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New Non-Profit Supports Individuals With Autism and Speech Disorders

Their passion began 13 years ago when their son was diagnosed with autism at just 18 months of age. Now Joe Pulizzi and Pam Kozelka are taking that passion for helping those with autism and speech disorders to a new level by founding The Orange Effect Foundation."Back in 2001, our son was born with autism. Thanks to early intervention, including intense speech therapy, I'm proud to say he's grown into a very happy, independent young man," explains the Orange Effect Foundation Co-Founder and Executive ...

Posted on: April 26, 2015
Burke Recruiting Subjects for Alzheimer's Trial

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Burke Rehabilitation Center announced April 22 it is currently recruiting participants for a clinical trial to evaluate whether increasing brain thiamine through the use of a new drug can help slow cognitive decline in individuals with mild Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. Thiamine (vitamin B1) is closely linked to memory and cognition. Many thiamine-dependent processes are diminished in Alzheimer's disease. The goal of this trial is to determine whether increasing ...

Posted on: April 25, 2015
Audiologists Receive Salus University Alumni Association Award

The Salus University Alumni Association has announced its 2015 award recipients-two of the three being audiologists who have largely contributed to the profession. The Alumni Association presents its annual and special recognition awards to notable alumni and friends of Salus University. Tomi Thibodeaux Browne, AuD '04, has been named the Salus University Audiology Alumna of the Year. This award is presented to an alumnus who has made constructive contributions to the profession and the Salus ...

Posted on: April 23, 2015
Removing Blood Clots Reduces Disability Following Stroke, Study Shows

A technique that removes blood clots from large brain blood vessels reduced disability after stroke in a trial conducted in Catalonia, Spain, and co-led by an expert from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings were announced April 16, at the annual meeting of the European Stroke Organisation in Glasgow, Scotland, and also published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.The results of the trial, known as REVASCAT, echo findings from other recent large studies that were ...

Posted on: April 19, 2015
Beltone Apple Watch App Enables Users to Customize Hearing Aids

Beltone, a global provider of hearing aids, has introduced the next level of hearing customization today with the HearPlus app developed for Apple Watch. Designed for simple on-the-go accessibility, the app gives hearing aid wearers new opportunities to personalize hearing aid settings directly from their wrists. Building on 75 years of innovation, Beltone's HearPlus app for Apple Watch gives unprecedented control and freedom to people with hearing loss."The Beltone HearPlus app for Apple Watch reaffirms ...

Posted on: April 18, 2015
Vest Designed to Enable Profoundly Deaf to 'Feel' Speech

A vest that allows the profoundly deaf to "feel" and understand speech is under development by engineering students and their mentors at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. Under the direction of neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman, Rice students are refining a vest with dozens of embedded sensors that vibrate in specific patterns to represent words. The vest responds to input from a phone or tablet app that isolates speech from ambient sound.Eagleman introduced VEST - ...

Posted on: April 16, 2015
Parkinson's Disease Symposium Enlightens Patients and Caregivers

Loma Linda University department of neurology, Movement Disorders Clinic held its second annual Parkinson's Disease Patients & Caregivers Symposium on March 13. Nearly 150 patients, caregivers and family and friends of those with Parkinson's disease (PD) attended the event in Newport Beach to learn the latest and greatest developments in PD symptoms, treatment and support. The keynote speaker, Kapil Sethi, MD, professor of neurology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, presented on ...

Posted on: April 12, 2015
Oticon Donates $25K to AAAF Empowering People Scholarship Fund

At AudiologyNOW! 2015 in San Antonio last month, Oticon, Inc. President Peer Lauritsen presented a $25,000 donation to the America Academy of Audiology Foundation's (AAAF) Empowering People scholarship fund to Angela Shoup, PhD, Chair of the AAAF Foundation Board of Trustees. This is the fourth year that Oticon has provided funding that will enable AAAF to award five $5,000 scholarships to graduate students earning AuD or PhD degrees in audiology who show exceptional promise as clinical audiologists."We ...

Posted on: April 11, 2015
ZPower Execs Detail Benefits of Rechargeable Solution for Hearing Aids

ZPower, the first developer of rechargeable, silver-zinc batteries for hearing aids, led a presentation that built a compelling case for the many advantages of rechargeable power for hearing aid wearers. With a ZPower rechargeable solution, the average patient with wireless binaural devices uses just two batteries per year, as opposed to 150 to 200 traditional disposable batteries per year. ZPower's presentation provided details of an innovative approach to delivering rechargeable power during the ...

Posted on: April 09, 2015
UNC Hospitals First in U.S. to Use SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implants

MED-EL USA this week announced that the first SYNCHRONY cochlear implant has successfully been implanted at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. The surgery was performed on Joe Long, 83, who has a history of back surgery, and a likelihood of future 3.0 Tesla (T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations."The upper age limit of cochlear implant candidates continues to rise," said Harold Pillsbury, MD, Chair, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of North Carolina School ...

Posted on: April 04, 2015
Oticon Appoints New National Sales Manager, Names Regional Lead

Oticon, Inc. announced the appointment of Thomas Lawrence to the company's newly created National Sales Manager position.  Lawrence will be responsible for developing sales strategies, driving improvements and implementing best practices to deliver quality support and services to Oticon's professional partners.  He will be based in Oticon's U.S. headquarters in Somerset, N.J. Lawrence joins Oticon with more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development in the medical ...

Posted on: April 02, 2015
New Regional Partnership Will Expand Access to Hospice Care

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Family Hospice and Palliative Care and Presbyterian SeniorCare  announced a new partnership of organizations sharing a common interest in providing compassionate and high-quality care to people in western Pennsylvania with life-limiting illness. Subject to completion of due diligence and receipt of regulatory approvals, a definitive agreement and closing of this transaction are expected to take place by mid-year.Family Hospice and Palliative Care, ...

Posted on: March 29, 2015
New 'Webzine' for International Parkinson's Community set to Launch

A new magazine-style website is being launched to inspire and inform the international Parkinson's community.Parkinson's Life, developed by the European Parkinson's Disease Association (EPDA), will go live in April (known globally as Parkinson's 'awareness' month). It will connect everyone touched by the disease - wherever they are in the world - from people with Parkinson's and their families, to healthcare professionals, carers and decision makers.According to the publisher, unlike many other websites, ...

Posted on: March 28, 2015
App Enables Communication Using Pictures and Speech-Generating Device

Pyramid Educational Consultants, worldwide specialists in autism and other developmental disabilities and the developers of the Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS®), announced the launch of its new mobile app, PECS IV+.Created in 1985 by Andy Bondy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC/SLP, founders of Pyramid Educational Consultants, PECS is a unique communication intervention program that teaches individuals with limited or no speaking abilities to communicate by forming sentence structures ...

Posted on: March 26, 2015
Thick-It Launches ProCare Sampling Program for SLPs

Thick-It®, the leading retail brand of dysphagia nutrition solutions, recently launched its ProCare Sampling Program, making it easier for healthcare professionals to educate patients about nutrition options for those with swallowing disorders.Created exclusively for healthcare professionals, the Thick-It® ProCare Sampling Program allows them to request resources for patient education and to order customized product kits designed to meet the needs of specific patients. "Our goal is to ...

Posted on: March 25, 2015
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