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Why do some kids get jra?

Why do some kids get jra?

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 more

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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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Why do kids get scoliosis?

Why do kids get scoliosis?

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 more

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Why do people think vaccines lead to autism?

Why do people think vaccines lead to autism?

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 more

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Why do kids with autism regress?

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 more

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Why did kids use to get rickets?

Why did kids use to get rickets?

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

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Why do adults get braces?

Why do adults get braces?

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 more

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Why do 11-year-old girls get their period? Why do they get it at that specific age?

Why do 11-year-old girls get their period? Why do they get it at that specific age?

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

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Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism? I'm starting to believe that myself.

Do any doctors think kids are not born with autism?  I'm starting to believe that myself.

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 white matter development on MRI at 6 mos. Showed signs of ASD 6-18 mos. Later. ...Read more

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Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

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 more

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How do kids get athsma?

How do kids get athsma?

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 more

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Why do some teenage kids get picked on so much? Aren't schools suppose to have zero tolerance for bullies?

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

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Why do babies get appendicitis?

Why do babies get appendicitis?

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 more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

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

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Can autism child ever get better?

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

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How do you get autism? Do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

How do you get autism? Do you really get it from childhood immunizations or is it genetic?

Not from immunizatio: Autism is a disorder that appears to start during a pregnancy. In some cases it appears to be an inherited disorder but in others the etiology is unknown. There is no scientific linkage between imunization and autism. ...Read more

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Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Do autistic children get easily excitable?

Most definitely : Spend a day with one. It has been estimated that the stress of raising an autistic child is equal to that of a tour of duty in iraq or afganistan. ...Read more

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Why do kids with autism like to count things?

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Why do kids with autism like to count things?

Autism: Part of autism as a disorder includes a preoccupation with repetitive activities, such as repeating the same words, phrases, and actions, e.g., counting. Any deviation from this routine can be very bothersome to the person. ...Read more

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We don't qualify for welfare, so how do I get my son help with Asperger syndrome?

We don't qualify for welfare, so how do I get my son help with Asperger syndrome?

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

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Do babies have to get vaccinated?

Do babies have to get vaccinated?

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 more

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Do people ever predict if my children will have asperger's syndrome?

Do people ever predict if my children will have asperger's syndrome?

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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Autism (Definition)

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