Linguistic Blindfolding: Pure Alexia without Agraphia

Are you familiar with the medical condition Pure Alexia without Agraphia?  Don’t worry if you’ve never heard about it before, or if you have no idea what it means.  Few know the perils of that condition, so it can be a good thing you haven’t had to learn about it yet.

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Have a Stroke? Jump into the Freezer!

We know immediately cooling the brain after a stroke can help preserve neurological function by reducing swelling.  Making the brain chilly is also effective in saving lives and brain capabilities after heart attacks and after infant oxygen deprivation.  Products like Kool-Kit are already on the market to strategically lower the temperature of important parts of the body.

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Dick Clark Human Speech

I am still undecided if Dick Clark’s return to television on New Year’s Eve was exploitive, sad or brave. It was probably a mix of all three but that’s a coward’s analysis so I will pick a vein and rip it open.

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A Stroke of Chance

My grandmother, who should live to be one hundred and twenty, was admitted to the hospital for the first time in the over 91 years she has been alive. She had suffered a stroke. The last few days have been full of reflection, with special thought being paid to the subject of last month’s column.

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