Friday, January 31, 2014

Dictate your reports - a new option

I've been thinking of dictating my reports for a long time. Those of us who do it say that it speeds up the work. But somehow, I have never got around to buying Dragon Dictate, teaching it to understand my accented English and learning how to dictate, which is a skill in itself.

It seems that there is a new and free option for doing that for Mac users (with thanks to Les Posen, who sent the information in his email). If you have the new operating system (Maverics, free update from the app store), it includes a nice dictation software. Tap the fcn key twice, wherever you are, and you are ready to dictate.

The thing worked quite nicely, translating my accented English into good typing. It was even able to transcribe 'neuropsychology', neuropsychologist' and 'frontal lobes' correctly. It was a shame that temporal lobe ended up being a 'love', and it had some unusual ideas about 'stroke', but it is a good start.

Importantly, you can download extra software and all the transcription happens on your Mac, with no information being sent to the server - a good feature for ensuring privacy.

Worth having a try.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Q interactive rumours

I have received an email from the USA saying that WMS-IV, WIAT-III has become available. They also said that WISC-V will be available on iPad this year.

I have checked, and WMS-IV and WIAT-III have not yet arrived in Australia. But they are coming closer. I wonder how long it'll take them to cross the ocean?


Medical food for dementia

This is not exactly technology, but it feels to be geeky enough to include here.

Katie Kirby sent a great post about Souvenaid, which is marketed as a medical food for dementia, with the company claiming that it increases synapse production, thus helping with memory in the early stages of the disease. It comes in small bottles, like a flavoured drink, and is supposed to include fish oils and other goodies in just the right proportion to improve brain function. I have to admit that it sounds good, apart from the price, which currently hovers around $20 for a 4-bottle pack - very expensive as it is supposed to be consumed once a day for a long period of time.

Here are links sent by Katie:

The NPS (National Prescribing Service) has just published its analysis of 3 RCTs involving Souvenaid:

Response from Nutricia:

It strikes me that a synapse-producing supplement could be of much more use in a population that is not actively losing neurons. I wonder how long it will take HSC students to start chugging it.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Excellent autism detection video

I'm back from holidays and ready to do some posting. To start with, an excellent video on autism

This is a brilliant series of comparisons between normal toddlers and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with commentary highlighting the differences in their behaviour. Without doubt worth a look - the best training video I've seen in a long time, and only 9 minutes long.