Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2009) — Researchers are developing a Wearable Artificial Kidney for dialysis patients, reports an upcoming paper in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). "Our vision of a technological breakthrough has materialized in the form of a Wearable Artificial Kidney, which provides continuous dialysis 24 hours a day, seven days a week," comments Victor Gura, MD (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2009) — Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University have discovered a genetic mutation underlying late-onset Leigh syndrome, a rare inherited metabolic disorder characterized by the degeneration of the central nervous system. The study published in Nature Genetics, provides vital insights into the cell biology of this neurological disorder and will lead to the development of diagnostic and predictive tests allowing for family and genetic counseling.
Leigh syndrome usually begins in early childhood and is caused by genetic mutations which result in mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are compartments in the cell which have their own DNA and function to supply energy to the body. Damage and dysfunction to mitochondrial DNA is a factor in more than 40 types of metabolic diseases and disorders, including Leigh syndrome.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"From Cobblestones to Cornerstones: Revitalizing Transition Outcomes"
October 29-31, 2009
A preconference will be held on Wednesday, October 28 on the Summary of Performance. This workshop is being conducted by Drs. Audrey Trainor, Jim Patton and Gary Clark. The cost is $75.00 and all participants must have a laptop for the SOP software (donated by Pro-Ed) to be loaded on your computer.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2009) — A study in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicineshows that adults with Down syndrome also frequently suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, complications of untreated OSA such as cardiovascular disease, daytime sleepiness and impaired cognitive functioning overlap with the manifestations of Down syndrome; therefore, OSA may not be detected.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The results are published in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr. Robert Perneczky, Department of Psychiatry at Klinikum rechts der Isar explains: "We know that there is not always a close association between brain damage due to Alzheimer's disease and the resulting symptoms of dementia. In fact, there are individuals with severe brain pathology with almost no signs of dementia, whereas others with only minor brain lesions exhibit a considerable degree of clinical symptoms."
Friday, August 21, 2009
October 21-23, 2009
Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 504-586-0300 * 800-766-3782
Thursday, August 20, 2009
ScienceDaily (Aug. 14, 2009) — Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have succeeded for the first time in devising a model that describes and identifies a basic cellular mechanism that enables networks of neurons to efficiently decode speech in changing conditions.
The research may lead to the upgrading of computer algorithms for faster and more precise speech recognition as well as to the development of innovative treatments for auditory problems among adults and young people.
Our brain has the capability to process speech and other complex auditory stimuli and to make sense of them, even when the sound signals reach our ears in a slowed, accelerated or distorted manner.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Window Into The Brain: Diffusion Imaging MRI Tracks Memories And May Detect Alzheimer's At Early Stage
ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2009) — When we absorb new information, the human brain reshapes itself to store this newfound knowledge. But where exactly is the new knowledge kept, and how does that capacity to adapt reflect our risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of senile dementia later in our lives?
Dr. Yaniv Assaf of Tel Aviv University's Department of Neurobiology is pioneering a new way to track the effect of memory on brain structure. "With a specific MRI methodology called 'Diffusion Imaging MRI,' we can investigate the microstructure of the tissue without actually cutting into it," he explains. "We can measure how much capacity our brain has to change structurally, what our memory reserve is and where that happens."
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Smokers aged between 46 and 70 have a 70% higher risk of developing chronic memory loss, according to a study reported in Britain's Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The chance of people with diabetes getting dementia is more than doubled because of their condition, while in those with raised blood pressure it is increased by 60% compared with people without that problem.
A separate study today shows that people may be able to ward off the onset of dementia by stimulating their brain regularly through everyday activities such as reading, writing and playing card games. That research, in the American journal Neurology, offers further evidence that mental exercise can help delay cognitive impairment.
Denis Campbell, health correspondent
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
ScienceDaily (Aug. 6, 2009) — Hearing aids and cochlear implants act as tiny amplifiers so the deaf and hard-of-hearing can make sense of voices and music. Unfortunately, these devices also amplify background sound, so they're less effective in a noisy environment like a busy workplace or café.
But help is on the way. Prof. Miriam Furst-Yust of Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering has developed a new software application named "Clearcall" for cochlear implants and hearing aids which improves speech recognition for the hard-of-hearing by up to 50%.
