SPINA BIFIDA PATIENT USES WHEELCHAIR TO HIS ADVANTAGE ON HALLOWEEN

Last Halloween, Carter’s diagnosis of spina bifida did not hold back his dad from getting creative with the little boy’s costume. Even though he’s wheelchair-bound, Carter’s final ensemble used it to his advantage, as he went as an ice cream truck decked out with cones and a delivery window, the Huffington Post reported. Moreover, Carter was outfitted in a pressed white uniform with a matching hat. Spina bifida affects between 1,500 to 2,000 babies born in the U.S. each year, […]

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Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?

Study finds an association but doesn’t prove cause and effect. Seniors who begin sleeping more than nine hours a night may face a higher risk of dementia down the road, a new study suggests. The researchers estimated that the risk of dementia grew by almost 2.5 times for those who found themselves recently needing extra sleep. The chances of dementia rose sixfold for people without a high school degree who suddenly needed to sleep nine hours or more, the study […]

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60 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have required surgery within the past five years

The survey, conducted by Manhattan Research on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) and sponsored by Centocor, Inc., also revealed how the symptoms of Crohn’s, including unpredictable and persistent diarrhea, fever and severe abdominal pain, impact the physical, social and emotional well- being of people with the disease. A sub-analysis of those surveyed focused specifically on the adult segment of Generation Y (ages 18 to 27), as well as […]

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How to Teach Kids With Dyslexia to Read

If you have been around the Homeschooling With Dyslexia web site for any length of time, you know my passion for helping parents of kids with dyslexia.  We have been navigating the seas of dyslexia since our oldest son was diagnosed some 16 years ago.  It was a steep learning curve and we made lots of mistakes along the way. There is a lot to know about teaching kids with dyslexia to read. This week, I’ll be breaking this important […]

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101 Self-Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much

I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feel like Too Much. There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years when – for whatever reason – just getting through the day, or going to work, or putting one foot in front of the other feels hard. Really, really hard. Maybe it’s because you’re wrestling with anxiety, depression or some other mental illness. Maybe it’s because you’ve had your heart broken. […]

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When You’re ‘Too Functional’ to Have Your Mental Illness Taken Seriously

I’ve read countless articles, many on The Mighty, about the struggle of having an invisible illness and the way other people judge the “validity” of people’s conditions. I’ve also read about people who aren’t taken seriously when they express their most intimate, dark thoughts to family, professionals and friends. I’m a psychologist. Not too long ago I was reunited with many other mental health workers (psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers and professors were in attendance.) The event was a presentation of a […]

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What’s New in Research and Treatment for Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Children?

There is always research going on in the area of brain and spinal cord tumors. Scientists are looking for causes and ways to prevent them, and doctors are working to improve treatments. Understanding gene changes in tumors Researchers continue to look for the gene changes inside cells that result in brain and spinal cord tumors. The hope is that learning more about these gene changes may lead to better ways to treat these tumors. For example, researchers have found that […]

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10 Things You May Not Know About MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Do you know much about multiple sclerosis? If you do, it may be because you know someone who has it. I have a family member I’m fairly close with who has it and have heard from her about her condition for over ten years as it took control of her life. I’ve watched videos, read articles about promising treatments, and did some research. Sometimes what doctors and scientists don’t know is more alarming than what they do know. Right now, […]

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Vipassana and the art of sleeping

A team of neurophysiologists has started to record and research the sleep patterns of more than 100 regular practitioners of vipassana meditation at Bangalore’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans). Led by Dr Bindu M Kutty, this is the third phase of the sleep study, which aims to examine REM (rapid eye movement) sleep as well as the dream state in control and experiment groups. The first two stages of Dr Kutty’s sleep study, from 2000-2012 and from […]

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What It Is Like To Date Someone Who Has Multiple Personality Disorder

“In order to survive, a brave person has split off continuous understanding of what’s happening to them. So, a child who can’t fight back or can’t run away finds another part of the mind to retreat to in order for normal service to continue.” But a few people encounter love, life and loss through the lens of one identity which, usually through a history of abuse, gets fragmented into anything up to 30 distinct personalities. Most of us may only encounter this mental disorder […]

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