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Role of physiotherapy in recovery from hip fracture

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

A report from the Royal College of Physicians outlines the findings of an audit of physiotherapy in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)

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Physio-Control initiates select recall of Lifepak 20e defibs, monitors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:07:07 +0100

Physio-Control is recalling select Lifepak 20e defibrillators and monitors over issues with power failures, according to a recall notice posted this month. The voluntary recall affects Lifepak 20e units built between September 2016 and June 2017, the company said. Physio-Control said it received reports from customers of power-related failures with the devices during initial deployment and during use within the first year of distribution. Failures included unexpected powering on and off, device lock-ups or failures to power on and off. The company said that the reported issues have “the potential to result in a failure to deliver therapy to the patient and serious injury or death,” according to a letter it sent to customers with the devices. Failures were deemed to be the resul...



Angola:Specialists' Shortage Cripples Services in Menongue Hospital

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:22:38 +0100

[ANGOP] Menongue -The services provided in the areas of neurology, stomatology, cardiology, physiotherapy, gastrointestinal and hemagiology have been out of service for four months in Cuando Cubango General Hospital due to shortage of physicians, specialists and other echnicians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Video games to improve mobility after a stroke

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) A joint research by the Basque research center BCBL and the London Imperial College reveals that, after a cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause motility problems. The authors propose to complement physiotherapy with another type of cognitive training, such as video games. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Here's how to fix body pain by adjusting how you sleep

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:49:50 +0100

Experts John de Caestecker from University Hospitals Leicester and Chartered physiotherapist Sammy Margo give their recommendations for the healthiest ways to sleep. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



TheraBracelet could boost weak hands after a stroke

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:31:01 +0100

While physiotherapy and hand exercises can help, researchers say the new device, TheraBracelet, could help speed up recovery for stroke patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Tanzania:Doctors Remove Piece of Metal From Lissu's Body

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:37:20 +0100

[Citizen] Dar Es Salaama -The Singida East Member of Parliament (Chadema), Mr Tundu Lissu, who is continuing to receive physiotherapy treatment and counselling at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, says his doctors have managed to remove a piece of metal from his body. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Physiotherapist’s invention sets patients free

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:02:15 +0100

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Posture and form OUTSIDE the gym: Expert says these everyday activities may be damaging your back

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:16:12 +0100

(Natural News) Are you unintentionally harming your back? If you wash dishes or carry objects down the stairs, then you most definitely are — at least, according to physiotherapist Jon Bongcawel. Everyday tasks that we don’t give much thought to are causing us untold damage, and it’s because we’re doing them wrong. As Bongcawel told... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Brazilian study shows no such thing as 'text neck'

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:02:02 +0100

Physiotherapists have said there is no such thing as 'text neck' - the notion that people damage their necks by craning over their phones. A study in Brazil found no association between the two. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



10 ways you're damaging your back with every day tasks

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:27:07 +0100

EXCLUSIVE: Leeds-based physiotherapist Jon Bongcawel reveals how to do daily tasks – from loading the dishwasher to carrying your child – to protect your back and heal pain. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Jordan: Healing Patients Wounded by Conflicts across the Middle East

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:36:33 +0100

Field newsJordan: Healing Patients Wounded by Conflicts across the Middle EastJanuary 04, 2018Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff at the organization's reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman,Jordan, are helping to heal the bodies and minds of war-wounded patients from across the Middle East. A team of surgeons operates on victims of conflict whose often complex wounds were caused by bullets, bomb blasts, and explosions. In addition to providing orthopedic, maxillofacial, and plastic and burn surgery, the hospital offers physiotherapy and mental health counseling. (Source: MSF News)



Don't take arthritic hips or poor posture sitting down

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:04:10 +0100

We asked Mr Stace and Sammy Margo, a physiotherapist in North London, to assess a selection. We then rated them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Factors influencing the overall satisfaction in patients with severe brain injury with physiotherapy services during inpatient rehabilitation - Leung J, Fereday S, Sticpewich B, Stroud K.

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:44:29 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To determine what influences the satisfaction of rehabilitation inpatients and their relatives with physiotherapy after severe traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: A prospective purpose-designed survey of consecutive eligible patients dischar... (Source: SafetyLit)



Insurance workers' and physiotherapists' perceptions of their roles in the management of workers with injuries in the Western Australian workers' compensation system - Beales DJ, Ruscoe GA, Mitchell T.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:18:01 +0100

BACKGROUND: Insurance workers and physiotherapists are important stakeholders in the rehabilitation of workers with an injury and subsequent musculoskeletal pain. Understanding perceptions of roles may facilitate communication between these stakeholders. ... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Self-Taught Breathing Retraining Helps Asthma Patients Self-Taught Breathing Retraining Helps Asthma Patients

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:48:42 +0100

A randomized trial showed that self-taught breathing retraining exercises showed similar benefits as face-to-face sessions with a physiotherapist in patients with inadequately controlled asthma.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:35:53 +0100

Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, and allied health professionals have identified areas of improvement that would give the NHS a more flexible positive workplace culture. Chair of the NHS unions and UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Although the strategy is welcome it needs more work to become the solid, comprehensive plan that unions have been pursuing for years.  “Unions want ...



