Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Dragon Naturally Speaking

SSTattler: About 2 years ago I tried "Dragon Naturally Speaking" (with a PC) & "Dragon Dictate" (with a iMac) and works perfectly, sort of... The problem is "speaking" then "typing" or vice versa with only a single document, Dragon will always be "mixed up" and “confused". Why??? - I do not have a clue but the owner of the company, Nuance, tries to fix it up for a couple of years. Finally, the recent version, fixed it up correctly. You can type then speak and vice versa with out a hitch (according to Nunance)!! By the way, speaking using, e.g. Dragon, is a lot faster than typing with 2-hands - I will try the new version this summer. 

Speech Recognition From Wikipedia,
        the free encyclopedia

SSTattler: The company, Nuance Communications, is  most important software speech recognition engine right now but there are many companies involved in speech recognition.

Speech recognition is usually processed in middleware; the results are transmitted to the user applications.

In computer science and electrical engineering, speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition" (ASR), "computer speech recognition", or just "speech to text" (STT).

Some SR systems use "speaker-independent speech recognition" while others use "training" where an individual speaker reads sections of text into the SR system. These systems analyze the person's specific voice and use it to fine-tune the recognition of that person's speech, resulting in more accurate transcription. Systems that do not use training are called "speaker-independent" systems. Systems that use training are called "speaker-dependent" systems.

Video: Dragon Naturally Speaking

SSTattler: The videos are about speaking/typing, hillbilly accent, using gmail within Firefox or Safari, transcription, general dictation, searching the internet, ..., etc. General, the PC Dragon Naturally Speaking is a super-set of iMac Dragon Dictate but for most people they are about the same...

Dragon Speech Recognition for iMac - see What's New 

Published on Sep 5, 2012

With Dragon Dictate for Mac speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more -- quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Learn more.

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Summer Break

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
This July & August I will take a brief break from Stroke Survivors Tattler, same as last year. During this summer I will publish:
  • Saturday Comics every week,
  • "Sunday Stroke Survival ~ 'This Week Topic'" from The Murphey Saga every week,
  • Occasionally very important article(s) by Guest Bloggers
  • Articles of various arbitrary and weird topics e.g. Higgs Boson (see as well the Dummies Guide to the Higgs Boson), about biking (my favourite topic during the summer), Oscar Pistorius (now it is very bad), ..., and so on.
  • At the end of August I will re-publish the headline about The Steadward Centre in Edmonton - many people have disability, e.g. stroke survivors, in Edmonton and go to the Steadward gym in the University of Alberta. It will tell you how to: 
    • get there to the Steadward gym,
    • parking or LRT or bus,
    • membership,
    • other facilities,
    • costs,
    • ...

During the summer I will mull over the direction of Stroke Survivors Tattler:

Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/06/22

“I tried that book once. It’s dumb!"
Scott Adams - 2014/06/22

“How can I feel ownership of your ignorant decisions??"

Charles Schulz - 2014/06/22

“...and drawing insulting pictures of cats!?

Garry Trudeau - 2014/06/22

“The collectivists will say anything to harm our energy industry!"

** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on the previous Sunday.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

'Microwave Helmet' - Great Name, Great Idea

Jeff Porter
Stroke of Faith
Thursday, June 19, 2014

I have to get something out of the way - "microwave helmet" is a great name. I want one.

Now, in a more serious vein, one of the challenges of treating a stroke is diagnosing it, and determining what kind. It generally takes a CT scan in a hospital.

Now, though, the news is that a microwave helmet could diagnose strokes as patients ride to hospital:
The device, which researchers dubbed "Strokefinder," was inspired by computerized simulations devised to investigate the effect of cellphone radiation on the brain. "We realized that when you change the brain it changes the wave patterns from mobile phones going through the brain, and we looked into the possibility that these wave patterns could detect brain trauma," biomedical engineer and Strokefinder designer Mikael Persson tells Shots. 
The Strokefinder prototype consists of an array of 12 antennas arranged around the head like a helmet. One by one, each antenna beams a low-power microwave signal through the skull, and the other 11 detect how the signal has changed after passing through the brain. The device then analyzes the microwave patterns to detect cranial bleeding. The whole process takes only a few seconds. 
Doctors now rely on CT scans of the brain to spot clots or bleeding, but precious time is wasted transporting patients to hospitals where these bulky machines are located. "The ultimate goal is to give treatment in the ambulance because so many brain cells are dying each second," says Persson.
Read the whole article to learn more - but this would be a great advance and could potentially save a lot of lives and prevent countless disabilities.

