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Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors To Autism Patients In Rural Georgia

Felissa Goldstein, M.D., is the primary doctor using the improved telemedicine system at the Marcus Autism Center. Goldstein uses the system for providing early screening and continuing care for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Source: Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, GA, to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school and the long drive were constant sources of stress. Today, Larkin’s children receive world-class [...]

Genetic Risk For Autism Stems Mostly From Common Genes

The bulk of risk, or liability, for autism spectrum disorders was traced to inherited variations in the genetic code shared by many people. These and other (unaccounted) factors dwarfed contributions from rare inherited, non-additive and spontaneous (de novo) genetic factors.
Source: Population-Based Autism Genetics and Environment Study / Carnegie Mellon University

Using new statistical tools, Carnegie Mellon University‘s Kathryn Roeder has led an international team of researchers to discover that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches. Published in the issue of the journal Nature Genetics, the [...]

Device Helps Rebuild Neural Connections For Stroke Patients

A pneumatic actuator tendon hammer hits a person's wrist while a transcranial magnetic stimulator creates a weak signal in the brain's motor cortex. The responses overlap in the brain, produce and send a strong signal back to the arm, and the wrist moves. Source: Georgia Tech

The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong enough neural signal that travels from the brain to the wrist. With RFE, however, patients [...]

How To Choose A Physical Therapist

Physical therapist Aija Paegle, PT, MPT, CFMT, CPI at Hospital for Special Surgery. Source Hospital for Special Surgery

After an injury or surgery, rehabilitation is often a critical factor on the road to recovery. Since physical therapy is usually a weekly commitment and may be for an extended period of time, convenience is an important consideration, according to JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, vice president of Rehabilitation at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. [...]

Missing Sleep May Hurt Your Memory

The Sleep and Learning Lab in Michigan State University's Department of Psychology studies the relationship between sleep and learning and memory.
Source: G.L. Kohuth

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study, published online in the journal Psychological Science, found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details [...]