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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214024/long-term-outcomes-of-endolymphatic-sac-shunting-with-local-steroids-for-meniere-s-disease
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Cameron C Wick, Nauman F Manzoor, Caileigh McKenna, Maroun T Semaan, Cliff A Megerian
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of endolymphatic sac shunt techniques with and without local steroid administration. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series and patient survey. SETTING: Tertiary university hospital. PATIENTS: Meniere's disease (MD) patients that failed medical therapy and subsequently underwent an endolymphatic sac shunt procedure. All patients had definitive or probable MD and at least 18-months of follow-up...
January 20, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207842/evaluating-evidence-based-health-care-teaching-and-learning-in-the-undergraduate-human-nutrition-occupational-therapy-physiotherapy-and-speech-language-and-hearing-therapy-programs-at-a-sub-saharan-african-academic-institution
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Anel Schoonees, Anke Rohwer, Taryn Young
BACKGROUND: It is important that all undergraduate healthcare students are equipped with evidence-based health care (EBHC) knowledge and skills to encourage evidence-informed decision-making after graduation. We assessed EBHC teaching and learning in undergraduate human nutrition (HN); occupational therapy (OT); physiotherapy (PT); and speech, language and hearing therapy (SPLH) programs at a sub-Saharan African university. METHODS: We used methodological triangulation to obtain a comprehensive understanding of EBHC teaching and learning: (1) through a document review of module guides, we identified learning outcomes related to pre-specified EBHC competencies; we conducted (2) focus group discussions and interviews of lecturers to obtain their perspectives on EBHC and on EBHC teaching and learning; and we (3) invited final year students (2013) and 2012 graduates to complete an online survey on EBHC attitudes, self-perceived EBHC competence, and their experience of EBHC teaching and learning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207624/combined-intratympanic-and-systemic-use-of-steroids-as-a-first-line-treatment-for-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Xue Han, Xiao Yin, Xiaodong Du, Changling Sun
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of combination therapy (combined intratympanic and systemic use of steroids, CT) with systemic steroid therapy (SST) as a primary treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). METHODS: An electronic database search (PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and CNKI databases) was performed. Review Manger 5.3 was used for data synthesis. Data were collected on the following outcomes of interest: the proportion of patients with hearing improvement, changes in pure tone averages (PTA), and speech discrimination score (SDS)...
February 15, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204850/-biological-therapies-in-otology-german-version
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A Roemer, H Staecker, S Sasse, T Lenarz, A Warnecke
Millions of people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. Current treatment for patients with severe to profound hearing loss consists of cochlear implants. Providing the cochlear nerve is intact, patients generally benefit enormously from this intervention, frequently achieving significant improvements in speech comprehension. There are, however, some cases where current technology does not provide patients with adequate benefit. New therapeutic concepts based on cell transplantation and gene therapy are developing rapidly, at least in the research sector...
February 15, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198661/cost-effectiveness-of-the-occupation-based-approach-for-subacute-stroke-patients-result-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hirofumi Nagayama, Kounosuke Tomori, Kanta Ohno, Kayoko Takahashi, Ryutaro Nagatani, Ryota Izumi, Kensuke Moriwaki, Keita Yamauchi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The cost effectiveness of occupational therapy for subacute stroke patients is unclear in the extant literature. Consequently, this study determined the cost effectiveness of the occupation-based approach using Aid for Decision-Making in Occupation Choice (ADOC) for subacute stroke patients compared with an impairment-based approach. METHODS: We conducted an economic evaluation from a societal perspective alongside a pilot randomized controlled trial, with a single blind assessor for participants in 10 subacute rehabilitation units in Japan...
February 15, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188428/cochlear-implant-treatment-of-patients-with-single-sided-deafness-or-asymmetric-hearing-loss
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S Arndt, R Laszig, A Aschendorff, F Hassepass, R Beck, T Wesarg
BACKGROUND: The rehabilitation of patients with single-sided deafness (SSD) or asymmetric hearing loss can be achieved with conventional (Bi)CROS hearing aids ((Bi)CROS-HA, (Bi)CROS), bone conduction devices (BCI) or with cochlear implants (CI). Unfortunately, only small case series have been published on the treatment outcomes in SSD patients after CI surgery and there are only a few comparative studies evaluating rehabilitation outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide evidence of successful treatment of SSD and asymmetric hearing loss with a CI compared to the untreated, monaural hearing condition and the therapy options of BCI and (Bi)CROS in a large number of patients...
