Your Voice: The key to detecting illnesses?

In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the red-haired, spunky protagonist, Ariel, makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula. In this somewhat, extremely shady deal, Ariel ends up trading her beautiful voice for legs.

What a deal, right?

Well, we all know how that story turns out. But little did young Ariel know that her voice would be such a tool ‘where the people are’.

We use our voices for many things: singing, communicating with our friends and loved ones, road rage, and the list goes on.

Recently, Canary Speech was featured on BBC.com. In the article, they explain what Canary is doing. “Canary Speech is developing a way of analysing conversations using machine learning to test for a number of neurological and cognitive diseases, ranging from Parkinson's to dementia”

From Alzheimer's to concussions, Canary’s voice analytical software aims to catch illnesses early, so proper treatment can begin as soon as possible.

So, the next time you use your voice to ask Siri where to go to dinner or say hello to a friend, remember, that same voice can be the key in diagnosing illness.

Good to know the next time a sea witch offers you a deal. You know, just in case.

 

You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion

All those miles on the Subaru and long hours in the rain has finally paid off. Your child just got a spot on the varsity team and you couldn’t be more excited (you’re trying to hide the intensity because it’s just that real).

As you think back to your child’s medical history you can’t help but consider concussions. Maybe she has had a concussion that required an ER visit; maybe it wasn’t severe enough.

But did you know that don’t you have to be knocked out to have a concussion? In fact, according to WebMD, “Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.”

Studies have shown that not having a loss of consciousness (LOC) is extremely common in high school athletes.

Concussions can occur with or without LOC. In fact, according to a study that tracked 544 high school athletes found, “Loss of consciousness is relatively uncommon among high school athletes who sustain a sport-related concussion.” 1    

Only 4.6% lost consciousness of those concussed during high school sports.

Being aware of the symptoms (or lack of) is critical to the brain health of your athlete. Find out how Canary creates a baseline score to start tracking concussion occurrences in your child.

 

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20716683