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22-04-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Nutritional supplementation boosts COPD rehabilitation

Combining high-carbohydrate nutritional supplementation with pulmonary rehabilitation may help reverse weight loss and muscle wasting in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, research suggests.

22-04-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Sporting chance to get back to work for spinal cord injury patients

Research suggests that participation in organized sports may help people with chronic spinal cord injury get back into employment.

21-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Shock waves improve intracoronary cell therapy in heart failure

Pretreatment with targeted shock wave therapy improves recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with heart failure receiving intracoronary administration of bone-marrow-derived mononuclear cells, a German study shows.

15-04-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Short-term hearing loss protective

Research shows that short-term hearing loss, such as that experienced by some music concert attendees, is actually protective rather than a sign of long-term damage.

08-04-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Water-based exercise improves shoulder function for lymphedema patients

A water-based exercise program significantly improves shoulder range of motion in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema, report researchers.

07-04-2013 | Metabolism | Article

Health benefits of walking underestimated

US research shows that people can gain the same health benefits by walking as they can by running, as long as they expend the same amount of energy.

01-04-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Video game helps blind people gain navigational skills

An audio-based video game, designed to mirror the layout of an actual building, helps blind people improve their navigational skills, show preliminary findings from an ongoing study.

25-03-2013 | Orthopaedics | Article

Most joint replacement patients return to work

More than 90% of patients undergoing total knee replacement return to work after their surgery, research shows.

21-03-2013 | Surgery | Article

Meniscal tear strategies questioned for osteoarthritis patients

Trial findings support the use of physical therapy for the primary treatment of symptomatic meniscal tear in patients with mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis, with arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) as a second-line option.

20-03-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Variable factors prompt nonoral feeding decisions in dysphagia

The factors considered as important when deciding if a patient with oropharyngeal dysphagia should be fed orally or nonorally varies markedly between UK speech and language therapists, according to study findings.

18-03-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Brain can adapt to treat prostheses like body part

Research findings suggest that the human brain can learn to treat prosthetic devices as part of the body.

11-03-2013 | Pain medicine | Article

Phantom limb pain linked to preserved structure and function in the former hand area

Amputee phantom pain is associated with strong representations of the missing limb in the brain, show study results.

10-03-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Athletes achieve pre-injury sporting levels after keyhole hip surgery

The majority of athletes are able to return to their chosen sport after hip arthroplasty for femoroacetabular impingement, achieving pre-injury levels of sporting activity.

04-03-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Left-sided brain injury increases infection risk

Patients with a left-sided brain injury are more likely to develop hospital-acquired infections than those with right-sided injury, show study findings.

03-03-2013 | Neurology | Article

Even mild sports-related head impacts can affect cognition

Results from a small study suggest that even a sport-related head impact that does not cause obvious injury, such as “heading” a ball in football or soccer, may result in impaired cognition.

25-02-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Intense acupuncture shows promise for Bell’s palsy rehabilitation

Intense or “de qi” acupuncture produces significantly better results when added to prednisone treatment than low-intensity acupuncture for patients with Bell’s palsy, show findings from a randomized controlled trial.

24-02-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Multi-dimensional physical activity assessment recommended

Research suggests that assessment of physical activity level should evaluate a person’s overall level of moderate or vigorous activity as well as their amount of sedentary time to get an accurate estimate.

18-02-2013 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Reflections raise rehabilitation efficacy for stroke survivors

Mirror therapy helps stroke survivors achieve better functional outcomes than physical therapy alone, suggest study findings.

13-02-2013 | Occupational medicine | Article

Teachers have a high prevalence of voice disorders

Teachers are significantly more likely to have voice disorders than individuals in other professions, research shows.

13-02-2013 | Surgery | Article

Foot and ankle assessments fail to capture patient concerns

Commonly used clinical measurements of foot and ankle outcome do not reflect patient concerns, missing the impact of age and gender on how patients define treatment success, US researchers caution.