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[Non-pharmaceutical therapy of candidates for geriatric rehabilitation : Non-pharmaceutical therapy prescribed by SHI-accredited doctors after application for outpatient geriatric rehabilitative care.]
CONCLUSION: The difference between the intensified interdisciplinary therapy offered in the AGRV and additionally and the offer to rejected applicants is substantial. PMID: 25323979 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie)
Source: Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie - October 17, 2014 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Krupp S, Schnoor M, Lohse K, Katalinic A, Willkomm M Tags: Z Gerontol Geriatr Source Type: research

Effectiveness of training auditory in plasticity of central auditory system: case report
The objective of the study was to describe, by a case report, the effectiveness of auditory training in the modification of the central auditory system of a child with complaints of change of speech and language. It is a retrospective study, through case report, of a child of the male gender of 02 years and 06 months with complaints of change of speech and / or language. In the evaluation of auditory evoked potential of encephalic stem observed presence of electrophysiological waves I, III and V with absolute latency and interpeak intervals within normal in the right ear and presence of waves I, III and V with absolute lat...
Source: Revista CEFAC - October 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Evaluation of the functional capacity of children with cerebral palsy
Conclusion the Physiotherapy group of children had higher functional scores than those in the Physiotherapy group associated with Speech Therapy, but there was no statistically significant difference between the groups. This was probably due to the small number of participants, the diversity of clinical presentation and possible differences of Physical Therapy intervention conducted in two states with very different socioeconomic situations. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - October 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The vibrato of professional gospel singers
Conclusion The vibrato of singers trained change with the gospel style singing. The verbal command to do the vibrato increases the definition of regularity, amplitude, power spectrum and harmonic. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - October 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Treatment of Frontotemporal Dementia
Opinion statement Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) encompasses a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases with heterogeneous clinical presentations and two predominant types of underlying neuropathology. FTD typically comprises three distinct clinical syndromes: behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), and nonfluent variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA). FTD also frequently overlaps both clinically and neuropathologically with three other neurodegenerative syndromes: corticobasal syndrome (CBS), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and amyotrophi...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Neurology - September 21, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Speech Therapy Where There Are No Speech Therapists: The Task Force for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Conclusions of the task force and recommendations for the future comprised four areas: organization and communication, protocols, service delivery models, and development of training programs/modules in speech-language pathology for craniofacial conditions. PMID: 25191868 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal)
Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - September 5, 2014 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Scherer NJ Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research

Scalable, Sustainable Cost-Effective Surgical Care: A Model for Safety and Quality in the Developing World, Part II: Program Development and Quality Care
ConclusionThis needs-based approach to program development in Guwahati was successful in optimization of quality and safety in all clinical divisions (Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery)
Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery - September 1, 2014 Category: Surgery Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Survivor of lightning strike reunites with rescuers
July 27 started out as a typical Sunday for Robert Kilroy, a 56-year-old off-duty seasonal Los Angeles County lifeguard and a chiropractor. The Marina Del Rey resident went to his favorite spot in Venice Beach and was chest-deep in the ocean teaching his daughter Emily Kilroy, 15, how to surf. Suddenly, a rare bolt of lightning from an unexpected summer storm struck the beach, injuring numerous people and tragically killing one young man. The next thing Kilroy knew, he woke up in the Emergency Department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. What transpired that afternoon was a series of events that led to Kilroy’s rema...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 30, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Peruvian Lions visit OHSU
Over the past seven years, a team led by a Oregon Health & Science University doctor has performed hundreds of surgeries on indigent patients with cleft lip and palate deformities in Peru. Dr. Thomas Albert, associate professor of otolayngology at OHSU, established the FACES Foundation in 2001 to not only provide the surgeries, but other support. These include followup speech therapy over the internet, social services, dental care, orthodontia and other health care and family services. Albert has… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - August 26, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: research

