How babies at the Children’s Wisconsin NICU get personalized milk every day

Every child in a hospital has medications that are specially selected, prepared and measured just for them in the hospital pharmacy. But in the NICU at Children’s Wisconsin, babies also get individualized doses of breast milk — mixed, fortified and designed specifically for their unique needs and delivered to their bedside. Human milk is an amazing and complex substance — in fact, in a single feeding or pumping session, a mother’s milk can change from […]

Cancer Screening Prevalence Among Adults with Disabilities

People with disabilities are less likely than people without disabilities to receive recommended cancer screening tests. In 2013, about one in five adults in the United States had a disability. People with disabilities often have trouble getting health care for many reasons, including not being able to schedule an appointment and not having transportation to the clinic. As a result, people with disabilities typically have lower cancer screening rates than people without disabilities, making it […]

Outpatient Services 2020 Medicare Final Rules Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 final rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System on November 1, 2019. Key issues of interest to audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs)—including coding changes, payment updates, and quality reporting requirements—are summarized below. Full analysis of the finalized rules and national 2020 payment rates will be published on ASHA’s website by 11/18/19. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Audiology and […]

Protecting Youth from Bullying and The Role of the Pediatrician

By: Wahida Abaza, M.D., Associate at The Family and Youth Institute, and Michael C. Lu, MD, MPH, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Pediatric health care providers are an important, front line, family-trusted group that can not only detect the warning signs of victimization, but are also in a position to advise parents and advocate for their patients. It is important for health care providers to be prepared to screen […]

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities

Finding Breast Cancer Early Can Save Lives Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Thinking “breast cancer won’t happen to me” is a risk no woman should take. Having a screening mammogram regularly is an important way to maintain good health. A mammogram, which is an X-ray picture of the breast, is the best way to find breast cancer […]

Intellectual disability, ADHD and autism tied to early maternal anemia

Source: Karolinska Institute The timing of anemia, a common condition in late pregnancy, can make a big difference for the developing fetus, according to research at Karolinska Institutet published in JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers found a link between early anemia and increased risk of autism, ADHD and intellectual disability in children. Anemia discovered toward the end of pregnancy did not have the same correlation. The findings underscore the importance of early screening for iron status […]

Children with Down Syndrome Managing Sleep Issues

Types of sleep problems Virtually all sleep problems which occur in children in general are seen in children with Down syndrome. Children with Down syndrome are more likely to develop certain types of sleep disturbances. Some sleep problems have a physical cause; others have a behavioural basis. Some are more likely to occur at certain ages, whereas others may appear during childhood and then persist throughout most of the individual’s life if treatment is not […]

Assisted Living Options for Seniors With Disabilities

Seniors and people with disabilities often need supportive living options. When the time comes to start considering your options for assisted living, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of housing options. Not only are there different categories of assisted living to choose from, there are also a plethora of homes from which to choose. The right choice depends on a number of factors, including support needs, expense, and personal preference. Once a […]

Williams Syndrome Disability Language Style Guide Recommendations

The WSA recommends using “people first” language as we do in our communications—language that puts the person before their diagnosis. For example, a person with a disability; not “disabled person” Individual with Williams syndrome. Not a “Williams syndrome person or child.” Put the person first. Never mention the disability at all unless it is pertinent to the conversation/communication. Families affected by Williams syndrome, and not WS families. We use the term “individual” quite a bit […]

ALS: ‘Unique’ cells could open up new avenues for therapy

By Maria Cohut Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to the death of nerve cells that control movement, leaving people unable to move and, eventually, to breathe. ALS is fatal and, so far, incurable. Can new findings bring hope for novel therapies? ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States alone. Still, its causes remain largely unknown. There is currently no cure, […]