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Reena ’s story: A bright future with short bowel syndrome
She’s just 16, but Reena Zuckerman knows exactly what she wants to be doing in another 10 years. “My dream is to play on the press team in the annual Women’s Congressional Softball Game,” says the aspiring political journalist. Since 2009, the event has pitted members of Congress against the press corps, raising nearly a million dollars for charity. “When I’m not doing schoolwork or watching TV, I’m listening to political podcasts and NPR,” Reena confesses. It’s an impressive goal, but one that’s no doubt attainable for this driven teen, who’s been pushing h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Dr. Tom Jaksic G-tube short bowel syndrome (SBS). volvulus Source Type: news

Pentax adds ASHA ’ s voice problem assessment tools into voice and speech software
Hoya‘s Pentax Medical said today it inked a licensing agreement with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to incorporate a tool it designed to help assess voice problems into a software modules used in Pentax’s voice and speech assessment products. The Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice tool was developed by the ASHA to “provide a standardized protocol and assessment form for speech-language pathologists to describe and document clinical auditory-perceptual assessments of voice quality,” according to a press release. The iCAPE-V tool will be integrated into a new soft...
Source: Mass Device - November 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Software / IT Hoya Corp. Pentax Medical Source Type: news

Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps
(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs
(Penn State) Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master's degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy
(CNRS) Researchers have developed a system that can display the movements of our own tongues in real time. These movements are processed by a machine learning algorithm that controls an 'articulatory talking head.' This avatar shows the tongue, palate and teeth, which are usually hidden inside the vocal tract. This " visual biofeedback " system, which ought to be easier to understand and therefore should produce better correction of pronunciation, could be used for speech therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A collaborative model for return to academics after concussion: athletic training and speech-language pathology - Dachtyl SA, Morales P.
PURPOSE: In this article, we describe an academic concussion management protocol designed for grades Pre-K to 12, called Cognitive Return to Exertion (CoRTEx). Collaboration between the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and athletic trainer (AT) is highlig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The effect of human engagement depicted in contextual photographs on the visual attention patterns of adults with traumatic brain injury - Thiessen A, Brown J, Beukelman D, Hux K.
Photographs are a frequently employed tool for the rehabilitation of adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with these individuals must select photos that are easily identifiable and meaningful to their client... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Learning to listen: A journey with deafness
Before her son’s first birthday, Xi began to worry that something was wrong. “Bosyn was only around a year old, but I could tell he was very distracted — he wouldn’t look up when a phone rang or when a character in a movie yelled,” recalls Xi. “He would respond more to bright lights or colors than to sounds.” The nine months following his second birthday were filled with appointments, inconclusive hearing tests and pediatricians dismissing Xi’s worries because she was a first-time parent. But Xi couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. The family decided to ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 2, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Andrea Vega Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Dr Jennifer Johnston Margaret Kenna Otolaryngology Department Terrell Clark Source Type: news

SAGE Publishing reports continued strong growth in 2017
SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers, today reported continued strong performance and growth across its journals portfolio in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2016 Web of Science Data). SAGE continues to see consistent growth within the reports. This year 70% of SAGE journals received an increased ranking with 49% of SAGE journals now ranking within the top half of their subject category. 233 titles now place in the top 30% of the JCR and over 100 SAGE journals received a top 10-category rank. 566 titles are now listed totaling a 40% increase in SAGE j...
Source: News from STM - July 21, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: European Featured Source Type: news

Similar improvements between speech language therapy delivered online and in-person
(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) A recent Baycrest study found that patients who accessed speech language therapy over the Internet saw large improvements to their communication abilities that were similar to those of patients doing in-person therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Getting and giving support for cleft lip and palate
Jack Dolan came into the world with a laugh. His mother, Erin, was mid-chuckle during labor when he was born — “a really joyful entrance,” she says. Looking down at her new son, she and her husband, Jimmy, breathed sighs of relief. “We took one look at him and thought, ‘He’s beautiful,’” she remembers. “We knew then that everything was going to be okay.” It was a happy celebration after a pregnancy sometimes marked by stress and anxiety. During ultrasonography, Erin and Jimmy had learned that Jack would be born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Erin, a nurse ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 13, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft lip and palate Dr. John Mulliken Olivia Oppel 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