Perception of the bed partner and the individual suffering from SNORING/OSAS before and after speech therapy
Conclusions considering the limitations of this study, it could be concluded that after speech therapy the perceptions of the patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome/snoring and their bed partners was that their sleep and life quality was improved, there was a reduction of snoring intensity, and an improved in their daily activities due to the excessive diurnal somnolence reduction. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - August 9, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The speech therapist gets sick: Burnout syndrome and hospital speech therapy ? a review
This study aimed to verify, in the scientific literature, the occurrence of burnout syndrome in audiologists who work in hospitals. The methodological procedures used were national and international papers in the last10 years, raised in electronic data bases indexed with the following keywords: Speech and Burnout, burnout and hospitals. Articles were identified only on the Burnout Syndrome and health professionals and noted that there is a dearth of information on the relationship Burnout Syndrome and Speech Therapy/Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. This insufficient production techniques related to the topic at hand ...
Source: Revista CEFAC - August 9, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Communicative evolution in twins with language delay
Este estudo tem como tema o comportamento comunicativo de gêmeos com alteração de linguagem pré e pós intervenção fonoaudiológica. Foram analisados dados de dois pares de gêmeos do sexo masculino (S1/S2 monozigóticos; S3/S4 dizigóticos), com diagnóstico de Atraso de Linguagem. Os dados foram coletados na avaliação pré e pós intervenção fonoaudiológica, por meio de: entrevista semi-estruturada com os pais; observação do comportamento comunicativo; e teste de linguagem e escala de desenvolvimento. A intervenção fonoaudiológica teve duração de 34 meses para S1/S2 (de dois anos e cinco meses a cinco a...
Source: Revista CEFAC - August 9, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Otoacoustic emissions as cochlear function analyser in children with language disorders.
CONCLUSIONS: The analysis of sound through the cochlea is involved in the process of language acquisition. A poor processing of speech sounds in the peripheral system could result in poor processing at the central level. Consequently, it is important to consider our results when making a diagnosis and carrying out rehabilitation treatment in children with language disorders. PMID: 25109541 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Otorrinolaringologica Espanola)
Source: Acta Otorrinolaringologica Espanola - August 7, 2014 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Aguilera-Tello SA, Gutiérrez-Farfán I, Chamlati-Aguirre LE, Alatorre-Miguel E, Durand-Rivera A Tags: Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp Source Type: research

[Belching (eructation)].
Abstract Belching is a normal physiological function that may occur when ingested air accumulated in the stomach is expelled or when food containing air and gas produced in the gastrointestinal tract is expelled. Excessive belching can cause patients to complain of abdominal discomfort, disturbed daily life activities, decreased quality of life and may be related to various gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, functional dyspepsia, aerophagia and rumination syndrome. Belching disorders can be classified into aerophagia and unspecified belching disorder according to the Rome III criter...
Source: Korean J Gastroenter... - July 25, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Ryu HS, Choi SC, Lee JS Tags: Korean J Gastroenterol Source Type: research

Intensive therapy induces contralateral white matter changes in chronic stroke patients with Broca's aphasia.
Abstract Using a pre-post design, eleven chronic stroke patients with large left hemisphere lesions and nonfluent aphasia underwent diffusion tensor imaging and language testing before and after receiving 15weeks of an intensive intonation-based speech therapy. This treated patient group was compared to an untreated patient group (n=9) scanned twice over a similar time period. Our results showed that the treated group, but not the untreated group, had reductions in fractional anisotropy in the white matter underlying the right inferior frontal gyrus (IFG, pars opercularis and pars triangularis), the right posterior...
Source: Brain and Language - July 17, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Wan CY, Zheng X, Marchina S, Norton A, Schlaug G Tags: Brain Lang Source Type: research

Dental care access among individuals with Down syndrome: a Malaysian scenario.
Conclusion. A high proportion of parents appear to be able to access dental and medical care for their DS child. However, some parents perceived difficulty in finding oral healthcare. PMID: 25029211 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica)
Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica - July 16, 2014 Category: Dentistry Authors: Abdul Rahim FS, Mohamed AM, Marizan Nor M, Saub R Tags: Acta Odontol Scand Source Type: research

Preparing an E-learning-based Speech Therapy (EST) efficacy study: Identifying suitable outcome measures to detect within-subject changes of speech intelligibility in dysarthric speakers.
Abstract Abstract We explored the suitability of perceptual and acoustic outcome measures to prepare E-learning based Speech Therapy (EST) efficacy tests regarding speech intelligibility in dysarthric speakers. Eight speakers with stroke (n = 3), Parkinson's disease (n = 4) and traumatic brain injury (n = 1) participated in a 4 weeks EST trial. A repeated measures design was employed. Perceptual measures were (a) scale ratings for "ease of intelligibility" and "pleasantness" in continuous speech and (b) orthographic transcription scores of semantically unpredictable sentences. Acoustic measures were (c)...
Source: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics - July 15, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Beijer LJ, Rietveld AC, Ruiter MB, Geurts AC Tags: Clin Linguist Phon Source Type: research

