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Why Do Children Get Autism
Most are not JRA!: Jra is an oxymoron, for the most part. Most children have what is now called "juvenile idiopathic arthritis, " which usually are forms of adult spondyloarthropathies in children. My studies (see rheumatology, supplement 1, january 2012, oxford press). Children usually had multiple hla types associated with these diseases, perhaps making them more susceptible. Few are ccp+, a marker for true ra! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Unknown: The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown. It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unethical: A paper published several years ago linked autism to MMR vaccination. Since then many follow up studies and investigations have disproven it completely. The author of the original study was later found to have altered his results due to having financial gain out of such results. It is a sad case of unethical medical behavior which has caused much confusion. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Kanner's 1943 paper : On autism described autistic regression in ~ 30% of toddlers, same as today. Neuroimaging of siblings of kids with autism shows atypical development of white matter at 6 -12 mos. & decline in gaze directed toward faces from 6-36 mos. In sibs who develop clinical autism up to 18 mos. After white matter changes appear, showing that autistic regression is far more gradual than previously thought. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They still do: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease of children which is usually the result of severe vitamin d deficiency, but can also have other causes. Vitamin d deficiency remains common, particularly with spending more time indoors and using sunscreen (which is necessary because skin damage from the sun can cause skin cancers). Please see your child's doctor for relatively new vitamin d recommendations. ...Read more
Different reasons: Some adults seek orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons to correct unsightly crowding or an uneven smile line. Others seek treatment for functional reasons associated with an uneven bite, destructive wear patterns, and difficulty chewing. Patients with jaw joint problems or facial pain when chewing may also seek an orthodontist for relief. ...Read moreSee 11 more doctor answers
Confusing question: 1st Menses will generally occur within 3 years of nipple growth, and may be earlier or later than age 11. Delay past 15 is rare. The body develops according to an interplay between the genes that direct the process, the hormones that emerge from the brain and adrenal glands. The exact timing for this process is unpredictable, but the sequence of events is consistent. ...Read more
Not researchers, who:
Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD
False associations : The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science & biology have proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Autism is emerging as a gene linked defect & future research may point to its origin, but it has found no link to vaccines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inherited tendency: Most asthma is part of the allergy/eczema/asthma triad which is controlled by several genes. Various factors controling the mechanics in lung pasageways trigger airway tigtening or relaxation over time an imbalance with excess tightening will emerge. Infection may trigger this in infancy but irritants, & other triggers will dominate. Meds can control it but true asthma is a lifelong tendancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do some teenage kids get picked on so much? Aren't schools suppose to have zero tolerance for bullies?
An ongoing problem: There will always be those who bully and those who are bullied. Unfortunately, the school teachers cannot see every activity. It is up to all of us (parents, teachers, doctors, other children) to help change the behavior. It will take time. Yes, zero tolerance may be a good start, but it will take a lot of work to get there. ...Read more
They usually don't: Appendicitis is extemely uncommon in babies. Appendicitis comes from plugging up or occlusion of the long, narrow, cylindrical appendix, allowing inflammation to build up. Babies have shorter, wider, conical appendices that may be harder to plug up. Appendicitis is most common in children (older than babies) and young adults. It is possible but uncommon at the extremes of age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more
Yes: Hope should never be lost with this kids, and patience. However, like everyone else, they have a "ceiling" which should not be construed as a barrier to help them reach the closest to their full potential; everybody has limitations and areas of better performance. ...Read more
Ask your Doctor: You can also look at asperger.Com you can find information. Your local school system special education department my youngest son has aspergers it is difficult to find help but it is out there. ...Read more
Depends: If you want them to live the vulnerable lives kids had in the 1700's & opt out,you should walk through an old grave yard & look at all the small headstones.Progress in vaccinations is one of the greatest advances in health during the 20th century.As long as there is international air travel,your kids can be exposed to imported cases of disease from around the world.It is foolish to think otherwise ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: As a phenomenologically defined entity, and considering that no reliable universal genetic marker was identified, it is impossible to predict with any level of certainty as of now. What is possible though is the diagnostic evaluation of a kid already exhibiting behaviors. ...Read more
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