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Q&A with President George H. W. Bush and Lex Frieden

Most physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals agree that full participation in society – or community integration – is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation. While much has been written on the topic, defining what community integration means to the individual learning to live with a “new normal” remains a challenge.

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2014 Winter Dr FranciscoAs clinicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the work we do for patients extends beyond the time they spend with us in therapy regaining lost skills.

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Frieden’s Collection in Presidential Library

Lex Frieden’s historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) memorabilia and archives collection has been chosen to be housed at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University ...

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ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

With the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaching on July 26, 2015, organizers of the ADA Legacy Project embarked on a yearlong nationwide tour to build awareness of this historic legislation.

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Dr. Davis Goes to Washington

With a financial penalty from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) associated with an above-average rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), hospitals around the country are focusing their attention on reductions in this core measure, one of many created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Quality Forum – and enforced by CMS.

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Nina Brown: There’s No Medicine Like Hope

Those are the words of Nina Brown, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985 and has since been a tireless advocate for the Parkinson’s community and for medical research. For many years, she has served on the Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) board of directors in various capacities, including vice president ...

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Improving Care for Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Studies have shown that 35 to 40 percent of patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) are misdiagnosed and undertreated. Frequently thought of as vegetative, many are either conscious or minimally conscious ...

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Pharmacologic Facilitation of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Event

In September, 80 psychiatrists, neurologists, physiatrists, internists and family medicine specialists gathered with other healthcare providers for a CME program on Pharmacologic Facilitation of Brain Injury Rehabilitation, hosted by the Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) at TIRR Memorial Hermann ...

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Galveston Brain Injury Conference

For the last 14 years, brain injury experts from around the country have attended the Galveston Brain Injury Conference to address current topics in brain injury treatment and research. In 2013, 50 clinicians, researchers and policymakers focused on brain injury as a chronic condition.1 This year’s conference, an invitation-only gathering held in April 2014...

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Benita Atkinson: From Wheels to Heels

It was a year and a month before Benita “B.J.” Atkinson slipped her feet back into her trademark 5-inch stilettos after suffering an ischemic stroke while on vacation in New Orleans. Rushed to Tulane Medical Center on July 7, 2013, the 40-year-old was administered tPA and tucked into intensive care for the next five days...

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Improving Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with decreased community participation (CP) after injury in key roles, including employment. Approximately 60 percent of individuals hospitalized with TBI remain unable to return to work at one year post-injury, resulting in estimated total lifetime productivity losses of $51.2 billion. ...

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International Wearable Robotics Conference

Innovators from around the world gathered last September in Baiona, Spain, to discuss challenges and potential solutions for the development of wearable robotics that support advanced therapeutic interventions for stroke, spinal cord injury, ...

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Women’s Disability Researcher and Activist

Senior scientist and research coordinator Margaret A. (Peg) Nosek, Ph.D., will lead the research component and help develop a new dedicated women’s program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic. Dr. Nosek, the founder and executive director of the Center for Research on ...

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Extending Knowledge Abroad

As chair of the Education Committee of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), Gerald Francisco, M.D., is leading a global effort to ensure that rehabilitation specialists and other interested clinicians have the knowledge they need to provide quality rehabilitative care in their home countries ...

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Welcoming New Physician Recruits

Spinal cord injury specialist Argyrios Stampas, M.D., and brain injury specialist Christopher M. Falco, M.D., have joined the medical staff of TIRR Memorial Hermann. Dr. Stampas comes to Houston from the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York, where he was director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program...

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Meilani Mapa, M.D., has been certified in medical quality by the American Board of Medical Quality. Dr. Mapa is a clinical assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, where she also serves as vice chair for quality. She is medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit ...

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Education Courses

International Neurologic Music Therapy Training. This four-day, 30-hour workshop will provide music therapists and other rehabilitation and neurologic professionals with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the ...

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On The Podium

Bhagat NA, French J, Venkatakrishnan A, Yozbariran N, Francisco GE, O’Malley MK, Contreras-Vidal JL. Detecting Movement Intent from Scalp EEG in a Novel Upper Limb Robotic Rehabilitation System for Stroke.

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In Lex Frieden’s interview with President George H. W. Bush about the long-ranging influence of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the two longtime colleagues and friends discuss the progress we’ve made as a nation in increasing physical accessibility for people with disabilities. In today’s more accessible physical environment...

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