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital looking to fill 140 new jobs
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs is hiring 140 new full-time jobs in nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and other hospital-related support positions. The 50-bed, 55,000-square-foot rehab hospital, currently under construction, is holding a job fair on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Orlando North at 600 N. Lake Destiny Drive in Maitland. Construction on the hospital began in 2013, and it is expected to be open by the fourth quarter… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - June 26, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Cindy Barth Source Type: research

UPMC East prepares to open hospital rehab unit
UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville is preparing to open a 19-bed rehabilitation unit, the ninth in the hospital network, with media tours scheduled Wednesday. The unit is UPMC’s first in the eastern suburbs. Services will include specialized physical, occupational and speech therapy for people who have suffered stroke, traumatic injuries and other medical problems. The Joint Commission accredited UPMC East as a primary stroke center and the hospital’s application is pending at the state Department… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - June 25, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Kris B. Mamula Source Type: research

A longitudinal assessment of early childhood education with integrated speech therapy for children with significant language impairment in Germany.
CONCLUSION & IMPLICATIONS: Kindergartens and primary schools which support curriculumContiConti-integrated language-/speech therapy and allow for different personality traits appear to improve longterm development and academic outcome of children with language-/speech impairment or delay. PMID: 24939594 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders)
Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders - June 17, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Ullrich D, Ullrich K, Marten M Tags: Int J Lang Commun Disord Source Type: research

Criteria for clinical speech therapy evaluation of tracheostomized patient in hospital bed and home care
Conclusion : at the end of the study it was concluded that the criteria for evaluating speech in tracheostomized patient in bed in the city of Salvador, Bahia, most is according to the criteria described in the literature. However, few studies exist that establish criteria for decannulation, therefore, it emphasizes the need for validation protocols for a better performance of the process of decannulation in these patients. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech therapy in hippotherapy
Conclusion the group of professionals indicated that the role of speech therapists in the hippotherapy team, besides working directly with the practitioner, involves treatment planning, clarification, demonstration and proving the importance of speech therapy for the team and providing guidance to the family of the practioner. However, we have found that there is no theoretical basis and procedures considered standard practice for speech therapy in hippotherapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Written learning and maternal education
Conclusion the learning of writing is influenced by social factors such as maternal education. These aspects need to be considered in the evaluation and diagnosis of speech therapy, as well as in educational practices offered by the school. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Dentistry-speech integration: the importance of interdisciplinary teams formation
Os odontólogos e fonoaudiólogos, por possuírem em comum a mesma área de atuação: o Sistema Estomatognático, tem a responsabilidade de trabalhar em conjunto. Além disso, têm a necessidade de se aliar com médicos, psicólogos e fisioterapeutas objetivando o aperfeiçoamento das terapias e tratamentos, promovendo satisfação e saúde aos seus pacientes. Entretanto, grande parte dos cirurgiões-dentistas apresentam dificuldades sobre quais casos necessitam de intervenção fonoaudiológica e o momento apropriado para a realização desta, o mesmo ocorre com os fonoaudiólogos em relação à Odontologia. As habilida...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Interference of the early and late drug therapy in Parkinson disease in the management of dysphagia
A Doença de Parkinson apresenta grande incidência na população idosa, gerando comprometimento motor progressivo, que afeta várias funções, dentre as quais se destaca a deglutição. Esse trabalho teve como objetivo relacionar a disfagia na Doença de Parkinson aos efeitos imediatos e/ou tardios do tratamento medicamentoso, que de forma direta ou indireta interferirá no gerenciamento fonoaudiológico. Fizemos uma revisão de literatura nas bases de dados eletrônicas Lilacs, Scielo, Medline e Pubmed no período de 2001 a 2011, utilizando os termos livres “Doença de Parkinson”; (Parkinson Disease), “deglutiç...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Relationship between abstinence from marijuana and speech fluency in an adolescent with stuttering: implications for speech therapy and psychiatric treatment
This study has as its subject the relationship between prosody and language disorders, this relationship being investigated from the survey of publications indexed in international databases. The analysis of the articles showed that there is a growth in publications that relate to language disorders deficits production and perception of speech prosody. It also reinforces that the loss or difficulty in skills relating to prosody, pragmatic compromises the function of language, and therefore the interaction of the subject in its social environment. Aphasia is a disorder most studied, probably also influenced by the global in...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