Self-taught breathing retraining improves quality of life for people with asthma

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The self-taught technique has similar impact on quality of life to training given by a physiotherapist Related items fromOnMedica NICE produces first ever GP asthma guidance Over 55 age group most likely to have asthma flare-ups Yoga may relieve asthma symptoms and boost quality of life Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Vitamin D supplements may cut risk of acute respiratory infections (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Could your Sunday morning run cause arthritis? Orthopaedic surgeon explains

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:01:45 +0100

ARTHRITIS symptoms include joint pain and inflammation. There ’s a myth that running and exercising may contribute to joint pain, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, claimed The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy . (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:08:24 +0100

  Commenting on the news that the health secretary has today (Thursday) written to the chair of the NHS pay review body to begin the process around the pay award for health staff in 2018/19, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS unions Sara Gorton said: “It’s good that at long last the wheels have started to move. Exasperated the government seemed to be ignoring NHS pay, health unions took the initiative earlier in the autumn and submitted their own pay claim. Something they’d not needed to do in years. “But today’s letter means that talks can now begin to discuss the much-needed review of the NHS pay structure and the decent wage rise that hard-pressed health staff have waited seven long years for. “But those talks won’t last long if the government is expecting NHS...

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Lower back pain: STRESS is most common cause, claims Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:00:00 +0100

BACK pain - especially in the lower back - is a common problem that will affect about 80 per cent of people at some point in their lifetime. But, most of the time there ’s absolutely nothing to worry about, said The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy . (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Prehospital Cath Lab Activation Criteria for Cardiac Arrest

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:00:00 +0100

Alerts for witnessed, shockable cardiac arrest yield dramatic results in Lincoln, Neb. The successful treatment of sudden cardiac arrest is dependent upon the chain of survival. In order for a patient to survive, each link in the chain of survival must work. Sudden cardiac arrest is a survivable disease! In 2013, Lincoln (Neb.) Fire & Rescue (LFR) partnered with community stakeholders to initiate a comprehensive effort to improve survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and improve upon each link in our chain of survival. In order to impact survival on a community level, the rate-limiting steps in the chain of survival must each be addressed. Accurate measurement is critical in improving performance. Thus, the first step in our journey was for LFR to join the Cardiac...



"The path towards frailty must be broken" - Trochet C.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:42:05 +0100

C écile Richaud is a physiotherapist at Grenoble. A senior health manager in rehabilitation, rehabilitation coordinator and member of the nursing leadership team, she explains the benefit of the detection, prevention and management of frailty and education... (Source: SafetyLit)



Teen with neurological disorder walks after 2 years

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:33:00 +0100

Conor Lewis, now 18 from Nottinghamshire, was diagnosed with ‘medically unexplained’ functional neurological disorder. His physio team unexpectedly captured him walking after years of therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Sports mad teen

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:30:17 +0100

Conor Lewis, now 18 from Nottinghamshire, was diagnosed with ‘medically unexplained’ functional neurological disorder. His physio team unexpectedly captured him walking after years of therapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Decompression surgery 'may not benefit people with shoulder pain'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This study suggests that other treatments such as physiotherapy can be just as effective as shoulder surgery, and should be taken into consideration with patients considering surgery and could influence the decisions made by health providers. "Often shoulder pain can be short-lived, but if you’re experiencing shoulder pain which continues for more than two weeks, or gets worse, speak to your doctor or aphysiotherapist in case you have a more complex problem." (Source: Arthritis Research UK)



Visiting the doctor for low back pain? Expect something different now...

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Sydney) If you visit your family doctor with low back pain (LBP), you may be surprised at the treatment options they suggest now. Recent changes to major international guidelines for the management of LBP mean that general practitioners (GP) are now unlikely to recommend pain medicines which were previously the go-to treatment. Instead of pain medicines, GPs might suggest non-medicinal approaches including yoga, mindfulness and various types of physiotherapy and psychological therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Inter- and intra-tester reliability of the acute brain injury physiotherapy assessment (ABIPA) in patients with acquired brain injury - Gesch JM, Low Choy NL, Weeks BK, Nascimento M, Steele M, Kuys SS.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:18:22 +0100

BACKGROUND: The Acute Brain Injury Physiotherapy Assessment (ABIPA) is a new outcome measure with face validity and sensitivity to change in the early stages of neuromotor recovery after acquired brain injury (ABI). Reliability of physiotherapists using th... (Source: SafetyLit)



Pelvic floor exercises to spice up your sex life

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:17:15 +0100

Pelvic floor muscles are key for agility, control and endurance during sex. Three physiotherapists explain why they are so essential - and how to control sexual prowess with these moves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Physio-Control Launches Voluntary Field Action for Specific Production Lots of Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes Produced by Cardinal Health

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:28:00 +0100

Physio-Control announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action for specific production lots of Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes (defibrillation electrodes) produced by Cardinal Health. The company is notifying customers of an issue with the artwork on the defibrillation electrodes, as manufactured by Cardinal Health, which shows incorrect electrode placement for an infant. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)

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Eight pelvic floor exercises to spice up your sex life

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:01:42 +0100

Pelvic floor muscles are key for agility, control and endurance during sex. Three physiotherapists explain why they are so essential - and how to control sexual prowess with these moves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Don ’t Just Digitize: Embrace Digitalization

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:10:45 +0100

In June, the Techtour Healthtech Summit returned to Lausanne with an overarching theme of the convergence of medtech and digital health, and the search for a successful digital business model.Although there were two tracks – medtech and digital health – there were digital health companies in the medtech stream and lab companies in the digital health stream that felt very much like medtech.One way to tease apart this convergence and to ask how future business models may evolve is to look at whether companies simplydigitizeanalog processes or fullydigitalize.The digitization of an analog process aims to deliver efficiency; it may change the economics but will probably leave the existing players and business models in place. Think how dollars from traditional ads in print and TV have beco...



