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Student Advocacy Award winners announced
Please join us in congratulating Dominique Forte of the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Luke Snelling of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, as our winners of 2015 Student Advocacy Award. Their interest and experience in advocacy efforts are commendable, and we are proud to recognize them. Dominique and Luke will attend APTA's Capitol Hill Day in June.
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Attending APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in June?
Make sure to visit the AGPT booth in the Exhibit Hall and pick up your AGPT member ribbon. We are looking for members to volunteers at the AGPT booth at the NEXT exhibit hall. Please go here to sign up for a one-hour shift and be eligible to win a free one year AGPT membership! NEXT info can be found here.
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Ideas for new AGPT merchandise?
Do you have ideas for what you would like to see for sale in the Academy's online store? Is there something that would look great with our new name and logo? Let us know at and we will take all ideas into consideration. Thanks!
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Annual PT Exam for Older Community-Dwelling Adults: Recorded webinar now available for sale
This webinar will focus on key aspects of utilizing an Annual PT Exam for older community dwelling adults and developing an evidence-based exercise plan designed to change disease trajectory. Case studies will illustrate data application and program development principles. Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify a target older adult audience for an Annual PT Exam and utilize evidence-based selection criteria to support execution of the exam
  • Distinguish between recommended and required data elements of an Annual PT Exam considering time efficiency and ability to modify for individual client needs
  • Filter exam data into a primary exercise category and develop an evidence-based exercise prescription for improving client health and function
About the speaker: Jennifer M. Gamboa, DPT, OCS, MTC is the president/director of clinical services at Body Dynamics Inc. Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.

The webinar is available to purchase here.

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Most women don't know female-specific stroke signs
Medical Xpress
A national survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows that most women don't know the risks or symptoms females face when it comes to having a stroke. The survey of 1,000 women released in time for Stroke Awareness Month in May found that only 11 percent of women could correctly identify pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches and oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy as female-specific stroke risks.
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This cuddly Japanese robot bear could be the future of elderly care
The Verge
Deep in the bowels of a secluded facility outside the central Japanese city of Nagoya, a team of dedicated researchers has been working on a monster. It's a primal, animalistic robot that uses advanced technology to power its intelligent vision, flexible movement, and giant arms strong enough to lift a human right off the ground. It could have profound implications for the relationship between man and machine. But perhaps most importantly, it is very cute.
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Time to pony up: The secret to collections letters that work
By Charlotte Bohnett
Thanks to mobster movies, we all fear the repercussions of unpaid debt. While receiving a past-due notice isn't quite the same as a meathead pummeling you, both methods of money collection deliver swift blows. After all, bills often fall into the land of overdue not because we were lazy, but because we didn't have any money. Flip it to the collector's perspective, and people not having money to pay their bills is a big problem. After all, how can businesses keep their doors open if they, too, don't have any money?
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Study shows promise for treatment that may reduce dementia after TBI
The Medical News
Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have been attempting to understand the cascade of events following mild head injury that may lead to an increased risk for developing a progressive degenerative brain disease, and their new study, which was published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows initial promise for a treatment that might interrupt the process that links the two conditions.
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Study: Hospital Facebook ratings higher when readmission rates are low
PT in Motion
In what may be a prime example of absence making the heart grow fonder, recently published research claims that the lower a hospital's readmission rate, the better-liked it is — at least on Facebook. The study, published in the March 7 edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, links Facebook user-supplied ratings to a commonly accepted objective measure associated with hospital quality — the facility's rate of readmissions of patients within 30 days of discharge.
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Researchers use computer models to study severe back pain
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers are using computer simulation models and 3-D X-ray imaging to study the mechanical problems behind the degeneration of vertebral joints, to more accurately identify the source of pain in the lower back and to recommend appropriate therapies. It is reported that usually, back pain can be remedied by relaxing and strengthening the back muscles. However, in one in seven cases, this may not work, according to the researchers.
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Small robot 'therapist' being developed in Spain
PT in Motion
Researchers in Spain would like to introduce you to the "social therapist" of the future (some assembly required; batteries not included). Fully human physical therapists obviously can't pack it in just yet, but a multi-university project centered at the University of Carlos III in Madrid has unveiled NAO, a 9-pound, 22-inch, fully articulated robot designed to lead and evaluate a child's rehabilitation exercises.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Strength training still advisable in older age (Medical Xpress)
Which home adaptive equipment is right for your patients? (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)
Peer-review scandals shake up scholarly journal community (By Cait Harrison)
Early guideline-based PT results in savings for patients with LBP (PT in Motion)

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