Expert insight on cleft lip and palate
Learning that your baby has a cleft lip or palate can be upsetting, but these birth defects are quite common. They occur early in pregnancy when tissue from each side of the head grows together to form the face. If these tissues don’t completely join, the result is a cleft, or gap, on one or both sides of the upper lip. A cleft palate occurs when the tissue that forms the roof of the mouth doesn’t fully come together, leaving an opening between the mouth and nose. It’s not clear what causes a cleft lip or palate, but a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors appears to be involved. “Al...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Ask the Expert Diseases & Conditions Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft lip Cleft lip and Palate Program cleft palate Dr. Ingrid Ganske Source Type: news

Social communication assessment during post-traumatic amnesia and the post-acute period after traumatic brain injury - Steel J, Ferguson A, Spencer E, Togher L.
BACKGROUND: Social communication impairment is a persisting and debilitating consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there has been little empirical speech-language pathology (SLP) study focusing on the early stage of recovery after TBI, incl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Figshare Partners With ASHA to Enhance Discoverability and Reuse of Their Research Outputs
Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today announced a new partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to showcase supplementary research outputs within the communication sciences and disorders discipline. As a professional society representing 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, ASHA is committed to the publication of research, and has been for more than 80 years. Research outputs published across ASHA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals will be aggregated under one portal...
Source: News from STM - June 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World 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

Confronting Autism Early Is The Key To Effective Therapy
This study, which we called “Grandma Knows Best,” showed that frequent interaction with a grandparent, primarily the grandmother—who isn’t as reluctant to share her concerns—dramatically accelerated the age of diagnoses, by four to five months. This is very significant; an “earlier” autism diagnosis normally refers to a few weeks rather than several months. These results suggest that close family and friends should feel comfortable saying something—and parents should be receptive to hearing it—because doing so may lead to earlier detection and treatment. Help Yourself,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clear spoken language model promotes language learning in children with cochlear implants
(University of Helsinki) According to recent doctoral study from University of Helsinki, slow, prosodically emphasized and stressed spoken language help children with cochlear implants in language learning. Also the involvement of parents in speech therapy is important. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Living with Rett syndrome, living with hope
For the first year of her life, Ava Gryniewicz seemed to be developing like any other happy baby. She had learned a few words, including “mama” and “dada,” and was picking up Cheerios with pincer fingers. But by the time she was 14 months old, everything had changed. Ava started to lose these skills and wasn’t reaching other milestones. At the recommendation of her daycare center, she started early intervention. “She wasn’t keeping up and her daycare providers were concerned that standard daycare might be too much for her,” says her mom, Joanne. That’s when Joanne and h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Alycia Berg Augmentative communication Dr. Jonathan Picker rett syndrome Rett Syndrome Program Suzanne Rose Source Type: news

Communication Not at Root of Tantrums in Autism
Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Communication Problems Not At Root of Tantrums in Kids with Autism
Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autism Spectrum Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Health Insurance A Right Or A Privilege?
Now more than ever, health insurance is a staple story in the 24-hour news cycle. Opinions vary widely on the issue, as do politician’s thoughts on the matter. Debates rage, tensions grow, and deeper divides are formed as our government wrestles with this colossal dispute. Nestled at the heart of it all though is a basic question: Is health insurance a right or a privilege in the United States? I’m alive today because my school district, where I’ve now taught for 20 years, offers the ‘Cadillac of insurance plans.’ On April 26, 2006, I checked into the hospital for a scheduled C-section. Due to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Learning to Talk Like a Woman (or Man)
A growing number of speech language therapists cater to transgender clients seeking to retrain their voices. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS Tags: Transgender and Transsexuals New York University Voice and Speech Women and Girls Testosterone Language and Languages Source Type: news