Don ’t Just Digitize. Embrace Digitalization

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:10:45 +0100

In June, the Techtour Healthtech Summit returned to Lausanne with an overarching theme of the convergence of medtech and digital health, and the search for a successful digital business model.Although there were two tracks – medtech and digital health – there were digital health companies in the medtech stream and lab companies in the digital health stream that felt very much like medtech.One way to tease apart this convergence and to ask how future business models may evolve is to look at whether companies simplydigitizeanalog processes or fullydigitalize.The digitization of an analog process aims to deliver efficiency; it may change the economics but will probably leave the existing players and business models in place. Think how dollars from traditional ads in print and TV have beco...



Physio-Control recalls Cardinal Health-made pediatric AED electrodes

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:07:51 +0100

Physio-Control said today it launched a voluntary recall of pediatric defibrillation electrodes, made by Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), which are components in a number of the company’s Lifepak automated external defibrillators over issues with incorrect art that could lead to misuse. Redmond, Wash.-based Physio-Control said that artwork on the recalled defibrillation electrodes shows incorrect electrode placement for an infant that could lead to ineffective energy delivery to the patient and serious injury or death. The recall affects approximately 14,200 electrodes used with the company’s Lifepak Express AED, Lifepak CR Plus AED, Lifepak 1000 defibrillator and Lifepak 500 Biphasic AEDs with pink connectors. Adult defibrillation leads were not affected by the recall, according t...



Vote now for your health hero

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:54:16 +0100

The hard-working heroes who keep the NHS running – often in unsung ways – are being recognised in the second annual Health Heroes awards, organised by Skills for Health and sponsored by Health Education England. After a successful debut in 2016, this year the awards include three new categories: integrated team of the year, workforce planning team of the year and apprentice of the year, alongside the established clinical and operational services support worker of the year awards. UNISON is once more sponsoring one of the awards and head of health Sara Gorton commented: “Every day behind the scenes in the NHS, there are entire teams of healthcare support staff going above and beyond to ensure that patients are getting the best possible care, despite the many constraints they are force...

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Injury prevention in male youth soccer: current practices and perceptions of practitioners working at elite English academies - Read PJ, Jimenez P, Oliver JL, Lloyd RS.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:42:06 +0100

Forty-one practitioners inclusive of physiotherapists, sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches from the academies of elite soccer clubs in the United Kingdom completed an on-line questionnaire which examined their: (1) background informatio... (Source: SafetyLit)



Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:55:19 +0100

Physiotherapists say everybody should build strength exercises into their everyday lives. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Online food shopping is RUINING your muscles

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:00:51 +0100

British adults who rely on delivery vans to bring their weekly food supply are stripped of vital muscle-strengthening exercises, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Lightning Process 'could help children with chronic fatigue syndrome', study claims

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Conclusion The results from this very small randomised controlled trial showed that people having LP therapy in addition to usual CFS/ME care had improved physical function, fatigue and anxiety symptoms at six months, and improved school attendance and depressive symptoms at 12 months. However, there are a number of limitations to this research that need to be considered: Participants in both groups improved, so both treatments were effective to some extent. This was a very small trial, and the results analysis involved fewer than the 100 people recruited. It would need to be repeated in a much larger group to demonstrate more robust findings. A number of outcomes were looked at, so it was very likely that some of them would return positive findings by chance – the improvements mig...



All NHS staff need a pay rise that ’s above inflation, say health unions

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:37 +0100

NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and the GMB, are asking Philip Hammond to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with inflation (Retail Price Index). The claim also calls for an additional £800 to restore some of the pay lost over the past seven years. Cleaners, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, therapists, dental technicians, as well as caterers, porters and everyone else who works in the NHS have suffered real ter...

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Strategies for injury prevention in Brazilian football: perceptions of physiotherapists and practices of premier league teams - Meurer MC, Silva MF, Baroni BM.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:05:42 +0100

OBJECTIVES: To describe the physiotherapists perceptions and the current practices for injury prevention in elite football (soccer) clubs in Brazil. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Group of Science in Sports& Exercise, Federal University o... (Source: SafetyLit)



New research shines spotlight on mental health and arthritis

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0100

Around a third of the 400,000 people in the UK with rheumatoid arthritis also experience mental health issues. Statistics like these clearly show arthritis does not just affect people’s physical health. Without the right treatment and support the pain and fatigue of rheumatoid arthritis can take its toll on our minds, as well as our bodies.We want this to change and for the mental health issues associated with arthritis to be taken seriously, recognised early and treated effectively. We've forged a new partnership with mental health research charityMQ: Transforming Mental Health to support vital research in this area.The two charities have come together to jointly fund an early research career fellowship, awarded to Dr Sam Norton, a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psych...



