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In terms of epidemiology: what is the difference between health statistics and demographic statistics?

In terms of epidemiology: what is the difference between health statistics and demographic statistics?

Focus: Health statistics focus strictly on health matters such as heart disease, hypertension, cancer, etc. Demographic statistics can include health statistics, but also include variables such as age, sex, race, income, profession ...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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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Epidemiology: health statistics and demographic statistics?

Epidemiology: health statistics and demographic statistics?

Multiple locations: Government agencies, special interest and single issue organizations, health organizations, groups, and non-profit associations have websites and may post stats. Also, depending on type you are looking for, cdc has national center for health statistics, and a faststats section on website. Also nat'l institutes of health website, nih.Gov has many. ...Read more

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What's the incidence of degenerative developmental disabilities?

What's the incidence of degenerative developmental disabilities?

Rate of disable. : Theoretically, 100% people get disabled due to degenerative process if people live long enough. However, for those who are less than retired age, injury or medical disorder should not mean disabled, especially chronic degenerative process. It is possible for temporally disabled and should be able to return to work after treatment or after modified work load or type. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

The same deficits : In reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic spectrum disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, as & pdd-nos in the dsm-v. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of as always implied superior cognitive skills. The dsm-iv required a "normal" iq ( > 70), not necessarily avg. Or >. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

What are the characteristics of autism and asperger's in children?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is now the sole diagnosis for a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in reciprocal social interaction & social communication + repetitive, stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Level is based on functional impairment & need for supports. Autismspeaks.org lists signs & symptoms of each criterion at various chronological & developmental ages. ...Read more

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Is there a scientific discipline that studies the role of genes on behavior/personality traits?

Is there a scientific discipline that studies the role of genes on behavior/personality traits?

Sure: Here is a link to the international society of psychiatric genetics: http://www.Ispg.Net/. Also, the field of developmental neuropsychiatry covers much of what is known relative to psychiatric disorders with developmental origins. One of my mentors at the johns hopkins kennedy krieger institute, dr. James c. Harris wrote an excellent book on the subject. ...Read more

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Is there a link between autism and childhood vaccination?

Is there a link between autism and childhood vaccination?

Absolutely not: See my health guides for information on the research in this topic. ...Read more

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What is your understanding of legitimate research about thimerosal (mercury) in influenza vaccines?

What is your understanding of legitimate research about thimerosal (mercury) in influenza vaccines?

Benign product: Interest in thimersol increased after the fda randomly assigned a risk level (little evidence) & mfgs decided to remove it from most vaccines out of caution. It remains in the multidose influenza vaccine vials due to its proven safety & effectiveness in protecting the vaccine.Suggestions of a link to autism have been disproven. Today you get more mercury/yr from your diet than was ever in the vacc. ...Read more

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Whays of proving sids?

Whays of proving sids?

Autopsy negative: This is negative "proof". A pathologist can look at brainstem sections under a microscope and find only microscopic evidence but that seems to be rarely done at a sids autopsy. Thus the diagnosis is usually simply by exclusion of other causes of death. ...Read more

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Is asd of the heart linked with autism in anyway?

Is asd of the heart linked with autism in anyway?

Not really: There are chromosomal disorders that have ASD and developmental delay as primary features, but that would be the only link. Di george syndrome and 22q11 syndrome, are two obvious examples. ...Read more

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What is the value of studying microbiology in environmental health?

What is the value of studying microbiology in environmental health?

Cause of disease and: death. Microbes are an important cause of disease and death and are part of the environment. Influenza pandemics killed more people than world wars. Tuberculosis is part of the environment and a major cause of death in HIV patients. And more. ...Read more

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What are the epidemiological data of childhood malignancies in the u.S. And are any preventable at all?

What are the epidemiological data of childhood malignancies in the u.S. And are any preventable at all?

Can't prevent:: Leukemias and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of childhood cancers.The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown. Each year in the U.S. There are approx.12, 400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

What is the difference between autism, autism spectrum?

Semantics: The diagnosis of autism has broadened. The term has also been softened with euphemisms like "asd" (autistic spectrum disorder). Clinically, the terms are now interchangeable. ...Read more

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What's the difference between broad autism phenotype, pdd-nos?

What's the difference between broad autism phenotype, pdd-nos?

Degree of Autism: Terminology in the diagnostic & statistical manual changes with new editions. Pervasive developmental disorders was a category title replaced by autistic spectrum disorders. Pdd-not otherwise specified is " some, but not all criteria of autism." bap is not listed. There will be one name soon: autistic disorder. Labels are for services & funding, & pdd-nos doesn't get much of either. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

What is the prevalence of learning disabilities in the u.S.A?

I don't know.: Official stats are usually artificial &often misleading. Stats depend on definitions &these criteria are changing all the time. Plus, "learning disability" is a relative term --so many types & levels of severity. My take: 1)a huge # of us struggles w/ learning; 2) schools are overwhelmed by the needs, & rarely meet the need; 3)more funding is only part of the answer; better ed approaches needed. ...Read more

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Is there any conclusive study to prove that sex education of school kids reduces the incidence of hiv-aids?

Is there any conclusive study to prove that sex education of school kids reduces the incidence of hiv-aids?

Customized Approach: According to the US Resource Center 4 HIV/Aids Prevention Among Adolescents, HIV diagnoses R up in young ppl ages 15-24 mostly b/c of high infection rates in minority & LGBT youth. Evidence supports importance of HIV prevention ed that is tailored to specific target teen populations - incl by race/ethnicity, by sex, by sex of partners, etc. They find that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. ...Read more

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What's the current research and understanding in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis?

What's the current research and understanding in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis?

Diabetes...: Almost all atherosclerosis is due to the exact things that diabetes causes: inflammation, high triglycerides and free fatty acids, small dense LDL particles, hypertension, endothelial damage and dysfunction, and many other things. This can even occur before the blood sugars become elevated, so-called "pre-diabetes", or Insulin resistance syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and autism spectrum?

What is the difference between autism and autism spectrum?

Not much: Autism is currently a diagnosis that meets a specific set of diagnostic criteria. We know that their are a great number of people who do not meet this set of criteria, but still are very much autistic in nature. This is why there is a spectrum of autism diagnoses. This is predicted to change soon to only one diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; early recognition and early treatment are the key. ...Read more

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