Surya Bhatt, M.D., a pulmonologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with exercise physiologist Greg Sanders and respiratory therapist Erica Anderson, hit on the idea of taking rehab to the patient. They devised a research study using smartphone technology to link a rehabbing patient at home with a trained medical professional in their office on UAB's campus. The two-way interaction provided encouragement, incentive and safety.
The study provides initial data and does not by itself prove that crab populations will expand into shallower waters. “The only way to test the hypothesis that the crabs are expanding their depth-range is to track their movements through long-term monitoring,” said James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), another author of the study.