PHYSICAL THERAPY

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by Stacy Hennis, PT, C/NDT New Beginning Physical Therapy, Inc “You get what you pay for.”Decide wisely on where to spend your health care dollars and your time. Many people are familiar with traditional physical therapy, especially after a surgery. Unfortunately, not enough people think of physical therapy for wellness and prevention, or … [Read more...]

IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR YOUR ILL SPOUSE

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Making the decision to provide care at home for your spouse is a huge decision that affects both spouses, and all others in the family. The well spouse will find that it is one of the most demanding tasks s/he has ever undertaken. The commitment is major, and cannot be taken lightly. Once the choice is made to be responsible for in-home care, … [Read more...]

FDA APPROVES NORTHERA TO TREAT NEUROGENIC ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Northera capsules (droxidopa) for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH). NOH is a rare, chronic and often debilitating drop in blood pressure upon standing that is associated with Parkinson’s disease, multiple-system atrophy, and pure … [Read more...]

TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION (tDCS)

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by Stacy Hennis, PT, Owner of New Beginnings Physical Therapy Newer research is showing the benefits of using a weak electrical signal through the brain to help with all body functions. Studies have examined, with positive results, everything from depression, sleep, motor problems, addiction, cognitive tasks, speech…the list goes on. By either … [Read more...]

NEW LAWS (CA) AFFECTING HOMECARE SERVICES…….

By: Rhiannon Acree, R.N., Cambrian Homecare In California a labor backed bill 'AB 241' was signed into law by Governor Brown effective January 1, 2014. The original bill included overtime for caregivers as well as meal and rest periods, away from the work place. The bill was watered down in the end and presently only requires the new overtime for … [Read more...]

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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by Betty Anna Gidlof, RDH, RDHAP Several early sources, including the Bible, an Egyptian papyrus, and Galen’s writings, describe early symptoms resembling those of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease, or Parkinsonism, is usually defined as the “primary” or most common form, with no external identifiable cause, or is there??  To date, there … [Read more...]

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF HEALTH REFORM

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Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series by Carolyn J. Shelby, CLTC Anytown, USA — It’s one minute past midnight, New Year’s Eve and 2013 has just begun. An ambulance screams into the entry to the local ER. The paramedics pull out a gurney. On it lies a 63 year-old Parkinsonian. She and her husband were driving home from a New Year’s Eve party when their … [Read more...]