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This summer, health news was dominated by information on the H1N1 flu virus. And just like a child’s game of “telephone,” the facts about the disease got mixed up by the time they’d traveled person to person. So we’ve put together a list of the most important swine flu facts and myths, as well as information on what you can do to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. How many people have been affected? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 556 deaths from H1N1 as of late August, and 8,843 patients hospitalized because of the disease. More importantly, the CDC has found that the rates of hospitalization of H1N1 patients are similar to the number of people hospitalized for the seasonal flu every year. What about the number of people predicted to get it? Some health organizations believe there may be anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 deaths from swine flu this year, and though those numbers can ...
It is impossible to read any information on ADHD without finding out that the three major symptoms of ADHD are inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. But what does this really mean? What do these symptoms look like on a day to day basis?
Each child is different. Each child has symptoms of ADHD that fall somewhere between mild and severe. Each child has a unique combination of symptoms. Ask any parent. They can go into detail on their child's behavior and their description might have some similarities to another parent's stories, but there will be differences as well. If this is the case, how then, can we figure out what is ADHD, what is normal behavior, and what might be something else entirely?
The following lists are compilations of how the three major symptoms may show up. It will be up to each family to decide if the behaviors warrant consideration, accommodations, behavioral interventions or medication to help in reducing symptoms.
In this entry, I would like to discuss some things to think about as families go back to school in terms of asthma. One is the increase in asthma exacerbations during this period, and the other some thoughts about asthma control as kids go back to school.
Asthma gets worse in September For several years, doctors and patients have observed that asthma control, including asthma exacerbations, increase in September. Some doctors and scientists have even called the increase in hospitalizations for asthma the "September Epidemic."
The reason for this remained obscure until recent studies that looked into the major causes of worsening asthma control and if they changed in September. It turns out that the increase in asthma worsening and kids going back to school are not merely coincidences. A detailed study of asthma attacks looking at many individuals (using 12 years of hospitalization data from the Canadian health ministry) showed that there is a sharp spike in asthma hospitalizati...
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