The true impact of arthritis

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:00:00 +0100

You'll know all too well the impact arthritis has on your own life. Perhaps you also think about how your arthritis affects your loved ones or your employer, but the impact doesn’t stop there. With 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis, each with friends and family, many with work colleagues and employers and all supported by a team of healthcare professionals, the ripple effect of arthritis touches every person in our society, either directly or indirectly.To support our campaign, we've gathered evidence to reveal the extent of the hidden impact of arthritis on our society, published in a new report,Arthritis: The Nation’s Joint Problem (PDF, 2794.2 MB). We wanted to share some of the headline findings with you:Impact on the economyEvery year, more than 2...



MiMedx divests Stable Biologics subsidiary in transition to focus on biopharma

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:45:19 +0100

MiMedx (NSDQ:MDXG) said today it inked a definitive agreement with the former shareholders of Stability Inc. to divest itself of Stability Biologics, which it acquired last January. The Marietta, Ga.-based company said the divestiture is part of its plan to transition back into a biopharmaceutical-focused company. “The transaction is expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and the consideration will include a promissory note issued by Stability Biologics in the principal amount of $3.5 million in favor of MiMedx and a waiver by the former stockholders of Stability, Inc. of all claims and rights to the earn-out consideration. The company expects to book a 1-time gain on this transaction of approximately $8 million to $10 million,” MiMedx CFO Mike Senken said...



Man who faked physiotherapy licence recently worked at Halifax clinic using alias

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +0100

A man with a lengthy history of faking his physiotherapy credentials, including during his time in the Canadian Forces, was until recently working under an assumed name as a manager in Atlantic Canada's largest hospital system, CBC News has learned. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Immigration salary rules could force physios to leave UK

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0100

Physiotherapists from overseas working in the NHS could be forced to leave the UK under tougher immigration rules, HSJ has been told. (Source: HSJ)



‘Wet’ care homes for older people with refractory alcohol problems: A qualitative study

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:32:38 +0100

Conclusion Placement in wet care homes is expensive, but they can have positive outcomes for individuals whose needs cannot be met elsewhere.  Costs may be offset by a reduction in the use of other health, social and criminal justice services.  Future research and service monitoring should include economic analysis. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Michelle McCann, Room B401, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)



Tai chi for risk of falls. A meta-analysis - Lomas-Vega R, Obrero-Gait án E, Molina-Ortega FJ, Del-Pino-Casado R.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:02:23 +0100

OBJECTIVES: To analyze the effectiveness of tai chi for falls prevention. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. SETTING: Pubmed, Scopus, CINHAL, and Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) were searched to May 26, 2016. PARTICIPANTS: Older a... (Source: SafetyLit)



Slouching isn't bad for you claims physio expert Jack Chew

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:36:24 +0100

Years of slating bad postures as being detrimental to our health is 'wrong', Jack Chew, of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Slouching ISN'T bad for you, claims expert

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:02:45 +0100

Years of slating bad postures as being detrimental to our health is 'wrong', Jack Chew, of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Rectocele prolapse after overdoing it post hysterectomy – Vivian ’ s story

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:50:29 +0100

The post Rectocele prolapse after overdoing it post hysterectomy – Vivian’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. My story is this which I hope will help others, as I feel I could and should have been given more information regarding exercises for pelvic floor muscles. I have since suffered another prolapse after my hysterectomy, this time a rectocele prolapse at the beginning of April 2017, I suppose because I have overdone things, but had I been given more information, perhaps this could have been prevented. I first suffered a prolapsed uterus in September 2016 and had a LAVH on 19th December 2016. I have had 3 children by natural birth, have always been very sporty, running 10ks – marathons, a triathlete, have had a few physical jobs involving heavy l...



Health unions call for the government to act on public sector pay

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:23:04 +0100

Seventeen unions representing employees across the NHS have today (Tuesday) expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government’s failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis. Unions say health staff are angry that ministers have still not said they will allow the pay review bodies to operate without interference, and will fully fund any recommendations they make. NHS unions insist that another year of pay restraint is wholly unacceptable, and will cause long-lasting damage to the health service, its patients and its workforce. The unions have also repeated the offer they made to health secretary Jeremy Hunt in June to work with the government and individual employers to address the short-term pay crisis and find a sustainable solution to the financial hardship exp...



Why yoga could be bad for your eyes

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:26:41 +0100

Yoga is as effective as physiotherapy for treating back pain, it was revealed recently. But there are concerns it could be bad for your eyes and cause unnecessary injuries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Effect of pilates exercise for improving balance in older adults (PEDro synthesis) - Grande GHD, Padulla SAT, Franco MR.

