On August 19, in collaboration with 3 head and neck cancer nonprofits, the NFOSD hosted a meeting that gave patients and families impacted by chronic dry mouth a way to share the impact of living with xerostomia. The meeting gave FDA and other key stakeholders, including medical product developers, health care providers, and federal partners, an important opportunity to hear directly from patients, their families, caregivers, and patient advocates about the symptoms that matter most to them, the impact it has on patients’ daily lives, and patients’ experiences with currently available treatments. This input informs FDA’s decisions and oversight during drug development in addition to their review of a drug’s marketing application.
Let’s talk aspiration. I hate to even bring it up. It is a word that makes physicians, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and many people living with swallowing disorders cringe. Why? If you have lived with dysphagia or cared for someone who has, you know that dysphagia and aspiration can be linked to potentially life-threatening complications, like aspiration pneumonia. So, when we talk about aspiration, we want to talk about reducing it. There are several causes of aspiration and a dysphagia treatment program needs to target those issues specifically to be effective. One reason food and/or liquid can enter the lungs is due to poor airway protection. This article reviews the emerging evidence that expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) is one treatment that can improve airway protection.continue reading →