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Making a Donation in June Won’t Cost You a Penny!

Want to support the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders without opening your wallet?

Here’s how:

Simply Thick, LLC., an NFOSD Partner, has generously offered to donate $50 to the NFOSD for each “#ThickenedLiquidChallenge2017” video posted on your Facebook page or Twitter feed in the month of June, up to $5,000.

To Participate:

  1. Record a video of you drinking either nectar-thick or honey-thick liquid. Share information about swallowing disorders or how dysphagia impacts your life.
  2. At the end of the recording, nominate three friends to complete the challenge.
  3. Then, share the video on the SimplyThick, LLC. Facebook or Twitter (or both!) pages using the hashtag: #ThickenedLiquidChallenge2017 and challenge 3 friends to create their own videos ! If you don’t want to upload the video directly, you can share the link to a YouTube or Vimeo video.
    • Twitter: @SimplyThickGel
    • Facebook: SimplyThick,LLC.

Need Thickener?  Simply Thick, LLC. has made sure this challenge won’t cost you a penny. They have offered to ship you a starter thickening kit free of charge. All you need to do is call or order this online using Coupon Code “TLC2017.” It will take 2-3 business days to arrive.

Questions? Feel free to email us an



Watch John Holahan, SimplyThick, LLC. owner and founder, take the #ThickenedLiquidChallenge2017:

Previous #ThickenedLiquidChallenge Videos


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Quality of Life Improved by Swallowing Exercises in HNC Patients

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Dysphagia in the News: 3D Food Printers

Swallowing disorders, which are estimated to impact at least 8% of the world’s population often result in the need to modify what one can safely eat and drink.

Unfortunately, modified meals can look unappealing due to the changes in texture, color, and consistency.

Although the idea is very new, researchers are investigating the use and safety of 3D printers in creating modified foods with more textures, colors, and flavors.

Read the Full Article in “The Conversation:”



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Dysphagia in the News: Bioengineering Aids Recovery of Dysphagia

Independent newspaper, “Scoop,” recently released a publication about University of Canterbury researchers at the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research that have revealed an innovative new treatment for people with swallowing impairments that focuses on the brain cortex.


The computer-based treatment program uses biofeedback to help patients improve the precision of their motor control during swallowing.


Research shows very promising results in patients with Parkinson’s and further research is being conducted.


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Dysphagia in the News — Canada

A recent Canadian study revealed that the majority of stroke patients do not get screened for dysphagia within the first 72-hours of hospitalization; in fact, only 1 in 5 patients received the recommended swallowing screening. Of the 5,000+ patients that were screened, nearly half “failed” the test.


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