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4 Tips for Families During COVID-1

Occupational therapists explain that routines and participation in meaningful activities are important for mental and physical wellness during a pandemic

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused all of us to change routines in order to keep ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy. For parents, the challenge may be greater—juggling working from home with providing children’s educational and basic needs can cause stressful situations. Fortunately, the foundation of occupational therapy, which is promotion of engagement in daily activities to promote mental and physical well-being, can help families adapt and thrive.

“As we all adjust to a new ‘normal,’ occupational therapy is serving a critical and unique role in supporting families’ adjustment to disruptions in routine and daily life,” said Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, an occupational therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospit

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COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Antibody Testing

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpasses 800,000, many Americans want to know if recovered patients have immunity to the novel coronavirus.

The answer could come from an antibody test.

Antibody tests measure the number of antibodies – proteins made by plasma cells – in the blood. The body's immune system uses antibodies to neutralize pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

While these tests are commonly used to tell if someone is immune to diseases such as measles or chickenpox, they're not yet widely available for COVID-19. But it's not clear what the results would mean, said infectious disease specialist Rekha Murthy, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer at Cedars-Sinai.

"We have the expectation that a positive antibody test can be associated with protection against future infections. But since this pandemic has evolved so quickly,

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Rehab Therapist & Telehealth Pioneer Shares "Lessons Learned" in Net Health Webinar

Backed by years of experience, David Grigsby, MPT, cert MDT, offers advice for how to get started with implementing telehealth services for physical therapy patients

With so many patient episodes of care on hold due to social distancing concerns, rehab therapists are now looking to telehealth as an alternative to office visits, yet many have little, if any, experience implementing telehealth. To help rehab therapists in hospitals and private practices to get started, Net Health recently offered a free webinar with advice from physical therapist David Grigsby, MPT, cert MDT, who has been successfully leveraging telehealth for almost a decade while advocating for its use at industry gatherings and in media interviews. View the webinar.

Grigsby, co-owner of Tennessee-based Midsouth Orthopaedic Rehab, highlighted key information about telehealth as well as actions and suggested steps to ta

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May is National Better Hearing Month

As more become isolated in COVID-19 crisis, audiologists are working diligently to educate legislators and the public on the importance of continued hearing healthcare

As coronavirus forces the public into isolation, many of those experiencing hearing loss face magnified loneliness, fear and depression. This is particularly true for seniors.

Hearing loss alone causes many to feel isolated. Large numbers of the population experience hearing loss, according to a 2016 study by the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69, have some trouble with hearing and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids. As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges.

COVID-19 is creating challenges for many seniors in gaining access to audiologists. The crisis h

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