Spotlight on Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders

Peer support. Engaging exchanges on velopharyngeal surgery. Access to timely resources. SIG 5 offers all that and more. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 5? Angela Dixon: For much of my career I was the only SLP in my state who specialized in cleft/craniofacial disorders. That was a lot of pressure and can be very isolating. It was difficult to not have an easy team of SLPs to learn from, bounce ideas off, etc. Joining SIG 5 provided that for me. I met a group of SLPs who had passions similar to mine, and SIG 5 allowed me an opportunity to network, learn, grow, and eventually even make friends. Most of those relationships started virtually over email discussions, but developed in person through attending ASHA meetings. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your understanding of and engagement with the field of craniofacial disorders? Alison Scheer-Cohen: When I first started to work with people with craniofacial and velopharyngeal disorders, my CF (clinical fellowship) mentor and colleagues on the cleft team were able to teach me the knowledge and skills for clinical practice with this population. As I transitioned to other employment settings, such as the university, I was often the only instructor who had experience in this area. SIG 5 has provided the opportunity to network and engage with other professionals in practice across a variety of issues (such as feeding disorders and quality-of-life outcomes) in the care of people with craniofa...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders craniofacial craniofacial disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

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Publication date: 18 February 2020Source: Cell Reports, Volume 30, Issue 7Author(s): Chao Chen, Ming-an Sun, Claude Warzecha, Mahesh Bachu, Anup Dey, Tiyun Wu, Peter D Adams, Todd Macfarlan, Paul Love, Keiko OzatoSummaryHIRA is a histone chaperone that deposits the histone variant H3.3 in transcriptionally active genes. In DiGeorge syndromes, a DNA stretch encompassing HIRA is deleted. The syndromes manifest varied abnormalities, including immunodeficiency and thrombocytopenia. HIRA is essential in mice, as total knockout (KO) results in early embryonic death. However, the role of HIRA in hematopoiesis is poorly understood...
Source: Cell Reports - Category: Cytology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 February 2020Source: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North AmericaAuthor(s): Shayna Azoulay-Avinoam, Richard Bruun, James MacLaine, Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Cory M. Resnick, Bonnie L. Padwa
Source: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
“Good morning, boys and girls!” “Hello, ladies and gentlemen.” It might surprise you to learn these common greetings can be exclusionary—or a microaggression—for people in the LGBTQ+ community. As a cisgender communication sciences and disorders (CSD) faculty, we learned from our students and colleagues how simply changing the language we use to address people creates a more inclusive environment. What’s the big deal about pronouns? No one set of pronouns fits all. It’s impossible to know what pronoun a person uses without asking them. As speech-language pathologists, we unde...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs
When a pregnant woman sees her fetus on imaging scans, it can help strengthen...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AR, 3D printing make waves in cardiac care Top 5 clinical applications of pediatric 3D printing How can 3D printing improve kidney cancer surgery? 3D MRI captures changes to fetal head during birth 3D-printed craniofacial models support family consults
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European Journal of Human Genetics, Published online: 18 February 2020; doi:10.1038/s41431-020-0582-3Primrose syndrome: a phenotypic comparison of patients with a ZBTB20 missense variant versus a 3q13.31 microdeletion including ZBTB20
Source: European Journal of Human Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Source Type: research
In the mid-1950s and 1960s, Drs. Millard and Tessier revolutionized the treatment of cleft and craniofacial deformities. Since then, incredible advances have been established in the field of cleft-craniofacial surgery, but the surgeon-centered outcome measures have remained unchanged. The surgeon-based perceptions and judgments exposed in scientific meetings and articles have persistently been based on declarations of successful treatments such as “my surgery changed patients’ appearance”. The motto “show me your best result” was typically adopted by surgeons to judge their peers.
Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Tags: Correspondence and Communications Source Type: research
The Journal of Voice remains committed to collaborating with the American Academy of Otolaryngology —Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the Voice Foundation, the American Laryngological Association, and other organizations to support World Voice Day. The editorial is modified periodically and republished before World Voice Day (April 16) in order to remind people to prepare to participate in World Voice Day. All physicians, speech-language pathologists, singing and acting teachers, nurses, voice patients, and others who care for and about the voice should work together to raise awareness of the importance of the voice ...
Source: Journal of Voice - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Source Type: research
This article provides an overview of epidemiology, genetics, and common orofacial features of those with craniosynostosis. Patients with craniosynostosis require several surgical procedures along with continuum of care. The earliest surgical interventions are done during the first few years of life to relieve the fused sutures. Midface advancement, limited phase of orthodontic treatment, and combined orthodontics/orthognathic surgery treatment are usually required during later years. This article presents several examples of cases with outcomes associated with these procedures.
Source: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Source Type: research
This study aimed to quantify skull base morphometry and intracranial volume to investigate their relationships with the severity of scaphocephaly.MethodsWe studied 66 infants with ISS identifying three groups according to the morphological severity of cranial deformity (group I: mild deformity; group II: moderate deformity; group III: severe deformity), by combining two scaphocephaly severity indices as descriptors of the relation of three morphological measurements (length, width and height) We perform a quantitative analysis using high-resolution CT images calculating following parameters: cranial fossae dimensions, supr...
Source: La Radiologia Medica - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsUnsurprisingly, both the inpatient and outpatient burdens of care are influenced by the complexity of the cleft and increase with worsening severity. Our results will help inform parents of the likely trajectory their child will face when diagnosed with each subtype of cleft. The 2014 data shows that modern cleft care is changing; a combination of reduced hospital stay and the addition of streamlined outpatient appointments will both be of great benefit. The influence of modern day life will hopefully reduce the associated burden that has been highlighted in this paper and it is vital the benefits of modernisati...
Source: European Journal of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Source Type: research
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