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Rural Healthcare Facilities Must Meet May 1 ACO Deadline

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The clock is ticking for rural hospitals and healthcare systems to join the National Rural ACO by the May 1 deadline. Organizations that join reportedly can qualify for one-time only federal grants that cover the complete cost of membership for new applicants in 2016.

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Head Transplant: Spinal Cord Fusion Key to Procedure

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Plans have already been put in motion to perform what is reported as the first human head transplant within the next 2 years. A 30-year-old Russian man affected by a rare muscle wasting condition has stepped forward to be the subject of this groundbreaking procedure, according to MedicalNewsToday and Snopes.com.

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Implantable Device to Relieve Phantom Limb Pain Under Development

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A new technology for the pain experienced by amputees after an amputation is being pursued by Cleveland-based SPR Therapeutics. The company is using a $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide lift for developing a fully implantable peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) system to treat post-amputation pain.

The Motivo Tour, shown here in Salsa Red, is a new mobility device offered by Franklin, Wis-based Motivo. (Image courtesy of Motivo.)

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Motivo Tour Rolling Walker Enters Mobility Market

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A new rolling walker, the Tour, has been released to the mobility market by Franklin, Wis-based Motivo. The new device is engineered to enhance user independence by offering a feature set aimed at improving on previous versions of walker designs.

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Mobility Idea? Senior Mobility Search Can Commercialize It

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Therapists or inventors who have an idea about how to create a product that can help older adults remain mobile and independent may have an opportunity to commercialize that idea through an 8-week worldwide search for product innovations, sponsored by Edison Nation Medical, Charlotte, NC.

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Kickstart Wearable Neuro Rehab Device Expands to Southeastern U.S.

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An agreement has been reached that aims to grow the reach of the Kickstart wearable neuro-rehabilitation device. Cadence Biomedical, reportedly has struck a deal with distributor TruMedical Solutions LLC, that will allow Cadence to support healthcare providers across the southeastern United States with its wearable device.

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Suicide Risk Doubles Among Stroke Patients 2 Years Post-Stroke

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Therapists who treat stroke cases may want to be alert to the psychological state of that patient population, with a recent study showing stroke patients are up to twice as likely to commit suicide as the rest of the population. Risk is especially high within the first 2 years of a stroke, according to the study published in the journal Neurology.

Therapists from the APTA meet with national legislators in Washington DC. (Image courtesy of APTA.)

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Train to Be an Advocate at PT Day on Capitol Hill

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Physical therapists can train to be an advocate for the profession and meet with elected officials in Washington, DC, by participating in PT Day on Capitol Hill June 3-4. The event, presented by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is free, but participants must register by May 14.

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Physical Therapy on Par with Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

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Surgical decompression and physical therapy appear to be neck-and-neck in the benefits they provide for treating patents affected by lumbar spinal stenosis after 2 years, according to a new study. The decision to have surgery should be informed by full disclosure of evidence involving surgical and nonsurgical treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis, the study leader says.

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Aging is Key Factor in Dysphagia, Independent of ALS or Parkinson’s

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Researchers at the University of Missouri have established a model that identifies aging as a key factor in the development of dysphagia, rather than a symptom of undiagnosed ALS or Parkinson’s disease. The new findings may help point to therapeutic treatments for the swallowing disorder, said to affect nearly 40% of Americans age 60 years and older.

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Chronic Pain Among Whiplash Injuries Predicted With MRI

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Up to 25% of whiplash patients are said to be affected by long-term pain and disability as a result of whiplash-related injury. Identifying the probability of these potential long-term effects may have just become easier with special MRI technology begin evaluated by Northwestern Medicine.

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Stem Cells Provide Pain Relief Option for Peripheral Artery Disease

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Amputation was thought to be the only solution for a patient affected by extreme pain brought on by peripheral artery disease, until given the option to participate in an investigational stem cell trial at Northwestern Medicine in which patients receive injections of their own stem cells to restore blood flow to the leg.

The walking assist clutch was developed as a non-powered exoskeleton that reduces the energy expended for walking. (Image courtesy of UNC Chapel Hill.)

Sunrise Medical Acquires Switch-It Inc

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Sunrise Medical, based in Fresno, Calif, recently acquired substantially all of the assets of Switch-It Inc, a firm involved in the development/design, manufacturing, and distribution of special drive controls/special input devices and other high-tech product lines predominantly used on high-end complex rehab power wheelchairs.

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$3.5 Million in Grant Monies Awarded to Challenged Athlete Programs

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The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), based in San Diego, Calif, recently announced a financial support program made available through its Access for Athletes grant program, which aims to provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, sports prosthetics, coaching, mentoring and competition expenses for athletes of all ages and abilities who wish to live active lifestyles According to a […]