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Sonia Suter
This commentary focuses on the tenuous line between health and disease and the conflicting characterizations of genetic predisposition that sometimes place it on one side of that line, and sometimes on the other. For example, GINA uses the line between health and disease to distinguish between, respectively, the healthy (including, those with genetic predispositions), who are shielded from discrimination, and those with 'manifested illness,' who are not. At the same time, some have argued that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with genetic predispositions, relying on a label akin to disability, as opposed to health, to characterize this group...
November 2015: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Preeti Raghavan, Daniel Geller, Nina Guerrero, Viswanath Aluru, Joseph P Eimicke, Jeanne A Teresi, Gbenga Ogedegbe, Anna Palumbo, Alan Turry
: Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide. It leads to a sudden and overwhelming disruption in one's physical body, and alters the stroke survivors' sense of self. Long-term recovery requires that bodily perception, social participation and sense of self are restored; this is challenging to achieve, particularly with a single intervention. However, rhythmic synchronization of movement to external stimuli facilitates sensorimotor coupling for movement recovery, enhances emotional engagement and has positive effects on interpersonal relationships...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Jean-François Kaux, François Delvaux, Jean Schaus, Christophe Demoulin, Médéa Locquet, Fanny Buckinx, Charlotte Beaudart, Nadia Dardenne, Julien Van Beveren, Jean-Louis Croisier, Bénédicte Forthomme, Olivier Bruyère
STUDY DESIGN: Translation and validation of algo-functional questionnaire. INTRODUCTION: The lateral elbow tendinopathy is a common injury in tennis players and physical workers. The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) Questionnaire was specifically designed to measure pain and functional limitations in patients with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). First developed in English, this questionnaire has since been translated into several languages. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The aims of the study were to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PRTEE questionnaire into French and to evaluate the reliability and validity of this translated version of the questionnaire (PRTEE-F)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
Fatemeh Rajati, Masoud Ghanbari, Tolou Hasandokht, Seyed Younes Hosseini, Rasool Akbarzadeh, Hossein Ashtarian
PURPOSE: Self-efficacy plays a key role in varying areas of human conditions which can be measured by different scales. The present study was aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of Moorong Self-Efficacy Scale (MSES) in Iranian Subjects with Physical Disability (SWPD). METHOD: Data were collected by face-to-face interviews and self-report surveys from 214 subjects. The face and content validity, and reliability were evaluated. Discriminates were evaluated between the sub-groups of disability levels, physical activity, and health condition levels...
October 21, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Suzanne V Arnold, Jonathan Afilalo, John A Spertus, Yuanyuan Tang, Suzanne J Baron, Philip G Jones, Michael J Reardon, Steven J Yakubov, David H Adams, David J Cohen
BACKGROUND: A series of models have been developed to identify patients at high risk for poor outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to help guide treatment choices, offer patients realistic expectations of long-term outcomes, and support decision making. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the performance of the previously developed TAVR Poor Outcome risk models in an external dataset and explored the incremental contribution of geriatric domains to model performance...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Susana Alberich, Sara Barbeito, Itxaso González-Ortega, Amaia Ugarte, Patricia Vega, Sonia Ruiz de Azúa, Purificación López, Iñaki Zorrilla, Ana González-Pinto
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness that impairs functioning and affects the quality of life of patients. The onset of this illness usually occurs at an early age, and the risk of relapse remains high for decades. Thus, due to the great clinical relevance of identifying long-term predictors of functioning in bipolar disorder, Strauss and Carpenter developed a scale composed of items known to have prognostic value. METHODS: To determine the clinical usefulness of the four-item Strauss-Carpenter scale in bipolar disorder, a 1-year prospective follow-up study was carried out...
December 2016: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
J C Hill, E K Afolabi, M Lewis, K M Dunn, E Roddy, D A van der Windt, N E Foster
OBJECTIVES: The STarT Back Tool has good predictive performance for non-specific low back pain in primary care. We therefore aimed to investigate whether a modified STarT Back Tool predicted outcome with a broader group of musculoskeletal patients, and assessed the consequences of using existing risk-group cut-points across different pain regions. SETTING: Secondary analysis of prospective data from 2 cohorts: (1) outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy services (PhysioDirect trial n=1887) and (2) musculoskeletal primary-secondary care interface services (SAMBA study n=1082)...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Amy Luckowski
AIM: This qualitative study utilizes Moustakas's psychological phenomenology to explore the lived experiences in the clinical setting of nursing students with disabilities. BACKGROUND: Overall, the numbers of college students with disabilities are increasing, and more students with disabilities are being admitted into nursing programs. METHOD: A purposive sample of 13 junior and senior baccalaureate nursing students with self-declared disabilities from two Northeastern baccalaureate nursing programs were interviewed...