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Re-Reading Books and Magazines

A Year of Living In My Head
Saturday, July 28, 2012

I found a magazine when I was cleaning up yesterday on "how to stop procrastinating".  I know I read this article when the magazine first came in the house but thanks to some short term memory issues I can read it again since I don't recall a bit of it.  I spend alot of money at the my local bookstore... maybe this will save me some bucks since I can just reread the books!   In a week,  I go to a new PT/OT/speech therapist to get tested for my memory, movement and speech. I imagine she will find other things to work on, too.

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DIY Medical Treatment

Barb Polan
Barb’s Recovery
June 18 / 2014

At 10, my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The inpatient pediatric endocrinology nurse who taught us about diabetes management - Lynn – was encouraging, thorough, and an excellent resource, which was just what we needed as we were overwhelmed by both the diagnosis and the treatment protocol. After three days of training us in the hospital about blood sugar and insulin activity, they sent us back out into the world to cope on our own, with graphs of insulin (Humalog, Novolog, regular, and Lantis) activity vs. time that I just couldn’t understand how to apply. She had to figure out the correct ratio of insulins, based on her blood sugar and what time she’d be eating that day, and then mix them? Lynn, you really can’t tell us exactly what to do?

One of the things Lynn emphasized is that we would always be hearing of “cures” just around the corner, and not to get too excited by them. She said that in the 20 years she’d been in endocrinology, she had heard of dozens of studies that promised fixing the islet cells in the pancreas so that pancreas transplants weren’t the only “cure” option for those with Type 1. In the case of transplants, she said, the “cure” was worse than the disease: anti-rejection treatment took a greater toll on a body than diabetes did.

Sensory Overload

Rocky Mountain Stroke Survivor
June 22, 2014

I know I’m not the only one who suffers with this since my strokes, though it’s not something I ever expected or anyone involved in my care has ever asked about.  It’s gradually gotten better as I’ve recovered and as I’ve learned to manage it, but if I go beyond my limits or am fatigued, it’s completely unmanageable.  I’ll bet I’m not the only one to yell, “Shut up!” apparently out of the blue.  The people with me don’t realize that the curtain is swaying in the breeze, the dishwasher is whirring, there is a bird outside, and that voice, that voice is talking so fast and high and I can’t take it anymore!!!!

I usually don’t attend church (largely for the above reasons but also for others that I’ll discuss another time) but today I had to be there at the beginning to stand beside a woman making an announcement (I still actively volunteer).  No one sat still in their seats; they leaned to talk to each other, swayed, wiggled.  The pre-service chatter ebbed and flowed.  Then the music started.  Everything seems a little too loud when I’m overstimulated so this was REALLY LOUD.  The background on the lyrics for the music was moving, which to me was positively psychedelic.  The person behind me kept bumping into my chair.  The music was your typical “contemporary service” music with a heavy drum beat and people kept doing horrible things like waving their arms and bobbing their heads.  I was a wreck by the time I left, about ten minutes in to the service.

Punography - Old and Still Good for a Chuckle

Jackie Poff
Stroke Survivors Tattler
  • I tried to catch some fog. I mist.  
  • When chemists die, they barium.  
  • Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.  
  • A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  • I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
  • How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.  
  • I stayed up all night to see  where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.  
  • This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.  
  • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.  
  • I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.  
  • They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.  
  • This dyslexic man walks into a bra.  
  • PMS jokes aren't funny, period.  
  • A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils.
  • When you  get a bladder infection, urine trouble.  
  • What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
  • I wondered why the cricket ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!  
  • Broken pencils are pointless.  
  • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.  
  • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.  
  • I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.  
  • I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.  
  • All the toilets in London police stations have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.  
  • I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.  
  • Velcro - what a rip  off!  
  • Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.

An IPad for Bob!

