This was a FASCINATING article from Popular Science. Wow, I'm impressed and encouraged - amazing! - Beth Lawrence
The World's First Successfully Implanted Synthetic Larynx Component
Lab Grown Grafts
Courtesy Harvard Biosciences Inc./University College London
In another leap forward for regenerative/transplant medicine, an international team of surgeons working in Russia have for the first time transplanted completely synthetic pieces of larynx into two patients in procedures that mark the first steps toward creating and transplanting an entire larynx from scratch.
This graft is similar to but also very different from a previous operation that saw a whole lab-grown trachea transplanted into a patient--an operation carried out by the same surgical group that has now replaced a part of the larynx. In that trachea transplant the organ came from a donor but was washed of its native cells and loaded with the patient's own cells so the new organ would not be rejected.
The latest larynx procedures involved coating synthetic cellular scaffolds (rather than biological material extracted from a donor) with cells from the patients' bone marrows. Once transplanted, the pieces of larynx--known as the cricoid arch and plate, a hollow segment at the base of the larynx--spawned layers of surface cells native to the patients. In both cases, the patients' voice boxes had been so severely damaged in car accidents that they couldn't speak naturally, and in both cases the synthetic larynxes restored their capacities of natural speech almost immediately.
The surgeons that performed the surgeries called them the most ambitious synthetic grafts to date and early steps toward creating a complete synthetic larynx that could be transplanted into those whose voice boxes have been damaged via trauma or disease. That's still a ways off, but the larynx is a very nuanced, complex part of the human architecture. Every organ is different of course, but if doctors can build a larynx from a patient's own bone marrow cells and a synthetic scaffold, it certainly compels one to reconsider what's impossible and what's not in the realm of regenerative medicine.
If you have chronic sore throat; feel like you have to clear your throat often, or have many of the same symptoms that present as vocal nodules or polyps, you may be suffering from GERD, or acid reflux!
Many times clients think that they have nodules, when their problem really stems from GERD.
In my September Voicegram I talk about this very real issue that affects singers and speakers, and give suggestions for alternative remedies that can help.
Please read my Voicegram, and feel free to forward this information to others who are seeking resolution to this problem!
Here's my Beth Lawrence Tip for August. If you use your voice for work, you should read this and watch the video.
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Here's the Tip.
Massage Therapists and energy workers: "Start providing a musical sanctuary for your clients, and watch the positive atmosphere it creates in your practice."
Read the article: http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=14801
I shot this little Tip in Alaska. My question to you is - 'are you struggling when you sing?' If so, you're probably singing too hard, and creating habits that may damage your voice! Let me know what you think of my Kenai River video Tip!
Here's a picture of me in Acapulco at the beginning of my career. I was singing with a fantastic show group called 'Tabasco'.
This month's Voicegram talks about how to avoid the 'trap door' on stage whether you're a gigging musician or Karaoke trouper.
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The last few weeks I've been in the studio recording new original music for my Singing For Health program. No matter how old, no matter how feeble, everybody loves to dance and sing.
Truly, music is medicine.
Those who haven't spoken in years, burst into song, accessing parts of their memory the speaking mind can't find.
Those who sit, wheelchair bound, courageously get up from their chairs to move to the rhythm of reminiscent music.
Those who have retreated into their own isolated world of loneliness and depression begin interacting socially with others.
Make no mistake, music is medicine, and a very lovely pill to swallo
Take your singing to a higher level!
Singing isn't about being perfect. Singing is about communicating emotionally. So how do you turn the air you breathe in, into the emotion that your listener feels when you sing???
Read the article in this month's Voicegram.
Voice Tip for Parkinson's Disease
My health Tip for those with Parkinson's was published in this month's The Senior Advocate - Phoenix. It's about speech cadence and enhancing communication with a simple step - 'breath consciously, and more often!'
'Breath consciously, and more often!'
The Mic Is Your Friend!
©2013 Beth Lawrence
A microphone is a valuable tool for anyone who speaks or sings in public. What I notice often with less experienced speakers or singers, is a fear of the mic! Have you ever seen singers hold the mic too far away from their mouth? Screech! Often there will be feedback because the sound guy has to turn you up too high to get any sound through the P.A. system.
Or how about the presenter who is so animated that he turns his head to talk to one side of the room, but forgets to move the mic along with his head! Whatever punchline he wanted to dazzle the audience with is lost because they couldn't hear it!
Here's a simple rule for you. Wherever the lips go - the mic must follow! When you're on stage, you want to be heard. I usually hold the mic about 1 inch from my mouth at all times. If I sing a big, loud phrase I might back that off a little bit, but you should never pull the mic way away from your mouth at any time. The mic won't pick up what it doesn't hear! Basically, you just have to listen to what's coming out your monitor (or ear monitor) to be able to judge your distance from the mic. Too close and you'll get distortion, too far and you'll be inaudible or get feedback. The further you are from the mic the more vocal quality you lose, too.
The mic is your friend. With the right EQ on the voice, a nice bit of silky reverb (I love reverb), and the right volume to begin with, the mic will amplify your gorgeous voice and carry it to the last row in Carnegie Hall. Learn to make friends with your own voice so that when the mic amplifies it, you'll be thrilled, not embarrassed. Hold that helpful mic courageously up to your mouth and pretend that it's glued to your lips no matter where your head turns. Speak boldly! Sing proudly! The mic is your friend!
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From Beth Lawrence
If you're serious about singing then you've got to take care of your voice. Here are some healthy ways to do that!
Beth Lawrence, Award-winning singer, songwriter and author of "From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!"