in its ownership group. The Louisville-based physical and occupational therapy conglomerate announced Monday that Dr. Bill Winkenwerder, CEO and president of Winkenwerder Strategies LLC, joined its board following investment in the company by Partners Group, a Swiss-headquartered investment manager. Winkenwerder is al so board chairman for Princeton, N.J.-based health IT firm CitiusTech Inc., Madison, Wisc.-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 26, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

Virtual reality would make attending therapy easier for stroke survivors
(North Carolina State University) Researchers have created a virtual reality clinic to make it easier for stroke survivors to attend physical and occupational therapy sessions. Results from a proof-of-concept study suggest the technology -- and the social connection it facilitates -- are effective at encouraging therapy participation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Addition of occupational therapy to an interdisciplinary concussion clinic improves identification of functional impairments - Harris MB, Rafeedie S, McArthur D, Babikian T, Snyder A, Polster D, Giza CC.
BACKGROUND: Concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries, are prevalent among youth and young adults. These injuries may disrupt a person's daily activities (occupations) including school, physical activity, work, and socialization. Rehabilitation profess... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Meeting the demand for children ’s occupational therapy
The number of children with special educational needs and disabilities is rising and with it, the demand for occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy Week 2019, from 4 November, will look at how small changes occupational therapists make have a big impact on the services they support. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 31, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Health Professionals and Cadavers - the Quest for an Ethical Approach
[The Conversation Africa] The study of anatomy has been the foundation for the training of students in medical and allied health sciences - dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing and medical science - for hundreds of years. To most teachers of human structural anatomy, knowledge of this complex subject is inseparably linked to dissection of the human body. Dissection remains a fundamental aspect of anatomy and is considered to be the "gold standard" for teaching human anatomy in many parts of the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 29, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

He Lost His Arms, His Legs and His Nose to a Rare Infection. Are His Pit Bull Ellie ’s Licks to Blame?
(WEST BEND, Wis.) — It’s hard to regard Ellie as a menace. When Greg Manteufel is frustrated or feeling down, she sits by him. At night, she sleeps under his covers. At dinner, she’s there next to him, knowing he’ll throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of the vicious pit bull. “We love her like she’s our daughter,” he said of the dog. And yet, Ellie may be the reason Manteufel, 49, nearly died. Gravely ill, he lost parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip. The cause was capnocytophaga (cap-noh-seye-TOE’-fah-gah), a ge...
Source: TIME: Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARRIE ANTLFINGER / AP Tags: Uncategorized Disease onetime Source Type: news

Guidetomeasure-OT: A mobile 3D application to improve the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of clinician-led home-based falls-risk assessments - Hamm J, Money A, Atwal A.
BACKGROUND: A key falls prevention intervention delivered within occupational therapy is the home environment falls-risk assessment process. This involves the clinician visiting the patient's home and using a 2D paper-based measurement guidance booklet to ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Relationships between occupational therapy practitioner characteristics and home exercise program prescription for clients with neurological injuries - Proffitt R.
There are no guidelines for the prescription of home exercise programs (HEPs) for clients with neurological injuries. However, 95% of occupational therapy practitioners prescribe HEPs. Two thousand anonymous surveys were distributed to occupational therapy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news