September 25, 2010

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1 Congress Outlaws Use of Term Mental Retardation

A law to update the terminology used in nine separate laws related to the mentally retarded and victims of Down's Syndrome was passed in its final form on Wednesday by the House of Representatives. Under "Rosa's Law" (S.2781), various references to mental retardation will be replaced with terms such as "intellectual disabilities." The text of Rosa's Law defines the term "intellectual disability" as meaning the "condition previously referred to as 'mental retardation.'" It goes on to say that the law has no "intent to change" anything in the laws, even though the term "intellectual disability" is used by medical professionals to refer not only the mentally retarded, but also to victims of Alzheimer's Disease, brain injury, and lead poisoning. State laws are not affected by Rosa's Law.

More at Yahoo! News | Hat tip to Dvorak Uncensored | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Congress, Mental Retardation, Intellectual Disabilities, House of Representatives, Rosa's Law

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Regular Bathroom Visits Help

2 Bedwetting Worsens with Start of School

September brings an increase in childhood bedwetting, finds pediatric urologist Ming-Hsien Wang, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center who says it’s due to the physical and emotional stress of starting a new school year compounded by a change in the child’s sleep and eating patterns. After ruling out medical conditions, her recommendation is to get the child on a schedule of regular bathroom breaks. According to Wang, most cases are due to lifestyle as opposed to medical issues and it’s important to reassure your child that the condition is temporary and fixable. She also recommends a diet rich in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables and that the child maintains good hydration to help ease urination. The child should also empty his or her bladder just before bedtime.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Johns Hopkins University, Bedwetting, Ming-Hsien Wang

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It Feels Like It's Moving!

3 Phantom Limbs in Stroke Patients

Stroke patients may experience illusions of movement and inaccurate position in phantom limbs, say researchers. Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Universities of Colorado and Florida, and New York University interviewed 50 post-stroke patients and found that the phantom limb experience is more common than previously thought. Phantom limbs are often reported by amputees, but stroke victims may also have some of the same experiences. They may think that a leg is moving when it's really still, or that a limb is in a different position than it really is. More than half of the patients interviewed experienced phantom limb sensations. Researchers think that the problem isn't reported as often as it occurs because patients may fear being labeled crazy.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brain Damage Stroke

Tags: New York University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Phantom Limb, Phantom Limb Sensation, Phantom Limb Movement, Phantom Limb in Stroke Victims, Phantom Limb in Stroke Patients

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ThIs Sugar Is Not So Sweet

4 High Blood Sugar Post-Op Linked to Infections

A study of 1,561 patients who underwent vascular, colorectal or other surgery linked high blood sugar levels postoperatively to surgical site infections. Infections occurred in 14.11 percent of people who colorectal surgery, 10.32 and 4.36 percent of those who had vascular and other surgery, respectively. Many factors were taken into account among general surgery patients, but postoperative blood glucose levels was the major factor. For colorectal surgery, a blood glucose greater than 140 milligrams per deciliter was a predictor. For vascular surgery, operation time and diabetes were linked to risk of infection independent of postoperative hyperglycemia. It is thought that hyperglycemia impairs the immune system but researchers also hypothesize that infection could cause of hyperglycemia.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Consumer Reports Now Rating Surgical Groups

Tags: Blood Glucose Levels, Surgical Site Infections, Postoperative Hyperglycemia, Postoperative Infections, Hyperglycemia and Infection, Risks of Surgery, Postsurgical Complications

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No Long Term Emotional Issues

5 Teens Who Have Abortions Not Worse off Emotionally

Data from 289 teens who responded to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health revealed that teens who had abortions were no more likely to be depressed or have low self-esteem with an year of pregnancy or five years down the road compared to teens who did not. Studies have shown that teenagers who get pregnant have more issues with depression and self-esteem compared to girls who don’t. The goal of the study was to determine if having an abortion resulted in worse psychological outcomes. Lead author Jocelyn Warren noted that women differ in their emotional responses when they have an abortion, but based on these and previous studies said, “on average, abortion does not appear to have major psychological consequences -- for adult women or for teens."

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Teens Use Rhythm Method to Avoid Pregnancy

Tags: Teen Pregnancy, Abortion in Teens, Psychological Effects of Teen Pregnancy, Psychological Effects of Abortion, Depression and Self-Esteem in Teens

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