The Pink House On The Corner
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Speech Therapy app on Bob's IPad
It shows a picture and then says
the word when you tap it
Last month, I posted a blog about Speech Therapy. In that, I mentioned how the new ST was showing Bob how to use an IPad and Bob was really excited about it. No other therapist has ever tried anything like this. But, of course, we don't have an IPad and can't afford one....

A faithful follower of my blog, Dan from Illinois, e-mailed after that blog post and said that he and some folks he knew would love to send Bob an IPad (not brand new but refurbished) and asked me if it needed to be an IPad or if something similar would do, and would an older refurbished one work? I don't know anything about this new technology so told him I would ask the ST at our next appointment.

I Can & WILL. Shame about England in the World Cup.

Kate Allatt
A Rocky Recovery
June 16, 2014

Land Rover say about their new ‘can and will’ ad campaign, it’s about the:

‘Celebration of the spirit of defiance. The Spirit of the bold, brave & audacious’

However alas, Land Rover’s ad campaign is great but it hasn’t helped inspire England, who have yet again exited the group stages of the world cup in 2014.

I came across a new word this week. How utterly amazing? Sisu.

Did you know that Gandhi’s quote still inspires me and hopefully you too.

Just see this blog as a shot of inspiration and positivity.

Good things will come, it’s all in the brain!

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Derek Who?

Grace Carpenter
My Happy Stroke
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I got a phone message a few week ago. It was Massachusetts General Hospital Stroke Service. I was enrolled in a long-term study in right after my stroke, and it was time for my yearly phone follow-up. Each phone call involves about 15 minutes of questions. Some are health-related; other are tests of my speech and cognitive function.

Even though any neurological exam--including these phone calls--might differ a little bit, by now I know the kinds of questions I might be asked. So before the woman from MGH called me back, I did some work. Any good student tries to prepare, right? I made sure, for instance, that I didn't forget the vice president's name. I practiced saying "Methodist Episcopal" out loud. And since I still have some trouble with numbers (linked to my aphasia), I made a Excel spreadsheet that had a column of numbers from 100 to 65 by sevens to review, in case they asked me to count backwards by sevens. Just in case.

I felt very proud of myself. The phone rang.


Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
Jun 21, 2014

BPPV stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. It just means you’re dizzy. If you have BPPV, here’s why you are dizzy.

When I was 2 months out of a massive stroke and had a shaved head, I went to the ER with a severe headache and dizziness.  2 months out of a stroke remember.  So the ER doctor had no idea why I was so dizzy and diagnosed me with BPPV and explained that an inner ear condition is most likely causing my dizziness.  2 months out of a cerebellar stroke, a stroke that’s MAIN symptom is dizziness.

Ok, anyway….if you actually have BPPV here’s what is going on….In your inner ear in the vestibular system there are these crystal things.  These crystal things and where they are located make you sense your position, if you’re upright, stuff like that.  Sometimes, these crystals get dislodged and are in places they shouldn’t be and make you feel dizzy and nauseous.  And sometimes they will cause you to have nystagmus.  If you had a stroke I’m sure you know what nystagmus means.  It’s when your eyeballs track back and forth rapidly.  There is a maneuver that vestibular PTs perform that puts those crystals back where they belong and hopefully resolves the dizziness.  This maneuver will not work when one has had a huge stroke.  I wish that ER doctor knew something and that BPPV actually was the cause of my dizziness.

See the original article:

New Technique Helps Stroke Victims Communicate

Dean Reinke
Deans’ Stroke Musing
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Get your doctor to contact the researchers to get the exact method to be used for your stroke protocol - New Technique Helps Stroke Victims Communicate.

Stroke victims affected with loss of speech caused by Broca's aphasia have been shown to speak fluidly through the use of a process called "speech entrainment" developed by researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health.

Aphasia, a severe communication problem caused by damage to the brain's left hemisphere and characterized by halting speech, occurs in about one-third of people who have a stroke and affects personal and professional relationships. Using the speech entrainment technique, which involves mimicking other, patients showed significant improvement in their ability to speak.

The results of the study are published in a recent issue of the neurology journal Brain.

You Done Yet?

