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7 Things For Caregivers To Understand About Dysphagia Patients
If a loved one or friend has been diagnosed with dysphagia, you probably feel concerned, empathetic, and maybe even confused. When you are taking on the caregiver role for a person diagnosed with a swallowing disorder, you may also feel overwhelmed. Understanding the causes of this disorder, as well as the necessary care precautions, and even the emotional aspects involved, will help to making caring for your friend or loved one an easier and more productive experience.

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Xanthan Gum: What is it, and why does it matter for those with dysphagia?
For years, starch has been used to thicken beverages for patients with dysphagia. While starch-based thickeners serve an important role and are readily available to most people, more recently, xanthan gum-based thickeners have entered the market. They deliver many important attributes that help improve quality of life for people with dysphagia.

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5 Treatment Options for Dysphagia
With over 50 muscles and nerves involved during the act of swallowing, problems sometimes occur that inhibit this process. This swallowing challenge, know as dysphagia, can be a very serious issue but, when properly diagnosed, is often treatable by a physician and/or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).

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6 Things To Know About Electrical Stimulation And Dysphagia
Electrical stimulation as a treatment option for dysphagia has received much attention recently from patients who are experiencing swallowing difficulties and seeking the best possible dysphagic-related therapies.1 Is electrical stimulation safe? And is it effective? Here are commonly asked questions regarding this therapy option.

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4 Common Psychological Challenges (& Solutions) Facing Dysphagia Patients
One in 17 people will develop some form of dysphagia in their lifetime, including 50 to 75 percent of stroke patients and 60 to 70 percent of patients who undergo radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Estimates of dysphagia’s prevalence in such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s disease and ALS run as high as 90 percent. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dysphagia, you are probably familiar with the physical challenges of the condition, including the dangers of aspiration and choking, while also increasing the likelihood of dehydration and malnutrition. Equally challenging, however, are the emotional aspects that accompany this swallowing disorder.

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