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Digital Speech Analysis Tests Sobriety

...cally what happens duringspeech production at your vocal cords, how steadily you can produce theexcitation (air from your lungs) going through your vocal cords." Preliminary results show that intoxicated speech is marked by jumpychanges in pitch and ene...

Program Developed At UF Enables Computer To "Emote" In Speech

..." she said. Truluck, 28, found many complex vocal variables play a role, includingpitch, volume, accent, vowel length and the speed at which the speaker deliverswords. Her program manipulates these and other elements in a commerciallyavailable speech synthesizer program, allowing it to proje...

Scientific Trials Of So-Called 'Wonder' Hormone Treatment For Autism Will Be Conducted In Seattle, Denver

...wever, some parents of autistic children have been vocal proponents of the hormone, citing its benefits in stories in the Wall Street Journal and on "Dateline" and "Good Morning America," among others. In addition to the trials in Seattle and Denver, a number of other secretin trials are already underway o...

Emory University researchers say cholinergic agents may offer relief from tics in adults with Tourette syndrome

... involuntary movements andvocalizations (motor and vocal tics), according to quantifiable measurementstaken...current study was 24. Thecharacteristic motor and vocal tics associated with the disorder are mild in themajority of patients and often diminish or stabiliz...

Tobacco chewers quit after "teachable moment" in dental chair

...er of the mouth andincreased risk of cancer of the vocal chords, "windpipe" and upper parts of thedigestive canal (i.e., larynx and esophagus) and the stomach. "This study shows that giving patients something tangible that reinforces thehygienist's message that smokeless tobacco use has harmful oral effect...

Many Virginians would increase taxes for K-12 education, study finds

...ublic schools should teach sex education. "While a vocal minority of citizenscontinue to oppose teaching sex education or family life education in publicschools, the survey results demonstrate that it is not a concern shared by mostVirginians," says Alan E. Bayer, director of Virginia Tech's Center for Sur...

Pacemaker for larynx allows patients to breathe easier

...plantabledevice that helps patients with paralyzed vocal folds breathe on their own. The new device for bi...copic tests (to view thestimulated movement of the vocal folds), Burns tracheotomy tube was removed 18months ago. "She has done really well," Zealear said. "...

'Bird brains' take heart-our feathered friends are no slouch at cognition

...bjects in specific orders, and doing the same with vocal labels. Such behavior once thought exclusive to hu...o Pepperberg. "The simultaneous emergence of both vocal and physical combinatorial behavior was thought to be a purely primate trait, derived from primate b...

High visibility speed cameras may increase road deaths

...ence of health benefits and not on pressure from a vocal minority, he concludes....

AIDS/syringe exchange study

...scussion of these controversial programs, a small, vocal minority simply refuses to look at the scientific evidence -- they are essentially 'data-proof,'" Gibson said. The UC Davis study offers the most detailed examination to date of the complex factors of the role of syringe exchanges in reducing HIV ris...

Babbling key to evaluating speech development in babies with hearing loss

... growing substantially," Ertmer said. "Progress in vocal development is one of the first signs of benefit f...essionals are unable to recognize the hallmarks of vocal development," he said. "Parents and caregivers also can use the information at this site to monitor ...

American Academy of Ophthalmology announces its guests of honor for Annual Meeting

...vision loss, serving as its medical director and a vocal proponent of its mission. In addition, Dr. Scott has held several leadership positions in ophthalmic organizations and has received many awards, including the Academy's Distinguished Service Award and its Senior Honor Award. Dr. Stambaugh, Palm Beac...

'Voice academy' Web site, funded by NIDCD grant, helps teachers address voice problems

...trem said. The site's "Teachers' Lounge" describes vocal fatigue and the recommendation that it is better t...f the National Institutes of Health. "The need for vocal health education for teachers is great," Ostrem said. "We're also interested in future projects that...

New studies show factors responsible for enhanced response to music

...e brain. "Language has some musical components and vocal music has some language components," explains Yoko Saito, lead author of the study. "They share a common network in the brain." These findings may help scientists develop more effective methods of rehabilitation for people recovering from illnesses a...

Univ. of Pittsburgh to lead international trial for vocal cord paralysis and paresis

...hydroxylapatite (CaHA) injections in patients with vocal cord paralysis, atrophy or paresis. The study, whi...nt composed of calcium phosphate, into the injured vocal cord. At follow-up visits at one, three, six and 12 months, researchers will measure the effectivene...

A bird 'language' gene pinpointed

..., said Jarvis. "Thus, since birdsong is a learned vocal behavior like speech, we decided to find out if a ...ch as speech or birdsong. "One advantage of using vocal learning birds," said Wada, "is that there are thousands of songbird species and several hundred par...

Botox injections restore voices, confidence to voice disorder patients

...le with a voice disorder caused by spasms in their vocal cord muscles, a new University of Michigan study f...ken or breathy. The shots relax the muscles in the vocal cords, just as they do to the muscles in the furrowed foreheads of those who use Botox for cosmetic ...

USC human speech study

... capturing the clearest moving images of the rapid vocal movements that turn sound to language. "We're usin... technological tools to get better data on how the vocal tract moves during speech," said study author Dani Byrd, an associate professor of linguistics and d...

Laser surgery offers advantages for voice disorders

...rent papillomas (laryngeal warts) and bumps on the vocal folds, Postma said. "The possibilities are endless this is the future of a lot of larynx and windpipe surgery." Wake Forest Baptist and Harvard University have been the pioneers in this technology, using lasers donated by Cynosure Corp., Koufman sa...

Chest 2004 hosts world experts in pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine

...thma from other airway disorders, such as COPD and vocal cord dysfunction. "CHEST 2004 gathers the most distinguished experts in chest medicine whose combined knowledge and experience have led to significant advances in pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine," said Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, Presid...

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