"Hearing-impaired people have a real problem understanding speech," says Prof. Furst-Yust. "Their devices may be useful in a quiet room, but once the background noise levels ramp up, the devices become less useful. Our algorithm helps filter out irrelevant noise so they can better understand the voices of their friends and family."
Monday, August 10, 2009
A new study that looked at Kaiser Permanente Northern California members over a four-decade period found that even borderline to moderately high cholesterol levels in your 40s can significantly raise the chances of developing dementia later in life.
The study, published today in the journal Dementia & Geriatrics Cognitive Disorders, found the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease increased by as much as 66 percent among people with high cholesterol in midlife, a level defined as 240 or higher milligrams per deciliter (1.75 pints) of blood.
For those with just moderately high cholesterol - between 200 and 239 milligrams per deciliter - the risk of developing vascular dementia, the second-most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's, increased by 52 percent.
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
To view the entire article, please click on the link above.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Sunday, August 9 at 9 p.m.:
THROUGH DEAF EYES is a two-hour HDTV documentary that explores 200
years of Deaf life in America. The film includes interviews with
prominent members of the Deaf community, including actress Marlee
Matlin and Gallaudet University president emeritus I. King Jordan.
Interwoven throughout the film are six short documentaries produced
by Deaf media artists and filmmakers. Poignant, sometimes humorous,
these commissioned stories bring a personalized sense of Deaf life in
America to the film. Through first person accounts and the film as a
whole, THROUGH DEAF EYES tells the story of conflicts, prejudice and
affirmation that ultimately reaches the heart of what it means to be human.
For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/weta/throughdeafeyes/, or click on the link above.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
SCATP is working with the STAR network to help facilitate equipment reutilization in South Carolina. STAR has three outreach centers throughout the state where an individual with a disability can access used equipment and assistive technology.
The used items have been cleaned and sanitized through a Washing Mechanism known as the HubScrub. Items redistributed are typically donated items being gifted for availability to persons who can utilize the item(s). Individuals can access the equipment or devices they need for a modest contribution. Individuals from the community can bring their equipment (non electric/no battery) to an nearest outreach center to be cleaned/sanitized and returned to the outreach center at the next scheduled delivery.
Call your closest point of contact from the list below or call Walton Options. If you have a computer to donate, call Walton options directly.
Address: 948 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901
Contact Person: Anita Howard, STAR Program Assistant
Disability Action Center
Address: 1115 Belleview St., Columbia, SC 29201
Contact Person: Stephen Maglione, Executive Director
DisAbility Resource Center
Address: 7944 Dorchester Rd., Suite 5, North Charleston, SC 29418
Contact Person: Gloria Maurer, Loan Closet Manager
Address: PO Box 8576, 9 Saluda Dam Rd, Greenville, SC 29604
Contact Person: Christina Edwards, Community Director
Call the center in your area if you have items to donate for these pickup dates:
8/6/09 – Walton Options, Aiken
8/11/09 – Disability Solutions, Hartsville
8/18/09 – Disability Action Center, Columbia
8/25/09 – Disability Resource Center, North Charleston
9/8//09 – Disability Solutions, Hartsville
9/15/09 – Disability Action Center, Columbia
9/22/09 – Disability Resource Center, North Charleston
9/29/09 – Regained Mobility, Greenville
HubScrub Events: Sponsor a HubScrub event at your business. The HubScrub cleans/sanitizes and disinfects equipment. It’s a wonderful way to support your community. For more information call Kathy Pelletier at 706-724-6262.
USC School of Medicine • Center for Disability Resources
University Center for Excellence, Columbia SC 29208
located at Midlands Center, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia SC 29203
(803) 935-5263 • (803) 935 5342 fax • (800) 915-4522 toll free
To view the webpage, please click on the link above.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Shia Kent, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, led a team of US researchers who used cross-sectional data from 14,474 people in the NIH-NINDS-funded REGARDS study, a longitudinal study investigating stroke incidence and risk factors, to study associations between depression, cognitive function and sunlight.
He said: "We found that among participants with depression, low exposure to sunlight was associated with a significantly higher predicted probability of cognitive impairment. This relationship remained significant after adjustment for season. This new finding that weather may not only affect mood, but also cognition, has significant implications for the treatment of depression, particularly seasonal affective disorder."