June 2020
Safe Driving : Protecting Yourself Behind the Wheel Communication Breakdown : How Aphasia Affects Language Comparing Heart Disease Treatments How Cataracts Cloud Your Vision COPD: Learn More Breathe Better (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Types of Memory Impairments are There in Children?
Discussion Memory is an important part of what distinguishes higher order species from others. Memory also is part of one’s self-identity. Difficulties in short-term memory can make common, everyday tasks difficult for the person experiencing the problem particularly if it recently occurred and the person’s long-term memory is intact. Difficulties with long-term memory can also have problems when language, events or even one’s own identity are affected. For some people the memory loss is temporary but for others, memory impairments are permanent and must be accepted and accommodated as part of the overall...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 30, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Support for resumption of motor vehicle driving in patients with aphasia - Okuno T, Inoue T, Yoshida N, Nakano T, Nishioka T, Ishiguro N, Hitosugi M.
To identify the language function required for resuming motor vehicle driving and instigate effective driving support for patients with aphasia, we examined the rehabilitation processes of six patients with aphasia who had resumed driving after strokes. Th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Why only some post-stroke survivors can 'copy what I say'
(Medical University of South Carolina) Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and elsewhere report in Brain that the left lateral temporal cortex must be intact in stroke patients with aphasia if they are to have their speech entrained. In speech entrainment, stroke survivors practice fluent speech production by following along with another speaker. The efficacy of this experimental approach for certain patients with non-fluent aphasia will be assessed by an MUSC-led multi-site trial. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Language-Network Connectivity Disrupted in Primary Progressive Aphasia Language-Network Connectivity Disrupted in Primary Progressive Aphasia
Primary progressive aphasia is associated with perturbations of connectivity within components of the brain's language network, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Understanding Aphasia: Realities and Strategies for EMS Providers
Photo provided by Avi Golden Avi Golden is an EMT who can no longer talk after suffering a stroke. He now makes it his mission to educate others about those dealing with aphasia.   Editor’s Introduction It was a chance encounter one day as I scanned Facebook posts from “friends” and acquaintances. I have countless “friends”, many of which I have never met in person, but find, through their content or other “friends” to be in my world of interest and specialization. Several postings were from paramedic Avi Golden, one such “friend” I followed frequently on Facebook ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ellayne S. Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP Tags: Training Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

Father who lost the ability to speak after a stroke gives a speech to 200 people
Tom Bulatovic, 50, of Chiswick, was diagnosed with aphasia after a stroke in June 2018. He could barely say his own name - but then he found a three-week course which changed everything. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moving video reveals the talent of former singer after a stroke ten years ago
Ann Arscott, 56, from Birmingham, was diagnosed with aphasia after her stroke in 2008. She can only say specific words after having therapy. But her musical talent remains intact. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Detecting dementia's damaging effects before it's too late
(University of Arizona) Patients with a rare neurodegenerative brain disorder called Primary Progressive Aphasia, or PPA, show abnormalities in brain function in areas that look structurally normal on an MRI scan. This could mean that scientists could use this as an early detection method. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research into aphasia reveals new interactions between language and thought
(Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona) Knowledge of the facts is called factive knowledge. In the phrase 'He knows [that it is warm outside]', the embedded clause is assumed to be true. However, in the phrase 'It seems [that it is warm outside]', the embedded clause is presupposed to be false or counterfactive. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Language Issues in Degenerative Aphasia Have a Hearing Component
(MedPage Today) -- Primary progressive aphasia is not just a neurolinguistic problem, study shows (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - February 11, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Quick Consult: Symptoms: Aphasia and Right-Sided Weakness
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Quick Consult Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Through my eyes: Aphasia
Having experienced a serious brain injury at just 26 years old, I developed aphasia. This is the story of my recovery, and how I relearned everything. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

Another T2D Drug CV Win; Arm Rehab Linked to Aphasia Recovery; HFpEF Biomarker
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - November 5, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Robotic Arm may Help to Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims
New research published in Frontiers in Neurology finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function recovery. Robotic arm rehabilitation is a commonly-used intervention for treating impaired motor function in the arm, wrist, or shoulder subsequent to stroke. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Robotic arm may help to rehabilitate chronic stroke victims, finds new study
(New York University) New research published in Frontiers in Neurology by NYU researcher Adam Buchwald finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function recovery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aphasia Treatment Potential High Note of Musician Brain Study Aphasia Treatment Potential High Note of Musician Brain Study
What brain imaging differences emerge when professional musicians listen to their own genre of music vs another? How do these changes compare to neuroimaging of nonmusicians?Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation may Soon Reach More Aphasia Patients
Sometimes in research, a smaller finding can open the door to big possibilities. Neuroscientists at the University of South Carolina (USC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have collaborated on a study in the field of aphasia that has successfully paved the way for a large clinical trial. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - September 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Spreading the word: Noninvasive brain stimulation may soon reach more aphasia patients
(Medical University of South Carolina) In an article published online on Aug. 20, 2018 by the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, researchers tested the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in stroke patients with aphasia. Their results justify the creation of a large clinical trial to test the new treatment in a number of patients who have lost some or all of their use of language after stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia
Researchers looking to offer relief to people who have aphasia after experiencing a stroke assessed noninvasive brain stimulation as a way to boost gains from speech therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Electrical Brain Stimulation May Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patients with long-term aphasia named more words with noninvasive technique (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Suicide as a result of stereotypic behaviour in a case with semantic dementia - Kobayashi R, Hayashi H, Tokairin T, Kawakatsu S, Otani K.
We report the case of a 50-year-old man with SD accompanied by stereotypic behaviour who committe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Metastatic Adenocarcinoma Involving Atypical Meningioma Metastatic Adenocarcinoma Involving Atypical Meningioma
A patient with a history of stage IV lung adenocarcinoma presented to the emergency department with aphasia. What was the cause?Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

