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Sex Chromosome Variations

BY VIRGINIA ISAACS COVER, MSW, MBA Mark had always had challenges. As a toddler, he had speech and physical therapy through Early Intervention to address delays in meeting milestones. Although he managed to earn B’s and C’s in elementary school with the assistance of 504 accommodations, by Fifth grade he was falling behind, academically and socially. A developmental pediatrician diagnosed ADHD. Six months later, the school psychologist suggested an evaluation for autism spectrum disorder. Testing […]

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ZIKA A Threat To Pregnant Women

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY CLAIRE MENA AND AVA TODD In April 2015, a British company named Oxitec began releasing over 100,000 genetically modified mosquitoes weekly in Brazil. These mosquitoes were designed in an effort to reduce infectious disease carrying mosquitos. Months later, a growing number of infants in Brazil were born with a serious birth defect: microcephaly. Various media outlets, officials, and individuals quickly began linking a connection between the two, yet there was a serious […]

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Is a Parrot a Service Animal?

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, BEVERLY L. MUNTER, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH “Mitchell Slaugh takes his parrot, Kai, with him everywhere because he is his registered support animal. Saturday, Mitchell was kicked out of the WinCo on Clearwater for bringing his parrot inside. ‘She’s my baby. She’s a companion…I need her and she needs me.’ Mitchell is cleared […]

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A Second Opinion Can Change The Game

BY STEPHANIE CORKETT SPECIAL SMILES AND LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL OPENING EYES HAVE HELPED MAKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS THE LARGEST GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SERVING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the over 1.7 million athletes screened by the Special Olympics Health Program. In 1993, when Rosemary Kennedy went for her routine dentist visit in Wisconsin, her team of dentists recommended removal of all her […]