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Physiotherapy Treatment in Patients with Hemophilia and Chronic ...

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Rehabilitation Research and Practice is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of rehabilitation.
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An App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

An App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
10 programs that support healthy eating, from calorie-counting to detecting hidden ingredients.

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Ginny Dillon's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:05 AM

Many chronic illnesses are preventable ... or should I say self-induced. The culprit - too much of the wrong foods. These apps are among many that help you research, manage and track healthier food choices.

Sandy Spencer's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:45 AM

Wow! Is our healthy care getting too techie! Or, maybe, it's getting easier... What do you think?

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How Is Information Technology Changing Healthcare? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Is Information Technology Changing Healthcare? [INFOGRAPHIC] | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
"Health informatics" is the intersection of healthcare, information technology and business. Check out an infographic explaining this healthcare-IT mashup.

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Lara Cooke's curator insight, August 19, 2013 12:25 AM

New ways to teach MDs?

Keith Russell's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:07 PM

Nice infographic.......

Sandra Davidson's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:42 AM

Neat infographic about health informatics

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NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well")

NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well") | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
A new program in New York City, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, allows doctors to prescribe families fruits and vegetables to combat disease.

In the upside-down world we live in, the Food and Drug Administration won’t admit that foods are a significant part of illness and disease prevention or treatment, and doctors are more apt to give you pills than healthful eating and lifestyle tips. In this world, it’s not often we see officials taking a progressive step towards natural health and away from our overdependence on Big Pharma. However, sometimes it does happen, and in New York City, it’s happening now.

And while Big Pharma and corporations involved in the junk food industries would love nothing more than a population fed off a steady diet of pills and processed foods, the largest city in the nation (and global leader itself) is taking a stand for natural health and true wellness. Here’s hoping they are only the first in many more to come.


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Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 24, 2013 6:21 PM

This is great news to encourage the younger generation and generations to come to concentrate on fresh fruits and veggies. Thanks Doc, for making that brilliant move.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:27 PM

Why would anyone pay even a cent, much less hundreds of dollars for common sense "prescriptions?"

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Some Physiotherapy Asthma Management Techniques May Be ...

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Some physiotherapy facilities declare that massage could be utilized for asthma management. They mention that it operates to alleviate the symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath. They utilize massage on patients ...
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A Comprehensive Overview of How Games Help Healthcare in 2013

A Comprehensive Overview of How Games Help Healthcare in 2013 | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
6 ways games can help healthcare

Gamification and healthcare may be the next best thing since the invention of bread and butter. I recently read an article on 3 different ways that video games can improve health and immediately became curious as to other research going on in this area. Since GSummit 2013 is fast approaching, I would like to take the time to provide a brief comprehensive overview of how games and healthcare are converging in harmony in 2013.

Topic: Dyslexia || Video Game: Action Games

Youth with dyslexia, especially within the pre/early teen demographic, have a tough time with reading comprehension skills. A recently published study from the University of Padua in Italy has discovered that action games significantly improve a child’s ability to read effectively and quickly.

Children playing 12 hours of Rayman Raving Rabbids reported increases in reading speed without a decrease in accuracy. There was also an increase in attention speed, and researchers hypothesis that awareness and attention are two skills gained from playing games. Fast-paced action games have tons going on all at once, forcing the player to learn how to extract useful information from the game environment.

Topic: Severe Burns || Video Game: SnowWorld

Patients with severe burns often express pain that doesn’t just seem to go away at all. To alleviate the pain in a non-pharmacological way, the University of Washington developed the game called SnowWorld. It is a virtual reality game that works under the premise of information overload. Patients playing the game move around an arctic-like environment and shoot snowballs at penguins and mammoths. All the while they are listening to Paul Simon songs in the background.

The idea is that if there isn’t anything to focus on, the brain will use mental resources to focus on the pain. By adding a multitude of stimuli, patients receive so much information at a short amount of time that it shuts down the mental resources dedicated to pain.

Topic: Autism || Video Game: Detective Games

Autistic people have a tough time indentifying emotions and therefore lead difficult social lives. Elisabeth Whyte, a researcher in Developmental Neuroscience at Penn State, believes that games can be used to teach autistic people how to improve their interpersonal skills.

An avid gamer herself and the creator of one of the most successful World of Warcraft blogs, Elisabeth says that providing a storyline as the foundation upon which reward mechanisms like points and badges are used  is the most important rule of effective game design.Without a storyline, the game consists only of tasks and rewards. This leads to a loss of interest and a lack of motivation to play the game. This prompted her to create a game where autistic patients are detectives for a bank robbery case, and they have to correctly identify the facial expression of potential suspects. After 10 accurate identifications, the detective is able to arrest the perpetrator.