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke
Sunday, June 22, 2014

I'm always pretty confused about when recovery ends. I haven't had a stroke, so I only know what I've heard. For some people it ends when therapy ends. In fact it's pretty common that once therapy ends some people actually declined to various degrees. But some people seem to trudge onward. I hear this a lot; "I've been at it for three years, and I'm still making progress. It's a long road – but it's worth it."

Stroke survivors typically will believe that recovery ends when they're able to do so much with their life that you're too busy living to continue with recovery.

But just like an athlete trying to get better, a little means a lot. This is the thing that clinicians often don't know. They think that the world is binary – that you're either functional or nonfunctional. That is you're either able to do the task, or you're not. I've always thought it should be more nuanced than that; little bits of movement are important irrespective of the function. It probably comes from my involvement in research. In research you measure little bits of "better" movement.

Confrontational Naming:
         Old School Speech Therapy (Yawn….)

June 21 / 2014

“Old School” Speech Therapy
“What is this?” “Say Apple!”
What is this? Say lettuce.
Confrontational naming is a term in speech therapy where the person with the speaking difficulty repeats or “names” words that are often stimulated from flash cards with either printed words, pictures, or both.  Confrontational naming does not have a positive connotation.  Within that term is a root word: to confront.  I don’t know about you, but being confronted does not conjure up a positive thought.  Being confronted is like having someone come up to you, usually unexpectedly, and having an uncomfortable feeling and experience.  The dictionary would define the word confront to meet (someone) face to face with hostile or argumentative intent.  Many of us can remember someone who may have confronted us about something where we were either innocent or guilty as charged, and chances were, it was NOT FUN.

As a speech language pathology student years ago, I could never really get the gist of language therapy, because there was not an expert readily available who could really teach us about speech and language stimulation especially with children who did not talk, or adults who had lost the ability to speak due to trauma or neurological insult.  We were taught the theory, and few, actual procedures.

Sleep Disorders and Cognition in Older Men

Bill Yates
Brain Posts
Nov 21 / 2011

Sleep contributes to brain function through a variety of mechanisms.  Sleep functions change over the life cycle with older adults showing a greater amount of time in light sleep phases (stage 1 and stage 2 sleep).  Less time is typically spent among older adults in restorative or deep sleep (slow-wave sleep)  and rapid age movement sleep.

Since dementia risk increases with age, it is natural to wonder how age-related sleep changes might interact with cognitive function.

One method of examining the sleep-cognition relationship is to perform sleep studies and neuropsychological testing in a cohort of individuals.  Large samples of elderly subjects with such association studies are limited.

Sleep Stage Architecture Figure with REM Sleep in Red
A recent study of a large correlational study of sleep and cognition has been recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  This data set analysis is a secondary study as the data was collected originally for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study (MrOS).  Nearly 6,000 men aged 65 and older from six centers in the U.S.  Subjects needed to be ambulatory not had have had bilateral hip replacement. The sleep and cognitive function variables collected in the study included:

Mouthing Off

Marcelle Greene
Up Stroke
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In the beginning I did mouth exercises to counter a drooping smile and slurred speech. Lying in my hospital bed that first week, I practiced my pucker with enthusiastic sucking noises. I filled my cheeks with air and pressed it out in tiny farting bursts. I pursed my lips "Oooohhhh" and stretched my lips "Eeeeeeee." I once practiced this last exercise with such vigor, a nurse checked to see if I was okay.

In rehab my speech therapist fed me crackers to see if I was "pocketing" food between my cheek and gums. I chewed the crackers and opened my mouth for inspection.

"Good," she said holding out another Saltine. "One more time."

"Bwwaack," I said. "Marcelle want a cracker."

I minimized chewing on my left side because my weakened tongue lacked the agility to scoop food out of the corners of my mouth. When chewing I often bit the inside of my lips and cheeks. I haven’t done that in awhile, I think. Then I bite my cheek again.

Swallowing poses hazards. The muscles on the left side of my neck are weak and sometimes food sticks in my throat. I never eat without a glass of water at hand.

Also food doesn't taste as good. For a long time I thought this might be my imagination, but last week the nerves along the left side of my tongue began to reawaken with an electric jolt. Then I realized that half my taste buds have been disconnected from my brain – so no wonder I'm not getting full flavor.