ReDoc sells to Pittsburgh outpatient software solutions company
The Rehab Documentation Company, a Brentwood-based firm also known as ReDoc, has been purchased by Net Health, a Pittsburgh-based outpatient software solutions company, according to a news release. ReDoc provides clinical electronic medical record and management solutions for the growing physical occupational and speech therapy markets. The company recently raised $1.1 million, announcing at the time the funding would be used for product development, enhancement and team expansion. "As a component… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 3, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Eleanor Kennedy Source Type: research

Fun, Fun, Fun, and You’ll Have ’Em Loving Learning All Day
Research shows that learning and entertainment go hand in hand—having fun can improve learning of even abstract, complex information, says blogger Lois Brady at Speech Therapy for Autism. Adapting this premise to work with children on the autism spectrum, she suggests using a child’s “special interest” to connect to material. She also advises giving them choices to promote involvement, reinforcing responses during a task, having them work for a reinforcer, and interspersing both easy and challenging tasks to mediate frustration. Brady suggests that mobile technology can help clinicians use all of those techniques, ...
Source: The ASHA Leader Online - May 30, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

[Comment] Occupational therapy for Parkinson's disease: increasing awareness
Despite progress in the medical and surgical treatments of Parkinson's disease, patients still develop difficulties with gait, balance, and activities of daily living, which affect their quality of life and ability for self-care. Rehabilitation specialists, in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, play an important part in delivery of care. There is a growing body of evidence for the role of physical therapy to reduce disability and optimise quality of life in Parkinson's disease, and well-designed studies in occupational therapy are needed. (Source: Lancet Neurology)
Source: Lancet Neurology - May 19, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Marie Saint-Hilaire Tags: Comment Source Type: research

Real-time processing in picture naming in adults who stutter: ERP evidence
Persistent developmental stuttering affects slightly less than one percent of the adult population between the ages of 21 and 50, with a 2.2-to-1 male-to-female ratio (Craig et al., 2002). Adulthood stuttering can impact quality-of-life (Craig and Calver, 1991; Craig et al., 2002; Yaruss, 2007, 2010; Blumgart et al., 2010) in domains of social, emotional and mental functioning (Craig et al., 2009). Speech therapy can temporarily alleviate symptoms of stuttering (Bothe et al., 2006). However, relapse after treatment is common in adults who stutter (AWS) (McClure and Yaruss, 2003), and a contributing factor may be that inter...
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - May 19, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Nathan D. Maxfield, Kalie Morris, Stefan A. Frisch, Kathryn Morphew, Joseph L. Constantine Source Type: research

Successful engagement: CBM's holistic approach to the work in the area of ear care, deafness, hard of hearing and deafblindness.
Conclusions: CBM's holistic approach to work in the area of ear care; deafness; hard of hearing and deafblindness includes intervention at all levels of health care provision, Education, CBR and Audiological, Speech Therapy and other interdisciplinary services. This article presents CBM's core principles and shares specific strategic planning and results, together with lessons learnt while searching a sustainable engagement for field work. Implications for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation, in its widest conception, should be approached as a multidisciplinary strategy, and developed in close cooperation with other local, natio...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - May 14, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tesni S, Santana-Hernández D Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

The Influence of Inner and Heard Speech in Arts Speech Therapy on Brain Oxygenation and Hemodynamics
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine May 2014, Vol. 20, No. 5: A78-A78. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: article Source Type: research

UPMC East adding rehab services with new unit
UPMC East Hospital will soon get its own rehabilitation center. Construction began May 1 at the Monroeville hospital for a 20-bed UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, which is scheduled to open July 1. The center will be the ninth of its kind for the hospital system, and it will provide specialized inpatient care for people with physical, occupational and speech therapy needs. “We are meeting a community need in the area where our patients live,” hospital President Mark Sevco said in a prepared statement.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 5, 2014 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kris B. Mamula Source Type: research

