Aspiration Pneumonia and the Perfect Storm

A swallowing problem which includes aspiration is a fear of many individuals with a neurodegenerative disease diagnosis such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD) or related disorders such as PSP or MSA. (pulmonary aspiration is defined as the entry of material (saliva,...

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...

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...
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