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Banner Sun Health Research Institute Launches Alzheimer's Trial

Banner Sun Health Research Institute is proud to announce it is one of just five facilities in the United States to launch a new clinical trial for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study, titled "Effect of NeuroAD, Combined TMS Stimulation and Cognitive Training, on the cognitive function of mild to moderate Alzheimer patients," utilizes NeuroAD technology, a noninvasive approach to reduce memory decline as a result of AD.The NeuroAD system by Neuronix is an innovative, ...

Posted on: April 23, 2014
For The Elderly, Better Eating Through 3D Printing

The European Union, concerned about the special needs of its rapidly aging population, is spending more than $4 million to develop 3D printers that will produce food that is optimized for the elderly.The program is called PERFORMANCE: an over-labored acronym that stands for "PERsonalized FOod using Rapid MAnufacturing for the Nutrition of elderly ConsumErs." It's one of many initiatives that the EU is undertaking as it prepares for a future where one in five of its citizens will be 65-years-old and over ...

Posted on: April 22, 2014
Autism Study Confirms Value Of Early Intervention

Although autism spectrum disorder detection in infancy is the ultimate goal, currently detection is difficult before 18 months. UConn research has resulted in a screening tool for autism, the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (the M-CHAT), and a recent revision (the M-CHAT-R), which many pediatricians in Connecticut and nationally are using. It screens for autism in toddlers ages 16-30 months. It can pick up many, although not all, children at risk for autism. Those who screen positive should then ...

Posted on: April 21, 2014
Gene Variant puts Women at Higher Risk of Alzheimer's

Carrying a copy of a gene variant called ApoE4 confers a substantially greater risk for Alzheimer's disease on women than it does on men, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.The scientists arrived at their findings by analyzing data on large numbers of older individuals who were tracked over time and noting whether they had progressed from good health to mild cognitive impairment - from which most move on to develop Alzheimer's disease within a few years - ...

Posted on: April 20, 2014
Stroke Often Missed In ER, Study Finds

Early signs and symptoms of stroke are often missed by emergency department doctors, a new study finds.Every year, tens of thousands of Americans with symptoms such as dizziness or headache are misdiagnosed in the ER in the days or weeks before they suffer a stroke, according to the researchers.Women, minorities and those under age 45 are the most likely to be misdiagnosed, according to the study published online April 3 in the journal Diagnosis."It's clear that ER physicians need to be more discerning ...

Posted on: April 20, 2014
Autistic Children Benefit from Dog Ownership

Many families face the decision of whether to get a dog. For families of children with autism, the decision can be even more challenging. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found the parents reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility."Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with others, which can ...

Posted on: April 19, 2014
Insomnia May Increase Stroke Risk

Young adults with insomnia may be up to eight times more likely to suffer a stroke than those who have no trouble sleeping, according to a study by researchers in Taiwan.They compared health records of more than 21,000 patients with insomnia with 64,000 patients without the sleep disorder.While the overall risk of stroke was small among adults ages 18 to 35, those who were insomniacs were eight times more likely to suffer a stroke over a four-year period compared to those without sleep issues. The same ...

Posted on: April 19, 2014
1970s Experiment Shows Benefit of Early Education Interventions

Children who participated in a landmark early childhood intervention known as the Abecedarian Project in the 1970s are now in their late 30s and early 40s. And, relatively speaking, their physical health is more robust compared with other adults, according to recent findings.The social experiment, a carefully controlled scientific study originally spearheaded by Craig Ramey, formerly of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Conn. SLP Program Receives Accreditation News

The speech-language pathology (SLP) Program at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, Conn. was awarded candidacy, the first stage of accreditation conferred by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded for an initial period of five years to new programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA's Standards Compliance Continuum. ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser over Vaccine Issue

Chili's Grill and Bar canceled a national fundraising drive that supported the National Autism Association, a not-for-profit group that links vaccinations to autism in some cases.The Chili's fundraiser would have donated 10% of a table's check Monday to NAA, upon the guest's request, at more than 1,200 participating restaurants.In an e-mailed statement, Chili's said it would find another way to support families affected by autism."While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
PSHA Awards Scholarship to SLP Grad Student

Midori Rodriguez, a speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate student at Misericordia University in Dallas, Penn., was awarded the 2014 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) at the 55th annual Convention, "Champions for Clinical Excellence & Innovative Practice,'' in Pittsburgh, Penn., in April.The 2014 award marks the seventh consecutive year a SLP student from Misericordia University has received the prestigious scholarship. The award is given ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
Speech and Hearing Infographic

Soliant Health recently researched and published a 2 part infographic series about creative activities for speech and hearing therapy to encourage parents and families to continue important therapy in the home. To read more, click here.Speech and Hearing Therapy Ideas - Bringing Fun and Play Home Brought to you by Soliant Health

Posted on: April 16, 2014
World's First: Cyberknife Treats Vocal Cord Cancer

Stephen Wiley, a lifelong cowboy from Terrell, Texas, has helped UT Southwestern Medical Center pioneer a new treatment for vocal cord cancer. Wiley volunteered to be the world's first known patient to be treated for vocal cord cancer with CyberKnife, a surgeon-controlled robotic device that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation.Wiley, a yard driver for a manufacturing company who also raises horses on his own time, said he started waking up in the morning with a hoarse voice and thought ...

Posted on: April 15, 2014
Scientists Identify Key Cells in Touch Sensation

In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures.Touch is the last frontier of sensory neuroscience. The cells and molecules that initiate vision - rod and cone cells and light-sensitive receptors - have been known since the early 20th ...

Posted on: April 14, 2014
Memphis Grad Programs Earn Top Ranks

Two University of Memphis programs have been ranked among the top graduate programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology programs in the University of Memphis' School of Communication Sciences and Disorders ranked 12th and 15th, respectively, according to the 2015 ranking. U.S. News & World Report analyzes more than 1,300 graduate programs. The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been ranked nationally since 1997.According to Maurice ...

Posted on: April 13, 2014
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