Exercise

Barrier removal in increasing physical activity levels in obese African American women with disabilities

Rimmer JH, Hsieh K, Graham BC, Gerber BS, Gray-Stanley JA.  Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60608-6904, USA. jrimmer@uic.edu.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Oct;19(10):1869-76. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.1941. BACKGROUND: This pilot study examined the effectiveness of a telephone-based intervention to increase physical activity in obese African American women with […]

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Physical activity, dietary habits and overall health in overweight and obese children and youth with intellectual disability or autism

Hinckson EA, Dickinson A, Water T, Sands M, Penman L.  Centre for Child Health Research, Institute of Public Health and Mental Health, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. erica.hinckson@aut.ac.nz.  Res Dev Disabil. 2013 Apr;34(4):1170-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.12.006. Epub 2013 Feb 9. In children and youth with disability, the risk of obesity is higher and is associated […]

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An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia

Curtis K, Osadchuk A, Katz J.   J Pain Res. 2011;4:189-201. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S22761. Epub 2011 Jul 26. SOURCE:  Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada. OBJECTIVES:  Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression, and hypocortisolism. To date, published studies have not investigated the effects of yoga […]

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Yoga for Functional Ability, Pain and Psychosocial Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Ward L, Stebbings S, Cherkin D, Baxter GD.  Musculoskeletal Care. 2013 Jan 9. doi: 10.1002/msc.1042. [Epub ahead of print] SOURCE:  Centre for Physiotherapy Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. OBJECTIVES:  Musculoskeletal conditions (MSCs) are the leading cause of disability and chronic pain in the developed world, impacting both functional ability and […]

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Perceived benefits and barriers to exercise among persons with physical disabilities or chronic health conditions within action or maintenance stages of exercise

Malone LA, Barfield JP, Brasher JD.   Disabil Health J. 2012 Oct;5(4):254-60. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2012.05.004. Epub 2012 Jul 19. Source:  Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA. lauriem@lakeshore.org BACKGROUND:  Information regarding factors that affect the initial step to exercise behavior change among persons with physical disabilities or chronic health conditions is available in the literature but much less […]

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Yoga for chronic neck pain: a pilot randomized controlled clinical trial

Michalsen A, Traitteur H, Lüdtke R, Brunnhuber S, Meier L, Jeitler M, Büssing A, Kessler C.J Pain. 2012 Nov;13(11):1122-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.08.004. SOURCE:  Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany. a.michalsen@immanuel.de Yoga has been found effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain. We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness […]

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The Paralympic Movement: using sports to promote health, disability rights, and social integration for athletes with disabilities

Blauwet C, Willick SE. PM R. 2012 Nov;4(11):851-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.08.015. SOURCE:  Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Competitive sports for people with disabilities has grown rapidly over the past several decades, and opportunities for participation are increasingly available throughout the spectrum from developmental to elite. […]

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Barriers to exercise in people with Parkinson disease

Ellis T, Boudreau JK, Deangelis TR, Brown LE, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Dibble LE. Phys Ther. 2013 May;93(5):628-36. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20120279. Epub 2013 Jan 3. SOURCE:  T. Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA […]

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Promoting work ability in a structured national rehabilitation program in patients with musculoskeletal disorders: outcomes and predictors in a prospective cohort study

Stigmar KG, Petersson IF, Jöud A, Grahn BE.  BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 Feb 6;14:57. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-14-57 BACKGROUND:  Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major reason for impaired work productivity and sick leave. In 2009, a national rehabilitation program was introduced in Sweden to promote work ability, and patients with MSDs were offered multimodal rehabilitation. The aim […]

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Health policy interventions: the pathway to public health

Andersen K, Gudnason V.  Laeknabladid. 2013 Mar;99(3):129-34 SOURCE:  Cardiovascular Research Center Landspítali University Faculty of Medicine, Univesity of Iceland IS 101 Rejkjavík, Iceland. andersen@landspitali.is Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are currently the main cause of premature death and disability in the world. Most of these NCDs are due to unhealthy lifestyle choices i.e. tobacco, unhealthy diet, […]

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