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Cover story Make a difference, establish a presence

By Anne Federwisch, Today in OT contributing writer

When I first got an email from Karen Jacobs, OTR/L, EdD, CPE, FAOTA, announcing the Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service on Feb. 25, I was intrigued. Community service as a way to raise the profile of occupational therapy among the public? I needed to find out more.

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World of hurt: latest pain relievers offer hope

A home exercise program is a vital part of the treatment plan for many physical therapists’ patients, but a common obstacle to compliance is the pain from their injuries or conditions.

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Smart use of smartphones helps avoid pain, injuries

The American Occupational Therapy Association has issued a tip sheet for smartphone users to avoid pain and structural problems that can arise from overuse.

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Sensory-enhanced hatha yoga can help manage battlefield stress

A program of sensory-enhanced hatha yoga can help reduce anxiety in deployed military personnel, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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CMS innovation advisors set to evaluate healthcare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced the selection of 73 individuals from 27 states and Washington, D.C., for its Innovation Advisors Program.

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Researchers find music can decrease pain, especially in those with anxiety

Newly released research concluded music can be effective for reducing pain, especially in patients with high anxiety and who easily become absorbed in cognitive activities.

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Parents can integrate technology-dependent kids into family

For mothers of children who require ventilators, oxygen, IVs and other tools to live, integrating the care of the technology-dependent child into family life allows their family to function better, according to a study.

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Study: Acute lung injury leads to lingering problems

Critically ill patients who recover from acute lung injury frequently emerge with new, apparently long-lasting depressive symptoms and new physical impairments that make them unable to perform many daily tasks, according to new research.

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Knee pain patterns identified in middle-age women

In a newly released study, 63% of female participants ages 50 and older reported persistent, incident or intermittent knee pain over a 12-year period starting in 1989.

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Relationship with mom can affect child’s obesity risk

The quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during adolescence, according to a study.

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Report stresses shortcomings in nation’s cardio health

America’s heart and blood vessel health is far from ideal, according to data in the American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2012.”

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Emphasis on electronic funds transfers will help providers

New standards for electronic funds transfers in healthcare, required by the Affordable Care Act, will reduce up to $4.5 billion from administrative costs for doctors and hospitals, private health plans, states and other government health plans over the next 10 years.

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Study: Mindfulness exercises ease arthritis suffering

“Mindfulness” exercises focusing on experiencing the present moment, can help curb stress and fatigue associated with painful rheumatoid joint disease, according to a small study.

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OTs Online - OT news from around the web


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Anita Hamilton, MOT, OT(C), PhD, who teaches occupational therapy at the University of Alberta, Canada, examines the role of online technology in OT education and practice.

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Love of outdoors motivates teen in rehab »

OT inspired to launch company with items to help children with special needs »

OT patient to share survival story »


Rehabilitation clinic’s research center launches start-ups »

Study by OT finds male caregivers more practical »

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What’s New - the latest OT products
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Osteoarthritis-specific device helps with patient compliance

Bellacure provides a nonsurgical treatment option for patients suffering from knee pain. The device allows patients to “dial in” treatment settings, instead of adjusting traditional knee braces’ multiple straps and loops. To adjust the support, the user turns the Bellacure’s dial which retracts four independent internal cables. The treatment’s pain relief is based on applied valgus movement. Bellacure slips on like a sock and conforms to the wearer’s knee.

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Web-based support aids patients with exercises

GWP Solutions LLC has developed CARE: Computer Aided Rehabilitative Exercises, a web-based tool and iPhone application to improve patient education, compliance, outcomes and satisfaction using videos and customized patient web portals. CARE includes high-definition videos of home exercises, which patients can access via smartphones and tablets. Part of the video library — about 100 videos — is available to the public through a free trial on the website.


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Cascade Dafo offers new pediatric shoe insert

Ortho-engineered to control moderate pronation of the pediatric foot, the Chipmunk by Cascade Dafo Inc. is a low-profile prefabricated shoe insert combining internal alignment from molded foam contours with the stability of a flat external base. The Chipmunk offers a formed heel cup to provide hindfoot stability; a diagonal forefoot trim line to encourage natural push-off; built-in arch padding to give additional internal support; a deep medial trim line to protect the navicular; and a fabric liner. It comes in a range of pediatric sizes.

Contact:; 800-848-7332

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Ergolet adds bariatric walking table

Ergolet’s new Thera Extra walking table is designed to support up to 525 pounds. Gate, a rehabilitation products company in Sweden, is distributing the bariatric ambulation and gait training product in North America. The Thera Extra can be used in post-operative situations to encourage early patient mobility. The walking table offers extra width to provide space and stability for heavier patients and features an adjustable electric drive. The electrical components have IP 66 international protection ratings, allowing use in wet environments.

Contact:; 888-374-6741

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Improved ProStretch Plus allows customization

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products introduced ProStretch Plus, a customizable stretching tool that engages the interconnective chain of the lower leg beginning with the hamstring, calves, Achilles tendon, plantar fascia and toes. The ProStretch Plus incorporates design aspects of the Original ProStretch, including a rocker bottom and off-set of the heel and toe plates. An adjustable heel rest allows the user to adjust the degree of stretch. A larger, continuous platform fits up to a size 14 shoe. The product includes an illustrated stretching guide.

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