February 10, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181844/randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-transprofessional-healthcare-role-intervention-in-an-acute-medical-setting
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Melissa Kaltner, Doug Murtagh, Marguerite Bennetts, Alison Pighills, Julie James, Annette Scott
As demand for health services increases, attention has turned to the development of alternate models of service delivery that maximise efficiency. These include skill sharing models, in which cross-professional skills are delivered by appropriately trained professionals. The usage of skill sharing models is increasing in some professions, but little evidence on efficacy currently exists. This article reports on an intervention of the use of a transprofessional role, which involved delivery of services from a range of health providers, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech pathology, podiatry, social work, and psychology, by a trained professional, developed and trialled in the acute medical setting in Toowoomba Hospital, Queensland, Australia...
March 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168056/the-influence-of-speech-language-hearing-therapy-duration-on-the-degree-of-improvement-in-poststroke-language-impairment
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Hitoshi Hayashi, Eisaku Okada, Yosuke Shibata, Mieko Nakamura, Toshiyuki Ojima
Background. The relevance of speech-language-hearing therapy (ST) duration to language impairment remains unclear. Objective. To determine the effect of ST duration on improvement in language impairment as a stroke sequela and to compare the findings with those for occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT). Methods. Data regarding patients with stroke sequelae who were registered in the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine database were analyzed. Propensity scores for ST, OT, and PT duration were calculated using logistic regression, followed by inverse probability weighting in generalized estimating equations to examine the odds ratio for improvement in the Functional Independence Measures scores for comprehension, expression, and memory...
2017: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167379/within-session-effect-of-repeated-stress-exposure-on-extinction-circuitry-function-in-social-anxiety-disorder
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Fredrik Åhs, Malin Gingnell, Tomas Furmark, Mats Fredrikson
Anxiety reduction following repeated exposure to stressful experiences is generally held to depend on neural processes involved in extinction of conditioned fear. We predicted that repeated exposure to stressful experiences would change activity throughout the circuitry serving extinction, including ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), the hippocampus and the amygdala. To test this prediction, 36 participants diagnosed with SAD performed two successive speeches in front of an observing audience while regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was recorded using positron emission tomography...
January 28, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163936/surdity-in-the-or-an-unusual-case-of-brainstem-anesthesia
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Howard D Palte, Don P Hoa, Aldo Pavon Canseco
Brainstem anesthesia is a potentially life-threatening complication of regional ophthalmic anesthesia. This case report chronicles an unusual presentation of brainstem anesthesia following an eye block. The unique features of this case were the presenting symptoms of deafness and slurred speech in the absence of loss of consciousness, respiratory depression, or contralateral ophthalmoplegia. This report underscores two key points: first, the importance of ongoing patient monitoring after performance of an eye block; second, the exigency of supportive therapy in suspected cases of brainstem anesthesia...
2017: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161706/the-effect-of-selective-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-with-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-intensive-speech-therapy-on-individuals-with-post-stroke-aphasia
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Takatoshi Hara, Masahiro Abo, Kiyohito Kakita, Yuko Mori, Makoto Yoshida, Nobuyuki Sasaki
PURPOSE: To examine the efficacy of selective repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy guided by functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) combined with intensive speech therapy (iST) on post-stroke patients with aphasia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eight right-handed patients with aphasia in the chronic stage after stroke were grouped into left and right hemisphere-activated for a language task based on pre-intervention fNIRS. Those with left hemisphere activation received 1-Hz TMS to the right inferior frontal gyrus (RtIFG; low-frequency rTMS [LFS] group), and those with right hemisphere activation received 10-Hz TMS to the RtIFG (high-frequency rTMS [HFS] group)...
February 4, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159356/a-real-time-phoneme-counting-algorithm-and-application-for-speech-rate-monitoring
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Vered Aharonson, Eran Aharonson, Katia Raichlin-Levi, Aviv Sotzianu, Ofer Amir, Zehava Ovadia-Blechman
Adults who stutter can learn to control and improve their speech fluency by modifying their speaking rate. Existing speech therapy technologies can assist this practice by monitoring speaking rate and providing feedback to the patient, but cannot provide an accurate, quantitative measurement of speaking rate. Moreover, most technologies are too complex and costly to be used for home practice. We developed an algorithm and a smartphone application that monitor a patient's speaking rate in real time and provide user-friendly feedback to both patient and therapist...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153014/towards-best-practice-in-acute-stroke-care-in-ghana-a-survey-of-hospital-services
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Leonard Baatiema, Michael Otim, George Mnatzaganian, Ama De-Graft Aikins, Judith Coombes, Shawn Somerset
BACKGROUND: Stroke and other non-communicable diseases are important emerging public health concerns in sub-Saharan Africa where stroke-related mortality and morbidity are higher compared to other parts of the world. Despite the availability of evidence-based acute stroke interventions globally, uptake in low-middle income countries (LMIC) such as Ghana is uncertain. This study aimed to identify and evaluate available acute stroke services in Ghana and the extent to which these services align with global best practice...