September 2016: Nursing Education Perspectives
Marta San Luciano, Cuiling Wang, Roberto A Ortega, Qiping Yu, Sarah Boschung, Jeannie Soto-Valencia, Susan B Bressman, Richard B Lipton, Seth Pullman, Rachel Saunders-Pullman
INTRODUCTION: Pre-clinical markers of Parkinson's Disease (PD) are needed, and to be relevant in pre-clinical disease, they should be quantifiably abnormal in early disease as well. Handwriting is impaired early in PD and can be evaluated using computerized analysis of drawn spirals, capturing kinematic, dynamic, and spatial abnormalities and calculating indices that quantify motor performance and disability. Digitized spiral drawing correlates with motor scores and may be more sensitive in detecting early changes than subjective ratings...
2016: PloS One
Xiaoqing Bu, Hao Peng, Chongke Zhong, Tan Xu, Tian Xu, Yanbo Peng, Chung-Shiuan Chen, Jinchao Wang, Zhong Ju, Qunwei Li, Deqin Geng, Yingxian Sun, Dongsheng Zhang, Jintao Zhang, Jing Chen, Yonghong Zhang, Jiang He
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Antiphosphatidylserine antibodies (aPS) have been associated with the risk of ischemic stroke. However, it remains unclear whether aPS will influence clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: A total of 3013 patients with acute ischemic stroke recruited from 26 hospitals across China from August 2009 to May 2013 were included in the study The primary outcome was a combination of death and major disability (modified Rankin Scale score ≥3) at 3 months after stroke...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Luísa Sá, Orquídea Ribeiro, Luís Filipe Azevedo, Luciana Couto, Altamiro Costa-Pereira, Alberto Hespanhol, Paulo Santos, Carlos Martins
OBJECTIVES: To determine, in the context of primary care preventive health services, the level of importance that Portuguese patients attribute to different preventive activities. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Primary Healthcare, Portugal. PARTICIPANTS: 1000 Portuguese adults selected by a stratified cluster sampling design were invited to participate in a computer-assisted telephone survey. Persons with a cognitive or physical disability that hampered the ability to complete a telephone interview and being a nursing home resident or resident in any other type of collective dwelling were excluded...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Glenn S Pransky, Jean-Baptise Fassier, Elyssa Besen, Peter Blanck, Kerstin Ekberg, Michael Feuerstein, Fehmidah Munir
Introduction Many disability prevention strategies are focused on acute injuries and brief illness episodes, but there will be growing challenges for employers to manage circumstances of recurrent, chronic, or fluctuating symptoms in an aging workforce. The goal of this article is to summarize existing peer-review research in this area, compare this with employer discourse in the grey literature, and recommend future research priorities. Methods The authors participated in a year-long sponsored collaboration that ultimately led to an invited 3-day conference, "Improving Research of Employer Practices to Prevent Disability", held October 14-16, 2015, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Alessandra Swarowsky, Samanta Rattis Canterle Bez Fontana, Mariana Palla Santos, Bruna Adriana Da Silva, Gessyca Spagnuolo, Angélica Cristiane Ovando, Jocemar Ilha
PURPOSE: The PROFILE PD scale was developed specifically to evaluate patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) within the context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, directly applied to physical therapy practice. The study aimed to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PROFILE PD scale to Portuguese-Brazil, and to analyze its psychometric domains. METHODS: Fifty participants with PD participated in the study. We assessed the clarity of the Brazilian version of the scale by physiotherapists, presence of floor and ceiling effects, interrater and test-retest reliabilities, in addition to discriminant, concurrent (UPDRS) and construct validity, internal consistence, minimal detectable change (MDC), and responsiveness...