Topic: Physical Ed/Therapy || Video Game: Wii Sports/Re:Mission

Many school districts around the nation are worried about the obesity rates of youth. To battle that, they are using Wii Sports to “exergame”. Exergaming provides a fun way to clock in time spent on physical activity and has lead to numerous studies and articles boasting the benefits of Wii Sports for exercise.

Games also assist with physical therapy sessions by instilling a fighting spirit into the patient. A popular success story of gamification and healthcare is Re:Mission, a game to help teens with cancer. Through a third-person shooter, the game explains cancer in great detail as well as various techniques like chemotherapy and antibiotic treatment. A study shows that people who played Re:Mission understood their cancer better and was more likely to keep up with treatments such as chemo.

Topic: Doctor’s Skill-set || Video Game: Wii Sports

Yes. You do want your doctor to be really good at games, especially Wii Sports. Sapienza University in Italy has made a claim that the skills required to play Wii Sports directly helps the same skills needed to perform laparoscopic surgery.

Playing Wii improves your motor skills and coordination. It also allows you to play a 2-D game while controlling the wii-mote in a 3-D environment. Since laparoscopic surgery involves using a small camera (2-D screen) that allows doctors to see what they are doing (3-D environment), it is analogous to Wii Sports. If you are thinking about becoming a doctor, start playing Wii Sports today!

Topic: Big Pharma || Video Game: Syrum

Pharmaceutical companies are usually quite dry in their communications with consumers. The lack of personality is Pharma’s personality, but company Boehringer is creating a Facebook game to teach people about this industry.

The game is called Syrum, and it is a spin-off of Farmville. The goal of the game is to research compounds in a lab, create working formulas, and go through the process of getting a working drug into the market. The main goal of Boehringer is to promote R&D and scientific innovation to the digital community. The game is currently in beta.

 via Discover Magazine | Other research into games and healthcare | Image by .SilentMode

 


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Successful antibiotic treatment in a subset of people with chronic low back pain

Successful antibiotic treatment in a subset of people with chronic low back pain | physiotherapy | Scoop.it

It is not often that something I read in the medical research literature gives me goosebumps and an incredible urge to tell everyone I know about it.


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The moral dilemma of offering a known placebo

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The moral dilemma of offering a known placebo. If patients feel benefit, is it still OK to use it? I have often heard clinicians declare 'I don’t care if it is a placebo if it works'.
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Triathlete Decay: Are your teeth slowing you down?

Triathlete Decay: Are your teeth slowing you down? | physiotherapy | Scoop.it

Teeth will not help you to win a triathlon, but they can help you to lose one. If a tooth which constantly aches disturbs your preparation, or a tooth which is acutely sensitive each time you hydrate stops you hydrating, there is a good chance you will not perform at your peak.


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Football Physiotherapy: The Effect of Prophylactic Ankle Support During Simulated Soccer Activity

Taping lasts 15 min - Football Physiotherapy: Effect of Prophylactic Ankle Support During Simulated Soccer Activity: http://t.co/I54JWHIcIw
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CrossFit, Your Pelvic Floor and Peeing During Workouts

CrossFit, Your Pelvic Floor and Peeing During Workouts | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
This post is inspired by the video that CrossFit HQ put out, presumably with good intentions, due to an “event” during the deadlift-box jump event at the Central East Regionals [see video below]. P...
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World Physiotherapy Day: Movement for Life - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

World Physiotherapy Day: Movement for Life - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
World Physiotherapy Day: Movement for Life
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For World Physiotherapy Day (8 September), physiotherapists are reminding New Zealanders that the single most important thing we can do for our health is to be active.
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Researcher controls colleague's motions in first human brain-to-brain interface

Researcher controls colleague's motions in first human brain-to-brain interface | physiotherapy | Scoop.it

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.

 

Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco's finger to move on a keyboard.

 

While researchers at Duke University have demonstrated brain-to-brain communication between two rats, and Harvard researchers have demonstrated it between a human and a rat, Rao and Stocco believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interfacing.

 

"The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains," Stocco said. "We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain."

 

The researchers captured the full demonstration on video recorded in both labs. The version available at the end of this story has been edited for length.

