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Wednesday
Jun202012

Adele Song Wakes Girl from Coma

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Adele has set records and won dozens of awards for her 2011 album, 21.  Now, there is a 7-year-old girl who is said to have woken up from a life-threatening coma when Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” came on the radio.

Charlotte Neve suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 13 and was in a coma for a week, The Daily Mail reported.  She underwent two surgeries, but doctors warned her family the odds weren’t in the girl’s favor.  They believed even if she survived, she wouldn’t see or speak again.

Neve soon took a turn for the worse, and doctors told her mother, Leila, to say her final goodbyes. That, said The Daily Mail, is when “Rolling in the Deep” came on the radio.

Leila, 31, started singing the song.  She and her daughter had often sung it together.

Neve smiled.  It was the first time she had shown any reaction to anything since falling into the coma.  The paper says doctors were astounded.  

Within two days, the young girl had started speaking and had even managed to get up from her bed, The Daily Mail said. They played the song on a loop after that, and soon Neve woke up.

Neve’s friends and family set up a Facebook group, “Lottie Loo’s Get Well Wish,” chronicling her progress.  Photos posted to the group show Neve laughing and playing, first in her hospital bed, then out in the world.  A video posted to the Facebook group shows her singing along to the song that miraculously brought her back.

Neve’s recovery has been speedy.  She’s partially blind and she suffers from memory loss, but she’s already back in school part-time and taking dance classes.

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Friday
Apr062012

Singer Adele Drops '20-25 lbs' on 'Love Diet'

Kevin Mazur (L)/Jon Furniss (R)/WireImage(LONDON) -- Adele has stated that she never feels any pressure to be model-thin, but she's definitely dropping some weight.  The new issue of People magazine reports that the singer and her boyfriend Simon Konecki have started eating healthier and jogging, and it shows. 

A weight-loss expert who compared pictures of Adele from February of 2011 to pictures of her taken this year told People, "Her face and neck are far less full, and her waist is much more slender.  I'd say she easily lost 20 to 25 lbs."

People also reports that on March 20, Adele was seen snacking on tofu in Brighton, England -- which seems to support claims in the British press that the Grammy-winner is now a vegetarian. 

Thanks to the singer's new, slimmer silhouette, the magazine reports that "designers are rushing to dress her for red carpet events."  According to People, fashion duo Clements Ribeiro says that Adele is a "muse" for their new line.  And stylist Mary Alice Stephenson tells People, "She has pretty much every designer creating one-of-a-kind dresses for her. [And] when you're in love, you want to show yourself off, because you feel so great!"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb102012

Celebrity Voices Saved by Surgery

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Adele will take the stage at the Grammys on Sunday, giving her first performance since she had surgery in November for a vocal cord hemorrhage. Though operations have saved several famous voices in recent years, doctors say going under the knife is often a last resort when it comes to repairing vocal cords.

A vocal cord hemorrhage like Adele’s happens when tiny blood vessels feeding the vocal cords rupture and leak. Surgery can seal the blood vessels to prevent them from filling the vocal cords with blood, which make it difficult for them to vibrate.

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Recovering from the surgery is no small matter, especially for a performer who needs a booming voice to sing for millions of people. Dr. Kristine Tanner, clinical director of the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, said Adele has likely had full use of her voice since early January. Usually after surgery for a vocal hemorrhage, patients completely rest their voices for one week, begin speaking lightly after two or three weeks and can gradually begin singing three to six weeks after surgery.

“Then you have to work back up to your previous endurance level, like going back to the gym after being out for six weeks,” Tanner said.

Vocal cord problems are an occupational hazard for many professional singers, recently plaguing the likes of John Mayer and Keith Urban, both of whom went under the knife to save their voices.

Performers who belt out songs to sold-out arenas, record tracks for new albums and use their voice for day-to-day speaking can develop polyps and nodules on their cords, keeping them from vibrating correctly when air passes over them. Doctors can detect these problems using imaging technology and scopes with cameras attached, and fix them with minimally invasive procedures, such as phonomicrosurgery.

But voice experts say surgery is often a last resort for a performer’s vocal troubles. Dr. Michael Benninger, chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, has treated dozens of celebrity singers and public speakers. He said most doctors recommend other types of treatments to correct patients’ vocal troubles.

“We rarely have to do surgery on these patients,” Benninger said. “It is surprising how many high-profile performers that we see that behavioral modification is what they need.”

Formal vocal training, speech therapy, larynx massages and even changes in diet, alcohol use and other lifestyle habits can do a lot to alleviate exhausted, injured vocal cords, which can take as much of a beating as the muscles and bones of athletes. Often, these fixes are a better solution than surgery, Tanner said.

“It’s like a runner. You can operate on their ankle, but it would be preferred to change their form so they don’t continue to re-injure themselves,” Tanner said.

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Monday
Jan092012

Why So Many Vocal Cord Surgeries for Award-Winning Singers?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- For some of today's most powerful young singers, vocal cord issues have them "rolling in the deep."

The health of singing sensation Adele's raspy voice, which propelled her into superstardom and has made her a favorite to sweep the Grammys next month, was threatened last year. Weeks after her Sept. 22 concert at Albert Hall in London, the singer/songwriter had surgery to repair her vocal cords and save her career. She hasn't sung publically since her surgery.

But the 23-year-old isn't the only young singer to go under the knife to help save her voice. John Mayer, 34, was operated on last year, as was 44-year-old country star Keith Urban.

