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Training to promote health
Many people use fitness studios to get back into shape after an injury. Fraunhofer researchers are now developing a system that will provide doctors with data on the exercises people do on the various machines. This should help them plan better training programs. (2011-05-10)

WSU study expands time window for facial nerve rehabilitation
A research study conducted at Washington State University Spokane offers hope to those suffering from facial nerve damage. According to the study, which was published online this week in the journal Developmental Neurohabilitation, muscle weakness resulting from facial nerve damage incurred during childhood can improve with intensive facial exercise, years after injury. (2011-05-09)

New guidelines for cardiovascular genetic testing
An international panel of experts from the Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association issued new guideline recommendations for all health care professionals about cardiovascular genetic testing at the Heart Rhythm Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions. (2011-05-06)

U of A study finds ways to help end dry mouth in cancer patients
For patients suffering from cancer in the mouth or throat, a recent study shows that a treatment called submandibular gland transfer will assist in preventing a radiation-induced condition called xerostomia. (2011-05-04)

NYU Langone Medical Center awarded $4.5 million for breast cancer research
NYU Langone Medical Center announced today the US Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has awarded Silvia Formenti, M.D., the Sandra and Edward Meyer Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology a $4.5 million Multi-Team Award to conduct novel breast cancer research. (2011-04-19)

Heart needs work after heart attack: U of A study challenges the notion that the heart must rest
A new study by researchers at the University of Alberta shows that for best results in stable patients after heart attack, early exercise as well as prolonged exercise is the key to the best outcomes. The study found that stable patients who have suffered heart attacks get more benefits for heart performance when starting an exercise program one week after the heart attack, than waiting a month or longer to begin rehabilitation. (2011-04-14)

AAN issues new guideline on best treatments for diabetic nerve pain
The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline on the most effective treatments for diabetic nerve pain, the burning or tingling pain in the hands and feet that affects millions of people with diabetes. The guideline is published in the April 11, 2011, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, and will be presented April 11, 2011, at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting in Honolulu. (2011-04-11)

NYU Langone experts present advances at American Association of Neurological Surgeons Meeting
Neurosurgeons from NYU Langone Medical Center will present techniques and discuss surgical approaches and applications of technology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, held April 9-13, 2011, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. (2011-04-08)

International organizations join forces to promote cardiovascular health
This year's EuroPRevent meeting, April 14-16, is taking full advantage of its Geneva location and the close proximity to the European Headquarters of the World Health Organization, the World Heart Federation, the United European Football Association and the International Olympics Committee. (2011-04-06)

Scientists develop new technology for stroke rehabilitation
Devices which could be used to rehabilitate the arms and hands of people who have experienced a stroke have been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton. (2011-04-05)

New test detects early-stage, asbestos-related pulmonary cancer
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have investigated a novel protein test to detect early-stage, asbestos-related pulmonary cancer. The test can accurately identify proteins secreted from cancerous tumors caused by asbestos exposure. The study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting 2011 on April 4. (2011-04-04)

NYU School of Medicine researcher receives Pancreatic Cancer Action Network- AACR fellowship
NYU School of Medicine's Cosimo Commisso, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, is the 2011 recipient of The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-American Association for Cancer Research Fellowship, a one-year grant designed to support pancreatic cancer research. (2011-04-04)

NYU Langone offers new imaging technique to advance robotic surgery for patients
NYU Langone is the first in the world to utilize near-infrared fluorescence imaging guidance system for selective arterial clamping during kidney sparing surgery for patients with kidney cancer and is among small select group of hospitals in the country and the only one in the northeast to have this technology. (2011-03-29)

Northwestern Medicine multiple sclerosis program earns national designation
Northwestern Medicine's MS program is the first in Midwest recognized as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Affiliated Center for Comprehensive Care. (2011-03-28)

Neuropsychological treatment reduces after-effects in patients with acquired brain injury
Researchers at the University of Granada have proved that patients suffering traumatic brain injury and ictus must receive neuropsychological treatment at hospital without delay. Early intervention within the first six months reduces further injury in the cognitive (attention, memory, planning, etc.), emotional (irritability, lack of motivation, etc.) and behavioral areas (impulsiveness, aggression, etc.). (2011-03-17)

US healthcare system can't keep up with number of baby boomers' bone fractures
Many baby boomers will experience a bone fracture as they age, and the current US health-care system is not prepared to provide the necessary care required, according to a special monograph released in the January 2011 issue of Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, published by SAGE. (2011-03-16)

Protein engineered by NYU Langone researchers has potential for new anti-inflamatory treatment
Researchers from across multiple disciplines at NYU Langone Medical Center created a new protein molecule derived from the growth factor progranulin may provide the basis for new therapies in inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the March 10, 2011, issue of Science. (2011-03-10)

Acquisition of robotic technology leads to increased rates of prostate cancer surgery
A new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine shows that when hospitals acquire surgical robotic technology, men in that region are more likely to have prostate cancer surgery. The study, (2011-03-10)

Rehabilitation within a day of knee replacement pays off
Starting rehabilitation sooner following knee arthroplasty surgery could pay dividends -- for both patients and hospitals. Commencing physical therapy within 24 hours of surgery can improve pain, range of joint motion and muscle strength as well as cut hospital stays, according to new research in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, published by SAGE. (2011-03-06)

Breast cancer survivors at higher risk for falls
In a study scheduled for publication in the April issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, asked post-menopausal breast cancer survivors whether they had fallen in the past year and then tracked their falls over a six-month study period. They found evidence that women who have survived breast cancer may fall more often than their peers. (2011-03-04)

How much can a cell uptake?
Immunological research at the University of Haifa, Israel, has made a new breakthrough, revealing a critical component in the (2011-03-02)

