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Task-oriented rehabilitation shows no greater benefit for stroke recovery

February 10, 2016

A structured, task-oriented rehabilitation program showed no greater benefit to motor function or recovery than usual rehabilitation for patients with moderate upper extremity impairment due to stroke, according to results recently published in JAMA. According to a press release, the study compared rehabilitation programs during a period of 12 months.

In the study, led by Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, researchers assigned 361 patients, with an average age of 61 years, to one of three groups that received either structured, task-oriented upper extremity therapy (n=119); dose-equivalent occupational therapy (n=120); or monitoring-only occupational therapy (n=122). Patients in the dose-equivalent therapy group received 30 hour-long sessions for 10 weeks, while the monitoring-only occupational therapy group was monitored without a specification of dose. All patients were tested at 12 months using a variety of motor function and recovery measures.

Researchers consider possibilities of limb regeneration

February 10, 2016
A review article published online ahead of print in Tissue Engineering, Part B, Reviews examines the possible impact of epimorphic regeneration of human digits and…
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Senate proposes new safety requirements for reusable devices

February 9, 2016
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today favorably reported a bill requiring manufacturers of reusable medical devices like duodenoscopes to…
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Senate proposes EHR fix for physicians, patients

February 9, 2016
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions unanimously recommended a measure today that would improve the use of electronic health records for…
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New bill supports young researchers

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee recommended a bill today that would improve opportunities for new researchers in the United States. The “Next Generation Researchers…
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