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:39:00 +0100

This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (http://www.pedro.org.au). PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy. ▸ Barker AL, Bird ML, Talevski J. E... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Aquatic therapy for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial and mixed-methods process evaluation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:14:14 +0100

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare disease that causes the progressive loss of motor abilities such as walking. Standard treatment includes physiotherapy. No trial has evaluated whether or not adding aquatic therapy (AT) to land-based therapy (LBT) exercises helps to keep muscles strong and children independent. To assess the feasibility of recruiting boys with DMD to a randomised trial evaluating AT (primary objective) and to collect data from them; to assess how, and how well, the intervention and trial procedures work. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Yoga as good for low back pain as physiotherapy: study

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0100

Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: CBC | Health)



Nigeria: Gaidam Appoints 38 Nurses, 32 Doctors, Pharmacists, Others

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:30:52 +0100

[Daily Trust] Damaturu -Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has approved the recruitment of 38 nurses and 32 NYSC doctors, pharmacists, radiographers, and physiotherapists to boost health care delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



An evaluation of combined narrative exposure therapy and physiotherapy for comorbid PTSD and chronic pain in torture survivors - Dibaj I, Øveraas Halvorsen J, Edward Ottesen Kennair L, Inge Stenmark H.

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:38:29 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Torture is associated with adverse health consequences, with especially high rates of PTSD, depression and chronic pain. Despite increased awareness of the relationship between pain and posttraumaticsymptoms, and the accompanying need for eff... (Source: SafetyLit)



Risk of falls in the rheumatic patient at geriatric age - Prusinowska A, Komorowski A, Sadura-Sieklucka T, Ksi ężopolska-Orłowska K.

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:38:25 +0100

Evaluating the risk of falling of a geriatric rheumatic patient plays an essential role not only in planning and carrying out the physiotherapeutic process. The consequences of falls may be different and, although they do not always result in serious reper... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Medical Device Alert: All Lifepak 1000 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) - risk of device shutting down unexpectedly during patient treatment and possible failure to deliver therapy

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:48:08 +0100

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a medical device alert for all Lifepak 1000 automatic external defibrillators manufactured by Physio Control. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)



Knee surgery 'should not be used to treat degenerative knee disease'

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:00:00 +0100

Knee arthroscopy should not be considered a suitable treatment option for the vast majority of patients with degenerative knee disease, according to experts. An international panel, led by Reed Siemieniuk at McMaster University in Canada, has reviewed the available evidence and come to a firm conclusion that surgery does not offer any substantial benefits for these patients, despite most guidance suggesting otherwise. Why knee surgery may be unsuitable Part of the British Medical Journal's Rapid Recommendations initiative, which aims to quickly generate trustworthy guidance for doctors based on the latest evidence, the research involved a systematic review of 25 available studies, as well as an analysis of patients' preferences. It was found that arthroscopic knee surgery, which in...



Ibuprofen linked to increased risk of heart attacks

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:40:00 +0100

Conclusion This study is a useful addition to our knowledge about the links between NSAIDs and heart attack risk. The study suggests all commonly-used NSAIDs are linked to a similarly-raised risk of heart attacks, that the risk generally rises with the dose, and that it is highest in the first month of treatment. The researchers did a good job at taking account of potential confounding factors that could have affected the results. Even so, we don't know for sure that the NSAIDs were the direct cause of the problem. For example, if you are prescribed NSAIDs for a painful condition, and have a heart attack two weeks later, it's hard to know whether the cause was the NSAID or the condition itself. They were also not able to take into account some known risk factors for heart attacks such as s...



Johnson & Johnson lands $260m Defense Dept. contract for orthopedic devices

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:34:48 +0100

The U.S. Defense Dept. yesterday awarded a Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) unit a contract for orthopedic products worth nearly $260.5 million. The 1-year contract with Piscataway, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson Healthcare System includes 4 1-year options; the total maximum value of the agreement covers the life of the contract including the option years, if exercised, according to the Pentagon. The deal calls for J&J to supply orthopedic products to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The contract is slated to expire April 27, 2022, the DoD said. The Pentagon also said it granted a $28.3 million contract to Redmond, Wash.-based Physio-Control for “medical equipment, maintenance of medical equipment, and/or spare parts for medical equi...



7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 21, 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:55:57 +0100

[Image from unsplash.com]From new and renewed partnerships to FDA approvals, here are 7 medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Life Spine receives FDA clearance for cervical spacer system Life Spine announced in an April 19 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Plateau-C Ti Cervical Spacer System. The system uses Life Spine’s titanium surface technology, Osseo-Loc, that helps with potential bone growth. Plateau-C Ti also has additional graft windows to help with visibility in-situ and bone graft containment. It entered full-market release on April 3 this year. 2. Lifetrack Medical announces FDA approval for PACS for distributed radiology Lifetrack Medical Systems announced the FDA approval of its LifeSys PACS for distrib...

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Physitrack lands first major UK payer partnership to offer virtual physical therapy platform

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:55:50 +0100

UK provider network IPRS Health has launched the virtual physical therapy platform from Physitrack to their customers under global insurer QBE, allowing patients to use app-based physiotherapy in lieu of some in-person sessions. (Source: mobihealthnews)



A Special Learning Journey Cut Short

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:08:14 +0100

Students at the St Pius X Resource Centre in Malawi for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPSBy Charity Chimungu PhiriBLANTYRE, Malawi, Mar 29 2017 (IPS)When building a house, it’s critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers perform better in school than those who do not.In Malawi, a 2003 national survey found that only 18.8 percent of school-age children with disabilities were attending class. More than twice as many of the same age group without disabilities (41.1 percent) attended school. This was mainly attributed to the lack of a disability-friendly environment."Since many children come from poor families, parents are often faced with the d...