On the upside food doesn't taste as bad either. Guess that's why a few nights ago I was able to eat beets.

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Travel Doesn't Have to Be Torture

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
August 14, 2011

Employers give spouses and adult children time off from work to care for stroke survivors when we  get home from the hospital.  Employers won't do this indefinitely.  Grace's post about going to the doctor by herself for the first time made me realize that my confidence when traveling alone comes from four strategies.  These strategies emerged gradually over the seven years since my stroke.

Using Context.  Speech therapists forget they are sitting in offices that don't provide contextual clues to guide a conversation.  Talking to strangers after my stroke taught me that service people who have to deal quickly with lots of people want a minimum of information.  At the gas station I say "regular, fill it, cash."  At a Subway sandwich shop I say "turkey, 6 inch, wheat."  Have pity on the poor person who stands at the return desk and has to listen to thousands of people who begin by saying "I want to return this."

Rehearsal.  When I'm nervous about going out in the community I rehearse.  Silently rehearsing an address while waiting for a cab is not a compensatory strategy for stroke survivors.  Steve Jobs rehearsed for 10 hours before he gave a 10 minute presentation at the annual Apple convention.  A rehearsal run to an unfamiliar concert hall gives me information that tells me what I need to change when I make the trip for real.

Handling Money.  As I stand in the checkout line I estimate my bill, get out money, and place the bill(s) next to my wallet.  I throw the receipt and change I receive into my purse.  I return the money to my wallet when I can sit down for a moment or get home.  I'm faster than able-bodied women who don't start digging through their purse for money until after their purchases are bagged.

Timing.  Good timing makes a trip go more smoothly.  I schedule appointments between the hours of 10 and 3.  People who are not rushing to work are more patient and give me more physical space to maneuver.  If people want to see me before ten I tell them it takes me 90 minutes to get ready.  Unless I'm traveling close to home I refuse to travel alone during rush hour.

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Sunday Stroke Survival ~ Aphasia, Wouldn't Dragon Speak Work?

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, June 15, 2014

SSTattler: My mistake, the article published Sunday Stroke Survival ~ Aphasia, Wouldn't Dragon Speak Work? on June 21st should have publish June 28th. I apologize... This is a very good article!

I don't know how many times over the past two year that someone has asked me if Dragon Naturally Speaking or some other speak instead of typing software would help me write my books. I know I'd be rich at a dime for every time I answered no. I wish it would.

Yes, as far as not having to type everything with a keystroke onto the page, it would. Typing is a challenge one handed but doable. But my difficulties with writing are more complex.

I have aphasia. The inability to transfer thoughts into words or even carry thoughts for very long. Luckily I don't have a problem with comprehension for the most part. I can write a blog because there are previous words or sentences to keep me on track. In this I'm very lucky indeed. Many can't. I'm also fortunate that I can recognize that something is not right with what I'm about to say and tell the listener. I'll say that this isn't the correct word but it's all I can recall at the time. They can easily do a substitution for the right word or play twenty questions with me to get the right word.

Wishes and Hopes: Do They Amount to a Hill of Beans?

Joyce Hoffman
The Tales of a Stroke Patient
May 18, 2013

It was a famous line in the film Casablanca that gave "hill of beans" its notoriety. Humphrey Bogart says to Ingrid Bergman, who's married to another man, “Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

I'm having one of "those days" because I wish there was something to do about my stroke. And like Bogart says, the stroke "don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

Right now, I'd have an operation on my brain if there could be some improvement in my speech, my arm, my leg, any one of the above. Maybe some neurosurgeon could close the hole in my brain with stitches. But I take the blood thinner called Coumadin, and there's the likelihood of complications like significant bleeding into my brain, especially with stitches. Alas, I have a hole in my head. Please. No LOLs.

Reading Research Study:
         Currently Recruiting Adults with Aphasia

Ray Kurzweil: Get Ready for Hybrid Thinking

Published on Jun 2, 2014

Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.

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Ray Kurzweil - Inventor, Futurist

Ray Kurzweil is an engineer who has radically advanced the fields of speech, text and audio technology. He's revered for his dizzying — yet convincing — writing on the advance of technology, the limits of biology and the future of the human species.

