So, you want to get “clinical” in your research of whatever ails you or your loved one…
Well, look no further than the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) extensive website: https://www.nih.gov/.
Unlike many other research-oriented organizations, NIH shares much of its research findings, journal articles, and other pertinent information without cost (except maybe your tax dollars 😉). Yay, open access! Well, what does open access really mean? It means that if you type something into the search bar on NIH it’s going to bring up materials and information you can immediately access including research with no financial barriers. So, what might one find on the NIH website? You can find a wealth of information from NIH related to speech, voice, swallowing, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, TBI, language, memory, attention, and more. One might check out this link: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/your-healthiest-self-wellness-toolkits to look into beneficial information regarding general well-being and health.
If one were concerned about a critical function like swallowing, he/she may check out the following link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6375531/ to view some of the research regarding swallowing therapy and recommended swallowing exercises.
If someone wanted to read a monthly newsletter regarding health from NIH, he/she may access the link: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2020/06/communication-breakdown. June’s newsletter talks about aphasia from stroke and how it leads to communication breakdowns. Overall, there is so much information on the NIH site. Whether you want to get ‘clinical’ with your research of topics concerning you and your loved ones or you want to be able to access some reliable information regarding a diagnosis and potential actions you can take to empower yourself or others, the National Institute for Health website is an excellent destination for staying informed and educated.
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