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Navigating Back to School in the Era of COVID-19
Returning to school is a complex event, even in a typical school year. With the COVID-19 pandemic and other social uncertainty, new challenges exist to maintain safety, comfort, and learning for students of all ages. To those navigating these uncertain times, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has produced a Back to School Guide and Back to School Tip Sheets to provide practical suggestions for parents, guardians, caregivers, administrators, teachers, occupational therapy practitioners, para-professionals, and students to promote safe engagement in school-based occupations.
“Whether in person, or virtual, the complexity of returning to school requires a holistic approach,” says Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, AOTA’s Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building, who has 18 years of experience working in school-based practice as an OT, agency owner, con
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Therapy Helps Children with Food Allergies Manage Severe Anxiety
Imagine a young girl with a peanut allergy, so stricken by fear of anaphylaxis that she no longer takes part in everyday activities many children take for granted. She's stopped playing with her siblings, worried that residue from their peanut butter crackers may trigger an allergic reaction. She obsessively washes her hands to make sure there is no trace of peanut on them. She worries that every stomachache could mean she accidently ate something she was allergic to.
This story is becoming more familiar to families across the country. While most children with food allergies maintain a healthy level of caution, there is a small percentage whose anxiety is excessive and impairing. The hallmark of excessive anxiety is going to extreme, medically unnecessary lengths to avoid the allergen, such as no longer visiting extended family or refusing to eat any allergen-free food that isn't famili
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Patients With Privacy Concerns Three Times As Likely To Withhold Details From Their Doctors
Have you ever kept information from a doctor or other health care provider because you were concerned about the privacy or security of your medical record? If so, new research at The Ohio State University College of Medicine finds you’re not alone, and that could have negative implications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers with CATALYST – the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research – found that patients who were concerned their personal health information could be compromised if their medical records were shared electronically between health care providers were three times more likely to withhold information than those who didn’t share that concern.
That’s important because the U.S. Office for Civil Rights has relaxed some protections included in the Health Insurance Portability and Accou
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Certara Launches COVID-19 Clinical Outcomes Database
Certara®, the global leader in biosimulation, announced that it has launched the COVID-19 Clinical Outcomes Database to provide up-to-date information on the results of COVID-19 clinical trials and observational studies, worldwide. The database captures publicly available study results to quantify and compare the impact of treatments. It is funded by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, which was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard, with additional funding from a range of donors.
The COVID-19 Clinical Outcomes Database will help to determine the viability of potential therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19 by using relevant data from more than 500 registered COVID-19 studies, worldwide, over the next three months. It currently contains results from 68 studies that are testing therapeutics that include chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, l