August 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Hamid Reza Rostami, Malahat Akbarfahimi, Afsoon Hassani Mehraban, Ali Reza Akbarinia, Susan Samani
OBJECTIVE: To investigate effect of practice type during modified constraint-induced movement therapy on hand function in patients with chronic median and ulnar nerve injuries. DESIGN: A prospective, single-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial. SETTING: Participants' private home. SUBJECTS: A convenience sample of 36 outpatient participants allocated randomly to three equal groups. INTERVENTIONS: Intervention groups underwent 3-hour intensive training of affected hand each day, 3-day a week, 4-week in association with immobilisation of healthy hand: occupation-based group practiced meaningful occupations while rote exercise-based group performed rote exercises during constraint-induced movement therapy...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Rehabilitation
Claudia Campos, Yanerys Leon, Andressa Sleiman, Beatriz Urcuyo
One potential limitation of functional communication training (FCT) is that after the functional communication response (FCR) is taught, the response may be emitted at high rates or inappropriate times. Thus, schedule thinning is often necessary. Previous research has demonstrated that multiple schedules can facilitate schedule thinning by establishing discriminative control of the communication response while maintaining low rates of problem behavior. To date, most applied research evaluating the clinical utility of multiple schedules has done so in the context of behavior maintained by positive reinforcement (e...
September 27, 2016: Behavior Modification
Aneela N Mian, Khaldoun Chaabo, Julekha Wajed, Sujith Subesinghe, Nicola J Gullick, Bruce Kirkham, Toby Garrood
BACKGROUND: In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) clinical measures of disease activity may not reliably discriminate between patients with active inflammatory disease and those with concomitant fibromyalgia (FM). Recent work has shown RA patients with a 28 tender joint count (TJC) minus swollen joint count (SJC) of 7 or more (joint count criteria) are more likely to meet classification criteria for FM. This study aimed to determine whether RA patients meeting clinical criteria for FM had lower levels of joint inflammation as determined by ultrasound (US)...
September 23, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
J A Anguera, A N Brandes-Aitken, C E Rolle, S N Skinner, S S Desai, J D Bower, W E Martucci, W K Chung, E H Sherr, E J Marco
Assessing cognitive abilities in children is challenging for two primary reasons: lack of testing engagement can lead to low testing sensitivity and inherent performance variability. Here we sought to explore whether an engaging, adaptive digital cognitive platform built to look and feel like a video game would reliably measure attention-based abilities in children with and without neurodevelopmental disabilities related to a known genetic condition, 16p11.2 deletion. We assessed 20 children with 16p11.2 deletion, a genetic variation implicated in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism, as well as 16 siblings without the deletion and 75 neurotypical age-matched children...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
Felipe Alfonso Sandoval Garrido, Nanako Tamiya, Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Haruko Noguchi
BACKGROUND: Depressive symptoms are a leading cause of disability and emotional suffering, particularly in old age. However, evidence on depression and old age in developing countries remains largely ignored. The aim of this study was to examine the relation between health behavior and social conditions with depression among dependent community-dwelling older persons in the Republic of Chile. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional and inferential study, using nationally representative secondary data...
September 20, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Helene M Dumas, Maria A Fragala-Pinkham, Elaine L Rosen, Jane E O'Brien
PURPOSE: To assess construct (convergent and divergent) validity of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) in a sample of children with complex medical conditions. METHOD: Demographics, clinical information, PEDI-CAT normative score, and the Post-Acute Acuity Rating for Children (PAARC) level were collected for all post-acute hospital admissions (n = 110) from 1 April 2015 to 1 March 2016. Correlations between the PEDI-CAT Daily Activities, Mobility, and Social/Cognitive domain scores for the total sample and across three age groups (infant, preschool, and school-age) were calculated...
September 19, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
S Quadlbauer, Ch Pezzei, J Jurkowitsch, T Beer, T Keuchel, T Hausner, M Leixnering
BACKGROUND: Fingertip injuries are very common in emergency departments. According to the literature, Allen III and IV fingertip injuries should be treated with local skin flaps. Instead, we have treated these kinds of injuries in recent years with a semi-occlusive dressing. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome after semi-occlusive dressing therapy with respect to soft tissue cover, recovery of sensibility and duration of disability. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 77 fingertip injuries (39 Allen I, 25 Allen II, 9 Allen III, 4 Allen IV) from 2008-2011 in 23 women and 54 men who were treated with a semi-occlusive dressing...
September 14, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
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