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One in Every Five Adults in the U.S. Lives with a Disability, CDC Estimates

In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation - defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs-reported by one in eight adults, followed by disability in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision, and self-care.The researchers found that the highest percentages of people with disabilities are generally in ...

Posted on: August 01, 2015
Church Live Streams Services Interpreted for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A central Florida congregation that pioneered church online during the last decade has launched a new option for worshipers: live streaming services interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.Available at Sundays at 11 a.m. EST, the American Sign Language interpreted service is easily accessible on any mobile device, laptop or desktop.Worshipers can view the entire service alongside an interpreter via picture-in-picture window. This allows individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing ...

Posted on: July 30, 2015
More Than 28 Million Baby Boomers Projected to Develop Alzheimer's

More than 28 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease between now and 2050, and the cost of caring for them will consume nearly 25% of Medicare spending in 2040, according to new research reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2015 (AAIC) in Washington, D.C.According to the Alzheimer's Association, if there are no significant advances in Alzheimer's treatment or prevention, as the baby boomers with Alzheimer's age, there will be a shift toward more severe forms ...

Posted on: July 26, 2015
Studies Suggest Exercise Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's, Cognitive Decline

Positive results of three new randomized controlled trials of aerobic exercise in Alzheimer's disease, vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were reported this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2015 (AAIC® 2015) in Washington, DC. The three international trials included: Aerobic Exercise Reduces Tau Protein in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive ImpairmentOne of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's is a brain lesion known as a tau tangle. ...

Posted on: July 25, 2015
Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Elderly and Family Caregivers

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) applauds passage this week of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act 2015 (OAA) by the U.S. Senate. Reauthorization of the OAA is critical to meeting the unique health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs of our nation's growing number of older adults, according to EWA. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), includes provisions to support older adults and their family caregivers. According to EWA, the U.S. faces a severe ...

Posted on: July 23, 2015
Congress Guarantees Access to Speech-Generating Devices for Medicare Patients

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 14 passed the Steve Gleason Act, which protects Medicare patients' access to medically necessary speech-generating devices for individuals with communication disabilities, including ALS, cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome. President Obama was expected to sign the legislation into law in short order. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers,(R-Wash.), Erik Paulsen, (R-Minn.), and Steve Scalise, (R-La.). An identical bill was passed by the ...

Posted on: July 19, 2015
Dept. of Education Issues Guidance on SLP Access for Kids With Autism

The U.S. Department of Education this week issued guidance in the form of a "Dear Colleague" letter [PDF] regarding services delivered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In its letter, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recognizes the importance of speech-language pathology services that may be appropriate for students with ASD, and that school systems must ensure that speech-language pathologists and other appropriate professionals are part of the evaluation and IEP/IFSP teams ...

Posted on: July 18, 2015
Hearing Practice Marketing Strategies Focus of Oticon Conference

Finding innovative ways to increase practice success is a core component of Oticon's ongoing practice support. This year, the Oticon DRIVE Conference steered participants through an intensive two days of knowledge-sharing and workshops that focused on accelerating practice growth in a highly competitive hearing care marketplace.  More than 150 hearing care professionals charted the course for a practice win at the conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 26 - 28.  "As the marketplace ...

Posted on: July 16, 2015
AG Bell Symposium Highlights Child Hearing Loss Brain Research

Featuring brain research changing the way clinicians work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) held its 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium July 9-11 in Baltimore. Looking at the brain science of hearing, Lydia Denworth, author of the book, "I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language," discussed why professionals who work with child with hearing loss must ...

Posted on: July 12, 2015
FDA Gives Nod to Cochlear Implant Built on Industry's Thinnest Platform

Cochlear Limited, a global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval of the company's Cochlear™ Nucleus® Profile™ Implant with Slim Straight Electrode (CI522). Built on more 30 years of experience and developed in close collaboration with the world's leading surgeons, according to the company, the Profile Series is the thinnest cochlear implant platform designed to provide the most discreet appearance for ...

Posted on: July 11, 2015
Memory and Thinking Continue to Decline for Years Following a Stroke, Study Finds

A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting worse for years afterward, and happen faster than normal brain aging. After a stroke, memory and thinking ability continue to decline faster than for non-stroke survivors.Stroke survivors also had a faster rate of developing cognitive impairment over the years after stroke compared to their pre-stroke rate. ...

Posted on: July 09, 2015
Phase III Clinical Trial of New Treatment for Patients With Autism Begins

Curemark LLC, a privately held drug research and development company, announced the start of a new Phase III double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial to examine the effect of its novel formulation, CM-AT, on all children ages three to eight with autism. Previously, Curemark announced the successful results of its FDA Phase III double blinded clinical trial for CM-AT in children ages three to eight with autism who had low levels of the digestive enzyme chymotrypsin. This new trial will ...

Posted on: July 05, 2015
Califone Launches Virtual Student School Starter Kit at ISTE

Califone International, LLC, a leading audiovisual (AV) manufacturer of products used in education, releases its Mobile Peripheral Pack at the 2015 ISTE Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. Ideal for new virtual school students, the kit includes the company's new Tablet Stand, 3068AV headphone and a KB4 Bluetooth® keyboard."The Mobile Peripheral Pack offers tools that support virtual school students and those who work in flexible learning environments," said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing ...

Posted on: July 02, 2015
Easter Seals 'Strongly Supports' Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare

Easter Seals strongly supports the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case. The Supreme Court's decision in this case means that individuals and families in all 50 states, whose incomes are below 400% of the federal poverty line, will continue to be eligible for financial aid to help cover the cost of health insurance premiums."The goal of the health care reform law is to assure that all people have access to quality, affordable health care. Access to the health care system is ...

Posted on: June 28, 2015
Oticon Clinical Grand Rounds Conference Helps Hearing Practices Thrive

More than 70 leading hearing healthcare professionals from across the U.S. gathered May 29-31 in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the 2015 Oticon Clinical Grand Rounds Conference.Now in its sixth year, the annual conference brings together multi-specialty practice teams comprised of ENT physicians, audiologists and practice managers to explore strategies for staying responsive and proactive in a challenging hearing healthcare arena."In an increasingly competitive environment that tends to commoditize the consumer ...

Posted on: June 27, 2015
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