Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Apoplexy is a medical term, which can be used to mean 'bleeding' in a cerebrovascular accident. However, without further specification it is rather outdated, and is today rather used for specific conditions, such as pituitary apoplexy and ovarian apoplexy. It can be used non-medically to mean a state of extreme rage or excitement. The word derives from the Greek word apoplēxia (ἀποπληξία).

Deaths attributed to apoplexy

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Recognize the Common Types of Learning Disability

The key to help learning disabled children cope with the disability is for parents to understand the type of problem. Identifying the problem will provide the various supports that parents will need to handle the difficulties of their child.
Furthermore, it is significant for parents to understand that learning disability is not a mental or emotional problem but rather, it affects the writing, speaking, listening and analytical skills of a child. Moreover, the symptoms and effects of learning disability may be different from one child to another.
Dyslexia is a reading disability wherein words and letters are mixed up.
The tendency of a dyslexic, an individual who suffers from dyslexia, is to reverse or invert letters in a word or words in a sentence thus affecting the reading skills. A dyslexic child may read or write the letter “d” as the letter “b” or may write the word “god” instead of “dog”. Moreover, a child with dyslexia may have trouble in following road directions since he or she may have difficulty distinguishing left from right. Experts advise that parents read patiently to a child with dyslexia and explain that words are supposed to be read from left to right.
Dyscalculia is a mathematical disability.
Dyscalculia is a learning disability in which a child experiences difficulty in analyzing numbers and mathematical symbols. A child may have problems in counting numbers, inability to tell time or failure to tell what number comes before or after another number.
Aphasia or Receptive Language Disability makes comprehension difficult.
Aphasia or receptive language disability is associated with the difficulty of a child to comprehend the meaning of words affecting his or her ability to follow verbal instructions. An aphasic child may show signs of helplessness in speaking or pronouncing words or even repeating short phrases. To help an aphasic child, it is important to talk using eye contact and always use simple words and short instructions...NEXT

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good Reads: Oliver Sacks' "Mind's Eye" and Simon Winchester's "Atlantic"

About half of Oliver Sacks' The Mind's Eye  is precisely what you've come to expect from the physician and professor of neurology and psychiatry: firsthand case studies of people facing unusual neurological obstacles, delivered by a kindly, curious observer.
A pianist has a degenerative condition that is slowly robbing her of the ability to read music (or anything else), another is stricken by aphasia following surgery to remove a blood clot. An author has a sudden stroke and loses his ability to read and remember much, but compensates by learning to read with his tongue; somehow, tracing the shape of letters with his tongue results in comprehension of the word he's spelled. If you're a long-time Sacks reader, you may find yourself learning less about neurology than the surprising amount of coping skills that people can marshal in these instances. ..Next


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Monday, August 16, 2010

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Noun-verb dissociation in aphasia: The role of imageability and functional locus of the lesion [An article from: Neuropsychologia]

This digital document is a journal article from Neuropsychologia, published by Elsevier in . The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser. Description: Aphasic patients occasionally manifest a dissociated naming ability between objects and actions: this phenomenon has been interpreted as evidence of a separate organization for nouns and verbs in the mental lexicon. Nevertheless...next

Review: A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis

Title: A Slender Thread

Author: Katharine Davis
Genre/Pages: Fiction/ 352
Publisher: NAL Trade; August 3, 2010
Rating: 3 Bookmarks
Source: Publisher
Nat’s One-Sentence Synopsis: A well-written novel that examines the impact that an illness has on a family.
With a single phone call or the results of a battery of medical testing, life can change in a moment.  But a grim diagnosis is just the pebble dropping into the lake; author Katharine Davis examines the effects of the dropped pebble’s ripples.
50-year-old Lacey George’s diagnosis of aphasia, a rare and progressive disease that will rob her of speech, communication, and eventually her life, is not the crux of this novel.  Instead, Davis uses the disease as a springboard to create a study of how a devastating illness changes the dynamic of a family.

