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Advances in Swallowing Disorder Therapy

[Editors note: This article is about an innovative device and complimentary therapy currently under clinical trial evaluation. NFOSD’s intent in publishing this material is to alert the dysphagia community about “potential” advances in dysphagia treatment options; it is not a product or therapy endorsement. Following exposure to this device and therapy at the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) conference in mid-March 2013, NFOSD initiated contact with Dr. Robbins. We’d like to thank her and her team for providing this information to us and our community.]

Pictured Above: Dr. Robbins with MOST® device and patient

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NFOSD e-Newsletter (April 2013)

Newsletter picThe NFOSD is excited to share with you insightful tips and innovative healing therapies, patient stories and successes, and news about our growing community. Please check back for future releases of our newsletter, or even better, sign up to automatically receive our periodic newsletters via email. We welcome you to our community.

April 2013 Issue



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Real Science; Real Hope! – Adult Stem Cell Human Tongue Infusion Initiative (Update)

On March 9, 2013 we published an article on a ground breaking swallowing treatment initiative to infuse adult stem cells into a human tongue by Christmas day 2014. [Click here to view that article].

Two days later, on March 11, 2013, we received an “A List” tour of the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures (IRC). The NFOSD would like to thank our hosts Dr. Peter Belafsky (Phase I trial Principal Investigator), Dr. Jan Nolta (IRC director), Gerhard Bauer (Director of Good Manufacturing Practices), and Jane McClusky (tour facilitator extraordinaire).

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SLPs… Just Want to Have Fun! View Amazing Laryngeal Karaoke Video.

Erin Las Vegas[Click on image to the left to jump right to the video.]

The NFOSD had the privilege of attending the 8th annual Advance Practices in Speech and Dysphagia Conference. The meeting held February 24th to 26th in Las Vegas and aptly nicknamed the Sin City Laryngology Conference was packed with almost 300 speech language swallowing professionals, Speech Language Pathologists and Physicians.

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Breaking News – UC Davis (UCD) Launches Human Tongue Stem Cell Initiative

Stem cell initiative imageUC Davis (Sacramento), March 9, 2013 – Researchers at this University of California campus have announced plans to develop a clinical trial where they would infuse adult human stem cells into the tongues of a small set of swallowing impaired patients by Christmas day 2014. Although stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment and repair of other human organs and tissue, this will be the first step in a process to strengthen and restore a vital part of one’s swallowing function.

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