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Researchers Identify Cystic Fibrosis Protein

COLUMBIA, MO -- University of Missouri researchers announced May 19 that they have identified a key component in the protein that causes cystic fibrosis. "We know that cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in a gene called CFTR, but we don't know exactly how these mutations affect the function of the CFTR protein," said Tzyh-Chang Hwang, PhD, professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "In fact, there are nearly 2,000 mutations that could ...

Posted on: May 24, 2015
Avamere Acquires Cascade Park Care Center

VANCOUVER, WA -- The Avamere Family of Companies announced April 7 it has acquired Cascade Park Care Center, located at 801 SE Park Crest Ave., Vancouver, WA, and will rebrand the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility as Avamere Rehabilitation of Cascade Park. "We are very excited to welcome Avamere Rehabilitation of Cascade Park to the family," said Matthew Hilty, vice president of Avamere Health Services. "This acquisition is further evidence of Avamere's commitment to making our comprehensive ...

Posted on: May 23, 2015
VOR Releases Disabilities Survey

CHICAGO -- VOR, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, released April 7 the results of its survey of families of individuals with profound disabilities. The "Giving a Voice to Families and Guardians" survey gathered the perspectives of families of individuals with profound disabilities who receive care in Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) or in home and community-based settings. About three-quarters of ...

Posted on: May 22, 2015
Physiotherapy Rebrands as Physio

EXTON, PA -- Physiotherapy Corp., a national provider of outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotic and prosthetic services, unveiled May 12 a new brand identity, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and tagline. For the first time in over 25 years, the Physiotherapy Associates brand will change, and be known as Physio. Upon the anticipated two-year completion, the Physio Brand Family will consist of seven core brands: Physio, Physio O&P, PhysioKids, Physio@Work, ...

Posted on: May 21, 2015
Cattoni Joins SwimEx Sales Team

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc., an international manufacturer of therapy/fitness pools and plunge tanks, announced May 19 the appointment of Sari Cattoni to its sales team. Cattoni holds a master of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Toledo and a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Clarion University/California University of Pennsylvania. While at Clarion, she was a four year member of the women's swimming team. Prior to joining SwimEx, Cattoni was a physician extender at ...

Posted on: May 20, 2015
Altimate Releases EasyStand Zing

MORTON, MN -- Altimate Medical announced May 18 the release of the new EasyStand Zing Multi-Position Stander (MPS). The MPS is the only pediatric stander that allows a child to seamlessly go from the supine to the prone position without having to change, turn or flip pads, trays or foot plates. In one fluid motion, the child can be positioned between supine, upright and prone. Leg abduction up to 30 degrees in each leg is possible, and the multi-adjustable tray is angle-adjustable and swings away but ...

Posted on: May 19, 2015
Canine Companions for Independence Marks 40 Years

SANTA ROSA, CA -- Canine Companions for Independence announced May 15 that over 100 children, veterans and persons with disabilities received trained assistance dogs in ceremonies nationwide. In addition to honoring the program's newest graduates, Canine Companions also officially kicked of the celebration of its 40th anniversary year. "Today is a great day for Canine Companions. Not only do we honor our newest graduate teams, we also are kicking off our 40th anniversary celebration," said Paul ...

Posted on: May 18, 2015
AAOS Study: Back Pain Affects Sex Life

LAS VEGAS -- Chronic low back pain can limit everyday activities, including sex, according to research presented March 24 at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The study found that 70 percent of patients consider sexual activity "relevant" to their life quality, and patients who receive surgical treatment for spinal spondylolisthesis (DS) and spinal stenosis (SS) -- common degenerative conditions most often occurring in older adults -- were twice as likely to ...

Posted on: May 13, 2015
Orthologix Launches Patient Navigation Program

TREVOSE, PA -- Orthologix LLC, a provider of orthotic and prosthetic care throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced May 10 it is launching a patient navigation program focused on orthotic and prosthetic patients. The two-year pilot program will begin June 1, 2015, with phase one devoted to prosthetic patients, particularly new amputees.While patient navigators are more closely aligned with cancer treatment, cardiology, and other life threatening issues, orthotic and prosthetic patients ...

Posted on: May 12, 2015
FOTO Announces D. L. Hart Award

KNOXVILLE, TN -- FOTO announced May 10 the recipient of the 2015 D. L Hart International Research Award. Daniel Deutscher, PT, PhD, was honored for outstanding research in physical therapy. Deutscher is Director of Research & Development, Physical Therapy Service, at Maccabi Healthcare Services in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has led the use and research of outcomes in Israel utilizing the FOTO Outcomes Management System over 10 years. Deutscher's research found that physical therapists with any formal ...

Posted on: May 11, 2015
After-school Program Improves Functional Skills in Autistic Children

NEW YORK, NY -- An after-school program for children with autism featuring activities ranging from golf to yoga to indoor surfing significantly improves their motor skills, according to a new pilot study presented in a poster session at Touro College Research Day. Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held April 28 at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus in New York. Alexander Lopez, assistant professor at Touro, ...

Posted on: May 09, 2015
Air Force Implements PT Direct Access

FALLS CHURCH, VA -- The Air Force Medical Operations Agency announced May 5 that it has directed all Air Force Military Treatment Facilities to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist. For three of the past five years, musculoskeletal injuries, such as knee sprains, have been the number one reason for an active duty Airman to ...

Posted on: May 06, 2015
Black and Hispanic Patients Fare Worse After Joint Replacement

LAS VEGAS -- A study presented March 26 at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that black and Hispanic patients were 62 and 50 percent, respectively, more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after total joint replacement (TJR) surgery compared to white patients. In addition, Medicaid patients were 40 percent more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than patients with private insurance. Disparities in the provision of health care ...

Posted on: May 05, 2015
Creative Consultants Group Opens ABA Center

BILLINGS, MT -- Creative Consultants Group Inc., a provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism, has expanded their services into Montana. The Montana Center for Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatment was opened in an effort to meet the need for qualified ABA providers in the region and will offer a wide range of services including diagnostic evaluations, in-home and clinic-based ABA services, tutoring and consultations. The expansion comes in response to the ...

Posted on: May 02, 2015
LiteCure Sponsors Laser Workshop May 30

NEWARK, DE -- LightForce Therapy Lasers announced April 29 it will sponsor a 7-CEU hour interactive workshop to be held in Orlando, Fla. May 30. The American Institute of Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA) will host a day of CE, best practices sharing, and interactive hands-on instruction. Two experienced clinicians will discuss laser therapy use in everyday practice. Practical laser therapy treatment applications and techniques can be brought home and immediately put into practice. This CE event is ...

Posted on: April 29, 2015
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