 

Rao, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, has been working on brain-computer interfacing (BCI) in his lab for more than 10 years and just published a textbook on the subject. In 2011, spurred by the rapid advances in BCI technology, he believed he could demonstrate the concept of human brain-

to-brain interfacing. So he partnered with Stocco, a UW research assistant professor in psychology at the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

 

On Aug. 12, Rao sat in his lab wearing a cap with electrodes hooked up to an electroencephalography machine, which reads electrical activity in the brain. Stocco was in his lab across campus wearing a purple swim cap marked with the stimulation site for the transcranial magnetic stimulation coil that was placed directly over his left motor cortex, which controls hand movement.

The team had a Skype connection set up so the two labs could coordinate, though neither Rao nor Stocco could see the Skype screens.

 

Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. When he was supposed to fire a cannon at a target, he imagined moving his right hand (being careful not to actually move his hand), causing a cursor to hit the "fire" button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco, who wore noise-canceling earbuds and wasn't looking at a computer screen, involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. Stocco compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of a nervous tic.

 

"It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain," Rao said. "This was basically a one-way flow of information from my brain to his. The next step is having a more equitable two-way conversation directly between the two brains."

 

The technologies used by the researchers for recording and stimulating the brain are both well-known. Electroencephalography, or EEG, is routinely used by clinicians and researchers to record brain activity noninvasively from the scalp. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a noninvasive way of delivering stimulation to the brain to elicit a response. Its effect depends on where the coil is placed; in this case, it was placed directly over the brain region that controls a person's right hand. By activating these neurons, the stimulation convinced the brain that it needed to move the right hand.

 
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randy yerrick's curator insight, September 26, 2013 10:30 AM

I think this could change the landscape of Education in the future - MJP

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Robosuit Cleared in Europe for Lower Body Rehab - Physiospot

Robosuit Cleared in Europe for Lower Body Rehab - Physiospot | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
Physiospot - Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy in the Spotlight · Home · Research · Cardio Respiratory · Extended Scope · Mental Health · Musculoskeletal · Neurology · Older People · Oncology · Paediatrics · Pain ...
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Physiotherapy in the Management of Persistent Pain. | Physio ...

Physiotherapy in the Management of Persistent Pain. | Physio ... | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
The strength of a biopsychosocial model for the management of these challenging pain presentations continues to grow, and skillful clinicians and researchers in this area are leading the way, creating direction and structure ...
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NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well")

NYC Allows Doctors to Prescribe Fruits and Veggies Instead of Pills ("eat full and get well") | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
A new program in New York City, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, allows doctors to prescribe families fruits and vegetables to combat disease.

In the upside-down world we live in, the Food and Drug Administration won’t admit that foods are a significant part of illness and disease prevention or treatment, and doctors are more apt to give you pills than healthful eating and lifestyle tips. In this world, it’s not often we see officials taking a progressive step towards natural health and away from our overdependence on Big Pharma. However, sometimes it does happen, and in New York City, it’s happening now.

And while Big Pharma and corporations involved in the junk food industries would love nothing more than a population fed off a steady diet of pills and processed foods, the largest city in the nation (and global leader itself) is taking a stand for natural health and true wellness. Here’s hoping they are only the first in many more to come.


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Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 24, 2013 6:21 PM

This is great news to encourage the younger generation and generations to come to concentrate on fresh fruits and veggies. Thanks Doc, for making that brilliant move.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:27 PM

Why would anyone pay even a cent, much less hundreds of dollars for common sense "prescriptions?"

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Physiotherapy works: cancer survivorship

Physiotherapy works: cancer survivorship | physiotherapy | Scoop.it

Physiotherapy-led exercise is clinically effective and can help cancer patients improve their quality of life.


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Home-based rehab for seniors improves quality of life

Home-based rehab for seniors improves quality of life | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
Home-based rehab for seniors needs to be better funded and promoted by the province, researchers say.

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FitOldDog's curator insight, March 3, 2014 8:04 AM

Yep! Follow up is badly needed, and it really just involves some training body awareness. Of course, the real trick is to be fit before you become a senior.

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5 Types of Health Apps You Should Avoid

5 Types of Health Apps You Should Avoid | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
Thinking about diagnosing that runny nose or achy knee with an app? Take these common claims from health and medical apps with a grain of salt.

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THE EFFECT OF PHYSIOTHERAPY ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE - Parkinson's Disease News

THE EFFECT OF PHYSIOTHERAPY ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE - Parkinson's Disease News | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
THE EFFECT OF PHYSIOTHERAPY ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of movement rehabilitation on the severity of motor symptoms in Parkinson's Disease.
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General Physiotherapy releases new portable massage machine - Chiropractic Economics

General Physiotherapy releases new portable massage machine - Chiropractic Economics | physiotherapy | Scoop.it
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Professionals engaged in all aspects of medical massage therapy are more mobile than ever.
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