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What Do You Know About Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the clinical term for autism, is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as, “a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.” The National Autism Association lists some of the signs of ASD as: “social impairments, cognitive

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Aphasia Affects 34% of Stroke Survivors, Yet it is Often Misunderstood – What You Should Know About Aphasia

The National Aphasia Association (NAA), defines aphasia as an “acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others.” NAA shares that in 2019, 2 million Americans were affected by aphasia and that by 2020, the yearly number of aphasia

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Addressing Colonoscopy Fears

As the world tries to absorb the news that Hollywood and real-life superhero, Chadwick Boseman died at the young age of 43 after several years of battling colon cancer, let us seize this opportunity to address your colonoscopy fears.   According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the

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Food Allergies Can Be Deadly Learn the Signs

According to the organization, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies occur when “your immune system overreacts to a harmless food protein-an allergen.” FARE explains that food allergies can be mild to severe and potentially life-threatening, leading to the startling statistic of a food allergy sending someone in the United States to the emergency

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Endometriosis: So Much More Than Heavy Painful Periods

Endometriosis is gynecological condition that affects between 3% and 10% of reproductive aged women. UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology states that endometriosis occurs when, “the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) is present on other organs inside your body.” While some women may have no symptoms at all, the usual

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What is Bullying? What Can You Do to Prevent It?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as any, “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious, long lasting

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Super Berries! The “Blue” in Blueberries May be Just as Effective as Blood Pressure Medications to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

A UK study published in The Journals of Gerontology, found that eating 200g of blueberries daily for a month can improve blood cell function and decrease systolic blood pressure in healthy people by 20 percent. This is the same result expected after taking prescribed blood pressure medication. The researchers concluded that: “Regular consumption of blueberries

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