Late to Walk

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:13:45 +0100

By Charmaine Taylor RietmanOTTAWA, Mar 29 2017 (IPS)I have two children. A daughter who just turned six and a son who just turned three. My daughter was late to walk. My husband and I were pretty worried about why it was taking so long for her to stop ‘bum scooching’ — her preferred method of movement. I consulted Google on more than one occasion to see if other parents had children doing the same. I felt anxious when I read that 18 months was considered very late. She didn’t start until she was 22 months after a few months of physiotherapy.My son followed in his sister’s footsteps, but being the second child, we were much more relaxed about his late motor development and repeatedly said, ‘he’ll get there.’ But by the time he was 22 months he wasn’t even close to taking h...



NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:02:54 +0100

Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, they feel taken for granted. Day after day NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return. “As the gap grows between take-home pay and household expenditure, NHS staff can’t stretch their money far enough. And as wages increase elsewhere, they feel increasingly left behind. “Low pay makes it tough for the NHS to hold onto experienced employees and recruit the next generation. And without enough staff, patient care ...



Latest NHS pay award is ‘ derisory ’ , say health unions

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:56:54 +0100

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of its proposals for 2017/18, Christina McAnea, the spokesperson for unions representing staff working in the NHS, and head of health at UNISON, said: “This deal amounts to less than five pounds a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners, paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff. “It’s a derisory amount in the face of soaring fuel bills, rising food prices and increasing transport costs. “The government’s insistence on the one per cent cap has tied the PRB’s hands. As the PRB itself admits, it can no longer prevent health employees’ pay falling way behind wages in almost every part of the economy. “Without the cash to hold onto experienced employ...

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Ibuprofen claimed to raise cardiac arrest risk by a third

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0100

Conclusion This study showed an association between taking ibuprofen or diclofenac and an increased risk of a cardiac arrest in the following 30 days, but no association was found with the other NSAIDs investigated. But this study does have its limitations: Although the researchers used the same people to avoid confounding variables, the same person will differ in certain aspects over time – for example, certain diseases may get better or worse, which might have affected the results. The study only looked at prescribed drugs and not over-the-counter drugs. In Denmark, ibuprofen was the only over-the-counter drug sold at the time of the study and therefore a large number of people taking ibuprofen might have been missed. It could be that people are taking NSAIDs for other underlying...



Could better information and support before and after surgery transform joint replacement results?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Joint replacements improve the quality of life of thousands of people with arthritis in the UK each year. More than 104,000 knee replacements and 98,000 hip replacements were performed during 2015 alone.We know many of you have already benefited from this surgery, telling us how a new hip or knee has got you moving again, cut down on your pain and helped you to get the most out of life. However, there's still vital work to be done to help even more people to experience positive outcomes after joint replacement surgery, which is why Arthritis Research UK is funding extensive research in this area.Recently published results from a long-term study into the benefits and limitations of knee replacement surgery give us valuable insight into where future resources should be directed. The study co...



Is running good or bad for your joints? Study searches for a definitive answer

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The evidence that exercise can help to reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis is overwhelming. This evidence isn't only gathered from robust scientific studies, but also directly from people of all ages who tell us howstaying active has helped them to live well with arthritis.However, the idea that certain types of exercise can be damaging to our joints, doing more harm than good, persists. This is particularly the case with running which, despite being a hugely popular pastime in the UK, continues to be the subject of conflicting reports in the media about its health benefits and risks. Thousands of people of varying fitness levels enjoy 5km parkrun events every weekend and demand for places in longer races like the Great North Run and the London Marathon is highly competitive....



Research into movement in elite sports could help to prevent and treat osteoarthritis

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The way we move our bodies during everyday life, including how we walk, sit, run and play sports, has an impact on our joints and muscles throughout our lives. That’s why Arthritis Research UK is funding innovative research to build understanding of the way athletes and professional sportspeople move and the stresses those movements place on their joints.This insight will then be used to develop new approaches to treat the pain ofosteoarthritis and to help people to exercise safely, reducing their risk of injury and of developing arthritis in the future.Leading researchers from all over the country have been brought together by the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis to investigate the quality of movement of people from a range of different backgrounds...



Exploring stroke survivors' and physiotherapists' views of self-management after stroke: a qualitative study in the UK

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:45:34 +0100

This UK study looks for the first time at both stroke survivors'and physiotherapists'views of self-management after stroke. Based on interviews with thirteen stroke survivors recently admitted to a London stroke unit and thirteen physiotherapists involved in their care, key differences were found in how self-management was understood. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

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Portuguese Start-up Aims to Revolutionize Physical Rehabilitation Industry Portuguese Start-up Aims to Revolutionize Physical Rehabilitation Industry

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:25:36 +0100

When Virgilio Bento's brother had to go to Cuba 20 years ago to receive cheap physiotherapy as he recovered from a life-threatening car crash back home in Portugal, he did not know it would inspire an innovation.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)



Device allows patients to work remotely with physiotherapist from comfort of home

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:52:56 +0100

A Portugese entrepreneur's device, soon to roll out in North America, has the potential to reduce costs for physiotherapy by offering support remotely to patients doing exercises in their homes. (Source: CBC | Health)



