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KIJINI App Uses Individual's Voice to Support Health and Wellness

KIJINI, INC. announced its Indiegogo campaign to finalize the development of its eponymous KIJINI, an iOS and Android program with a set of apps capable of deciphering the user's voice to provide highly accurate information about critical aspects of health, wellness and vitality, from nutrition to muscles to diet to personality and more, according to the company. "KIJINI and its technology represent a revolution in wellness. We can record a person's voice and use the frequency patterns and correlations to ...

Posted on: May 30, 2015
Nominations Being Accepted for 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards

Oticon, Inc. is seeking outstanding individuals with hearing loss for the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards. Now in its 17th year, the national awards program celebrates students, adults and advocacy volunteers with any degree of hearing loss whose accomplishments demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to make a difference in their families, their communities or the world.  By spotlighting the achievements and contributions of people with hearing loss, Oticon aims to change ...

Posted on: May 28, 2015
Baptist Medical Center South Receives Award for Stroke Care

Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, Fla. has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.To receive the Gold Plus award, hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to ...

Posted on: May 24, 2015
Air Pollution Associated with Increased Risk of Autism

Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child's life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania.The research is funded by The Heinz Endowments and published in the July edition of Environmental Research."Autism spectrum disorders ...

Posted on: May 23, 2015
Presence of Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Kids with Autism, Study Shows

When animals are present, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have lower readings on a device that detects anxiety and other forms of social arousal when interacting with their peers.According to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, companion animals - like dogs, cats or the guinea pigs in the study - may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people.The study, ...

Posted on: May 21, 2015
Appeals Court Reverses Decision in Deaf Girl Scout's Discrimination Case

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday, May 8, that the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is subject to federal disability discrimination law under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The federal lawsuit was filed on August 2, 2012, by Megan Runnion, who is deaf and was 12 years old at the time. Megan was seeking to secure an American Sign Language interpreter for meetings of her Girl Scout troop.For the six years that Megan was involved with her Girl Scout troop, the ...

Posted on: May 17, 2015
Health Plans Improve Care, Reduce Costs for Frail Elderly Patients

Over the next two decades, the number of Americans over 65 - the vast majority of individuals with advanced illness - is expected to double to more than 72 million. A new report from the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) outlines how select community health plans have improved care for a rising population of frail elderly patients. The plans have found ways to support senior citizens beyond clinical settings and help keep them out of the hospital and living independently as long as possible. Key ...

Posted on: May 16, 2015
Major Alzheimer's Risk Gene Opens New Pathway to Prevention

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers from the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) have discovered that the Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) gene, the major genetic risk factor for the vast majority of late, age-dependent Alzheimer's patients, can reduce the number of mature, functional synapses in the brain by interfering with the DNA responsible for synapse formation and maintenance. Synaptic loss, a key element of Alzheimer's disease, often occurs before the onset of amyloid plaques or ...

Posted on: May 14, 2015
Ying Rejoins Center for Hearing and Communication as Co-Director

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) announces that, effective April 15, speech-language pathologist Elizabeth A. Ying rejoined CHC as Co-Director of the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers in New York City. Ying, who has a 40-year career of providing aural habilitation and rehabilitation services for children and adults with varying degrees of hearing loss, will share responsibility for the leadership of CHC's acclaimed speech and hearing services with audiologist ...

Posted on: May 10, 2015
TSC Global Awareness Day Scheduled for May 15

On May 15, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) will join tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) organizations around the world to observe the fourth annual TSC Global Awareness Day.  On this day, thousands of individuals and families affected by TSC will join together to increase public awareness of the rare disease and share their stories of hope for the future.TSC is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in vital organs, primarily in the brain, eyes, heart, kidneys, skin and ...

Posted on: May 09, 2015
Oticon Announces Innovative Webisodes for Hearing Practices

Oticon, Inc. will engage hearing care professionals with OTICONVERSATIONS, a week-long series of webisodes designed to empower participants to gain new understandings, skills and tools on topics ranging from hearing and listening to optimizing soft sounds and tinnitus support.  The short, informative, on-demand videos run just 10-12 minutes each and capsulize timely discussions by Oticon subject experts and respected thought leaders in healthcare and related disciplines.  The series begins on ...

Posted on: May 07, 2015
NIH Releases Framework for Alzheimer's Disease Research.

The National Institutes of Health has released recommendations that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer's disease research agenda. Developed at the recent Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention, the highly anticipated recommendations provide the wider Alzheimer's research community with a strategy for speeding the development of effective interventions for Alzheimer's and related dementias. These recommendations call for a change in how the ...

Posted on: May 03, 2015
Scenario Learning Launches 'Exceptional Child' Professional Development System

Scenario Learning has launched its Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System. The system provides on-demand, evidence-based special education training for all staff members who support students with disabilities."Having a son with autism, building the Exceptional Child System has been a labor of love," said Brian Taylor, CEO of Scenario Learning. "All children, including students with special needs, deserve the opportunity to reach their highest potential. And to do that, everyone from ...

Posted on: May 02, 2015
Researchers Use Biomarkers to Detect Traumatic Brain Injury

A new detection approach using minute chemical alterations in the body, or biomarkers, is being used as a new tool for detecting traumatic brain injury (TBI).  The approach was originally developed for tuberculosis diagnostics. "The goal of this project is to not only detect traumatic brain injuries, but eventually to guide treatment as well," said lead researcher Harshini Mukundan of Los Alamos National Laboratory. "We hope that our project will greatly benefit the care and recovery of veterans ...

Posted on: April 30, 2015
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
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