New treatment may improve speech after stroke
A new treatment has been shown to significantly improve the speech and word production of stroke patients with aphasia. It uses special software which encourages patients to produce words increasingly quickly. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - April 27, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Some can combat dementia by enlisting still-healthy parts of the brain
(University of Arizona) People with primary progressive aphasia, a rare dementia that initially attacks the language center of the brain, recruit other areas of the brain to decipher sentences. People who have had strokes or injuries to the brain have been shown to enlist intact brain regions to accomplish tasks. The new study is one of the first to show that people with a neurodegenerative disease can call upon intact areas of the brain for help. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dr. Boukrina of Kessler Foundation explores treatments for reading deficits after stroke
(Kessler Foundation) 'The Trust's funding has enabled us identify people by type of reading problem, i.e., whether their primary problem is with word appearance, word meaning, or word sounds.' Our goal is to develop criteria for identifying high-risk patients on brain scan while they are hospitalized. Fundamental to effective intervention is early identification of reading problems. 'To identify people early on, we are looking at areas of brain damage associated with aphasia and type of reading difficulties.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amyloid Imaging Positivity Differs by Primary Progressive Aphasia Variant Amyloid Imaging Positivity Differs by Primary Progressive Aphasia Variant
Amyloid positivity, according to positron emission tomography (PET) findings, differs among the main clinical variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA), researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Thomas Keneally: death is not the fly in the cosmic ointment. It is the cosmic ointment
Life is strong in people – we didn’t get to be wreckers of the planet without a mighty life force in us. But accepting death is one of the contentments of ageWhen I was 16, I was given a wonderful anthology, Poetry of the English-Speaking World, as an English prize. I recommend it to this day, since I have returned to it often between 1952 and now. And early in it occurs a poem which brought me up short then, at demented 16, and speaks still, at a somewhat differently demented 81.When I say “demented” I do not yet mean the aphasia which has disassembled the splendid cerebral mechanisms of some of my...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Thomas Keneally Tags: Books Culture Society Poetry Death and dying Thomas Keneally Cancer Medical research Health Source Type: news

Our brain omits grammatical elements when it has limited resources
(University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Humanities) A study of the use of pronouns by French speakers with agrammatic aphasia shows that grammatical pronouns are significantly more impaired in speech than lexical ones. The findings support a new theory of grammar which suggests that grammatical elements contain secondary information that speakers with limited cognitive resources can omit from their speech and still make sense. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rapid Medical launches Tigertriever registry study
Neurovascular device maker Rapid Medical said it launched a registry study of its Tigertreiver controllable stent retriever. The Israel-based company touts the Tigertriever as the only controllable, fully-visible stent retriever which can be adjusted by the physician to fit in the dimensions of the blocked blood vessel. The newly launched European multi-center registry study looks to enroll patients in France and Switzerland, and will be the 1st to examine the use of the Tigertriever in a real-life setting. The company said it has enrolled its 1st patient in the trial at Switzerland’s Cantonal Hospital of L...
Source: Mass Device - September 19, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Catheters Clinical Trials Stents rapidmedical Source Type: news

Technology-based rehabilitation to improve communication after acquired brain injury - Des Roches CA, Kiran S.
The utilization of technology has allowed for several advances in aphasia rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury. Thirty-one previous studies that provide technology-based language or language and cognitive rehabilitation are examined in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

