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Vestibular thresholds begin to increase above age 40, new study finds

Vestibular thresholds begin to increase above age 40, new study finds

A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that vestibular thresholds begin to double every 10 years above the age of 40, representing a decline in our ability to receive sensory information about motion, balance and spatial orientation. [More]
Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

Private practitioners urge patients to choose physical therapy over opioids to manage pain

Prescription opioid headlines are staggering: 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids; they cost the United States economy $78.5 billion a year; and 227 million opioid prescriptions were handed out in the U.S. in 2015. [More]
Active older population, better technology may be cause for more hip and knee replacement surgeries

Active older population, better technology may be cause for more hip and knee replacement surgeries

An active aging population is a good thing for society. It also keeps John Shields, M.D., very busy. [More]
Study investigates long-term outcomes in trauma patients discharged to IRFs

Study investigates long-term outcomes in trauma patients discharged to IRFs

As more trauma patients survive their initial hospital stays, new study results show that acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities are the best places for some of these patients to go once they leave the hospital. [More]
Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

Second annual conference at UofL focuses on improving access to quality health care for adults with IDD

Thanks to advances in medical science and a highly developed network of specialized pediatric health care services, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are much more likely to live into adulthood than they were several decades ago. [More]
Professor shares health tips for preventing stroke

Professor shares health tips for preventing stroke

Having a stroke can be a debilitating and life changing event for an individual and their family. Regardless of one's age or family history, 90 percent of strokes are preventable. [More]
Many back pain patients taking opioids get limited relief and worry about side effects, study finds

Many back pain patients taking opioids get limited relief and worry about side effects, study finds

Millions of people take opioids for chronic back pain, but many of them get limited relief while experiencing side effects and worrying about the stigma associated with taking them, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting. [More]
Simple treatment can help relieve majority of back pain

Simple treatment can help relieve majority of back pain

During their lifetime, as many as eight out of ten people experience back pain that lasts more than three days. However, for a vast majority of these people, the pain goes away with simple treatment. [More]
PathMaker Neurosystems receives 2016 Universal Biotech Innovation Prize

PathMaker Neurosystems receives 2016 Universal Biotech Innovation Prize

PathMaker Neurosystems, a clinical-stage neurotechnology company developing non-invasive neurotherapy systems to treat neuromotor disorders, has been named as the Recipient of the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize 2016 in the global competition that offers "a glimpse of the future of life sciences." [More]
UAB investigators receive BRAIN Initiative award to study new DBS technology for Parkinson's disease

UAB investigators receive BRAIN Initiative award to study new DBS technology for Parkinson's disease

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a BRAIN Initiative grant of $7.3 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to study new technology that could improve outcomes from deep brain stimulation, an increasingly important treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. [More]
Technology motivates older people in nursing homes to exercise

Technology motivates older people in nursing homes to exercise

Virtual Reality can get the elderly in nursing homes to be happier about exercising. A new research project from Aalborg University shows that the technology motivates older people in nursing homes to get moving. [More]
Wireless activity tracker could help monitor patients' postoperative functional recovery

Wireless activity tracker could help monitor patients' postoperative functional recovery

A new way for surgeons to know how well their patients are regaining physical function after a major abdominal operation could be as simple as patients wearing a fitness wristband to count their steps. [More]
Researchers seek to shed light on link between ACL and osteoarthritis

Researchers seek to shed light on link between ACL and osteoarthritis

Every year, about 250,000 people in the U.S. sustain injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and about half of these individuals end up having reconstructive surgery. [More]

Physical therapist suggests tips to help older adults avoid risks of falling

As the National Council on Aging designates Sept. 22 as National Falls Prevention Day, NYIT Associate Professor Veronica Southard says older adults should be mindful of the risks of falling, but not let their fears take over their lives. [More]
Free, student-run CPPT clinic at Rutgers helps improve physical function among patients

Free, student-run CPPT clinic at Rutgers helps improve physical function among patients

Ulises Mantilla was a 21-year-old college student when he suffered a stroke at his home in Newark in 2012. The last thing he remembers about that day is dialing 911. He awoke from a coma a month later in the hospital, unable to walk or perform simple tasks. [More]
Dieting, exercise or combination of both equally effective in improving cardiovascular health

Dieting, exercise or combination of both equally effective in improving cardiovascular health

Which works better to improve the cardiovascular health of those who are overweight - dieting, exercise or a combination of both? A Saint Louis University study finds it doesn't matter which strategy you choose - it's the resulting weight loss that is the protective secret sauce. [More]
Valley fever diagnosis often overlooked by primary care physicians

Valley fever diagnosis often overlooked by primary care physicians

For patients with pneumonia or ongoing influenza-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California, infectious diseases experts recommend physicians suspect valley fever, an often-overlooked fungal infection. [More]
New non-drug approach may help manage pain in individuals receiving addiction treatment

New non-drug approach may help manage pain in individuals receiving addiction treatment

It's a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can't get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. [More]
Maternal placental syndromes increase short-term risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Maternal placental syndromes increase short-term risk of developing cardiovascular disease

The short-term risk of developing cardiovascular disease following a first pregnancy is higher for women experiencing placental syndromes and a preterm birth or an infant born smaller than the usual size, a University of South Florida study reports. [More]
FDA-approved nerve ablation procedure may offer new treatment option for low back pain

FDA-approved nerve ablation procedure may offer new treatment option for low back pain

It's the most common reason people go to their doctors - back pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain some time in their lives. [More]
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