INDIANAPOLIS - Lydia George, a student in the doctor of physical therapy program in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is one of only three physical therapy professional education students in the United States to receive a prestigious 2013 Mary McMillan Scholarship Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.
The $5,000 McMillan Scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Each of the more than 200 physical therapy professional education programs in the country is allowed to nominate one student.
The impact of poverty on the health and nutrition of Marion County residents will be the focus of a conference organized by nutrition and dietetics experts in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI.
The conference will not only look at the extent of the poverty in Marion County but showcase a local program working to eradicate poverty and present New York Times best selling authors, Steve and Annette Economides,a couple who have gained fame as "America’s Cheapest Family" to share budget saving tips, including how families can cut their grocery bills in half.
The conference, "Poverty, Health and Nutrition -- Resources for the Under-Resourced," will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Room 101 of Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St. The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by Friday, March 8, because of limited seating. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana University, in collaboration with the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, has established a Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. This Center will facilitate the engagement of students and faculty from the various health and life sciences schools to collaborate in the classroom and clinical setting in an effort to deliver higher quality, more comprehensive patient care. The Center will also be responsible for implementing, integrating and evaluating interprofessional health education programs and exemplary practice sites and translating outcomes into collaborative practice models.
Here's an article from our own Dr. Gaylen Kelton, MD, released on IU Health's web site this week. He reccommends:
The truth about preparing for travel, especially international travel, is that you should consider much more than what to pack in your suitcase. From insect-borne diseases to food preparation hygiene, threats to your good health are greater than ever during travel. My advice? Do some research, prepare, and involve your health care provider early.
The SciVerse ScienceDirect Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hottest Articles (July-September) list has just been released and this article below (co-authored by severl SHRS faculty) appears in the Top 25.
The Top 25 Hottest Articles list highlights the most read articles in Archives, calculated by article downloads on SciVerse ScienceDirect during July to September.
This article has shown great success in prestigious company; Archives publishes more articles annually than any other rehabilitation journal, and is the most highly cited journal in the Rehabilitation category of the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Schmid, Dr. Altenburger, Dr. Dierks, and Dr. Miller on their fantastic accomplishment with this article!!!
A VA study published recently in the journal Stroke reveals that starting yoga — even long after you’ve suffered a stroke — may noticeably improve your balance.
"It’s an exciting thing," said Dr. Arlene Schmid, a rehabilitation research scientist with the Roudebush VA Medical Center and Indiana University in Indianapolis. "People — even older people — can improve their balance years after a stroke. They can change their brain and change their body. They’re not stuck with what they have."
For the study, Schmid and her team recruited 47 stroke survivors who’d experienced a stroke more than half a year before. Seventy-five percent of these subjects were male Veterans — including some from World War II. Their average age was 63, and their average time since having a stroke was about four years.
Ten of the study subjects received no therapy, while the other 37 received a specialized, modified version of yoga developed by a yoga therapist and Schmid’s research team.
"People can improve their balance years after a stroke."
"It is state of the art equipment," said Ryan Cardinal, physical therapist.
Colton could barely control his core body movement when he first started physical therapy. Now, he can move his body from side to side and shift his weight on his hips after only a month of treatments. He watches a computer screen where he can see his avatar and he must move that avatar into boxes by shifting his weight.
"He's done well," Cardinal said. "When we first got him on, it was a two person job to transfer him to the blocks. We had to guard him the entire time so he wouldn’t fall. Now, he's able to transfer independently."
Award-winning "Sound Medicine", announces its program for Aug. 19 with a special focus on health issues related to obesity, and a warning about acetaminophen overdoses. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.
"Sound Medicine," covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It's also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.
A group yoga-based rehabilitation intervention for people with chronic stroke has potential in improving multiple poststroke variables. Group yoga may be complementary to rehabilitation, may be possible in medical-based and community-based settings, and may be cost-effective.
The Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy graduate program is ranked among the top occupational therapy (OT) programs in the nation, according to the latest rankings by U. S. News & World Report.
The program was ranked 21st out of 156 OT programs in the country according to the U. S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 13, 2012.
The program has been graduating professional occupational therapists for 55 years. The program has seen its ranking rise from 39th in 2007 to 21st in the graduate program rankings.
"The program's high ranking in such a competitive field of OT programs, is an outcome of the hard work everyone associated with the program including students, staff and faculty has contributed." Dr. Thomas Fisher, Professor and Chair noted.
"The IU OT program is an example of how a program with an emphasis on student centeredness, evidence-based practice and theoretical understanding of occupational therapy philosophy and principles can succeed." Having an excellent accreditation visit in the fall and now to have our peers rank us in the top tier of OT programs is truly an accomplishment. Leading such a department is a privilege." Dr. Fisher shared with the department.