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15-Minutes Of Exercise Creates Optimal Brain State For Mastering New Motor Skills

If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, it's a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session. That's because a recent study in NeuroImage demonstrates that exercise performed immediately after practicing a new motor skill improves its long-term retention. More specifically, the research shows, for the first time, that as little as a single fifteen-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency. It's a discovery that could, in principle, accelerate recovery of motor skills in patients who have suffered a stroke or who face mobility problems following an injury.

In his earlier work, Marc Roig, the senior author on the study, had already demonstrated that exercise helps consolidate muscle or motor memory. What he and the McGill-based research team sought to discover this time was why exactly this was the case. What was going on in the bra

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Scientists Invent Imagination Booster For Post-Stroke Patients

Scientists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with neurophysiologists from Sechenov Institute of evolutionary physiology and biochemistry formed the innovative startup iBrain have developed a unique play structure for post-stroke patients rehabilitation as part of Project 5-100.

The leading specialists in the sphere of artificial intelligence augmented physical exercise for restoring motor functions with playing with imagination which enables the patient to move.

Lev Stankevich, Associate Professor, Institute of Computer Science and Technology, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, who is one of the developers of the play structure, explained that the stroke usually affects the part of the brain which is 'responsible' for motor functions of either left-hand or right-hand (but only one) side of a post-stroke patient's body

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AOTA, MOTA, Rep. Smith Champion Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act

This week U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-Dist. 8) introduced the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act (H.R. 6225), which will eliminate an unnecessary Medicare restriction and allow occupational therapists to open home health therapy cases. The Missouri Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) joined the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in thanking Rep. Smith for championing the bill which will eliminate home health scheduling delays and result in improved client access to therapy services.

“This bill would eliminate a Medicare restriction that is needlessly burdensome on patients and home health therapy providers,” said Rep. Smith. “It will increase access to care and doesn’t cost the government a penny.”

Smith represents a large district in Southern and Southeastern Missouri. He serves as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee that is reviewing proposals to reduce M

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AOTA Raises Critical Concerns About Effects of Separating Children From Families

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the profession of occupational therapy have a longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of children and families. An important part of this commitment is supporting the humane, safe, and proper treatment of children in the context of their families, environments, and occupations. The available reports about the treatment of children attempting to enter the United States raise grave concerns about the trauma these children and their families may be experiencing and what it means for their future mental and physical health.

“Occupational therapy practitioners understand the impact of trauma, and AOTA, as the national association for the profession, expresses its serious concern that all children and their families must be protected from harmful situations,” said Amy J. Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA, President of AOTA.


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