Category: St. Michael’s Hospital Voice Chair

Description of laryngeal papillomas

• May 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

Here’s possibly the best description of laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voicebox), which are caused by the HPV virus (the same one which causes cervical cancer in women) and affect roughly 4 children and 2 adults out of every 100,000 people in the US.  The virus recurs, even after treatment, and can cause voice problems or [...]

Category: Papillomatosis, St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Uncategorized, Voice problem, Voice treatment

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Voice box transplant – clinical trials

• April 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

Wow.  UK announces funding for first clinical trial for stem cell-based voice box transplant.  Patients who lose their voice box, or larynx, lose their ability to speak, and often have great difficulty breathing and swallowing.  The potential breakthrough, dubbed RegenVox, is being led by Dr. Martin Burchall, of University College London Hospitals.  In the procedure, [...]

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The aging voice

• April 21, 2013 • Comments (0)

At the wedding I went to last week, I noticed one of the older guests having difficulty speaking over the noise of everyone else at the reception.  Then I saw her put her finger on her neck, much as I used to do in order to make enough sound that people could hear me.  Vocal [...]

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KTP laser for vocal fold surgery

• April 7, 2013 • Comments (0)

There is a relatively new technology available for vocal fold surgery, the KTP Aura 532 XP laser, approved for use in Canada in 2011.  It is used for a variety of purposes, including cosmetic, gynelogical, and ear, nose and throat surgeries.  An advantage of this technology over the established CO2 laser is that it can [...]

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Category: Papillomatosis, St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Voice problem

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Driving the car on two wheels

• March 25, 2013 • Comments (0)

My other favourite blog, Rolling Around in My Head, by Dave Hinsburger, recently sparked a lively discussion about whether or not to advocate for a person in a wheelchair when someone else is blocking their view (at a concert, in this case).  It made me think of how I felt when I couldn’t speak above [...]

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Spasmodic dysphonia is breathtaking

• March 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

And not in a good way.  As noted Toronto lawyer and mediator Tom Allen describes in the video below, “if you have spasmodic dysphonia, you have to take a separate breath for every word that you speak.”  Spasmodic dysphonia patients often sound hoarse, breathy, and as if they were forcing each individual word out.   Of [...]

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Wall Street Journal talks voice treatment

• March 19, 2013 • Comments (0)

Great article , audio, and video Friday in the Wall Street Journal, which talks about voice therapy and the medical procedures that can restore voices when conventional speech therapy fails.   Speech therapy sometimes works, and if that fails vocal cords can be injected with collagen substances that “plump up” the vocal cords.  If the vocal [...]

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Category: St. Michael's Hospital Voice Chair, Vocal cord paralysis, Voice problem, Voice surgery, Voice treatment

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Sting Concert Raises $1 million

• March 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

In my experience, if you can just get enough traction (i.e., incremental results) for your crazy idea, someone will eventually show up with a BIG idea or skill set that makes all the difference.   You just have to attract enthusiastic team members, work your tail off, ship (i.e., put something out into the marketplace – hold [...]

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Opera star John Mac Master joins Jim Cuddy on “Try”

• March 11, 2013 • Comments (0)

From the dance floor, opera tenor John Mac Master gave Jim Cuddy a hand with the chorus of “Try”, at St. Michael’s Hospital’s first concert in support of those living with voice problems.  It was a show-stopper and a great way to end the evening, showcasing two of Canada’s finest voices.  Here’s a video of Jim’s [...]

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Melanie Doane burns up the fiddle for St. Mike’s

• March 11, 2013 • Comments (0)

Juno award-winner Melanie Doane played at least 5 instruments during the first concert to raise awareness for voice problems and treatments in Canada.   Here’s a video of her burning up the fiddle during the concert for St. Michael’s Hospital at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.

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