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Ford Launching Program to Employ Adults with Autism

Ford Motor Co. announced this week that it will launch a pilot program to hire adults with autism beginning on June 1. Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks, the Dearborn-based automaker said in a news release. The program was developed with Autism Alliance of Michigan - a nonprofit founded by Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at DTE Energy Co. The alliance is ...

Posted on: May 26, 2016
Mundo Pato, Inc. and Autism Experts Collaborate to Launch Verbal Behavior Curriculum

Portland, OR - Noted experts in the field of autism and special needs instruction, Gladys Williams and Richard Laitinen have chosen to introduce their new verbal behavior curriculum on the Unitus Therapy Intelligence cloud. At the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) annual conference in Chicago, the company behind the UnitiusTI platform, Mundo Pato, Inc., will be demonstrating the much-anticipated therapy program and its online management and reporting capabilities. Because autism and ...

Posted on: May 25, 2016
University of the Pacific Students Invent Low-Cost Device to Screen for Hearing Loss

A device developed by University of the Pacific students that would provide low-cost hearing screenings is in the running for a $10,000 prize in a national business plan competition. The students plan to offer the device first to California's 94 senior centers. The EON Audiometer, invented by bioengineering majors Tiffany Lee, Nicole Parnala and Edison Huang as part of a senior design project, is one of 28 entries in the VentureWell BMEidea competition for undergraduate and graduate college students. ...

Posted on: May 24, 2016
Dad Runs Across America for Children's Hospital, Cleft Palate

Golden, CO - Colorado ultra-runner and dad Jeremy Bradford is halfway through fulfilling a lifelong dream to run coast to coast across America. Jeremy's transcontinental journey began in April at the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles and will end in June at the steps of City Hall in New York City. Jeremy is raising money for Children's Hospital Colorado as a tribute to his daughter, who received care at the hospital when she was born with a cleft palate. Jeremy is currently at 40%of his $10,000 fundraising ...

Posted on: May 23, 2016
Advanced Medical Personnel Services Acquires Rise Medical Staffing

Portland, OR - Advanced Medical Personnel Services, a staffing company that provides travel therapy positions around the country in physical, occupational and speech therapy, among others, recently announced their acquisition of West Coast-based Rise Medical Staffing. This acquisition will allow Advanced Medical, which already has offices in Colorado and Florida, to expand its influence across geographical lines to Rise's current offices in Sacramento, California and Portland, Oregon. Advanced Medical ...

Posted on: May 22, 2016
Operation Smile Nicaragua Opens Year-Round Surgical Center

Virginia Beach, VA - Operation Smile has announced the opening of Operación Sonrisa Centro de Atención Integral Grace McGregor B in Managua, Nicaragua.The new care center will provide year-round treatment for cleft patients and lead surgical innovations in the treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate throughout Nicaragua. On May 19, CNN political analyst and political contributor on The View, Ana Navarro, played to win a minimum of $10,000 for Operation Smile Nicaragua through her participation in ...

Posted on: May 21, 2016
LA Speech Therapy Practice Now Offering Stuttering Therapy

Los Angeles, CA - LA Speech is a speech therapy practice located in the heart of Los Angeles. The practice was founded by Cassi Alter, MA-CCC, who has dedicated her career to helping children that suffer from a variety of speech disorders. LA Speech's stuttering therapy is proven to improve children's stuttering and help them to better communicate with their peers and adults. Stuttering therapy is an important tool for those that suffer from a speech disorder known as stuttering. Stuttering is a ...

Posted on: May 20, 2016
FDA Grants IND Approval to Stemedica for TBI Phase IIa Clinical Trial

San Diego, CA - Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc. has received an FDA investigational new drug (IND) approval for a United States-based, Phase IIa clinical study using its ischemic tolerant, adult allogeneic mesenchymal stem-cells (itMSC) to treat subjects with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study is sponsored by Stemedica with ProMedica Health Care Systems of Toledo, Ohio serving as both the trial site and a co-financial supporter of the trial. The clinical trial is titled "A Phase IIa, Open-Label ...

Posted on: May 19, 2016
Public Urged to Get Screened During National Stroke Month

In observation of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is urging patients to get screened for stroke risk factors. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability; however, many people are unaware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke.Although stroke threatens millions of lives and can have devastating effects on victims and their families, more than 80 percent of strokes can be ...

Posted on: May 18, 2016
Experimental Drug Against Hepatitis C Slows Down Zika Infection in Mice

Virologists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice. The research team was led by Johan Neyts from the Rega Institute's Laboratory of Virology and Chemotherapy. "The Zika virus is transmitted by the tiger mosquito. Roughly 20% of the people who are infected actually get sick," explained Neyts. "The most common symptoms, which last about a week, are fever, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, rash and red eyes. A ...

Posted on: May 17, 2016
ASPEN Praises Ohio for Addressing Malnutrition in Older Adults

Silver Spring, MD - The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) commended the Ohio Senate for ratifying a bill addressing the impact of malnutrition on patient care and acknowledging its importance as a serious safety issue. The bill, SB245, supports the formation of a Malnutrition Prevention Commission to study and reduce the incidence of this harmful and costly condition among older adults. "Older adults are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of disease-related ...

Posted on: May 16, 2016
CoSTREAM Study to Investigate Stroke, Alzheimer's Link

It has long been recognized that stroke and Alzheimer's disease often co-occur and it has been speculated that the two disorders have an overlapping pathogenesis. One in four patients develops dementia within 10 years of suffering from a stroke, with a substantial proportion developing Alzheimer's disease. Similarly, many elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease suffer from co-morbid cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or obesity - all of which are strong ...

Posted on: May 15, 2016
Ten New Grants Support Alzheimer's Drug Discovery & Biomarker Development

New York, NY - The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) has awarded 10 new grants to researchers developing drugs for neurodegenerative diseases and biomarkers to detect their onset and progression. The grants include funding for four novel programs with the potential to treat a range of diseases, including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's. Howard Fillit, MD, founding executive director and chief science officer of the ADDF, said, "These investments illustrate our commitment to pioneering ...

Posted on: May 14, 2016
US Phytotherapy Successfully Tests Viable Treatment for Zika

Orlando, FL - US Phytotherapy Inc. (USPI) has announced that it has completed crucial research in confirming efficacy of its drug candidate, PROACT-Z, for Zika virus inhibition in the recently completed preliminary cell culture studies. USPI's patented solution demonstrated a dose-dependent inhibition of Zika virus infectivity. These studies employed ZIKV FSS 13025. USPI is continuing with pre-clinical in vivo studies and is in pre-IND discussions with the FDA. There is presently no known treatment for ...

Posted on: May 13, 2016
Pitt Study Shows Online Therapy Effective at Treating Depression & Anxiety

Hollywood, FL - Doctors from the University of Pittsburgh have shown that providing an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program both alone and in combination with Internet Support Groups (ISG) is a more effective treatment for anxiety and depression than doctors' usual primary care. The preliminary findings were highlighted today at the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Hollywood, Florida. The National Institutes of Mental Health-funded randomized ...

Posted on: May 12, 2016
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