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Q&A with Gabby Giffords: 25th Anniversary of the ADA

In January 2011, after being shot in the head at pointblank range outside a grocery store in Tucson, United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords was transferred from the University of Arizona Medical Center to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. Rep. Giffords’ physician team upgraded her condition from serious...

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2015 Spring Dr FranciscoThe recent discussion in the news media about the board certification of physicians offers us an opportunity to examine the true value of certification.

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Amobi Okoye: A History of Firsts

Amobi Okoye is no stranger to physical conditioning and hard work. In 2007, after graduating from the University of Louisville with a degree in psychology, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the year’s National Football League draft – the youngest player ever to hold that distinction.

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Madison Maddox: A Devastating Accident Leads to a Career Choice

The smells of cooking and baking filled the Young home in Horatio, Arkansas, the day before Thanksgiving 2012. The Young’s daughter, Mandy Maddox, and her two daughters Macy and Madison had driven the 60 miles from their home in Mena to spend the holiday with family.

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Clear Message to Uber and Lyft: Comply with the ADA

“Uber’s website says that by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers.’ Unfortunately, the promises from Uber and other transportation network companies (TNCs) ...

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Profile in Caring: Lalita Thompson, RN

Nursing is Lalita Thompson’s calling. “It’s always been more than just a profession – nursing is who I am,” she says. “Every day at work I know I’m fulfilling my destiny. When someone asks me who I am, I say without hesitation, ‘I’m a nurse.’” ...

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Fifteen Physiatrists Achieve Certification in Brain Injury Medicine

Fifteen physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists affiliated with the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network have been certified in the subspecialty of brain injury medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Only 271 physiatrists in the country passed the daylong test, administered ...

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EMG Assessment of Motor Unit Alterations After Stroke

In the NeuroMyo Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center, investigators led by Ping Zhou, Ph.D., are studying the use of noninvasive high-density surface electromyography (EMG) to enhance their understanding of muscle weakness following stroke. The researchers expect their findings to contribute to the ...

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Monica Garza: Back on the Track

Earlier this spring, Monica Garza celebrated the first anniversary of her survival of an attack by two unrestrained pit bulls. Her story, much publicized in the Houston news media, began on a cold, wet day in March 2014 on the Southbelt Hike and Bike Trail. “I’ve been running that trail for 10 years and usually it’s full of people,” ...

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Establishing the Center for Wearable Exoskeletons

A gift from the Staman Ogilvie Fund for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, Rehabilitation and Research, made through the Memorial Hermann Foundation, has funded the creation of the Center for Wearable Exoskeletons at TIRR Memorial Hermann. The new laboratory is part of the NeuroRecovery Research Center ...

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Welcomes George Powers

George Powers, J.D., has joined the Southwest ADA Center, a program of Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann, as a legal specialist. Powers received his bachelor’s in speech communications from Trinity University in San Antonio. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate ...

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David Arciniegas, M.D., senior scientist and medical director for brain injury research, received the 2015 Mitch Rosenthal Award for Scientific and Clinical Achievement in Brain Injury Rehabilitation, presented at the 39th Annual Williamsburg Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference held in Williamsburg, Va...

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Education Courses

Skills for Life 4: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop
October 22-25, 2015
Houston Marriott - Medical Center

The Skills for Life (SFL) workshop is devoted specifically to issues faced by individuals with bilateral upper limb loss. Presenters will include...

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On The Podium

Alessi, CT, Pandya, DA, Lake-Wallace, SE, Cuellar, LM. Impact of a Pharmacist-Managed Refill Clinic. Poster presented at the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar, San Antonio, TX, April 2015.

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This July we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is built on the principles of equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency. The law was created to remove barriers that isolate people with disabilities, with specific requirements in the areas of building access, transportation and telecommunications.

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