April 20, 2010

Foreign Accent Syndrome

1 Woman Acquires Chinese Accent After Migraine

Sarah Colwill of Plymouth, England, recovered from a severe migraine with a changed voice, a voice that was described as sounding like a Chinese accent. Ms. Colwill is not actually able to speak Chinese, and the "accent" seems to be the result of an injury to speech areas of her brain prompted by her headache. A week later the accent morphed into an Eastern European accent. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare side effect of head injury or stroke, with 60 cases reported in the past 70 years. The syndrome has never previously been linked to a migraine headache. In this video, an Indiana woman with Foreign Language Syndrome speaks with an English accent after a stroke.

More at Daily Mail | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Sarah Colwill, Foreign Accent Syndrome, Chinese Accent, Migraine

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Can Help Millions of Sufferers

2 Targeted Exercise Lessens Back Pain Best

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine finds that exercise, specifically designed to isolate and target lower back muscles is beneficial in reducing pain. "If you want to bring about physiological change to help the development and endurance of back muscles, you must focus your training on those specific muscles and not other muscular groups such as hip extensors," says lead researcher Christian Larivière, a professor at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST). Researchers used electromyography (EMG) sensors to measure the level of activity in muscles to “target tired muscles which aren't yet showing a decrease in strength," says Larivière.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Routine Lifting May Help with Back Pain

Tags: Back Pain, Exercise, Low Back Pain, Targeted Exercise, Hip Extensors, Christian Lariviere, Institut De Recherche Robert-Sauve En Sante Et En Securite Du Tr, Electromyography (EMG), Strength Training, Reducing Pain

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I Hope You Dance

3 Dance Therapy Reduces Seniors’ Risk of Falling

Dance therapy can be therapeutic for seniors, improving gait and balance and reducing the risk of falling, finds research conducted at the University of Missouri. Participants followed a supervised dance-based therapy program called The Lebed Method (TLM) for two months. "Among seniors that stand up and move during sessions, we found that dance therapy can increase their walking speed and balance, which are two major risk factors for falling,” said Jean Krampe, a registered nurse and doctoral student in the Sinclair School of Nursing. She added, “Nursing and eldercare professionals can help move these programs into practice to reduce the detrimental burden caused by falls." The MU research marks the first to study the benefits of TLM on seniors.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Dance Therapy, Senior Citizens, Gait, Balance, University of Missouri, The Lebed Method, Jeane Krampe, Sinclair School of Nursing, Eldercare, Nursing

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Replaces “Botax”

4 Congress Passes Indoor Tanning Tax

A ten percent tax on indoor tanning was passed by Congress to help offset costs of the new health care bill. The tax, originally created by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a five percent tax on Botox, was met with strong opposition from cosmetic surgeons who suggested the alternative indoor tanning tax. "The decision to swap the cosmetic surgery tax with the tanning version was based on the more compelling health concerns with indoor tanning services,” said Reid. The new tax is being roundly criticized by people in the indoor tanning industry who feel it’s unfair. They argue that “safe tanning” protects against sunburn, although The Skin Cancer Foundation vehemently disagrees. The indoor tanning industry has submitted a petition to Congress to fight the tax.

More at Stylist | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pols Want to Regulate Indoor Tanning

Tags: Botox, Health Care Reform, Botax, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Indoor Tanning, Tan, Sunless Tanning, Health Care Bill, Tax on Botox, Tax on Indoor Tanning, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Congress

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Turn Down the Volume!

5 Personal Music Players May Impair Hearing

Listening to a personal music player at high volume for several hours a day could cause permanent hearing loss, writes Professor Peter Rabinowitz, Yale University School of Medicine, in an online editorial. MP3 players can generate in excess of 120 decibels of sound, or the equivalent of a jet engine, especially when used in conjunction with earphones that are inserted into the ear canal. At particular risk are young people for whom use of personal music players “has grown faster than our ability to assess their potential health consequences," writes Rabinowitz. Personal music players may also interfere with concentration while performing certain tasks such as driving. Rabinowitz cautions everyone to promote “hearing health” through avoidance of excessive noise.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Approves Implantable Amplifier for the Deaf

Tags: Driving, Hearing Loss, Personal Music Players, MP3 Players, Hearing, Music Volume, Decibels, Professor Peter Rabinowitz, Yale University School of Medicine, Earphones, Headphones, Headsets, Ear Canal, Young People, Hearing Health, Excessive Noise

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To Coupon or Not to Coupon?

6 Coupons for Prescription Meds a Good Deal or Not?

Coupons are available for everything from frozen foods to cleaning items, and prescription medications are joining the crowd. Most major pharmaceutical groups have had coupons available since the mid-2000s, but the current economy has made consumers more aware of them. The question is ‘Does this help my pocketbook?’ Opinions vary. Advocates say prescription drug discounts help people stay on their medications, which in the long run will help them save money by staying healthier. However, opponents suggest that, even with coupons, a brand name prescription might cost more than a generic, so consumers actually lose when they think they’re getting a deal. Coupons may result in initial savings, but look at the big picture to make sure that money-saving coupon is really saving you money.

More at CNN Health | Posted 8 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Prescription Drug, Coupon, Save Money, Discount

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Taking on the Cafeteria Lady

7 Military says Obesity is National Security Threat

A group of retired military leaders has announced a new battle. Mission: Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids, a non-profit group of 130 members, is advocating improving the nation’s unhealthy school lunches which contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic. They cite data that at least nine million young men and women are too heavy to join the military and could not pass the minimum physical fitness standards for entry. Because 31 million children across the nation eat lunch at school each day, accounting for about 30 to 50 percent of a child’s total daily calories, the group supports a reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act which, in part, calls for serving more nutritious foods. Investing in children early, the group says, is critical to National Security.

More at USA Today | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Extreme Obesity More Prevalent in Children, Ban on Junk Food Effective

Tags: Childhood Obesity, School Lunches, Military Service, National Security

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Potential for Lobster Shells

8 Chitosan Proposed As Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Researchers from the Center for Paralysis Research at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine discovered a natural, non-toxic compound in shellfish that is capable of targeting and repairing damaged spinal cord cell membranes. In laboratory experiments, chitin, which converts to chitosan, was added to a compressed section of the spinal cord of a guinea pig and appeared to effectively repair the damaged cells and their mitochondria. The chitosan repair also allowed for nerve signals to once again travel through the spinal cord to the brain, evidenced by measuring the effect on the hind leg of the paralyzed guinea pig. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, holds promise as a future treatment for human spinal cord injuries.

More at Ivanhoe Newswire | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Kids Sports Injuries on the Risse

Tags: Brain, Spine, Chitosan, Spinal Cord Injuries

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Make Mine Medium Rare Please

9 Overcooked Meat Increases Risk of Bladder Cancer

In findings presented at a US cancer research conference, people whose diets included high amounts of meat, particularly well-done or charred, had more than twice the risk of developing bladder cancer. University of Texas researchers found that frying or grilling meats at high temperatures caused the formation of cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Charred meat has also been linked to the increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. All meat significantly raised the odds of cancer, but red meats contributed the greatest risk. Cancer experts recommended limiting meat consumption, particularly avoiding processed meats, and to cook at lower temperatures for a longer time to avoid overcooking.

More at BBC | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: New Drug Kills Cancer Cells, New Diagnostic Test for Kidney Cancer

Tags: Meat, Red Meat, Bladder Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Grilled Food, Heterocyclic Amines

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