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 Nutrition and Huntington's Disease,
A Practical Guide.
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Book:   Nutrition and Huntington's Disease, A Practical Guide.


Ellen van Broekhoven (dietician), Dirk Gaasbeek (nursing home physician),
and Maartje Veninga (speech therapist) work in a nursing home with a special unit for patiens suffering from Huntington's Disease. They discovered that there were no ready answers to questions in relation to, in particular, nutrition for patiens suffering from this disease.

It is for this reason that they decided to pool their knowledge and experience into a very practical guide and to supplement it with information from the skimpy scientific literature on this subject.

The book provides insight into the nutritional problems that exist among patients suffering from this disease from the point of view of various disciplines. With that, it appears time and again that communication, i.e. to understand what the patient wants and to which degree it is possible to discuss problems of vital importance. That is why communication comes up extensively. Another question that is raised is whether or not tube feeding may be a good alternative if regular feeding is no longer possible.

What makes this book so unique is that it serves as a comprehensive guide for medical practitioners and paramedics.

In this recommendation, Prof. Dr. H.P.H Kremer, neurologist, says: "I warmly recommend this book to those who, either in their work or in the family, have to deal with patients suffering from Huntington's Disease. This is the first practical publication in this field and I hope it will inform and inspire many people."
 
Resources
 
Free Consumer Brochures Examine Swallowing Disorders (ROCKVILLE, MD-May 1, 2001) Two new brochures focusing on swallowing disorders are available free of charge to consumers from the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


"Feeding and Swallowing Problems in Children" and "Swallowing Problems
in Adults" discuss some of the causes and symptoms of swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, as well as how swallowing problems can lead to poor nutrition, dehydration, or pneumonia in both children and adults.
 
The brochures also examine the different phases at which problems can occur in the swallowing process, from difficulty chewing or moving food or liquid from the mouth to the throat, to problems in squeezing food through the esophagus.
 
In addition, the brochures address the role of the speech-language pathologist in evaluating and treating dysphagia.

Consumers can receive the brochures by calling ASHA's toll-free HELPLINE
at 1-800-638-8255. Consumers may also view the brochures online, as well as obtain referrals to qualified speech-language pathologists and access additional  information on speech, language and hearing development and disorders, by visiting the ASHA website at
www.asha.org