Postural control and balance self efficacy in women with fibromyalgia. Are there differences?
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with FM have impaired postural control and low balance self-efficacy that are associated with pain, muscle strength, and symptom severity. CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: Postural control and balance self-efficacy needs to be assessed in patients with FM and the treatment goals should be the improvement of postural control and balance self-efficacy. PMID: 24755776 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - April 23, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Muto L, Mango P, Sauer J, Yuan S, Sousa A, Marques A Tags: Eur J Phys Rehabil Med Source Type: research

Effectiveness of speech therapy in evolution of oral ingestion in patients with post stroke Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
Conclusion : speech therapy is effective in improving food intake by mouth in patients treated in hospitals with neurogenic dysphagia after stroke, except if clinical complications appear during the process. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 15, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Third of stroke survivors must pay for essential rehab services
Survey finds that half had no access to speech therapy or occupational therapy (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Barriers to Discharge: A Quality Improvement Project (P1.029)
CONCLUSIONS: Cost of hospitalization for stroke/TIA workup is 58.8% more than workup and discharge from ED. Prolonged work up takes up more acute care beds on Neurology service.Disclosure: Dr. Tran has nothing to disclose. Dr. Vu has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kahlon has nothing to disclose. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Tran, A.-T., Vu, T.-A., Kahlon, S. Tags: General Neurology I Source Type: research

Paroxysmal Vocal Cord Motion Dysfunction Masquerading as Neuromuscular Disorders (P3.303)
CONCLUSIONS: PCVD should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ARF even in patients previously diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, especially when the clinical presentation is atypical given the course of the disease. This is crucial to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful therapies and to ensure that appropriate therapy is instituted. Study Supported by: NADisclosure: Dr. Kassar has nothing to disclose. Dr. Arnold has nothing to disclose. Dr. Hoyle has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kissel has received personal compensation for activities with Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Cytokinetics. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Kassar, D., Arnold, W., Hoyle, C., Kissel, J. Tags: Muscle Disease Source Type: research

The Feeling That 'I Can Say It in My Head' Predicts Word-by-Word Success in Subsequent Aphasia Treatment. (P2.118)
CONCLUSIONS: In one individual, self-reported internal naming predicted success and rate of learning on a word-by-word basis during speech therapy for anomia. This suggests that claims of inner speech may be more reliable than previously appreciated, and may also be clinically relevant. These self-reports could improve accuracy of prognosis, or potentially be used to guide treatment on a word-by-word basis.Disclosure: Dr. Hayward has nothing to disclose. Dr. Sullivan has nothing to disclose. Dr. Snider has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lacey has nothing to disclose. Dr. Friedman has nothing to disclose. Dr. Turkeltaub has nothi...
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hayward, W., Sullivan, K., Snider, S., Lacey, E., Friedman, R., Turkeltaub, P. Tags: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology: Behavioral, Cognitive, and Miscellaneous Source Type: research

Proof of Concept for Operation House Call for Underserved Parkinson's Disease Patients (P2.049)
Conclusion:This program provides a proof of concept for PD housecalls. Operation housecall provides underserved PD patients’ with quality medical care, allows them to remain in their home setting, and may prevent hospitalizations. Advanced medical care such as evaluation for DBS is possible. This program could provide a proof of concept for the construction of a larger visiting physician or nurse program.Acknowledgements:This program is supported by the Smallwood Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence located at the University of Florida.Disclosure: Dr. Hack has nothing to disclose. Dr....
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hack, N., Akbar, U., Eilers, A., Rundle-Gonzalez, V., Martinez-Ramirez, D., Morita, H., Malaty, I., Okun, M. Tags: Movement Disorders: Co-morbidities and Novel Care Models Source Type: research

35. Surface polyelectromyography – Principle of the method and possible use in dysphagia
Conclusion: PEMG (unlike ”classic EMG”) does not provide information to identify the clinical diagnostic units that cause a disorder. However, it facilitates, in terms of muscle activity, the characterisation of a functional disturbance (acknowledging limitations of the elusive definition for a normal movement pattern) and to monitor the evolution of functional parameters over time including its reaction to various influences (e.g. therapy).Supported by the project Ministry of Health, Czech Republic NT13725–4/2012. (Source: Clinical Neurophysiology)
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - April 7, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: M. Bednar, E. Vanaskova, I. Vareka Tags: Society Proceedings Source Type: research