Thousands Face Lead Hazards as Trump Eyes Budget Cuts Thousands Face Lead Hazards as Trump Eyes Budget Cuts
Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalo ’ s east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. Her oldest son suffered nosebleeds, body rashes and a developmental disorder requiring speech therapy.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Hundreds More Lead Hotpsots Are Identified As Trump Prepares To Gut Programs
BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalo’s east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. Her oldest son suffered nosebleeds, body rashes and a developmental disorder requiring speech therapy. Checking her apartment, county health inspectors found 15 lead violations, all linked to old paint in this blue collar city plagued by lead poisoning. A Reuters investigation found at least four city zip codes here where 40 percent of children tested from 2006 to 2014 had high lead levels, making Buffalo among the most dangerous lead hots...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Focus on: Autism spectrum disorder
April is Autism Awareness Month and there is a lot in the news about autism. More and more children — up to one out of 68 — are diagnosed with autism. Sesame Street even has a new character, Julia, who has autism. But what exactly is this condition, how does it affect children and what can you do to help? What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder of very early brain development that is approximately four times more common in boys than girls. Autism spectrum disorder was previously recognized as several separate disorders — including autistic disorder, pervasive develop...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Carolyn Bridgemohan and Sarah Spence Tags: Diseases & Conditions Parenting autism Autism Spectrum Center autism spectrum disorder Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan Dr. Sarah Spence Source Type: news

​$20M Adventist Care Center's nursing facility to create 150 jobs (Video)
The new Adventist Care Center's nursing facility in Kissimmee will create 150 new jobs once it opens in April 2018. “Those jobs will include licensed nurses, speech therapists, certified nursing assistants and other various occupations,” said Michelle Givens, CEO of Adventist Care Centers, during the groundbreaking ceremony on March 30 for Adventist Health System, Adventist Care Centers and Florida Hospital ’s new skilled nursing facility. Givens said the center will hire for the positions… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Veronica Brezina Source Type: news

​$20M Adventist Care Center's nursing facility to create 150 jobs (Video)
The new Adventist Care Center's nursing facility in Kissimmee will create 150 new jobs once it opens in April 2018. “Those jobs will include licensed nurses, speech therapists, certified nursing assistants and other various occupations,” said Michelle Givens, CEO of Adventist Care Centers, during the groundbreaking ceremony on March 30 for Adventist Health System, Adventist Care Centers and Florida Hospital ’s new skilled nursing facility. Givens said the center will hire for the positions… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Veronica Brezina Source Type: news

Intensive Speech Therapy Helps Months After Stroke Intensive Speech Therapy Helps Months After Stroke
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Intensive speech therapy helps months after stroke
(Reuters Health) - Even months after a stroke, survivors can make major strides in communication and quality of life with intensive speech therapy, a recent study in Germany suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hearing Loss Predicted to Grow Tremendously by 2060 in U.S.
Untitled by Joel Mwakasege is licensed under CC0. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hearing loss among the U.S. population could jump from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060; the 2060 number would comprise 23 percent of the adult American population, compared to 15 percent in 2020. And in 2060, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss will be over 70. This sort of growth for this health condition is unprecedented, according to Neil DiSarno, chief staff officer of audiology at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. To prevent...
Source: Network News - March 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: Consumer Health Disabilities General (all entries) Research Source Type: news

