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MJFF Releases Analysis of Parkinson's Clinical Trial Matching Tool

A paper authored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease highlights baseline findings from the first three years of operating Fox Trial Finder . Fox Trial Finder aims to match volunteers to the right clinical trials and studies for them, increasing the flow of participants into studies that historically are delayed by snail's-pace recruitment, slowing research progress.MJFF analyzed data as of July 2014 from registrants (26,231) and ...

Posted on: February 27, 2015
ASA, Medtronic Announce Plan to Decrease Recurring Strokes

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Medtronic plc, a maker of medical devices, announced a plan to work together toward decreasing recurring strokes in patients whose strokes have no known cause.The two organizations announced the arrangement at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville.Thirty percent of ischemic strokes - the most common type of stroke caused by blocked blood vessels to the brain - remain without a definite cause after thorough evaluation and are called ...

Posted on: February 25, 2015
American Parkinson Association Announces New Board Members, Strategic Plan

At its annual meeting held in January the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) announced the election of David J. Butler of St Louis as the newest member of the National Board of Directors. Butler is a retired partner with KPMG LLP where he served as a Regional Professional Practice Partner in the audit practice and specialized in audits of financial services entities. He joined the APDA St. Louis Chapter Board in 2013 and was elected to the Executive Board in 2014.    "Our goal is ...

Posted on: February 23, 2015
Ida Tools Help Hearing Practitioners Engage Patients, Survey Shows

An exploratory survey of more than 450 audiologists, educators and hearing health professionals finds Ida Institute's "Ida Tools" enable hearing health practitioners to deliver more patient-centered care.  An impressive 65% of the respondents reported using the Ida Tools in daily practice.  Ida Tools not only helped to engage patients but enabled clinicians to open a dialogue, enhance motivation and facilitate decision-making.  More than 80% of respondents indicated that use of the Ida ...

Posted on: February 23, 2015
NAD Reaches Captioning Agreement with Wal-Mart Entertainment Subsidiary

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and VUDU, Inc., a wholly owned streaming entertainment subsidiary of Walmart, have reached an agreement for VUDU to caption 100% of programming content streamed through VUDU's Video on Demand Service.The agreement indicates the parties' mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and TV streamed on the Internet. VUDU has ensured ...

Posted on: February 20, 2015
Researchers Announce Promising Results for New Alzheimer's Therapy

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have evaluated a new Alzheimer's therapy in which the patients receive an implant that stimulates the growth of a certain type of nerve cell. The results, which are published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, suggest that the introduction of a nerve growth factor can prevent neuronal degradation in Alzheimer's patients.Patients with Alzheimer's disease suffer a selective and early breakdown of so-called cholinergic nerve cells, which require a ...

Posted on: February 18, 2015
National Association of the Deaf Sues Harvard, MIT for Discrimination

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four deaf and hard of hearing individuals filed two federal class action lawsuits against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), charging that the schools discriminate by failing to caption the vast array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs).The cases, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, assert that these universities violate the Americans with ...

Posted on: February 16, 2015
Clot Removal Improves Outcomes Following Stroke, Landmark Study Shows

Researchers have completed an international, randomized, controlled trial showing that a clot-retrieval procedure, known as endovascular treatment (ET), can dramatically improve patient outcomes after an acute ischemic stroke. The study, in which the University of Pittsburgh enrolled more participants than any other American site, also shows a dramatic reduction in deaths from stroke. The results were published in the Feb. 11 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The results also ...

Posted on: February 13, 2015
Pitt Launches Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research

The University of Pittsburgh  announced the creation of the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, and that O'Hara Township couple Neil and Suzanne Alexander have pledged to raise half of its initial funding. The new center will focus both on developing new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and on improving the quality of life for people who are now living with the progressive, degenerative neurological condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.The ...

Posted on: February 11, 2015
Autism Speaks Grant to Fund Study on Gut, Autism Connection

The connection between gastrointestinal problems and autism will be the focus of a new patient study led by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital."Previous research has shown that gastrointestinal problems are more common among individuals with autism, and may worsen behavioral symptoms," said Dr. James Versalovic, the Milton J. Finegold Professor of Pathology at Baylor and pathologist-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, and director of the Texas Children's Microbiome ...

Posted on: February 09, 2015
Boardmaker Debuts at ATIA with Online Curricula for Students with Special Needs

Mayer-Johnson, a Tobii Dynavox company, introduced Boardmaker Instructional Solutions (BIS) during the 2015 ATIA Conference Jan. 27-31 in Orlando, Fla.  Available for use by educators, therapists, and parents, BIS are deep curricular programs designed to offer engaging, research-based instruction for students with special needs. Delivered through a Boardmaker Online subscription, the solutions give each student, regardless of ability, access to the same content as their peers, and empower educators ...

Posted on: February 06, 2015
Laryngectomy May Improve Laryngeal Outcomes

Patients with advanced-stage laryngeal cancer treated at Louisiana State University Health-Shreveport (LSU Health) have higher survival rates, according to a study published online November 27, 2014 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.Blake Joseph LeBlanc, MD, from LSU Health, and colleagues compared survival outcomes for initial surgical treatment of advanced-stage primary tumors. The authors identified patients diagnosed as having laryngeal carcinoma between 1998-2007. Data for 165 patients ...

Posted on: February 04, 2015
FDA Approves First Cochlear Implant Without Internal Magnet Removal

MED-EL USA announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its new SYNCHRONY cochlear implant. For the first time, a cochlear implant has been approved for use with 3.0 Tesla (T) MRI without the surgical removal of the internal magnet. The new SYNCHRONY cochlear implant is the only implant available with this indication in the U.S., according to the company. SYNCHRONY will be available in the spring. "MED-EL has continued its unprecedented advancement in the area of cochlear implant and ...

Posted on: February 02, 2015
Deaf Actress Treshelle Edmond to Perform ASL at Super Bowl XLIX

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and PepsiCo announced that actressTreshelle Edmond has been selected to bring the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL) to one of the most popular sports and entertainment events of the year - Super Bowl Sunday.The National Football League and NBC announced that Edmond will be joining Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel in performing the National Anthem, and also platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend in performing "America the Beautiful" ...

Posted on: January 30, 2015
Childhood Autism Often Undetected by Doctors

A new study on autism published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, and a Brigham Young University (BYU) researcher is its lead author.The study, entitled "Identifying Autism in a Brief Observation," finds that many medical professionals are missing signs of autism in child patients because time frames for clinical observation are too short to detect the disorder.The researchers found that in a 10-minute screening, children with autism displayed "typical" behavior 89% of the time, and medical ...

Posted on: January 28, 2015
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