Autism continues to be a hot topic area for new research. This article will bring you up to date on the latest speculations and conclusions so that when the parents of your autistic patients bring you questions about the latest media hype you can help them understand the benefits and consequences of what they are hearing.
Genetic testing staked its firmest claims in obstetrics and pediatrics. Within these specialties, genetic tests are frequently and routinely ordered. While medical professionals have developed a comfort level with the influx of additional pre and post-birth information, the general populace faces unprecedented decisions about how much they really want to know. In the face of occasional fear and confusion about unexpected genetic information, patients often look to nurses to provide consistent guidance.
Walt Whitman, arguably America's most influential and innovative poet, was born into a working class family in West Hills, New York, a village near Hempstead, Long Island, on May 31, 1819, just thirty years after George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly formed United States. Walt Whitman was named after his father, a carpenter and farmer who was 34 years old when Whitman was born. Walter Whitman, Sr. , had been born just after the end of the American Revolution; always a liberal thinker, he knew and admired Thomas Paine.
A flurry of concern followed last month's publication of a study which claims that the antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are only as effective as "sugar pills" in treating mild and moderate depression. Given the staggering personal, familial, and economic toll clinical depression exacts, care providers are legitimately anxious that the more attention this study garners, the less faith patients' will place in medications that can reduce debilitating symptoms.
Addiction can strike in many different ways and probably touches our personal lives more than we think. If that is true, it should give an indication of the importance of assessing these areas of our patient's lives beyond the casual parameters seen in general assessments.
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Liz Di Bernardo