Embolism of Left Middle Cerebral Artery with Aphasia and Agraphia

Rehabilitation and cross-language transfer in bilingual aphasia: towards a computational model

Rehabilitation and cross-language transfer in
bilingual aphasia: towards a computational model
Uli Grasemann1*, Chaleece Sandberg2, Swathi Kiran2, Risto Miikkulainen1
From Nineteenth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting: CNS*2010
San Antonio, TX, USA. 24-30 July 2010
Bilingual aphasia, defined as a loss of one or both languages
in bilingual individuals that results from left
hemisphere damage, is of increasing interest worldwide
language proficiency, and post-morbid language
performance influence the nature and degree of crosslanguage

Scoring Software for the Comprehensive Aphasia Test

The Scoring Software for the Comprehensive Aphasia Test makes scoring CAT assessments easy. Enter results from the CAT scoring book into the easy-to-use spreadsheet and the software instantly calculates totals and t-scores and produces three graphs that can be shared with clients and their families. Scoring sheets can be stored electronically, printed, or embedded into reports.
Benefits for therapists, their clients, and NHS departments include:

Experts develop unique metric to declare the possibility of aphasia after a stroke

Aphasia is a language

disorder that may occur after a brain injury especially stroke. Experts from the NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center claim to have established a means to forecast post-stroke recovery of language by measuring the initial severity of impairment. Prediction of stroke recovery seems to be extremely beneficial for stroke survivors and their families.
Earlier scientists held the opinion that factors such as size of the stroke, patient age and education, and specific characteristics of the type of language deficit can determine recovery. But a definite metric predicting the precise recovery was not available. In the latest research, investigators employed Western Aphasia Battery (WAB) test for evaluating language function at 24 – 72 hours after the occurrence of a stroke. The researchers mentioned that the test was again used at 90 days.....Next

Language difficulty in adults (in plain English)

What is language?

Language is the ability to understand words and to use them to make sentences.
What types of language difficulty affect adults?

A language difficulty can include problems with:

* comprehension (understanding what other people say)
* expression (putting words together in the right order to make sentences)

Some adults may have had a language difficulty since childhood. It may not have gone away.

Others might develop a language difficulty after a medical condition such as a stroke or a head injury.

When people develop language difficulties later in life, this is called an acquired disorder. ..Next....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Handwriting revisited

he team of Jean-François Démonet was able to pinpoint this “channel” in the brain that connects orthographic information to the movements of handwriting.
This study is a first step towards understanding other contemporary forms of writing such as the use of keyboards, but also writing disorders in diseases as varied as Parkinson's disease, vascular aphasia or developmental dyslexia . Next ....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Aphasia Information and Treatment

Aphasia is a neurological disorder. Aphasia caused from damage to the parts of the brain that hold language. The amount of disability rely on the location and the severity of the brain damage that is the cause. Aphasia is most common in adults who have had a stroke. Brain tumors, infections, injuries and dementia can also cause. Other causes of brain injury are stern blows to the head, brain tumors, brain infections, and other conditions of the brain. Certain chronic neurological disorders, such as the epilepsy or the migraine, can also include the aphasia transient like symptom prodromal or episodical. Next...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2 PhD positions in Language & Interaction: Daily Dutch and Aphasic Dutch

The PhD positions are part of the NWO-funded Vidi research project “The Conversation Frame: Linguistic Forms and Communicative Functions in Discourse”, awarded to Dr. Esther Pascual. The program examines the relation between language, interaction and cognition, i.e. what Pascual calls ‘fictive interaction’. The main focus is on (intra-)sentential interactional structures –often expressed through direct speech– that reflect the conversational pattern of turn-taking. Examples are: “an attitude that says ‘what’s in it for me?’”, “a ‘what’s in it for me?’ attitude”. The language data will be daily and aphasic Dutch discourse from adult native speakers. The program is organized around two related PhD projects. We are inviting applications for one of these PhD projects.

Singing Could Aid Stroke Recovery

Stroke victims who can no longer speak may now be able to regain their ability to communicate through singing, according to a recent Harvard Medical School study.

HMS professor Gottfried Schlaug and his research team have seen promising signs in the preliminary results of their first clinical trial of melodic intonation therapy, which can circumvent the effects of aphasia, the loss of verbal communicati NEXT...

The retrieval and inflection of verbs in the spontaneous speech of fluent aphasic speakers

Fluent aphasia of the anomic and Wernicke’s type is characterized by word retrieval difficulties. However, in fluent aphasic speech, grammatical deviations have been observed as well. There is debate as to whether these grammatical problems are caused by the word retrieval deficit, by an additional grammatical deficit, or by an integration deficit.

Verbs are an interesting word class in this respect, because they are among the words that are hardest to retrieve for many fluent aphasic speakers and some forms require a considerable amount of grammatical computation. For production of a finite lexical verb, the lexical form and inflection for tense and agreement need to be integrated. Next....