Unprecedented study of hearing aid outcomes in older adults released today
(American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes published today in the American Journal of Audiology shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Do YOU struggle with a stammer?
The Starfish Project has offered an alternative approach to stammering, called 'coastal breathing'. This approach was pioneered by the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How These Tennis Ball Chairs Are Helping Kids With Sensory Issues
Students with sensory concerns are finding help from an unlikely source: tennis balls. Amy Maplethorpe, a speech language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, used hot glue to attach tennis ball halves on the back and seat of chairs in the school’s sensory room. She told The Huffington Post the chairs are helpful for many kids who have difficulty regulating sensory input within their body and in their environments. Some of the students’ diagnoses include autism, Down syndrome and components of sensory processing disorder. Maplethorpe explained to HuffPost that the tennis ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why These Preemie Parents Are Sharing Their NICU Photos
On Sep. 23, 2015, Jourdan and Matt Moore welcomed their twin son and daughter, Jaxson and Cadence. The babies were born four months early and went on to spend over three months in the NICU. The experience was difficult for the Moores to say the least, but now the twins are healthy and thriving at home. Jourdan and Matt are sharing photos from the NICU, along with images of their progress, to offer a message of hope to other parents in that difficult situation. On this day... One year ago October 16th Jaxson fit inside his daddy's hand. He was 23 days old and weighed 1lb 8oz. Exactly one week prior he had a breat...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why These Preemie Parents Are Sharing Their NICU Photos
On Sep. 23, 2015, Jourdan and Matt Moore welcomed their twin son and daughter, Jaxson and Cadence. The babies were born four months early and went on to spend over three months in the NICU. The experience was difficult for the Moores to say the least, but now the twins are healthy and thriving at home. Jourdan and Matt are sharing photos from the NICU, along with images of their progress, to offer a message of hope to other parents in that difficult situation. On this day... One year ago October 16th Jaxson fit inside his daddy's hand. He was 23 days old and weighed 1lb 8oz. Exactly one week prior he had a breat...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How I solve speech problems for a living
The mid-80s was a pivotal time for Lynda Katz Wilner. She was a then new-to-Baltimore clinical speech and language pathologist working in a hospital setting. And when the opportunity arose, Wilner jumped on at the chance to explore a new market in her field, accent modification. “That was a sweet spot for me because I’m a transplanted New Yorker ,” she said. “I know what it’s like to be noticed because of the way you’re speaking and not necessarily because of what you’re saying.” She… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 29, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Rebecca Logan Source Type: news

Factors associated with speech-language disorders in motorcycle accident victims - Silva MG, Silva VL, Vilela MR, Gomes AO, Falc ão IV, Cabral AK, Lima ML.
PURPOSE: To investigate factors associated with speech-language disorders in victims of motorcycle accidents. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. Victims of motorcycle accidents studied were treated at Hospital da Restaura METHODS: ção betw... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Stronger together: Families of girls with SPG47 find support in each other
Imagine your child is diagnosed with a rare neurological condition. So rare that there are only a handful of reported cases, and those are from halfway around the world. This was the case for Chris and Kasey Edwards of Massachusetts and Kevin and Angela Duffy of Pennsylvania. Their daughters’, Robbie and Molly, are among only 11 children in the world to be diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder, called spastic parapalegia-47 (SPG47). “When they told us how rare this was, our minds were going in a thousand directions,” says Kasey, Robbie’s mom. “We didn’t know what to think.&rd...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 20, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Department of Neurology Dr. Basil Darras hereditary spastic parapalegia HSP type 47 living with rare disease SPG47 Source Type: news

Aging Care Is A Big Business -- That Fails The Patient
I was thrust into the role of being a family caregiver for my husband about six months ago and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: Aging is a big money-maker for a lot of people. No, not for family caregivers like me who don’t get paid a nickel, but for pretty much everyone else who comes in contact with an older patient. I can almost hear the ka-ching of their cash registers as they offer to “help.” The goal of the health-care industry is to keep people alive for as long as they can. And if you ask me, there is only one reason for this keep-’em-breathing approach: Y...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elijah laughs: Augmentative communication device helps boy with cerebral palsy
A computer voice utters a simple statement. Sometimes, it’s “My name is Elijah.” Other times, “My parents are Brian and Leah,” or “I feel happy.” For the first time in his life, Elijah can tell his mother, ‘Yes, I want a hug.’ Another phrase — “I love the Patriots” — is often repeated. And a brown-eyed, curly-haired kindergartener’s eyes light up. He smiles and laughs out loud. It’s a whole new world for 5-year-old Elijah Gauthier, says his mom, Leah. Leah and her husband Brian have taken Elijah, who has severe cerebral palsy and is n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 22, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Augmentative communication Boston Children's at Waltham cerebral palsy Source Type: news

