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Repeating Words to Infants Widens Their Vocabulary, Researchers Say

New findings from research conducted jointly at the University of Maryland and Harvard University suggests young infants benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents. With this knowledge, parents may make conscious communication choices that could pay off in their babies' toddler years and beyond, the researches said.Results from the study, "Input and uptake at 7 months predicts toddler vocabulary: the role of child-directed speech and infant processing skills in language development" are ...

Posted on: October 04, 2015
More Than $100 Million in New Funding for Brain Research Announced

The Kavli Foundation and its university partners announced today the commitment of more than $100 million in new funds to enable research aimed at deepening our understanding of the brain and brain-related disorders, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease."We are delighted to announce this major commitment to promoting a sustained interdisciplinary effort to solve the mysteries of the brain," said Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the ...

Posted on: October 03, 2015
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to Host Conference on Feeding Disorders

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH), Baltimore, a national leader in care and feeding disorder treatments for pediatric patients, announced its inaugural "Strategies for Treating Pediatric Feeding Disorders" Conference, to be held Oct. 30-31 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore.Designed specifically for pediatricians, pediatric nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers, psychologists and speech-language pathologists, this two-day conference will cover a wide spectrum of issues ...

Posted on: October 01, 2015
ALS Association and Target ALS Join Forces on Biofluid Collection

The ALS Association and Target ALS announced the launch of a new collaborative effort to expand the collection of biofluids from people with ALS, to be used for research to better understand the disease and ultimately develop new treatments.The Target ALS Postmortem Tissue Core is a unique resource in the field of ALS research, providing high-quality post-mortem tissue for academic and industry researchers throughout the world. Target ALS has invested $1.04M to date into the core. The addition of ...

Posted on: September 27, 2015
Accera Joins Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable

Accera, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapies for central nervous system disorders, announced today that it has been invited to join the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable. Participation in the Roundtable provides an opportunity for the company to advance Alzheimer's disease research and drug development by sharing scientific knowledge with other major research organizations in the field. Accera executives will participate in Roundtable presentations and related ...

Posted on: September 26, 2015
Pitt Researchers Identify Possible New Drug Therapy for Tinnitus

Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. The findings by a team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are published online in the journal eLife.Tinnitus is typically induced by exposure to loud noise and causes whistling, clicking, roaring and other phantom sounds. It is estimated that 5-15% of Americans ...

Posted on: September 24, 2015
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Names Inaugural Award Winner

Physician-scientist Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD, has been named the inaugural winner of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's (ADDF) Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery, the first prize to specifically recognize researchers working in novel and promising areas of Alzheimer's drug discovery. Longo is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and Chairman of biopharmaceutical firm ...

Posted on: September 20, 2015
Alzheimer's Consists of Three Distinct Subtypes, UCLA Study Shows

Alzheimer's disease, long thought to be a single disease, really consists of three distinct subtypes, according to a UCLA study. The finding could lead to more highly targeted research and, eventually, new treatments for the debilitating neurological disorder, which robs people of their memories.The study further found revealed one of the three variations, the cortical subtype, appears to be fundamentally a different condition than the other two, said Dr. Dale Bredesen, the study's author, a UCLA ...

Posted on: September 17, 2015
Dept. of Education Issues Guidance on SLP Access for Kids With Autism

The U.S. Department of Education has 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 for ...

Posted on: September 13, 2015
Medicare Coverage for End-of-Life Conversations Will Help Patients, Families

"Reimbursing doctors who counsel patients about end-of-life care through Medicare can have a positive impact on millions of elderly Americans and their families. It's a step in the right direction," said Mary Minton, PhD, associate dean of the graduate nursing program at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.Last month Medicare announced plans to reimburse doctors and other qualified health care professionals for talking to patients about end-of-life care. A final decision will be made ...

Posted on: September 12, 2015
InDemand Interpreting Unveils Video Remote Devices for Healthcare

InDemand Interpreting, a provider of video remote interpreting (VRI) for healthcare, has unveiled an expanded suite of VRI devices specifically designed to support VRI across the entire care continuum.InDemand Interpreting connects healthcare professionals to medically trained and qualified interpreters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in more than 200 languages, including American Sign Language (ASL).The new product suite includes large touch screen carts that enable deaf patients to clearly see ASL ...

Posted on: September 10, 2015
State Agency to Ensure School Kids Receive Speech Therapy, More

Students with disabilities and their families are joining forces with California Independent Living Centers, such as Community Access Center (CAC) in Riverside, which offers students of all ages individualized programs and therapeutic services, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision therapy and assistive technology services for tackling the hurdles that interfere with learning and ultimate independence.CAC begins by representing parents on their child's Individualized ...

Posted on: September 06, 2015
Study: Healthcare Providers Hold Biases Based on Sexual Orientation

In the first study that looks at a variety of healthcare providers and their implicit attitudes towards lesbian women and gay men, researchers found there is widespread implicit bias toward lesbian women and gay men.The study, "Health Care Providers' Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Lesbian Women and Gay Men," published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that moderate to strong implicit preferences for straight people over lesbian and gay people are widespread among ...

Posted on: September 05, 2015
HyperSound, AAAF to Raise Hearing Loss Awareness Ahead of Audiology Month

The American Academy of Audiology Foundation announced it will partner with HyperSound® Hearing Solutions to support the development and distribution of public awareness resources in conjunction with National Audiology Awareness Month. Thanks to a gift from HyperSound, the Foundation has underwritten the production of the American Academy of Audiology's 2015 "Myth vs. Facts About Hearing Loss" poster and other online tools for use by audiologists and hearing care professionals. HyperSound's ...

Posted on: September 03, 2015
Center for Autism and Related Disorders Opens Texas Facility

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) announced Aug. 12 the opening of its new treatment center within the Outreach Pediatric Therapy (OPT) facility in San Antonio. CARD provides services worldwide using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat the delays and challenges commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By sharing space with OPT, an occupational and speech therapy provider, the organizations will offer families access to services in one location. The ...

Posted on: August 30, 2015
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