Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division and Research Center
Rehabilitation Science, as defined by the Institute of Medicine, encompasses "basic and applied aspects of health services, social sciences, and engineering as they are related to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interaction with the surrounding environment." As such, Rehabilitation Science is, by definition, interdisciplinary and extends beyond the boundaries of traditional academic departments. Programs provided by the Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division and Research Center include the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, the PhD Program and Postdoctoral Training, as well as Events and Seminars, among other services.
Midlife nutrition: Helping women over 40 overcome nutrition challenges
Today's Dietician, March 2014
Douglas Paddon-Jones, a professor in the department of nutrition and metabolism at UTMB, says loss of lean body mass starts in the 30s and 40s. "Women need to understand the impact diet has on muscle loss the same way they understand how diet affects osteoporosis risk." Paddon-Jones explains that after age 40, women lose about 1 percent of their lean body mass per year if they're inactive.
Months after rehab, knee and hip patients keep improving
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17, 2014
People who have had a knee or hip replacement reap the benefits of intense rehab months after they've returned home, according to a new analysis. "If you can get patients to a certain threshold level, they can do the rest of the rehabilitation on their own," coauthor Kenneth J. Ottenbacher told Reuters Health.
A visit with Dr. James Graham
Guidry News, Feb. 12, 2014
Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. James Graham, a member of a University of Texas Medical Branch research team that determined that nearly 12 percent of Medicare patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation following discharge from acute-care hospitalization are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge from the rehabilitation facility. Listen at Guidry News »
Hospital readmission rate varies following care at rehabilitation facilities providing services to Medicare fee-for-service patients
Medical News Today, Feb. 11, 2014
Among rehabilitation facilities providing services to Medicare fee-for-service patients, 30-day hospital readmission rates vary, from about 6 percent for patients with lower extremity joint replacement to nearly 20 percent for patients with debility (weakness or feebleness), according to a study in JAMA. UTMB's Kenneth J. Ottenbacher and colleagues conducted a study to determine 30-day readmission rates and factors related to readmission for patients receiving post-acute inpatient rehabilitation.
Great workouts in the great outdoors
Coast Magazine, February 2014
Whether you are planning a marathon or 5K, or like to hit the trails, streets, or on the beach, establishing a running routine has definite health benefits. Douglas Paddon-Jones, a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at UTMB, has been running since he was a child. "Growing up where I did in Brisbane, Australia, we're kind of active by genetics," he said. Now, running is part of his daily routine. Paddon-Jones gets up at 5 a.m. each morning for a run or ride. "If I take more than a couple of days off, I start to feel it," he said.
Maria Chondronikolas has been elected as a participant in The John A. Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum to be held in March, sponsored by the Nutritional Science Research Group, National Cancer Institute & the Department of Nutrition at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.
Decoding 'the Hispanic Paradox'
Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2014
Dr. Kyriakos Markides, a professor of aging studies at UTMB, coined the term Hispanic Paradox in 1986 while studying the health of Mexicans in the Southwest. "It's been many years since we discovered this, and people still haven't figured it out," he says. Back in the '80s, Markides' research showed that the health of Hispanics in the Southwest resembled that of Anglos, although Hispanics were poorer, were more likely to be unemployed and had less access to health care. "It was so paradoxical," he says.
The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, established in 2001, is currently directed by Dr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher and administered through the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Center includes 34 core faculty representing various schools, departments, centers and institutes across UTMB. The Center has contributed to building a research infrastructure associated with disability, recovery and rehabilitation over the past decade and works collaboratively with the Sealy Center on Aging and the Departments of Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Surgery, among others. The Center also collaborates with the Transitional Learning Center (TLC) in Galveston and co-sponsors the annual Galveston Brain Injury Conference.
Rehab Sciences Administrator Receives Certification
Beth Cammarn, Administrative Manager for the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Administrator for the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).
Dr. Raji Named One of UTMB's 40 Texas Super Docs
Texas Monthly, December 2013
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Raji for being selected as a Texas Super Doctors® by Texas Monthly magazine. Selection is based on a rigorous, multi-step process that identifies physicians who are recognized by their peers for the quality of their professional contributions. See the ad.