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 26, 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

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 22, 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 22, 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 18, 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

60 Minutes updates viewers on poliovirus therapy for glioblastoma
Treatment Terms Cancer Brain tumor Additional SEO Keywords brain tumor, glioblastoma, 60 minutes, brain cancer, poliovirus, polio virus SEO Meta Description CBS's 60 Minutes updates viewers on the polio virus therapy for brain tumor developed and tested at Duke's Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. Author Sarah Avery Sub-Title FDA's breakthrough therapy designation expedites development Overview In a poignant, two-part segment May 15, 2016, CBS’s 60 Minutes returned to Duke to update viewers on the poliovirus therapy developed and t...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Aphasia During Flight, No Fasting Before Lipid Testing, Connecticut Oncologist/Hematologist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 5, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Brain contusion with aphasia following an ice hockey injury - Degen RM, Fink ME, Callahan L, Fibel KH, Ramsay J, Kelly BT.
We present a case of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Right Brain May Aid Speech Recovery After Left-Sided Stroke Right Brain May Aid Speech Recovery After Left-Sided Stroke
A new study shows right-brain structural integrity relates to speech recovery after left-sided stroke, raising the possibility of new therapies for post-stroke aphasia based on engaging the right side of the brain. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - April 1, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery
It might help predict speech and language recovery in those who suffer stroke in brain's left side, researchers find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Aphasia, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research Offers Clues to Dementia with Language Loss
In this rarer form of brain illness, protein plaques appear to clump more prominently in certain areas Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Alzheimer's Disease, Aphasia, Dementia (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia plaques attack language center of brain
The recent ability to peer into the brain of living individuals with a rare type of language dementia, primary progressive aphasia, provides important insight into the beginning stages of this disease, when it is caused by a buildup of a toxic protein found in Alzheimer's disease. The research also offers insight into why this dementia causes people to lose the ability to express themselves and understand language. The findings will guide Alzheimer's treatment, say researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dementia plaques attack language center of brain
(Northwestern University) The recent ability to peer into the brain of living individuals with a rare type of language dementia, primary progressive aphasia, provides important insight into the beginning stages of this disease, when it is caused by a buildup of a toxic protein found in Alzheimer's disease. The research also offers insight into why this dementia causes people to lose the ability to express themselves and understand language. The findings will guide Alzheimer's treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The "Non-Practicing" Scientist and How She's Here to Help YOU
This article first appeared on Scientista. Visit The Scientista Foundation for more great content! About the Author Heather Burkhart is an energetic science writer and recent graduate from the linguistics program at the University of Utah where she developed an interest in studying aphasia and other language properties of the brain. She is currently Co-Managing Editor for The Scientista Foundation, and editor for its Scientista Spotlight section. When she is not writing in a cozy corner of her home, she is most likely exploring the beautiful outdoor landscape of Utah. Find more of Heather's writing here! -- This feed and i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Stroke patients' speech loss linked to loss of brain interconnections
(IOS Press) When brain regions that control speech and reading comprehension are destroyed due to blockage of blood flow, patients are often unable to speak or comprehend spoken or written language. These difficulties with language, or 'aphasia,' are a common symptom in the aftermath of stroke. However, in a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers report that damage to the underlying connections among different areas of the brain can also affect the severity of aphasia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Brain disorder often mistaken for Alzheimer's leaves sufferers 'verbally locked in'
Primary progressive aphasia robs sufferers of the ability to recall words, and is often mistaken for dementia where people cannot recall memories, experts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Candid Conversation With Kim Campbell On The Rhinestone Cowboy, Alzheimer's And Living Life As A Caregiver
"I have a black eye, but I'm hanging in there." Kim Campbell, tells me. "Caregiving is hard," she says. "I don't know how people do it." Kim's husband, legendary country singer, Glen Campbell, rocked awareness when he and his family let the world know their secret. Together they toured the country after bravely announcing he had Alzheimer's diseaselen playing his heart out with his musically talented children: son, Shannon and daughter, Ashley, by his side. Napa Valley was their final stage, Glen's last encore. By that night, his struggle through the plaques and tangles plaguing his brain had...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dysphagia in Duchenne: practical recommendations to guide management
Dysphasia, or difficulty swallowing, effects many patients with Duchenne. Complaints of "something stuck in my throat" are not uncommon. A new article on dysphagia in Duchenne presents a clear step by step plan of care. (Source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy)
Source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy - January 8, 2016 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

International Aphasia Awareness Month - October 2015
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Source: Speakability - October 8, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: news

SLAM dunk for aphasia: Explaining speech production
We take speech for granted. We can talk effortlessly all day, but the seeming ease of speech production is actually the result of some complex interactive processes that involve multiple representations in the brain. A recent model sheds light on the processes underlying aphasia, that is the condition when speech (at least partially) fails. (Source: Psychonomic Society News)
Source: Psychonomic Society News - September 15, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news