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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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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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Withings Lockdown Lowdown Study Shows People Are Not Gaining Weight Or Slowing Down During Self-Isolation

Speculation of ballooning weight, binge drinking and daytime naps during self-isolation are not borne out by facts according to a new global study from Withings. A recognized leader in connected health devices, Withings analyzed the physical activity, weight, sleep patterns, exercise rituals, temperature, nighttime breathing disturbances and heart rate irregularities of millions of users to find general wellbeing is actually holding up well during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Withings Lockdown Lowdown Study compares the behavior of users across the world in countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and China during the various points of their confinement procedures. Its results dispel a number of misconceptions and can be seen in full here. In brief, these myth busters include:

Weight – Contrary to popular belief, people are not piling on the poun

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St. Jude Child and Family Experts Release Tools to Help Kids Better Understand the Novel Coronavirus

Developmentally-Appropriate, Multilingual COVID-19 Related Resources Range from Downloadable Coloring Books to Activity Books and Other Tools

Using their years of expertise helping families and children discuss difficult illnesses and diagnoses, psychologists and child life specialists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have developed a suite of tools available in multiple languages (currently in English, Spanish, French and Arabic) for utilization by parents and caregivers to help children better understand the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“During challenging times, it’s natural to want to protect our children from anything unpleasant, but kids are incredibly observant,” said Dr. Valerie Crabtree, Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Even if it looks like they are not paying attention, they watch their parents and other family members and ad

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