Why You Should Listen

Inventor, entrepreneur, visionary, Ray Kurzweil's accomplishments read as a startling series of firsts -- a litany of technological breakthroughs we've come to take for granted. Kurzweil invented the first optical character recognition (OCR) software for transforming the written word into data, the first print-to-speech software for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, and the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Yet his impact as a futurist and philosopher is no less significant. In his best-selling books, which include How to Create a Mind, The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Kurzweil depicts in detail a portrait of the human condition over the next few decades, as accelerating technologies forever blur the line between human and machine.

In 2009, he unveiled Singularity University, an institution that aims to "assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies." He is a Director of Engineering at Google, where he heads up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language comprehension.

What Others Say

"Kurzweil's eclectic career and propensity for combining science with practical -- often humanitarian -- applications have inspired comparisons with Thomas Edison." Time
See as well Ray Kurzweil: A University for the Coming Singularity. Excellent YouTube!

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RMR: Rick Goes Hot Air Ballooning

Published on Oct 23, 2013

Rick attends the Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships in High River, Alberta.

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Index of This Week - June 28 / 2014

Saturday Comics:


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

SSTattler: In this section  Neuro-Rehabilitation says, "There is insufficient evidence to prove the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of HBOT for traumatic brain injury. In stroke HBOT shows no benefit…” and this research section Neurological says, "Tentative evidence shows a possible benefit in cerebrovascular diseases. The clinical experience and results so far published has promoted the use of HBO therapy in patients with cerebrovascular injury and focal cerebrovascular injuries. However, the power of clinical research is limited because of the shortage of randomized controlled trials.  
    —> Hmmm, my conclusion is unclear for stroke survivors… 
           but keep study CVA <---> HBOT !!

Hyperbaric Medicine From Wikipedia,
         the free encyclopedia

A Sechrist Monoplace hyperbaric chamber at the
Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The equipment required consists of a pressure chamber, which may be of rigid or flexible construction, and a means of delivering 100% oxygen. Operation is performed to a predetermined schedule by trained personnel who monitor the patient and may adjust the schedule as required. HBOT found early use in the treatment of decompression sickness, and has also shown great effectiveness in treating conditions such as gas gangrene and carbon monoxide poisoning. More recent research has examined the possibility that it may also have value for other conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, but no significant evidence has been found.

Medical Uses

Video: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Decades-old Stroke Damage Reversible With Oxygen Therapy, say Researchers

Published on May 2, 2013

May 2 - Up to 20 years after suffering a stroke, patients in Israel are reporting remarkable improvements in brain function with calibrated oxygen treatments inside hyperbaric chambers. While treating stroke patients with hyperbaric oxygen is nothing new, the fact that it can be effective after so many years is an exciting new development according to specialists at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. Jim Drury went to see the therapy demonstrated.

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Summer Break

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
This July & August I will take a brief break from Stroke Survivors Tattler, same as last year. During this summer I will publish:
  • Saturday Comics every week,
  • "Sunday Stroke Survival ~ 'This Week Topic'" from The Murphey Saga every week,
  • Occasionally very important article(s) by Guest Bloggers
  • Articles of various arbitrary and weird topics e.g. Higgs Boson (see as well the Dummies Guide to the Higgs Boson), about biking (my favourite topic during the summer), Oscar Pistorius (now it is very bad), ..., and so on.
  • At the end of August I will re-publish the headline about The Steadward Centre in Edmonton - many people have disability, e.g. stroke survivors, in Edmonton and go to the Steadward gym in the University of Alberta. It will tell you how to: 
    • get there to the Steadward gym,
    • parking or LRT or bus,
    • membership,
    • other facilities,
    • costs,
    • ...

During the summer I will mull over the direction of Stroke Survivors Tattler:

Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/06/15

“We better holds hands while..."
Scott Adams - 2014/06/15

“Studies show that optimists die younger!"

Charles Schulz - 2014/06/15

“Here’s the fierce leopard hiding in..." 

Garry Trudeau - 2014/06/15

“Hmm... pictures of a sharp object...."

** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on the previous Sunday.