Singers are suffering from polyps, nodules and even hemorrhaging in their throats, the kind of severe damage that can shut down any booming voice, according to Dr. Shawn Nasseri, an otolaryngologist in Beverly Hills who treats many of the biggest money-making singers in the music business today.

It takes the coordination of the lungs, diaphragm, neck, voice box, throat and mouth to produce a voice, but it's when the vocal cords are brought together and vibrate that a pitch and tone are produced. Nasseri said for a singer suffering from a hemorrhaging polyp on their vocal cords, similar to what Adele had, the polyp can keep the two vocal cords from meeting and give the person "absolutely no voice."

Nasseri said these kinds of injuries are not attributed to genetics, but happen because of a specific vocal technique that singers are doing wrong -- forcing or straining their voice when they should be resting it.

"It's like if you have a bruised, swollen ankle and you want to go run 10 miles, that's exactly when you're going to have trouble," he said.

Problems are easily developed when high demands are placed on popular singers by the new realities of the music business, which is now so dependent on touring, traveling and keeping an active public profile.

And it's not just the career demands that can take its toll on singers, but also lifestyle choices -- cigarettes, alcohol and even acid reflux can cause long-term voice problems.

Soul singer John Legend, 33, said he has grown mindful of the importance of looking after his voice.

"I've certainly been no stranger to having issues with my voice," he said. "My first year performing was the worst year because I didn't know how to pace myself, and once I started to understand how it worked, I started to pace myself better."

When the vocal cords are damaged, Nasseri said minimally invasive surgery, the type Adele underwent, heals wounds with minimal risk.

"But we always use surgery as a last option, because everyone knows about Julie Andrews' voice," he said.

Andrews, the star of the original "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" films, lost her singing voice after a 1997 surgery. Her story remains a cautionary tale to other musicians. Recording artist Celeste Prince is slowly making a comeback after, she said, vocal problems and subsequent surgery ruined her signature raspy sound and threatened her career. Since her recovery Prince said she was "relieved" to get her voice back.

Vocal coach Roger Love, who has worked with almost everyone in the music business from Gwen Stefani to Def Leppard, said he prefers to heal damaged vocal cords without surgery.

"Why would anyone want surgery?" Love said. "If I tell the artist that I can eliminate those calluses that are on their cords by teaching them how to sing better, who's going to take the knife? In my view the vocal cords are never better after surgery."

Love said he will lay down the law of good vocal practice with his top-tier singing clients, starting with proper vocal warm-up exercises before shows.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct052011

What's Wrong with Adele's Vocal Chords?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- British singer-songwriter Adele has canceled a 10-city U.S. tour because of a hemorrhage she likened to a "black eye" on her vocal cord.

"i have a hemorrhage again and it is paramount that i rest and therefore wont be able to come and do these already rescheduled U.S shows which are due to start this friday in atlantic city," the 23-year-old wrote in a blog posted Tuesday. "i apologise from the bottom of my heart, sincerely i do."

The "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" singer canceled U.S. shows in April because of laryngitis and U.K. shows in September because of a chest infection. But Adele said she's never had the opportunity to fully rest and recover because of her touring commitments.

"if i continue to pick up everything before i have properly conquered these problems and nipped them in the bud. i will be totally and utterly f*****," she wrote. "singing is literally my life, its my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or i risk damaging my voice forever."

The vocal cords are small folds in the windpipe that vibrate to create sound. They get nutrients from tiny blood vessels, which can rupture and leak when strained.

"When they become damaged, they typically leak and have spread under the surface -- literally like a bruise," said Dr. Gaelyn Garrett, medical director of the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville. "The typical scenario is, a singer will say, 'I was doing fine and then all of a sudden, in the middle of a show or a rehearsal, I had a break in my voice and couldn't sing well anymore.'"

Garrett said the blood accumulating under the surface makes it harder for the vocal cords to vibrate, causing a sudden change in the voice. Like a black eye, the bruise will heal. But recurrent damage can cause scar tissue to build up and cause a permanent change in a person's voice.

"I'll put someone on complete voice rest for a week," said Garrett, adding that "complete" means no singing and no talking. "Then I'll check them again in a week to make sure there's no recurrent bleed."

Using a tiny scope slipped down through the mouth or the nose, Garret can see the bruise changing color and eventually disappearing.

"I'll follow it closely until it looks fairly healed -- usually a couple, maybe three weeks," she said.

What causes the blood vessels feeding the vocal cords to suddenly rupture is unclear.

People with recurrent hemorrhages can have the offending blood vessel surgically sealed. The remaining blood vessels will take over its job, Garrett said, and the voice can return to normal.

Although Adele's April cancellation was blamed on laryngitis, the singer wrote in her blog that she was diagnosed with a hemorrhage then, too, and ordered to rest for a month.

Garrett said anyone can suffer a vocal cord hemorrhage, but singers are more likely to notice minor voice changes.

"It can even occur after coughing, or anything that generates a lot of pressure," she said. "There are some patients that just come in with evidence of a bleed from several days ago."

Whether a person needs rest or surgery depends on whether the injury recurs and on their voice demands, Garrett said.

In her blog post Adele said she plans to start vocal rehab soon, and assured fans she will "smash the ball out the park" when she resumes touring.

"… please have faith in me that this is the only thing i can do to make sure i can always sing and always make music for you to the best of my ability."

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