[Health insurance data analysis on home nursing care in Hungary].
Conclusions: There are significant inequalities in the home nursing care in Hungary. In order to decrease these inequalities, specific guidelines should be developed for home nursing care. Orv. Hetil., 2014, 155(15), 597-603. PMID: 24704772 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Orvosi Hetilap)
Source: Orvosi Hetilap - April 1, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Cs Horváth Z, Sebestyén A, Molics B, Agoston I, Endrei D, Oláh A, Betlehem J, Imre L, Bagosi G, Boncz I Tags: Orv Hetil Source Type: research

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma?
Conclusion This small study involved 11 people who had severe asthma symptoms despite optimised treatment and who had abnormal vocal cord movement which was not improved by speech therapy. The results suggest that Botox injections into one of the vocal cords improved asthma control and the airway size at the level of the vocal cords was increased. However, there were no changes in measures of lung function. As the researchers point out, this study was not controlled or blinded and a placebo effect cannot be excluded. It is also not known how long any effect would last, as participants were only assessed for one to three...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Can enhancing left lateralization using transcranial direct current stimulation improve recovery from post-stroke aphasia?
One third of stroke victims suffer from aphasia, an acquired language disorder for which there are few effective medical treatments. Aphasia often does not resolve completely, resulting in substantial long-term disability. After a stroke that causes aphasia, the reorganization of language networks in the brain involves compensatory recruitment of brain tissue in the left hemisphere as well as potentially maladaptive recruitment of symmetric areas in the right hemisphere. One avenue for intervention might be to externally “left lateralize” the brain, enhancing activity of the left frontal lobe while inhibiting the right...
Source: BRAIN STIMULATION: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation - March 1, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Mackenzie Fama, Elizabeth Lacey, Alexa Desko, Lauren Taylor, Laura Hussey, Peter Turkeltaub Tags: Abstracts Presented at NYC Neuromodulation 2013 Source Type: research

Early Intervention Services Are Available for Your Child with Down Syndrome
Even though we all know that all children with Down syndrome may require physical, occupational and language/speech therapy during their development or maybe throughout their life, more therapy doesn't necessarily equal more advancement and should never be considered a way to fix a child. Therapy is a form of guidance that reinforces your child's development, and at the same time teaches you, as a parent, how to integrate this guidance into your child's natural routines....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 28, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Predictive value of esophageal motility test in the proficiency of esophageal speech
Summary One method of speech rehabilitation following total laryngectomy surgery is esophageal speech therapy (EST). In this method, which has witnessed relatively low success rates at the end of therapy, identification of patients who can benefit from EST beforehand will be important for determining the appropriate method for alaryngeal speech rehabilitation and might be cost‐effective, saving time and labor. To this end, this study conducted research on the feasibility of manometric data measured prior to therapy using an esophageal motility test (EMT) in order to determine the candidates most suitable for esophageal s...
Source: Diseases of the Esophagus - February 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: M. Sahin, R. Vardar, T. Kirazli, F. Ogut, S. Akyildiz, S. Bor Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

[Unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult: Epidemiology, symptoms, physiopathology and treatment.]
Abstract In France, the main causes for unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult patient are surgery and malignant tumors. Most of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis following thyroid surgery will recover within the first six postoperative months. At the time of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis, swallowing impairment and dyspnea occur in around 30% and 5% of cases, respectively. In the face of a unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis occurring without a history of trauma of surgery, the main paraclinical examination to perform is a computed laryngeal nerve examination analyzing the whole length of the ...
Source: Presse Medicale - February 10, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Laccourreye O, Malinvaud D, Ménard M, Bonfils P Tags: Presse Med Source Type: research

Demand for speech therapy intervention in neonatal unit of a teaching hospital
CONCLUSION: the majority of newborns receive oral feeding without a prior evaluation by a speech therapist, which can lead to situations of risk with regard to safe, efficient feeding. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Investigation on the complaint of dysphagia in aphasic patients
CONCLUSIONS: out of the aphasic patients assessed in this study, 48% reported swallowing complaints. Based on reports by family members, aphasia had no impact on the prognosis of dysphagia. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research