Dyskinesia Effects on Breathing, Speech, and Swallowing

Dyskinesia Effects on Breathing, Speech, and Swallowing

Dyskinesia (uncontrolled involuntary movements that can look like fidgeting or swaying of arms, legs, oral-facial, or trunk muscles) are unfortunately a common experience for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Dyskinesia are associated with long term use of...
Local Author Changes Puree Diet from Slop to Sublime

Local Author Changes Puree Diet from Slop to Sublime

Individuals with severe swallowing problems (dysphagia) are often advised to modify their diet to a smooth, puree consistency (think mashed potatoes). Now, while you may love your mother’s mashed potatoes, when you imagine everything you eat reduced to that...
Can Breathing Too Much Makes You Sick?

Can Breathing Too Much Makes You Sick?

Would you be surprised to know that you can breathe too much, causing physical symptoms? Breathing is generally taken for granted, going on without our supervision. We breathe more during exertion such as exercise, and we have a strong reflex to prevent suffocation....
Swallowing Problems in Parkinson’s Common But Under-Reported

Swallowing Problems in Parkinson’s Common But Under-Reported

For many years, a local neurologist has referred most of his early Parkinson’s patients for a comprehensive speech and swallowing evaluation. While I have always appreciated his acknowledgement of the incidious nature of these problems, the patients are often...
Poetry and Medicine: The Shaking Man

Poetry and Medicine: The Shaking Man

“Poetry can sharpen listening, attentiveness, observation, and analytical skills. It can refine the artistic side of medicine: Poetry allows us to express ourselves, fosters creativity, and accepts ambiguity. It enhances empathy, self-awareness, and...
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