You’ve Heard About it Many Times, But There Have Been Changes

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD AND STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) THINGS YOU’VE HEARD 1. The prevalence of children with disabilities has continued to increase. 2.Male children have higher prevalence of disabilities than female children. 3. Children living in poverty experience the highest rates of disability. 4. Compared to children in households with advanced education, children in households with education less than high school […]

Going Solo

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY To the casual onlooker it was not a remarkable scene. A middle-aged mom trudging through the rain, huge beach bag slung precariously over her shoulder while clutching the hands of a ‘tween and a younger son, heading for the relative paradise of a movie theater overhang. If anyone had cared to look they would have viewed a grim determination in her eyes, a desire to reach her destination etched into the […]

A Primer On Spinal Stenosis

BY DR. JEFFREY M. DAVIS There is a need to educate our youth, and society in general, on proper spinal hygiene. I would like to address the subject of spinal stenosis, acknowledging that this indeed is a condition that affects patients most of the time that are already 50 years of age. The most important issue to discuss with all patients, but especially those not yet affected by this condition, is to educate them about […]

Sunlight Isn’t Enough

BY SUNIL J. WIMALAWANSA, MD, PHD, MBA, FACE, FRCP, FACP, FRCPATH, DSC Optimal Intakes of Vitamin D for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D Supplements. Adequate vitamin D is essential for optimal health. In addition to the well-known effects of enhancing mineral metabolism, irrespective of the age, gender, or health status of the patient, vitamin D has beneficial effects on many other conditions, including neuromodulation, muscle strength and coordination, autoimmune disorders, […]

Depression In Adolescents

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. Depression can be a chronic illness or a short term reaction to a life stressor. Military lifestyle involves more than just deployments. Stress on the family and adolescent can come as a result of many moves, changing schools, leaving friends and community connections, constant training, and separation of the active duty service member. Deployments are […]

Medications Used In Epilepsy – Part 2

EPILEPSY & SEIZURES SERIES • PART TWO BY BY PATRICIA MCGOLDRICK, NP & STEVEN M. WOLF, MD The mainstay of treatment for epilepsy is medications. The goal of any therapy is to control seizures with minimal side effects and to achieve it by using as few medications as possible. When seizure control is not achieved, it is time to rethink the regimen and look at alternative treatments, including surgery and diet. Seizures occur when there […]

Sorting Out Seizures – Part 1

EPILEPSY & SEIZURES SERIES • PART ONE BY STEVEN M. WOLF, MD & PATRICIA MCGOLDRICK, RN It is important for the epilepsy team to be well informed about the semiology of the seizures. Semiology means what the seizure looks like – how it starts, how it progresses, whether the patient is alert or not. The word “seizure” strikes fear into the heart of parents. Nothing is more terrifying than watching your loved one suffer a […]

Seminole State College Lauches Autism- Focused Interior Design Course

Students’ goal: Redesign kitchen for family with two special needs children. Kathryn Rivera, interior design professor at Seminole State College of Florida, is blazing a new trail in the emerging field of designing interior spaces for people with autism. For the past three years, Rivera has taught classes at Seminole State on topics such as building codes, commercial design studios and computer-aided design. Now, she and nine students are embarking on a pilot course called Designing for […]