Visual prostheses: Symposium to explore combining functional endpoints
The National Eye Institute (NEI) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a conference to determine how functional vision-related endpoints for clinical trials of visual prostheses will be analyzed and correlated with objective measures of visual acuity, visual fields and contrast sensitivity. These assessments may provide valuable information that will corroborate standard clinical test outcomes. (2011-03-01)

Eye expo at UH offers resources to the visually impaired
A daylong vision expo will be held March 5 at UH, offering information on rehabilitation and resources for the blind and visually impaired to live independent and productive lives. Encouraging collaboration and resource sharing, the expo will offer workshops and exhibitors will present information and devices. Faculty will present on the role of vision rehabilitation, highlighting programs relating to bioptic telescopic spectacles for driving and assistive technology, and panel discussions will cover various themes. (2011-03-01)

Study shows young patients may benefit from microfracture knee procedures
Surgical treatment using microfracture for pediatric knee injury repair may improve activity outcomes, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in San Diego (Feb. 19). The study shows patients are able to regain function and return to a normal activity level following surgery and rehabilitation (2011-02-19)

Misguided public perception on what Tommy John surgery can do apparent in new study
Despite known risks and outcomes of the common elbow procedure known as Tommy John surgery, parents, coaches and players still have incorrect assumptions regarding player performance, say researchers presenting their study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in San Diego, Calif.. (2011-02-19)

Specialized blood plasma treatment does not improve rotator cuff healing, study finds
Improving healing after a rotator cuff tendon repair is an ongoing problem for orthopaedic surgeons world-wide. Researchers, presenting a study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in San Diego (Feb. 19) found that one of the latest tools for healing injuries, platelet-rich plasma, does not make a big difference. (2011-02-19)

New Pitt projects will test brain computer interfaces for people with spinal cord injury
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded funding for two projects that will place brain-computer interfaces in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a computer cursor or a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts. (2011-02-17)

Dr. Todd Kuiken, pioneer of bionic arm control at RIC, to present latest advances at AAAS meeting
Todd Kuiken, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Bionic Medicine and Director of Amputee Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, will present the latest in targeted muscle reinnervation, a bionic limb technology, during the opening press briefing and a subsequent symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (2011-02-17)

First-of-its-kind study shows benefits of electrical stimulation therapy for people paralyzed by spinal cord injury
A new treatment approach which uses tiny bursts of electricity to reawaken paralyzed muscles (2011-02-17)

Neurologists develop software application to help identify subtle epileptic lesions
Researchers from the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center identified potential benefits of a new computer application that automatically detects subtle brain lesions in MRI scans in patients with epilepsy. (2011-02-16)

Heart patients should be referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation before leaving hospital
Health care practitioners can increase the number of patients with heart disease referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program by 40 percent, helping them to reduce their risk of dying and improve their quality of life, say researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. (2011-02-14)

Automatic referrals, plus a patient discussion, may increase use of cardiac rehab
Automatically referring patients with heart disease to cardiac rehabilitation -- when followed by a discussion between patient and clinician -- was associated with an increased rate at which patients use this beneficial service, according to a report in the Feb. 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-02-14)

UCLA Neurology plays key role in assessing stroke rehabilitation
UCLA's neurologic rehabilitation program was one of six sites nationally that participated in the largest stroke rehabilitation study ever conducted in the United States. Stroke patients who had physical therapy at home were found to have improved their ability to walk just as well as those who were treated using a body-weight supported treadmill training program. (2011-02-11)

Study looks at getting stroke patients back on their feet
Home-based physical therapy to improve the strength and balance of stroke survivors works about as well to get them walking again as treadmill training done in a physical therapy lab, according to the results of a study presented today by a Duke researcher at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference. (2011-02-11)

Robot therapy can improve arm, shoulder mobility after stroke
Robotic-assisted rehabilitation therapy, combined with standard rehabilitation, can improve upper extremity mobility in stroke patients with paralysis on one side. Patients with severe paralysis were more likely to be aided by robotic therapy. (2011-02-10)

CeBIT 2011: Electronic fitness trainer
Only people who get a lot of exercise and eat a healthy diet stay fit even in old age. This is easier said than done. Researchers have developed a fitness assistant that not only motivates but also demonstrates exercises. At CeBIT in Hall 9, B36 visitors will be able to try out the system for themselves. (2011-02-08)

Malnutrition: A skeleton in the health care closet
Many elderly Australians are either admitted to hospital suffering malnutrition, or become malnourished while in hospital, which increases hospital length of stay and health care costs. In her lead article in the Dietitians Association of Australia's journal, Nutrition & Dietetics, Dr. Karen Charlton said malnutrition often goes undiagnosed and untreated as it is not considered a clinical priority in hospitals and aged care settings. (2011-02-08)

Fast track management of colorectal surgery
A research team from China compared the fast-track rehabilitation program and conventional care for patients after resection of colorectal cancer. The study showed that the fast-track rehabilitation program can significantly decrease the complications and shorten the time of postoperative hospital stay of patients after resection colorectal cancer. (2011-02-05)

RIC study suggests researchers are entering a new era of advances in brain research
Scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago report that, thanks to improvements in technology and data analysis, our understanding of the functional principles that guide the development and operation of the brain could improve drastically in the next few years. The advances could herald a neuroscientific revolution, much as increasing processor speeds paved the way for the computing revolution of the last half century. (2011-01-26)

Internet-based rehab is a viable treatment option following knee surgery
Knee replacement patients undergoing telerehabilitation -- a unique Internet-based postoperative rehabilitation program that can be conducted from the patient's home -- experience the same results as patients who undergo traditional postoperative rehabilitation, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. (2011-01-19)

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