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Can aed machines have tracking devices?

Can aed machines have tracking devices?

AED : AED devices have algorhythms in the ir programming to analyze heart activity. I am not aware of any tracking function for the device itself. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Any doctors out there who have tried sleep/activity/etc. Tracking devices and services (e.G., jawbone's up, fitbit, nike+ fuelband)? Thoughts?

Any doctors out there who have tried sleep/activity/etc. Tracking devices and services (e.G., jawbone's up, fitbit, nike+ fuelband)? Thoughts?

I use fitbit: I've been using fitbit daily for over 2 years. During the day it shows my activity patterns, and allows me to use that feedback to modify the behavior. For example if I have not met my step goal by dinner time a postrprandial walk becomes more attractive. At night, the fitbit can provide useful information regarding quality of sleep. The web software allows for tracking of calorie intake andweight. ...Read more

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What specialized equipment is issued for people with sound/auditory dyslexia?

What specialized equipment is issued for people with sound/auditory dyslexia?

Dyslexia = reading: disorder, a language-based learning disabiliity, due to the brain's inability to process phonemes, the smallest units of . sound in a language. Fast ForWord & Lindamood-Bell help.Auditory processing deficits in Specific Language Impairment, ADHD & other neurodevelopmental disorders require Speech/language therapy. See asha.org/public/hearing/Understanding-Auditory-Processing-Disorders-in-Children/ ...Read more

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What specialized equipment is issued for people with sound/auditory dyslexia?

What specialized equipment is issued for people with sound/auditory dyslexia?

Dyslexia = reading: disorder, a language-based learning disabiliity, due to the brain's inability to process phonemes, the smallest units of . sound in a language. Fast ForWord & Lindamood-Bell help.Auditory processing deficits in Specific Language Impairment, ADHD & other neurodevelopmental disorders require Speech/language therapy. See asha.org/public/hearing/Understanding-Auditory-Processing-Disorders-in-Children/ ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia patients?

Yes.: One of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is "anhedonia" or an inability to enjoy things. Animal assisted therapy has show promise in ameliorating this symptom. Hurrah for the animals! ...Read more

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Is animal assisted therapy helpful for teens with adhd?

Is animal assisted therapy helpful for teens with adhd?

Unknown: I'm not aware of any good data showing animal assisted therapy is either helpful or useless for adhd. There is data, however, to show that time spent in nature reduces the severity of adhd symptoms for the next several days following the time spent in nature. ...Read more

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What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

Elder safety: If you are asking about fall prevention, then it is not technology that helps. Try balance training exercises, maintain optimal eyesight & hearing, avoid drugs that cause dizziness or low blood pressure, ensure a safe home environment, treat problems that interrupt sleep and force you to get up at odd hours and so on & on.....! ...Read more

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Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

It's BTL: BLT is a Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich.... Kidding aside, we do not give such advice on Health Tap Prime however I would be very careful about weight control or fat removal systems! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Are the computer software for biofeedback for add children just a gimmick?

Are the computer software for biofeedback for add children just a gimmick?

Some are: In the 70's the gizmo was a $20, 000 piece of equipment with rows of " pac-man." if the child gazed steadily at the screen, the "pac-men" gobbled each other up. Children with adhd can " hyperfocus" on tv or video games the same way, especially if they're fast-paced & provide immediate reinforcement. This does not generalize to real-life situations nor improve ability to inhibit one's own behavior. ...Read more

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Is there animal assisted therapy for adhd?

Is there animal assisted therapy for adhd?

Yes,but......: There are also many risks, and immature, impulsive child could also be at risk of been hurt by an animal that misinterprets the child's intention or gets spooked.There are manty other time tested, more coventional and potentially less expensive therapies that have shown better results...Medication, behavioral intervention, neurofeedback to name a few.However caring for an animal has its rewards. ...Read more

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For new innovations, what role has information technology played in improving healthcare industry?

For new innovations, what role has information technology played in improving healthcare industry?

Mhealth is Key: Legacy health it as cerner and epic systems in large hospitals have not been shown to reduce healthcare costs. They in fact were built for expensive fee for service healthcare. Emerging mhealth solutions have the potential to create drastic healthcare improvements as self care, chronic disease management, and permanent change all without even leaving your home. www.personalmedicineplus.com. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in michigan, are there limited jobs as respiratory therapist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, or nuclear medicine technologist?

Can you tell me in michigan, are there limited jobs as respiratory therapist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, or nuclear medicine technologist?

Med job openings: It looks like there are not a lot of jobs for nuc med tech in Michigan right now, but there are several openings for the others. These jobs are typically plentiful across the country. ...Read more

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What machines are used for medical life support systems?

What machines are used for medical life support systems?

Heart & Lung Devices: Medical life support system are used to support basic critical life functions to maintain the heart/cardiovascular as well as pulmonary (lung) system. The most common are respirators and cardiac assist devices but other organs for example, the kidneys ,must be supported as well so dialysis/medications and other devices as often part of the treatment plan as well. ...Read more

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For speech language pathologists, what jobs are available for them at hospitals?

For speech language pathologists, what jobs are available for them at hospitals?

