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Families With Children Who Have Mobility Disabilities Receive Adapted Toy Cars Custom Built For Them By PT Students

Physical therapy students at Chatham University are distributing toy vehicles adapted through the University’s GoBabyGo! program to five families with children with mobility disabilities.

Students in the program posted on Facebook announcing the opportunity and within a few days they’d heard from numerous families in the Pittsburgh region whose children would benefit from a custom adaptation. The Go Baby Go cars are made available to each of the nine families free of charge and made possible through donations made to the program, largely through a school-wide penny wars event at Fox Chapel’s Dorseyville Middle School.

Modifications include harnesses, pool noodles for cushioning, pool kick boards for a head rest, etc. Students and faculty will also will teach the parents how to operate the car via the remote control that is included with it. This allows the child to enjoy the ride wi

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Studies Link Vestibular/Balance Disorders and Dizziness to Hearing Ability and Falls in Older Americans

The American Academy of Audiology has partnered with the Vestibular Disorders Association for Balance Awareness Week, September 13 to 19, to remind Americans about the importance of good hearing health in preventing falls as well as other conditions. Vestibular/balance disorders, including vertigo and dizziness, often associated with hearing loss, cause a number of conditions including depression, anxiety, panic disorders, fainting or light-headedness, nausea and imbalance.

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older adults. While there are many reasons why older adults are at risk of falling including medications, vision loss, diabetes, heart disease and confusion; hearing loss also is associated with a higher risk for falling. “We know that there’s a direct link between hearing loss and falls,” said Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology;

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Studies by AHN Neurologists Improve Understanding of Stroke Therapy Risks in Patients with Chronic Health Conditions

Intravenous thrombolysis may put stroke patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at a higher risk for intracranial bleeding and mortality, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology by researchers at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute. The study, “Intravenous thrombolysis in patients with chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” surveyed various studies published across different countries and assessed the association of CKD among more than 60,000 acute ischemic stroke patients undergoing IV thrombolytic therapy.

According to the CDC, stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year, accounting for approximately one out of every 20 deaths. Nearly 90 percent of strokes are classified as acute ischemic strokes which take place when a blood clot or narrowed artery obstructs blood flow to the brain. Within minutes, the lac

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Sharecare YOU app offers an Immersive, 3D Simulation of the Human Body

Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place through its comprehensive and data-driven virtual heath platform, announced the launch of the Sharecare YOU desktop app, an immersive, 3D simulation of the human body designed to enhance science, health, and medical education from elementary grades to higher education and beyond. Building on the virtual reality (VR) capabilities the company has incorporated into its award-winning content and virtual health engagement platform, Sharecare YOU enables users – including students, teachers, and parents – to easily access its interactive photorealistic elements directly from their computers for the first time.

As a health and science learning tool, Sharecare YOU provides unmatched, photorealistic visualizations, allowing users to explore the human body in the highest resolution and most accurate 360-

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