29 January 2008

How hard can swallowing be?

Hard to swallow: researchers work on device to help patients with dysphagia
The Canadian Press: 22 January 2008
Hundreds of times a day, John Bible is reminded that a bodily function so basic most people take it completely for granted could actually jeopardize his health, his life. Bible can't swallow safely.

In order to route fluid or food from his mouth to his digestive tract, he must focus on the task, methodically activating a complicated process involving 25 different muscles in the mouth, tongue and throat. As a consequence, Bible takes much of his food and the fluids that keep him hydrated through a feeding tube…. > full story

For more resources on dysphagia review the reading list on Feeding, diet and nutrition in dementia

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