Speech path. jobs.: For the hospitals that can financially support them, there are jobs for speech pathologists, and what they do. As one can reason out, these jobs would most likely consist of helping people who have dysarthria which is inability to speak clearly either from a stroke or other cause. Many people have a lisp, etc. Which impairs pronounciation and speech pathologists help them form words better. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Unknown: As far as i know, there are no well-controlled research studies that have tried to answer this question. I'm not aware of any evidence showing that it either works or doesn't work. ...Read more

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Are there alternative methods for treating sleep apnea in children that don't require surgery?

Are there alternative methods for treating sleep apnea in children that don't require surgery?

Sleep position: Pediatric sleep apnea can be a serious condition. There are two types, central and obstructive. Both can be diagnosed with a sleep study. Obstructive sleep apnea is usually treated with surgery, while central apnea is treated with a CPAP machine, worn at night to keep the airway open. Sleep position, or weight loss if overweight can reduce apnea. ...Read more

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What are methods of assisted reproductive technology?

What are methods of assisted reproductive technology?

In vitro: Hormones to stimulate egg production, sperm enhancement, in vitro, surrogate incubators. ...Read more

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Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Yes: premature infants are at risk for learning disabilities. Many academic programs have follow up programs which include developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and developmental psychologists, who can evaluate and help manage former premies who have learning problems. ...Read more

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Does MRI machines use special lenses like ones used in microscopes in combination with powerful magnets 2 get powerful resolutions for detailed image?

Does MRI machines use special lenses like ones used in microscopes in combination with powerful magnets 2 get powerful resolutions for detailed image?

There are no glass: Lenses in an mri. It's a complex electromagnetic machine that converts induced and detected changes of different tissues in magnetic field into digital information on the computer screen. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

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What is autism?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Is autism only confined to industrialized nations?

No: Autism has a world wide prevalence of 2-4%. This is true for industrialized countries as well as developing societies. There is a genetic component as well as an environmental one. Even in africa, the incidence is about the same as in europe or us. Iceland has a remarkably increased incidence, the audie of which is not yet clearly understood. ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes autism or is this all a mystery?

Origin is elusive: Autism(a) and similar disorders have stumped researchers for ages. Recently, multiple fine defects have been found on micro array studies of the chromosomes of kids with a ; asd. This suggests misplaced genetic material may be involved very early in fetal life.This could suggest environmental toxins prior to or during pregnancy.More credible studies are needed ; less attention to junk science. ...Read more

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What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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Docs, what's autism exactly and what causes it?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed by history ; clinical observation of qualitative impairments in social communication ; social reciprocity + stereotypical, repetitive, non-functional motor movements or narrow , restricted areas of interest. Genetic ; epigenetic (factors that change function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes) are the major known causes, . ...Read more

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What causes someone to have autism / asperger's?

Genetic: Leading theories include strong genetic predisposition as we know that autism runs in families. There are twin studies that support this from leading universities. Sometimes "chunks" of DNA are missing, or duplicated. We also know of anatomic brain differences in children on the spectrum versus "neurotypical" kids. The way their "brains are wired" is "different" we are learning. ...Read more

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What are the signs of autism in babies and toddlers?

What are the signs of autism in babies and toddlers?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Can vaccines cause autism?

No: The british doctor who created this entire controversy has admitted the entire thing was a hoax and that he falsified the data. Vaccines are safe and effective and help to save lives and minimize debilities due to overwhelming infections. They do not cause autism. ...Read more

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Is ADHD related to autism?

Is ADHD related to autism?

No: They are both neurobiologic disorders, but of different genetics, inheritance, causation (probably) & severity. Different brain areas are involved in these conditions. But autistic kids can have add, which makes managing their ad more difficult. ...Read more

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Is ADHD worse than autism ?

Is ADHD worse than autism ?

MORE COMPLICATED: Adhd has its problems, but usually attention, impulsivity and some cognitive issues like learning disabilities and others. Autism involves more difficulty in relatedness with others, thought, emotions, etc. In a sense both are spectrum disorders, though adhd is more easily treated. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum over asperger?

Autism spectrum over asperger?

Because the same: Deficits in social understanding (e.g., lack of theory of mind & facial recognition) underlie autism, asperger syndrome & pdd-nos, autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-5 diagnosis that includes all 3. The myth is that all people with as have " genius" iq's; when the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above, . ...Read more

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What's the screening for autism?

No single answer: Autism is diagnosed on the basis of observed and reported behaviors. There are structured tests that systematize this process, but it is a clinical diagnosis. The clinician is looking for persistent problems in social interaction, language, and unusual behaviors. Experienced clinicians often make the diagnosis within seconds; inexperienced ones can use the formal criteria and misdiagnose. ...Read more

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How does autism affect the brain?

Intense research: Autism spectrum disorder is being studied by some of the best laboratories in the world. Molecularly there have been alternations noted in epigenetic areas, and positron emission tomography has revealed alterations in virtually all neurotransmitters. It thus is extraordinarily complex. ...Read more

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Can vitamins help improve autism?

No: There is a lot of false belief that diet, supplements, and vitamins can help autism, but there is no proof. ...Read more

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How does autism affect the brain?

How does autism affect the brain?

No one knows: Autism is defined as a group of symptoms. They probably have many causes. Although there are several good theories and some studies that show brain changes in autistic people at this point no one knows the answer to your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more