WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross notified IOPI Medical of its selection to receive the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. “IOPI Medical has demonstrated a sustained commitment to…

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The study aimed to investigate the relationship between tongue motor function, lip motor function, and mixing ability in 54 elderly complete denture wearers. Maximum tongue pressure and oral diadochokinesis were measured tongue and lip motor functions. A color-changeable, chewing gum evaluated mixing ability. The study identified maximum tongue pressure, the number of repetitions of the…

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The purpose of this study was to analyze tongue strength and the presence or absence of penetration and aspiration, using instrumental assessments, to provide a basis for clinical decision-making. Seventy-nine subjects underwent a videofluoroscopic swallowing study and assessment of tongue pressures with the IOPI. The study found that tongue strength has predictive abilities to screen…

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Eleven healthy subjects exercised by pushing the anterior tongue to the palate 30 times, three times a day, 3 days a week for 8 weeks at 60% of maximum tongue pressure week one and 80% for the remainder of the training. After the completion of training, maximum pressure measurements continued every month for an additional…

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The study investigated the impact of head position on tongue strength in 37 healthy adults using the IOPI. The investigators captured tongue strength measurements in an anterior, mid, and posterior placement in neutral, retracted, and forward head positions. Tongue strength in the anterior and mid position reached significance. The authors concluded that head position influences…

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The study examines the impact of lingual strengthening exercises on tongue strength, improvements in MASA-C, FOIS, and SwQoL scores in 15 head and neck cancer patients, with chronic radiation induced dysphagia. Subjects performed 3 therapy session per week on non-consecutive days for 8 weeks exercising anterior and posterior tongue at 80% of their maximum isometric…

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This study examined nineteen critically ill adult patients post endotracheal intubation who underwent a videofluoroscopic swallowing study. Evaluation of tongue and lip performance, and oral somatosensory function were also performed. The investigators found the duration of intubation, length of stay in the intensive care unit, and oromotor degradation were associated with dysphagia. They concluded that…

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The number of patients with COVID-19 related disability is growing. The virus appears to cause damage to multiple systems and leads to general deconditioning, joint stiffness, neuropathy, and dysphagia. The response of rehabilitation professionals is important in reducing disability and improving outcomes. In this article, physicians from around the globe discuss the role of various…

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By H.D. Kim, J.B. Choi, S.J. Yoo, M.Y. Chang, S.W. Lee, and J.S. Park A new study out of the Republic of Korea has focused on how tongue-to-palate resistance training (TPRT) affects tongue strengthening and swallowing function. This research provides further evidence that TPRT is an effective strategy for rehabilitating dysphagia and highlights the utility…

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