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Ocean Medical Center Opens Emergency Department
BRICK, NJ -- Ocean Medical Center announced March 6 the opening of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center. The ribbon cutting was held March 4 and the facility is currently accepting patients. "We knew this was a rare opportunity to change the face of emergency care," said Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "It was more than making a physical transformation. It was about creating an environment of tranquility and comfort when people are at their highest stress levels, and ...
Posted on: March 06, 2014
Home-based Exercise Improves Post-THA Outcomes
AKRON, OH -- Physical therapy researchers in Boston recently completed a four-year randomized controlled clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of a lower-cost, post-rehabilitation home exercise program. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of a six-month, functionally oriented, home exercise hip rehabilitation program with modest in-person contact with a physical therapist intended to extend the ...
Posted on: March 03, 2014
Reeve Foundation Awards Paralysis Programs
SHORT HILLS, NJ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury and improving care for people living with paralysis, announced Feb. 26 it has awarded $500,000 in Quality of Life Grants to 102 nonprofit organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Funded twice yearly, grant requests are evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for programs or services that empower individuals ...
Posted on: February 27, 2014
BioElectronics Reacts to FDA Diathermy Decision
FREDERICK, MD -- BioElectronics Corporation, a manufacturer of disposable drug-free healing pain therapy devices, announced its support Feb. 21 for the FDA recommendations announced in their Docket No. FDA-2012-N-0378, "Physical Medicine Devices; Reclassification and Renaming of Shortwave Diathermy for All Other Uses." "We are pleased that the FDA is reclassifying this technology to reflect its safety and efficacy," said Andrew J. Whelan, president of BioElectronics. "The FDA's recommendation makes ...
Posted on: February 25, 2014
Immune System Impacts Brain Development
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has revealed the dramatic effect the immune system has on the brain development of young children. The findings suggest new and better ways to prevent developmental impairment in children in developing countries. UVA researchers working in Bangladesh determined that the more days infants suffered fever, the worse they performed on developmental tests. They also found that elevated levels of inflammation-causing proteins ...
Posted on: February 24, 2014
Brookdale Senior Living and Emeritus Announce Merger
NASHVILLE, TN -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and Emeritus Corporation announced Feb. 20 the signing of a definitive merger agreement to create a national senior living solutions company. The combined companies will operate a nationwide network of senior living communities with ancillary services across the continuum of care. Following the merger, a Brookdale community will be within 10 miles of 6.5 million seniors 80 years or older, according to a release. Through this merger, Brookdale will offer ...
Posted on: February 21, 2014
Magister Corp. Named Distributor of RAPIDFORCE
CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Magister Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of rehabilitation and wellness products, announced Feb. 20 that it has signed an agreement with RAPIDFORCE to become Master Distributor for the company's new Physio-Hybrid Shapes. RAPIDFORCE Physio-Hybrid Shapes are used by individuals, athletes, physical therapists and athletic trainers to reduce pain, improve joint stability, improve blood flow and promote healing. As opposed to similar kinesiology tape products, the RAPIDFORCE ...
Posted on: February 20, 2014
NovaCare Hires Hand Therapists
PHILADELPHIA -- NovaCare Rehabilitation, an outpatient brand of Select Medical, announced Feb. 19 the addition of two certified hand therapists to its team: Sue Blackmore, MS, OTR, CHT, and Mark Walsh, DPT, CHT, ATC. With more than 33 years of clinical expertise, Blackmore joins the company as hand therapy national coordinator in the Philadelphia and southeastern PA markets. She will work with NovaCare to enhance its already established hand therapy program. Blackmore will also share best ...
Posted on: February 19, 2014
OPTP Launches Foam Roller Support
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- OPTP has launched the PRO-ROLLER Arch™, a supportive positioning device that fits on any 6"-diameter foam roller. When placed on top of a roller, the Arch improves posture by cushioning the head and preventing hyperextension of the cervical spine. When multiple Arches are placed underneath a foam roller (or half-round roller), the roller becomes less stable due to a higher center of gravity. The PRO-ROLLER Arch is useful off the roller, as well. Its crescent shape can be used as a ...
Posted on: February 18, 2014
Avamere Rehab Hosts Barbecue Benefit
OREGON CITY, OR -- Futty Danso, a defender for the Portland Timbers professional soccer team, and Avamere Rehabilitation of Oregon City, will host a benefit on behalf of the Brikama Society on Feb. 20 from 5-7 p.m. All proceeds raised from the barbecue and items donated will go to benefit the Brikama Hospital in the Gambia. "I'm inspired by the staff at our facility," said Avamere Administrator Nate Dawson. "They spend all day caring for people here, then go into their communities where they continue to ...
Posted on: February 15, 2014
Vibra Opens LTACH in Michigan
MECHANICSBURG, PA -- Vibra Healthcare and Oakwood Healthcare announced Feb. 12 the joint venture and opening of their new long-term acute care hospital that will occupy 40 beds and over 17,000 square feet on the second floor of the Oakwood Hospital-Taylor Campus in Taylor, MI. The new LTAC hospital is named Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan-Taylor Campus and will share clinical programs, services, and administration with the Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan, located on West Outer Drive in ...
Posted on: February 13, 2014
OPTP Releases Anatomical Roller
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- OPTP announced Feb. 11 the release of a new Anatomical Roller™. The roller is asymmetrical, with one round side, tapered ends and shallow groove down the middle. These features were specifically developed to support and align the spine during exercise, as well as make the Anatomical Roller a versatile workout tool. Enhancing many exercise styles, the Anatomical Roller is a powerful tool for core training, balance work and body alignment. Users can modify exercise challenge by ...
Posted on: February 12, 2014
Surgeon Dennis Grogan Returns to Shriners
TAMPA, FL -- Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Tampa announced Feb. 5 that Dennis P. Grogan, MD, is returning to practice pediatric orthopedics. Grogan will begin seeing patients immediately in the Shriners outpatient clinic. Grogan is experienced in general pediatric orthopedic conditions such as club foot, arthrogryposis and osteogenesis imperfecta. He is board certified in pediatric orthopedic surgery. He joined Shriners Hospitals for Children-Tampa in 1984 as assistant chief of staff and was chief ...
Posted on: February 11, 2014
Paralympic Snowboarders Nominated for Sochi
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced Feb. 10 that 10 athletes have been nominated to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team to compete in the inaugural snowboard cross competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16. The nominations are subject to the approval of the USOC. In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that men's and women's snowboard cross for athletes with lower limb impairments would ...
Posted on: February 10, 2014
Exercise During Pregnancy Can Benefit Child's Lifelong Health
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- Exercising during pregnancy can help protect the unborn child from diabetes and other health problems in later life, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. Researchers have determined that exercise during pregnancy prevented a damaging epigenetic effect of the mother's obesity -- an effect believed to put chemical marks on genes and lead to diabetes in the offspring. The researchers identified the specific gene involved, providing a target for ...
Posted on: February 04, 2014