Throughout the week Jan will be updating the community in a series of posts on the latest research from the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference. Read her first update live update from the AAP .
Parents sometimes tell me their child or teen has a deep voice or sounds hoarse. Surprisingly, a few parents of infants say the crying sounds hoarse. I have been contacted by professional singers and frustrated adults who want their voices heard so I was curious to find out more about this topic.
A hoarse voice may be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) , allergies, overuse of voice or the result of injury/intubation in children and teens. It is likely the primary care doctor such as a pediatrician will be the first stop for diagnosis and treatment.
If a child does not respond to treatment, a referral may be made to a specialist in pediatric voice disorders called a laryngologist. The evaluation may include a careful history of the pro...
Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
If you are reading this article then you are in the midst of advocating for yourself or someone in your life that has osteopenia or osteoporosis; or you're someone who wants to educate themselves before they reach the stage of normal age-related bone loss.
Many of you who come to this site, OsteoporosisConnection.com, either have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or have a friend or family member with this disease, and are desperately looking for answers to questions about diagnosis, treatment, and fracture risk. Some are terrified that this diagnosis will greatly impact their quality of life, and rightfully so, but what can you do about the lack of knowledge, fear and loneliness? Starting a support group with the help of education, may be the avenue you can use to begin your advocacy, to find the answers to these questions that we all have.
Advocacy is a term that we use to describe the active support of an idea or cause.
With advocacy tra...
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