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Google Glass app helps autistic children with social interactions
A prototype software application, to be used with the optical head-mounted display Google Glass, has been designed as a social-skills coach for children with autism spectrum disorder ASD . A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover, children find it easy to operate and enjoy using it. AS ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Sep 15
Preventing childhood deafness following chemotherapy treatment
Charity Action on Hearing Loss is supporting the biotechnology firm Otomagnetics, which today announces an important breakthrough towards preventing hearing loss caused by a widely used chemotherapy drug. Using a new technique to deliver steroids to the inner ear, developed with funding from Action on Hearing Loss and published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience , Otomagnetics have been able to reduce hearing loss in mice treated with the chemotherapy d ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Does Hodor from Game of Thrones Have Aphasia?
Game of Thrones just ended its 7th season, leaving fans until 2019 ...
Aphasia.org - Thu. Sep 7
Last Conversations and Aphasia
Most people do not know that their last fluid conversation is going ...
Aphasia.org - Tue. Sep 5
Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail
Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop expert echolocation skills, in which they produce a clicking sound with their mouths and listen to the reflected sound waves to see their surroundings. A new study published in PLOS Computational Biology provides the first in-depth analysis of the mouth clicks used in human echolocation. The research, performed by Lore Thaler of Durham University, U.K., Galen Reich and Michael Antoniou of Birmingham Uni ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 5
Physician experts highlight research ahead of Otolaryngology's annual meeting
ALEXANDRIA, VA--The latest research on patient preferences, quality-of-life, ear health, thyroidectomy, and other topics related to the specialty of otolaryngology will be presented in Chicago, IL, September 10-13, during the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting OTO Experience. The 2017 Annual Meeting includes hundreds of research presentations. All abstracts to be presented are now available online as a PDF at http journals. sagepub. com doi suppl 10. 1177 OTOJ_1 ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Sep 5
Blue Banana and Other Aphasia Blogs
Personal accounts about aphasia usually come after the person has recovered. You ...
Aphasia.org - Thu. Aug 31
Yawning -- why is it so contagious and why should it matter?
Feeling tired Even if we aren t tired, why do we yawn if someone else does Experts at the University of Nottingham have published research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex -- an area of the brain responsible for motor function. Their study -- A neural basis for contagious yawning -- has been published in the academic journal Current Biology . It is another ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Aug 31
Surgery After Aphasia
Six months into Lauren Marks 8217 s aphasia recovery following an aneurysm, she learns ...
Aphasia.org - Wed. Aug 30
Babies Spot Human Speech at 5 Months
Children as young as 5 months old are able to tell the difference between human speech and monkey calls, a new study has found. Researchers showed 5-month-old infants from English- and French-speaking homes pictures of human faces and rhesus monkey faces paired with either human speech or monkey calls. The infants looked longer at pictures of human faces when human speech was presented and longer at monkey faces when monkey calls were played. However, the ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Delayed Ear Tube Surgery Doesn't Delay Development
Putting off surgery to have ear tubes inserted in children who have persistent fluid build-up in their ears won t slow their development, a new study finds. For years, there s been concern that children with fluid in their ears might show delays in speech or language development, or could be perceived as having behavior problems because the fluid in their ears causes slight hearing loss. Because of this concern, past guidelines recommended the insertion of ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Noisy Operating Rooms May Jeopardize Patient Safety
Background noise in the operating room -- such as the sounds of surgical equipment, chatter or music -- can affect surgeons ability to understand what is being said to them and might result in a breakdown of communication among surgical team members, according to a new study. This is particularly worrisome since miscommunication is cited as a common reason for medical errors that could have been prevented, the study authors said. Surgeons have critical con ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28