February 2, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147896/the-effectiveness-of-lee-silverman-voice-treatment-therapy-issued-interactively-through-an-ipad-device-a-non-inferiority-study
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Murray Griffin, John Bentley, Joseph Shanks, Carly Wood
Introduction This study compared the differences in recorded speech variables between people treated with conventional 'in person' Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and those treated remotely via iPad-based 'Facetime'. Method Eight participants were selected for the iPad LSVT, and 21 similarly matched subjects were selected from existing data to form the 'in person' group. Participants in both groups had diagnosed idiopathic Parkinson's disease and moderate hypokinetic dysarthria. Eighteen sessions of prescribed LSVT comprising a pre-treatment assessment, 16 treatment sessions, and a six months' post-treatment assessment were administered for each person...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140419/rehabilitation-the-health-strategy-of-the-21st-century
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Gerold Stucki, Jerome Bickenbach, Christoph Gutenbrunner, John Melvin
There is strong evidence that population ageing and the epidemiological transition to a higher incidence of chronic, non-communicable diseases will continue to profoundly impact societies worldwide, putting more pressure on healthcare systems to respond to the needs of the people they serve. These trends argue for the need to address what matters to people about their health: limitations in their functioning that affect their day-to-day actions and goals in life. From its inception, rehabilitation, 1 of the 4 health strategies identified in the Declaration of Alma Ata in 1978, has had functioning as its outcome of interest...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139319/paradoxical-vocal-fold-motion-pvfm-in-pediatric-otolaryngology
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Blake Smith, Claudio Milstein, Bryan Rolfes, Samantha Anne
INTRODUCTION: Paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM) is a condition in which the vocal cords exhibit inappropriate inspiratory adduction, and it has been poorly studied in the pediatric population. METHODS: Pediatric patients diagnosed with PVCM by a pediatric otolaryngologist and doctor of speech pathology from 2008 to 2012 were reviewed. Patients in whom another cause for their respiratory disturbance was eventually identified were excluded. Patient demographics, characteristics, treatment, and outcomes were reviewed...
January 24, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131520/temporal-plasticity-in-auditory-cortex-improves-neural-discrimination-of-speech-sounds
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Crystal T Engineer, Jai A Shetake, Navzer D Engineer, Will A Vrana, Jordan T Wolf, Michael P Kilgard
BACKGROUND: Many individuals with language learning impairments exhibit temporal processing deficits and degraded neural responses to speech sounds. Auditory training can improve both the neural and behavioral deficits, though significant deficits remain. Recent evidence suggests that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitative therapies enhances both cortical plasticity and recovery of normal function. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We predicted that pairing VNS with rapid tone trains would enhance the primary auditory cortex (A1) response to unpaired novel speech sounds...
January 11, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126353/auditing-access-to-outpatient-rehabilitation-services-for-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury-and-public-insurance-in-washington-state
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Molly M Fuentes, Leah Thompson, D Alex Quistberg, Wren L Haaland, Karin Rhodes, Deborah Kartin, Cheryl Kerfeld, Susan Apkon, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Frederick P Rivara
OBJECTIVE: Identify insurance-based disparities in access to outpatient pediatric neurorehabilitation services. DESIGN: Audit study, with paired calls where callers posed as a mother seeking services for a simulated child with history of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and public or private insurance. SETTING: Outpatient rehabilitation clinics in Washington State PARTICIPANTS: 195 physical therapy clinics (PTc), 109 occupational therapy clinics (OTc), 102 speech therapy clinics (STc) and 11 rehabilitation medicine clinics INTERVENTIONS: None MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Acceptance of public insurance, business days until the next available appointment...
January 23, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123417/effects-of-professional-rehabilitation-training-on-the-recovery-of-neurological-function-in-young-stroke-patients
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Chao-Jin-Zi Li, Xiao-Xia Du, Kun Yang, Lu-Ping Song, Peng-Kun Li, Qiang Wang, Rong Sun, Xiao-Ling Lin, Hong-Yu Lu, Tong Zhang
Young stroke patients have a strong desire to return to the society, but few studies have been conducted on their rehabilitation training items, intensity, and prognosis. We analyzed clinical data of young and middle-aged/older stroke patients hospitalized in the Department of Neurological Rehabilitation, China Rehabilitation Research Center, Capital Medical University, China from February 2014 to May 2015. Results demonstrated that hemorrhagic stroke (59.6%) was the primary stroke type found in the young group, while ischemic stroke (60...
November 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119841/change-of-swallowing-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-after-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy
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Sehi Kweon, Bon Seok Koo, Sungju Jee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional characteristics of swallowing and to analyze the parameters of dysphagia in head and neck cancer patients after concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). METHODS: The medical records of 32 patients with head and neck cancer who were referred for a videofluoroscopic swallowing study from January 2012 to May 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. The patients were allocated by duration after starting CCRT into early phase (<1 month after radiation therapy) and late phase (>1 month after radiation therapy) groups...
December 2016: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
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