Portuguese start-up aims to revolutionize physical rehabilitation industry

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:16:20 +0100

LISBON (Reuters) - When Virgilio Bento's brother had to go to Cuba 20 years ago to receive cheap physiotherapy as he recovered from a life-threatening car crash back home in Portugal, he did not know it would inspire an innovation.      (Source: Reuters: Health)



Nurses, Doctors Leave Balkans to Work in Germany Nurses, Doctors Leave Balkans to Work in Germany

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:04:47 +0100

Nejra Isaretovic, a 25-year old physiotherapist from Sarajevo, is busy these days studying German and taking driving lessons -- key skills required for her new job in Germany.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for March 9, 2017

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:00:15 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. FDA labels Physio-Control’s Lifepak 1000 recall as Class I The FDA today labeled a select recall of Physio-Control Lifepak 1000 defibrillators over electrical issues as Class I. A Class 1 indication from the federal watchdog indicates “a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” according to the agency. Read more 4. ...

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Nurses, doctors leave Balkans to work in Germany

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:01:47 +0100

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Nejra Isaretovic, a 25-year old physiotherapist from Sarajevo, is busy these days studying German and taking driving lessons -- key skills required for her new job in Germany. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

We're pleased to be launching our new report,‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ at the annual LGA/ADPH annual conference today (9 March).Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia and is therefore beneficial for people who have a musculoskeletal conditions and one or more other long-term health conditions.Highlighting the importance of physical activity interventionsThe report has been produced in part...



FDA labels Physio-Control ’s Lifepak 1000 recall as Class I

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:47:58 +0100

The FDA today labeled a select recall of Physio-Control Lifepak 1000 defibrillators over electrical issues as Class I. A Class 1 indication from the federal watchdog indicates “a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” according to the agency. The company’s Lifepak 1000 defibrillator is designed to deliver lifesaving electrical shocks to individuals with sudden cardiac arrest. The device is being recalled due to an electrical issue which may cause it to shut down unexpectedly during treatment, due to wear and oxidation formation between the battery and device’s electrical contacts. The recall affects 50,046 Lifepak 1000 defibrillator units in the US with product numbers 320371500XX. A total of 133,330 seria...



Class I Medical Device Recall: Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator Due to an Electrical Issue Which May Cause the Device to Shut Down Unexpectedly

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0100

Physio-Control is recalling the LIFEPAK 1000 due to an electrical issue which may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment. Physio-Control has determined that wear and oxidation formation between the battery and device... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



Pulsara Founder and CEO wins EMS10 Innovator Award

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Bozeman, MT— James Woodson, MD, Founder and CEO of Pulsara, was recognized as a recipient of an EMS10: Innovators in EMS 2016 Award at a ceremony at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition last month. Hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and sponsored by Physio-Control Inc and Stryker Corporation, the EMS10 awards recognize ten individuals who made significant innovative contributions in EMS in the previous year. Over 40 nominations were considered for this year’s award.     A panel of EMS professionals selected the ten distinguished winners, who “each displayed initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and a desire to positively impact EMS, patients and their communities,” according to JEMS. The EMS10 winners received recognition at EM...

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Health services research awards announced

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This study is led by Dr Kathryn Martin at the University of Aberdeen. It aims to determine how walk with ease will need to be modified before it could be implemented in the UK, and to gauge the possibility of conducting a trial to evaluate the programme’s effectiveness.Joint funded by Arthritis Research UK, Pfizer and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust:Aiming for patient centred treatment through use of the Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) The Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way. This project, led by Dr Jonathan Hill at Keele University, aims to find useful...



Online Intervention Reduces Knee Pain, Improves Mobility Online Intervention Reduces Knee Pain, Improves Mobility

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:35:26 +0100

An online intervention that included physiotherapy, a pain management course, and educational materials substantially reduced chronic knee pain and improved mobility in an Australian study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)



Eritrea: Physiotherapy Center Making a Difference

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:25:16 +0100

[Shabait] Barentu -A Physiotherapy Center in Barentu Referral hospital is making a difference in alleviating health problems of a number of nationals. According to Mr. Berketet Abrham, Physiotherapy expert in the Referral Hospital, the center has been instrumental in treating various tissues and joints related diseases and rickets cases on children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Chronic knee pain eased with the help of Skype

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:00:37 +0100

Exercise, an online pain-coping skills program and Skype sessions with a physiotherapist helped relieve patients' chronic knee pain, according to a study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Benefit to Adding Supervised Physiotherapy to Usual Care in Simple Ankle Sprains Questioned

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:23:48 +0100

No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)



Class I Medical Device Recall: Physio-Control Recalls LIFEPAK15 Monitor/Defibrillator Due to Failure of Electrical Shock Delivery

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

Physio-Control is recalling the LIFEPAK Monitor/Defibrillator due to an electrical problem which may prevent the device from delivering the electrical shock needed to revive a patient in cardiac arrest. If the electrical shock is not delivered, the... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



Helius Medical touts data from multiple sclerosis pilot study of PONS system

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:52:27 +0100

Helius Medical Technologies said today that clinical data from a multiple sclerosis pilot study of its portable neuromodulation stimulator was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal: Experimental, Translational and Clinical. The company’s PONS system is designed to treat neurological symptoms, caused by trauma or disease, non-invasively through the tongue. Helius’ pilot study evaluated its PONS device combined with intensive cognitive and physical rehabilitation on working memory, gait, balance and concomitant changes in the brains of patients with MS. The study enrolled 14 patients – 7 used the PONS device and 7 received a sham stimulation. For 14 weeks, patients underwent functional-MRI, motor performance measures and sensory organization tests before and after i...



