Tanya Denmark

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To provide accurate diagnostic screening of deaf people who use signed communication, cognitive tests must be devised in signed languages with normative deaf samples. This article describes the development of the first screening test for the detection of cognitive impairment and dementia in deaf signers. The British Sign Language Cognitive Screening Test(More)
Facial expressions in sign language carry a variety of communicative features. While emotion can modulate a spoken utterance through changes in intonation, duration and intensity, in sign language specific facial expressions presented concurrently with a manual sign perform this function. When deaf adult signers cannot see facial features, their ability to(More)
D iabetes mellitus and hypertension are interrelated disorders , each powerfully predisposing to the development of the other and to the future occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Although the distinguishing features of masked hypertension (MH) 3 – 6 are well known, the signifi cance of the presence or absence of antihypertensive treatment on clinical(More)
There is controversy over the specificity of Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and whether it is caused by a deficit general to cognition or in mechanisms specific to language itself. We argue that evidence to resolve these conflicting positions could come from the study of children who are acquiring sign language and have SLI. Whereas speech is(More)
Several recent studies have suggested that deaf children perform more poorly on working memory tasks compared to hearing children, but these studies have not been able to determine whether this poorer performance arises directly from deafness itself or from deaf children's reduced language exposure. The issue remains unresolved because findings come mostly(More)
Previous research has highlighted that deaf children acquiring spoken English have difficulties in narrative development relative to their hearing peers both in terms of macro-structure and with micro-structural devices. The majority of previous research focused on narrative tasks designed for hearing children that depend on good receptive language skills.(More)
Studies have suggested that language and executive function (EF) are strongly associated. Indeed, the two are difficult to separate, and it is particularly difficult to determine whether one skill is more dependent on the other. Deafness provides a unique opportunity to disentangle these skills because in this case, language difficulties have a sensory not(More)
A mong risk factors, the 24-hour blood pressure (BP) level is an important predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. 1 However, several experts in the field of ambulatory BP monitoring proposed BP load as a more accurate predictor of outcome than the ambulatory BP level. 2–4 BP load is the proportion of BP readings above set thresholds,(More)
H ypertension and chronic kidney disease affect a large proportion of the world's adult population. Both entities substantially increase the risk of death, cardiovascular disorders, and progression to renal failure, even after accounting for other risk factors. 1 Hypertension and renal disease behave as aggregate risk factors, high blood pressure(More)
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