Vocal Cords

The human voice is the organ of the soul - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Vocal Cords

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For vocal cords, producing sound is no mean feat. They need to be flexible enough to vibrate, but tough enough to withstand smacking together over a hundred times per second. If our whole bodies were subjected to an equivalent force, we’d be ripped apart...

Right now, treatments for damaged vocal cords include injecting steroids or other substances to soften up scar tissue. But this approach usually offers only temporary relief for the millions of Americans with impaired vocal cords. “Often the materials are absorbed by the body after a few months and you’re back at square one,” said Nathan Welham, a speech-language pathologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and…

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