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  • New PT in Motion to be Revealed June 1

    In just 2 weeks, APTA members will receive the premier issue of the redesigned PT in Motion magazine.

    Both the appearance and the content have been updated to make it more lively, readable, and valuable. Articles will be crisper, with additional resources and tools to enhance physical therapy practice and activities. The first issue of the redesigned magazine will feature evidence-based practice in outpatient settings and a look at PTNow, APTA’s clinical practice website.

    As for PT in Motion’s departments and columns, you’ll find some—such as the former “This is Why” (now titled “Defining Moment”)—expanded to better tell the stories of physical therapists. Others are being tightened up and supplemented with extra resources that allow readers to follow up on suggestions and guidance.

    Coming soon: enhanced integration of PT in Motion with other APTA websites and social media, all designed to give you the information you want in the ways you want it. Stay tuned!

    Gala Tickets Still Available – But Not for Long

    Ask Cinderella—missing out on a party is a drag. Fortunately if you act before May 21, there's still a chance for you to get in on the fun without having to rely on spells with limited shelf life doled out by fairy godmothers.

    The deadline to purchase tickets to the Foundation for Physical Therapy's 35th anniversary gala is May 21. It's your last chance to get in on a special celebration of physical therapy research to be held at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, on Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm-12:00 am. Tickets are $150 for individuals and $100 for students, and can be purchased by calling 877/585-6003.

    In addition to honoring this year's Foundation service award winners (.pdf) and top fundraising schools in the Miami-Marquette Challenge, the gala will commemorate 35 years of Foundation efforts to support physical therapy research.

    Stem Cells Restore Movement to Mice With MS-Like Symptoms

    Although far too early to know if the treatment will be effective on humans, researchers have been able to restore movement to mice disabled by a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like condition by using human stem cell transplants. The recovery was quick, long-lasting, and present even though the stem cells themselves had been rejected by the mice.

    According to the study's authors, mice disabled by a virus that mimics MS began walking 10 to 14 days after receiving spinal injections of human neural stem cells, and continued to walk and engage in other movements after 6 months. The findings were e-published ahead of print on May 15 in Stem Cell Reports (.pdf).

    Of particular importance, authors write, is the fact that the actual stem cells were quickly rejected by the mice. They believe that stem cells and T cells acted as triggers to generate myelin sheaths and reduce inflammation by the mouse body itself. "These reports are consistent with growing evidence that transplanted stem cells rarely differentiate into cells of neural lineage, and their efficacy often appears to be through delivery of trophic factors … or by modulating inflammation," they write.

    The researchers theorize that the key to the process may be linked to the presence of regulatory T cells (tregs) in the stem cells. Stem cells that had been stripped of tregs did not produce the same effects in the mice.

    "Multiple sclerosis … is … an attractive target for cell therapy because of the lack of long-term therapeutic benefit from current treatment," the authors write. "There is growing evidence that long-term survival of transplanted cells is not required for beneficial effects."

    Research-related stories featured in News Now are intended to highlight a topic of interest only and do not constitute an endorsement by APTA. For synthesized research and evidence-based practice information, visit the association's PTNow website.

    Abstract Reviewers Needed for International Congress

    ATPA members have a unique opportunity to help shape the content of the largest international physical therapy conference.

    The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has announced that its International Scientific Committee (ISC) is now recruiting reviewers of platform and poster abstracts submitted for possible presentation at the next WCPT Congress taking place in Singapore May 1 – 4, 2015.

    In order to qualify for consideration to be a reviewer, members must complete an online questionnaire by July 31. WCPT also recommends that potential reviewers sign up to be included in the congress database to receive regular updates on the event. The review process will begin November 10 and all reviews must be completed by December 1.

    The number of abstracts sent to reviewers will depend on their area of expertise and the number of submissions received. WCPT estimates that reviewers will receive no more than 30 abstracts.

    MoveForwardPT.com Adds ‘Inspired’ Resources

    Enhancing a kid's mental and physical development can be child's play—literally.

    Parents looking for fun, easy-to-implement play activities that can help their children develop can now find them at MoveForwardPT.com thanks to a new partnership with The Inspired Treehouse, a collaborative venture founded by a pediatric physical therapist (PT) and 2 occupational therapists.

    In a recent Move Forward Radio podcast, Lauren Drobnjak, PT, Pram Braley, OT, and Claire Hefferon, OT, describe how they developed ideas for inexpensive activities that parents can use to enhance their child’s physical and mental development.

    "The 3 of us work in a school district with families who have significant economic and health care disparities," Hefferon said. “We wanted to sort of use The Inspired Treehouse as a way to archive and organize all of our activity ideas for kids. We have them in files sitting around in our house and we thought this would be a fun way to get it out there to more people.”

    MoveForwardPT.com, APTA’s official consumer information website, will feature selected content from The Inspired Treehouse in a section called "Activities to Promote Development in Children," which is among the many resources provided in its Health Center for Children.

    Help raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy by sharing MoveForwardPT.com resources with your patients and clients. Link to resources from your website, share them on social media, or print them for use in your clinic.