Federal Register: Physio-Control Recalls LIFEPAK15 Monitor/Defibrillator Due to Failure of Electrical Shock Delivery

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0100

Physio-Control is recalling the LIFEPAK Monitor/Defibrillator due to an electrical problem which may prevent the device from delivering the electrical shock needed to revive a patient in cardiac arrest. If the electrical shock is not delivered, the... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



' Booster Sessions' May Help Older Adults Stick With Arthritis Exercises'Booster Sessions' May Help Older Adults Stick With Arthritis Exercises

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:28:27 +0100

"Booster sessions" with a physiotherapist help older adults with osteoarthritis keep doing their exercises, a new systematic review and meta-analysis suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Boys In Chairs: That Time I Couldn't Masturbate By Myself Anymore

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:33:15 +0100

In the summer of 2014, I wrote a blog post entitled, "Boys and Girls in Chairs: The 'Right' to Get Off". In the post, I spoke pretty candidly about my experiences with masturbation and the trials and realities of performing this act when one is as disabled as I am. It was light and funny with a few quips here and there about "choking the chicken thrown in for brevity". Towards the end of that post I asked, "What happens if one can't do it themselves?" At the time, I was talking about a hypothetical person. I never considered -- really considered -- the realities of what it might feel like to not be able to achieve self-pleasure. I was very happy that I was, in my limited fashion, able to please myself; using only one finger and my thumb I could bring my Queer Crippled self to states of ecs...



A moment to appreciate

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:24:16 +0100

Three years ago, Gary Burgon came close to dying. Now, he finally gets to express heartfelt thanks to the many NHS staff, many of them still strangers, who saved him and nursed him back to health. On 4 May 2014, while attending church with his family, Gary Burgon, then 58, collapsed. He has a vague recollection of falling to the ground and asking for people to care for his daughter. Beyond that, he has no recollection of what happened to him from that time until he woke up in Broad Green Hospital, Liverpool. It was June. “Even then” Gary says, “it was another week before I had my senses about me.” He soon discovered that he had been very seriously ill. His aorta had dissected and a heart valve had torn. He was nursed to the point where he was deemed fit enough to re...



Intensive care, eternal thanks

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:27:17 +0100

An unprovoked assault outside a Manchester nightclub changed Matthew Edgington’s life for ever. Several years on, his father John says he and his family still feel a debt of gratitude to the many health service staff who saved his son’s life. Saturday 28 November 2009: John Edgington and his wife had been out for a meal to celebrate his 61st birthday. Their son Matthew, then 25, who had just started a new sales job, had played football in the afternoon, bought some new clothes and gone off clubbing with friends in Manchester. At about 3am, the phone rang. It was one of Matthew’s friends. A six-mile drive from Bury, and John and his wife arrived at Manchester Royal Infirmary just as Matthew, unconscious and his face covered in blood, was coming back from a scan. “Matthew had bee...



Exploring parents' perceptions and how physiotherapy supports transition from rehabilitation to school for youth with an ABI - Lee T, Norton A, Hayes S, Adamson K, Schwellnus H, Evans C.

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:47:41 +0100

AIMS: To explore parents' perceptions of their youth's transition from rehabilitation to school following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and how physiotherapy influenced the youth's participation and physical function during the transition. METHODS... (Source: SafetyLit)



Eligibility for hip and knee replacement 'could become more restricted'

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100

People with joint conditions in three regions could soon find it more difficult to get access to knee andhip replacement surgery, due to planned changes in eligibility criteria. The choice by three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to explore the idea has attracted criticism, as some believe this may suggest that CCGs are looking to change the scoring system used to decide which patients are suitable for these operations. As reported by the Health Service Journal, the Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire, and Wyre Forest CCGs - all based in the West Midlands - are planning a reduction in the Oxford hip and knee score needed to qualify for surgery from 30 to 25, meaning operations will only be available for patients whosepain and disability is severe enough to impact their daily...

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'Results were amazing' when teens with scoliosis did specialized exercises

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:12:47 +0100

Specialized physiotherapy exercises can help teenagers with scoliosis, a painful curvature of the spine, a randomized trial in Alberta shows. (Source: CBC | Health)



Stryker Q4 earnings take hit from recalled hip implants

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:33:13 +0100

Stryker’s profits decreased 2.3% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, to $510 million, amid charges related to its recalled Rejuvenate or ABG II modular metal-on-metal neck hip stems, as well as expenses related to restructuring and acquisition costs. Earnings per share were $1.34, down 2.9% year-over-year, the company reported Tuesday evening. Excluding the charges, Stryker’s profits would have been up 14.1% to $1.78 per share, which falls in line with the expectations of analysts polled on Yahoo Finance. Stryker’s stock was up slightly, to nearly $121.50 in early after-hours trading. Sales were $3.2 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016, up 16.2% from the same quarter a year ago. Stryker in 2016 earned $1.65 billion off of $11.33 billion in sales in 2016, up f...