July 25, 2005 |
Phyllis S. Peterson's voice has betrayed her for decades. The 75-year-old Portland, Conn., resident has a neurological condition called spasmodic dysphonia, which has reduced her speech to puffs of words she can only force out slowly and quietly. For nine weeks, Khalid El-Sayed's voice has taken a vacation. The third-year University of Connecticut medical student from New Britain, Conn.
November 18, 2004 |
The local TV camera crew was searching for a sound bite after a Fullerton Troy girls' tennis match three years ago. They wanted to hear about the pressures of playing for a top-notch high school tennis program. Coach Donna Judd suggested they interview a freshman player, rather than her, and pointed to Clare Fermin. By the time Judd remembered Fermin had a stuttering problem, which becomes more pronounced when she becomes excited or nervous, it was too late.
May 12, 2003 |
Ordering dinner may not sound like much of a triumph, but it is when you stutter like Kevin Murphy. For most of his life, the 19-year-old college student had avoided public speaking and talking to strangers. The embarrassment caused by the few excruciating seconds of stammering over a syllable, word or phrase was simply too much to bear. Because of it, Murphy's parents always had ordered his meals when eating out.
November 19, 2002 |
Stuttering and a serious form of snoring known as sleep apnea may be linked, and both conditions may be caused by brain damage sustained early in life, U.S. researchers said Monday. A team at UCLA found that nearly 40% of sleep apnea patients it studied also stuttered as children. Sleep apnea is a serious form of snoring in which a patient's breathing actually stops several times a night. It is linked with a high rate of heart death.
August 5, 2002 |
Stuttering, which affects about 1% of people after childhood, is caused by an abnormal structure of the left side of the brain, German researchers reported in Saturday's edition of the British journal The Lancet. The study used magnetic resonance imaging to look at 15 stutterers and 15 people with normal speech and found the impediment results from a disconnection of speech-related areas in the cortex, a team from the University of Hamburg said.
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June 29, 2002 |
What would be a simple speech for many was filled with landmines for Kevin Murphy, a gangly college student from Boise, Idaho. "It seems like it was yesterday that I first sat in this workshop," Murphy told a packed ballroom Friday afternoon--fighting through "seems" and "yesterday," wrestling with "sat" and stumbling over "this." For once, there were no nasty snickers or uncomfortable stares when he spoke. Only warm smiles, on his face and nearly a hundred others.