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Are canes mobility aids?

Are canes mobility aids?

Yes: They provide extra strength a support for a weakened individual and also security as they are part of the tripod of two legs and the cane which can help prevent falls. This allows for greater mobility. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


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Can aed machines have tracking devices?

Can aed machines have tracking devices?

AED : AED devices have algorhythms in the ir programming to analyze heart activity. I am not aware of any tracking function for the device itself. ...Read more

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Can mechanical ventilation aid lung cancer patients?

Can mechanical ventilation aid lung cancer patients?

No: It is not a cancer treatment. Occasionally it may be needed during lung cancer treatment (as in some cases after lung resection) but it is a supportive treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest superpower hearing aid brands for profound hearing lose?do computizd aids require later programing or digital should b priority

Can you please suggest superpower hearing aid brands for profound hearing lose?do computizd aids require later programing or digital should b priority

Not that simple: Your hearing loss has to be analyzed by specialist ,audiologist has to test you what frequencies you lost , then has to program the hearing aid to your requirements , just like eye glasses one can not suit all. First see an ENT doctor first . ...Read more

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Any doctors out there who have tried sleep/activity/etc. Tracking devices and services (e.G., jawbone's up, fitbit, nike+ fuelband)? Thoughts?

Any doctors out there who have tried sleep/activity/etc. Tracking devices and services (e.G., jawbone's up, fitbit, nike+ fuelband)? Thoughts?

I use fitbit: I've been using fitbit daily for over 2 years. During the day it shows my activity patterns, and allows me to use that feedback to modify the behavior. For example if I have not met my step goal by dinner time a postrprandial walk becomes more attractive. At night, the fitbit can provide useful information regarding quality of sleep. The web software allows for tracking of calorie intake andweight. ...Read more

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Help with ligament re-injury from wearing platforms?

Help with ligament re-injury from wearing platforms?

Ligament: Platform shoes are the worst type of shoe . They altern normal anatomical dynamics causing a host of issues from stretching of ligaments, to abnormal stress on knees and hips ann back. You must rest the area, take some anti-inflammatory agents and perhaps have pt. Secondly throw the platforms out wear shoes that are anatomical -flats or minimal heel. ...Read more

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Which methods and tools can improve communication skills in patients with huntington's disease?

Which methods and tools can improve communication skills in patients with huntington's disease?

Huntington's Disease: Huntington patients lose the ability to communicate before the lose understanding. Alternative forms of communication are available on card, on computers and the ipad. The patient point to letters symbols, or pictures to make their needs or wants known. These are often free or low cost and available online at numerous web pages. Look under symbol and picture communication. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Yes.: One of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is "anhedonia" or an inability to enjoy things. Animal assisted therapy has show promise in ameliorating this symptom. Hurrah for the animals! ...Read more

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What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

Elder safety: If you are asking about fall prevention, then it is not technology that helps. Try balance training exercises, maintain optimal eyesight & hearing, avoid drugs that cause dizziness or low blood pressure, ensure a safe home environment, treat problems that interrupt sleep and force you to get up at odd hours and so on & on.....! ...Read more

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Wills massage chairs help ease Parkinson's disease?

Wills massage chairs help ease Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease: Although a massage chair may temporarily alleviate any muscular discomfort it has no effect in parkinson's disease progression or symptoms manifestation. However, physical therapy has been found to be effective in mobility, posture, balance and even mood. ...Read more

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Can any electric devices work as anti-aging therapy?

Can any electric devices work as anti-aging therapy?

Electrical devices: Generally any electrical devices are not effective in the areas of practice called anti-aging. However there are many electrical devices used as treatments that can extend life e.g. A heart pacemaker implantation. ...Read more

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Who should utilize electrical bike stimulation therapy?

Who should utilize electrical bike stimulation therapy?

Paralysis patients: If i'm understanding the question, that's a treatment for individuals either partially or completely paralyzed below the waist, used to maintain muscle tone. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients use elliptical machine?

Can kidney transplant patients use elliptical machine?

Yes: Transplant patients are encouraged to exercise. The only caution would be in activities in which there could be direct trauma to the allograft, like from a kick or punch. ...Read more

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Do hearing aids help with background noise?

Do hearing aids help with background noise?

Somewhat help: Avoid further noise exposure to minimize tinnitus or worsening hearing. Try to have people look directly at you when they are speaking. Avoid noisy situations when wearing hearing aids (you need an improved signal to noise ratio). Hope this helps. God bless! ...Read more

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Exercises for those who are elderly and have limited mobility (use walker)?

Exercises for those who are elderly and have limited mobility (use walker)?

Walking: If there are no pressing medical issues, and no significant pain, then they should simply walk as much as they can. Studies have shown that bedrest can result in daily loss of muscle mass. This is why hospitalized patients can be so debilitated after lengthy stays, in addition to whatever medical condition they were being treated for. For the elderly, simply staying mobile can be beneficial. ...Read more

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Pls suggest hand exercises for thumb/wrist stifness after plaster /K wires removal .Wires inserted through closed reduction 4 Benet frc

Pls suggest hand exercises for thumb/wrist stifness after plaster /K wires removal .Wires  inserted through closed reduction 4 Benet frc

See details: You need to speak with the surgeon about what he recommends for you. It is impossible to suggest specifics without being able to examine the hand. ...Read more

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Can custom oral appliances help with sleep apnea?

Can custom oral appliances help with sleep apnea?

Yes: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Assistive Devices (Definition)

Assistive devices are any device used to help with a temporary or permanent loss of functioning and include devices that assist with ...Read more


Dr. Robert Kent
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Mobility Aids (Definition)

Mobility aids are devices such as canes, walkers, and crutches that help people who are injured ...Read more