Computer-brain interface helps locked-in patient communicate, albeit slowly
(Reuters) – Doctors in the Netherlands say they have successfully tested an implantable computer-brain interface that allowed the mind of a “locked-in” patient to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute. The system was tested on a 58-year-old woman in the late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Unable to speak or move her muscles, she had to identify the letters by imagining that she was moving her right hand. Previously, her only method to communicate was through eye movements and blinks. “We’ve built a system that’s reliable and autonomous that works at home ...
Source: Mass Device - November 14, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Neurological Source Type: news

Juli Stec Named COO of Mercy Hospital (Movers & Shakers)
Juli Stec has been appointed to chief operating officer at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. In her new position, she will oversee cardiology services, working with Mercy Clinic Chief Operating Officer Amy Fore. Stec will also oversee oncology services, lab services, environmental services, facilities, security, food and nutrition, wound care, rehabilitation services, home-based services, the sleep disorder center and the Regional Critical Access Facilities in Ozark, Paris, Booneville and Waldron. Stec has more than 30 years of health care experience. Most recently, she served eight years as the chief executive officer of Heal...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 7, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The many adventures of Wesley: Specialty care helps toddler with heart disease reach neurodevelopmental milestones
Will and Alicia Ethridge knew their unborn son would need complex open-heart surgery soon after birth, due to a serious congenital defect that was detected in utero. Wesley suffered from a genetic form of cardiomyopathy, which meant the walls of his heart muscles were thickened, and blood flow to the left side of his body was restricted. The knowledge about their son’s disease prepared them for many things about the impending medical journey (including arranging for cardiac surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center, just a few hours’ drive from their home in Maine) but there were many mo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 3, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program Dr. Caitlin Rollins Dr. Samantha Butler Heart Center Source Type: news

Staff Time Spent on Bureaucracy Robs Stroke Patients of Therapy Staff Time Spent on Bureaucracy Robs Stroke Patients of Therapy
Staff and organizational factors, rather than patient factors, are the main barriers to more intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy during the acute phase of stroke recovery, a study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - November 1, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Referral patterns as a contextual variable in pediatric brain injury: a retrospective analysis - Ciccia AH, Lundine JP, Coreno A.
In this study, we examined patterns of SLP referral and factors affecting referral during the acute period following brain i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations
In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing his original anthem "Happy People, Happy Planet" that celebrates a joyful connection between people and the environment. Bass flute player Hillario Soto leading the troupe in the event open. Photo: Mamadou Dabo. As they paraded down th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Free Webinar: A Beginners Guide to Creating Accessible Documents
Are you interested in learning how to make your documents accessible to people with disabilities? The Institute on Disability is offering this free webinar tomorrow at 12:30 Pacific Time. From their website: “Description: During this webinar, participants will learn the steps for creating an accessible document and the importance of having content accessible. Areas to be explored include the use of alternative tags, styles, headings, and hyperlink texts. Pitfalls for creating accessible materials will be explored and elements to be avoided will also be analyzed. By the end of the session participants will have the kn...
Source: Dragonfly - September 19, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Victims seeking help from speech-language pathologists: bullying, preparedness, and perceptions - Blood GW, Blood IM.
This study examined if victims seeking assistance for bullying contacted speech-language pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sign language may be helpful for children with rare speech disorder
Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news