Aspirating When drinking? Don’t be a Bird Brain

Most birds drink some water every day, but they don’t drink the way we humans do. Their anatomy is obviously quite different from ours, and that includes not having cheeks and lips. With a few exceptions, birds lack the ability to suction liquid into their throats,...

New Swallowing Technologies Empower Patients

Dysphagia (a disruption to swallowing function) in adults can be a symptom associated with stroke, head and neck cancer treatment, or a chronic neurodegenerative disease such as ALS or Parkinson’s. But even in the general population, current evidence suggests that 15%...

Pureed and Thickened Liquids Made Fun with Blend Jet

Recently, I had to be on a diet of liquids and exceptionally smooth food for a couple of weeks following a wisdom tooth extraction and an additional dental procedure. I was not looking forward to it because I’m someone who likes a lot of texture in my food like...

A Hard Pill to Swallow: when taking medications pose a risk.

Anyone attending a Parkinson’s support group meeting or seminar will recognize the familiar sound of alarms going off signaling time to take medication. And what follows is a common sight. A pill gets popped into one’s mouth with a sip of water, leaving me...

The mouth-gut relationship and the development of disease

At a recent Journal club, hosted by a local Neurologist, we were joined by a dentist who reviewed some research findings suggesting that Periodontal disease was modestly associated with incident MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and dementia in a community-based cohort...
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