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Registration is open for the 2015 SCAPTA Annual Conference
Registration is open for the 2015 SCAPTA Annual Conference to be held in Greenville, South Carolina on May 1 and 2, 2015. To view information about the sessions, posters, events, and exhibitor/recruiter opportunities as well as registration, follow this link.
Medical equipment needed for mission trip
Each year in May, a group of MUSC physical therapy students travel to Uganda, Africa, on a medical mission trip. We are in need of any equipment (new or used) to be donated for our cause. Supplies needed are: crutches; manual wheelchairs; walkers; pediatric feeder seats; wrist, back, knee and ankle braces. Would you or someone you know be able to contribute to our mission? Please contact Cindy Dodds for more information or to arrange pick up: firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-792-5731.
Attention Exhibitors and Recruiters
If you're interested in exhibiting or attending the job fair as a recruiter at the 2015 SCAPTA Annual Conference in Greenville, view the prospectus and then click here to register.
HAVE YOU HEARD? MUSC has a new Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program designed to ensure graduates are prepared (a) to select, implement, use, and evaluate healthcare information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs) and data management and analytic systems; (b) to lead organizational efforts in health informatics and IT; and (c) to apply data analytical skills to transform patient care and the care delivery process. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume positions as data analytics officers, clinical system analysts, health IT project managers, and chief medical/nursing information officers in hospitals, physician practices, and other health care settings.
APTA: To transform health care, insurance must empower consumers, increase access to physical therapy, other needed services
PT in Motion
With the healthcare landscape evolving into a system built around patient-centered, coordinated care, APTA believes it's time that insurance laws catch up to ensure that networks provide the kind of coverage that will make this transformation possible.
Study participants 'play catch' to improve balance, potentially prevent falls
Physical Therapy Products
Results yielding from two studies conducted by University of Illinois researchers indicate that catching a weighted medicine ball can assist in improving balance and potentially help prevent falls among older adults.
The brain uses two strategies to maintain balance and prevent a fall following a bump, jostle, or stumble, explains Alexander Aruin, PhD, DPT, professor of physical therapy at UIC and principal investigator on the two studies.
A video game for physical therapy
Repeating mind-numbing physical therapy so you can use your hands can really suck. To try to regain use of your arm, you must painstakingly practice exercises that are dull enough to anesthetize Grumpy Cat. Clench your fist. Wiggle index finger. Crunch a Coke 150 times. Repeat daily for the foreseeable future.
Study: Physical inactivity responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity
PT in Motion
A study of 334,000 European men and women over 12 years concludes that physical inactivity is responsible for more than twice as many deaths as obesity, and that even small changes in activity levels can make a significant difference in life expectancy regardless of BMI.
In an article e-published ahead of print in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers compared individual BMI, waist circumference, and self-reported physical activity levels with all-cause mortality data for 116,980 men and 217,181 women.
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Using yoga as post-trauma therapy
Most people have heard of the physical benefits of yoga. The word means "union" in Sanskrit, and the ancient practice of combining breathing and physical postures builds core strength, flexibility and alignment. As a fitness activity, yoga is comfortably in the mainstream now, with more than 25,000 yoga (and Pilates) studios in the U.S. as of 2014, according to an IBISWorld report.
A guide to navigating the Medicare maze
Those born in 1950 will turn age 65 this year. Confusion often reigns as these so-called "seasoned boomers" navigate various enrollment periods for Medicare and a plethora of choices. Let's chart this maze.
People sometimes confuse rules for receiving full Social Security benefits, called "full retirement age" or FRA (you can get reduced benefits starting at 62), with Medicare sign-up periods.
How to squeeze every drop from your marketing efforts
By Jarod Carter
I don't know about you, but every January brings in at least a couple new/return patients for the same reason: They were trying to "get back into shape" after many months of little-to-no exercise. In an effort to add value to the relationship I have with my patients as well as capitalize on the yearly trend of people returning to a more active lifestyle, I created a YouTube video that teaches people how to do a quick movement screen on themselves to determine if they have injury predispositions.
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