Source: The authors / Henry Charles Hrdlicka Copyright: The authors / Henry Charles Hrdlicka URL: License: CC-BY-NC-ND WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 10, 2022 — A new report from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, “Occupational and Physical Therapy Strategies for the Rehabilitation of COVID-19-Related Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Setting: Case Report,” describing the therapy interventions used in the long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) setting to rehabilitate COVID-19–associated Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) was published today in the journal JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. The report is believed to be the first to demonstrate the standard of care and strategies used in an independent LTACH settingRead More →

Source: Adobe Stock Copyright: Syda Productions URL: Licensed by JMIR (San Francisco CA) — A new study is the first to show that a remote cognitive assessment could help with tracking patients with cardiovascular risk. The assessments evaluated are from Posit Science, developer of the BrainHQ brain exercise app. Prior studies have established that people with cardiovascular risk factors are at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia as they age. However, such studies have relied on the gold standard of in-person neuropsychological testing, which, although very beneficial, can be time consuming, expensive, and challenging to arrange during a pandemic. The Health eBrain Study, publishedRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: user18526052 URL: License: Licensed by JMIR A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine adds to the canon of research associating physical activity with cognitive performance, this time using 90 middle-aged and older participants who wore accelerometers while physically active and completed mobile cognitive testing from home. “The future of lifestyle interventions really needs to be remote-based,” said Raeanne Moore, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and principal investigator of the study. “The pandemic has made this especially clear.” On the days their physical activity increased,Read More →

Source: Vstore Copyright: Vitae VR URL: License: Licensed by the authors. New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London suggests that a virtual reality test in which participants “go to the shops” could offer a potentially promising way of effectively assessing functional cognition, the thinking and processing skills needed to accomplish complex everyday activities. The research, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, uses a novel virtual reality shopping task called “VStore” to measure cognition, which asks participants to take part in tests designed to mirror the real world. This is expected to test for age-relatedRead More →

Source: Shutterstock Copyright: Dragon Images URL: Licensed by the Authors A clinical study of patients with cardiovascular disease by Queensland Cardiovascular Group has found that offering a digital health platform, Cardihab, substantially improved participation rates in cardiac rehabilitation. The findings were published in cardiovascular medicine journal JMIR Cardio and revealed that participation in cardiac rehabilitation improved from 21% to 63% when app-based cardiac rehabilitation (SmartCR) was offered as an alternative in addition to a conventional in-person program. Cardihab provides a digital platform and patient apps (SmartCR) that facilitate the virtual delivery of cardiac rehabilitation and chronic disease management programs for patients recovering from cardiacRead More →

Source: freepik Copyright: freepik URL: License: Licensed by JMIR Companies considering remote working in the postpandemic world need to introduce measures to increase physical activity, reduce stress, and improve the diet for employees a new study has recommended. Academics at the University of Derby assessed the habits of 184 workers who had begun working remotely during the first UK lockdown in 2020 to measure the impact of the change to their lives. The team surveyed participants’ living and working conditions to study the relationship between physical and psychosocial well-being and productivity under lockdown conditions, and examined how factors such as gender, employer support, andRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: senivpetro URL: Licensed by JMIR   University of British Columbia, Okanagan, researchers examine how e-cigarette users quit E-cigarette users engaged on Reddit say gradual reduction is key. New research from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan (UBCO), shows that gradual nicotine reduction is key to helping e-cigarette users quit. The study, published in week’s issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, has implications for young Canadians who are currently hooked and want to stop using e-cigarettes, commonly called vapes. “Vaping has become a popular global phenomenon, with more than 40 million users worldwide,” says Dr Laura Struik, assistant professor, UBCO School of Nursing,Read More →

Source: The Authors/ Pexels Copyright: The Authors/ Pexels URL: License: Licensed by JMIR October 12, 2021 Contact: Laura Bailey, 734-647-1848, Mindful Breathing for Pain Control: Like Yin and Yang ANN ARBOR—It has long been known that meditative mindful breathing helps with various health conditions, including pain. To that end, researchers at the University of Michigan compared two types of meditative breathing––traditional mindful breathing and virtual reality, 3D-guided mindful breathing––to reduce pain. They found that each type of breathing lessened pain by modulating the somatosensory cortex, a region of the brain responsible for processing pain, but each used different mechanisms, said Alexandre DaSilva, associateRead More →