July 2016
Safeguarding Our Health : Vaccines Protect Us All A Blurry Worldview : Understanding Myopia Physical Activity Linked to Reduced Cancer Risk Understanding Aphasia Test Your Sense of Pitch (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Modularity metric summarizes network fragmentation to explain aphasia recovery differences
(Medical University of South Carolina) Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) investigators report in the August, 2017, Scientific Reports - Nature, that white matter network fragmentation in relatively spared brain areas explains variations in aphasia recovery after strokes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aphasia recovery via speech therapy related to structural plasticity of the ventral stream
(Medical University of South Carolina) Strengthening the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF) via speech therapy is associated with significant semantic error reductions in aphasic stroke patients, report Medical University of South Carolina investigators in an article published online June 19, 2017 by Annals of Neurology. These findings suggest that speech recovery is related to the structural plasticity of the residual language network, that semantic skills are integrated by the ILF and that strengthening the ILF is possible with therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Understanding Aphasia After Brain Injury
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and I wanted to share some of what I have learned on my journey through aphasia after brain injury. According to Wikipedia, the term aphasia implies that one or more communication modalities in the brain have been damaged—and are therefore functioning incorrectly. The difficulties for people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; their intelligence, however, is unaffected. Since no two brain injuries are ever the same, the way aphasia affects one person can vary greatly from the next person. In my own expe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Understanding Aphasia After Brain Injury
Just because you have word-finding problems does not mean you have diminished intelligence! (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New intervention brings hope to patients with primary progressive aphasia
(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) A Baycrest Health Sciences researcher and clinician has developed the first group language intervention that helps individuals losing the ability to speak due to a rare form of dementia, and could help patients maintain their communication abilities for longer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Penn State study shows aphasia may not solely be a language disorder
(Penn State) Aphasia, a language disorder commonly diagnosed in stroke patients, may not be solely a language issue as traditionally believed, according to a Penn State study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Global aphasia without hemiparesis may be caused by blunt head trauma: an adolescent boy with transient aphasia - Şahin S, Türkdoğan D, Hacıfazlıoğlu NE, Yalçın EU, Eksen ZY, Ekinci G.
We report a 15-year old boy with transient global aphasia without hemiparesis due... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Aphasia Clinical Pearls / 10 Years of Teamwork / Massachusetts Hospitalist Opportunities (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Resident 360: Clinical … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HSE researchers expand on neuroanatomical model of semantic aphasia
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) For the last 70 years, it was largely believed that spatial processing disorders, including those seen in language, occurred when the temporal-parietal-occipital junction of the brain's left hemisphere was damaged. But according to researchers from the HSE Neurolinguistics Laboratory, it is the damages to the axonal fibers connected to this area of the brain that are most important. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Primary progressive aphasia: Rare form of dementia stops sufferers SPEAKING
SYMPTOMS of dementia usually include confusion, memory loss and increasing difficulties with tasks and activities. But the disease comes in many forms and can affect different areas of the brain. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tau Imaging Among Breakthroughs Advancing the Fight against Alzheimer's
Worldwide,  nearly44 million  people now have Alzheimer's disease (AD) or related dementia, making these conditions the  top cause of disabilities in later life. The biopharma industry has invested billions of dollars into research to treat and prevent AD1, yet this work has faced many obstacles, including difficulty identifying biomarkers, tracking the disease ’s progress in the brain, and recruiting patients to trials while they are still asymptomatic. But in recent years, we’ve begun to see breakthroughs that is driving our research in new directions. Many of these accomplishments were hi...
Source: EyeForPharma - September 21, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Olga Uspenskaya-Cadoz Source Type: news

Unilateral Scleral Jaundice in an Elderly Man: An Odd Finding
Left scleral icterus is the only prominent physical finding in the 86-year-old who presented with transient aphasia, ataxia, and general asthenia. Can you dx? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 8, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Ali Ahmadizadeh, MD Pharlin Noel, PA-C Source Type: news

What Its Like To Be A Caregiver
The following is a Q&A with Suzanne A., a Southern California-based caregiver. Suzanne is a caregiver to her husband Gil, who suffered multiple strokes and is now a paraplegic. With Gil unable to work, Suzanne works part-time to support them. Q: What do people not know about being a caregiver? Suzanne: Because of social media, our society has been introduced to many people who are caregivers that share their compassion and their struggles. However, each caregiver has a unique dynamic. They are either a caregiver for a spouse, a parent, a grandparent or a friend, and each caregiving situation is different. It also...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

July 2016
Safeguarding Our Health: Vaccines Protect Us All...A Blurry Worldview: Understanding Myopia...Physical Activity Linked to Reduced Cancer Risk...Understanding Aphasia...Featured Web Site: Test Your Sense of Pitch (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

tDCS of the Motor Cortex in Post-Stroke AphasiatDCS of the Motor Cortex in Post-Stroke Aphasia
This study evaluated the impact of transcranial direct current stimulation on function and activity-related outcomes in chronic post-stroke aphasia. Brain (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Mediaplanet and Lingraphica Team up to Spread the Word about Aphasia
Mediaplanet today announces the latest issue of its in-demand “Stroke Awareness” campaign.(PRWeb May 27, 2016)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/05/prweb13447439.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 28, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Memory test offers clue to pathological diagnosis in primary progressive aphasia
Patients with primary progressive aphasia show selective vulnerabilities in effortless learning and delayed retrieval of verbal information if their syndrome is related to Alzheimer’s disease rather than frontotemporal lobar degeneration, research indicates. (Source: MedWire News)
Source: MedWire News - May 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alzheimer ' s disease Source Type: news