The Relation between Language Delay and Chromosome Deletion
Mar16

The Relation between Language Delay and Chromosome Deletion

A person’s genetic makeup has been determined to be a factor in language delay. Specific genetic aberrations called chromosome deletions (in which genetic material is missing) have been identified in children who are suffering with autism spectrum disorders, language impairments as well as other types of developmental delays. A research team analyzed 115 children using magnetoencephalography (MEG), a machine employed to detect magnetic fields in the brain. The children listened to a set of different tones, and the MEG machine analyzed the changes in the magnetic fields within the brain, specifically measuring a known auditory delay. Children who had a specific chromosome deletion, a mutation that is found at a specific site in the genes, were found to have a significant response delay to sound, which researchers reported as being “stunningly high” when compared to the response in healthy children. The delay explains impairments in processing sound that are traced back to the genetic makeup of the child. The biological reasons behind chromosome deletion are still a mystery. The researchers are advancing their project in a small study in which children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who have the chromosome deletion with the sound processing delay to determine whether a drug that increases the transmission of signals across nerve cells could reduce the auditory delay, and lead to an effective...

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When Exercise Becomes an Addiction
Oct21

When Exercise Becomes an Addiction

Addiction is an awful disease that needs to be monitored throughout a person’s lifetime, even when they’re seemingly in control of it. Some of us might have been personally affected by addiction issues related to alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs or gambling, or have had to step in to help a loved one who might be fighting an addiction. For some of us, the problem is limited to what we read in the newspapers or online, with supermarket tabloids, in particular, obsessed with celebrities and their issues with addiction. The reporting seems to take on a sympathetic stance, but borders on voyeuristic glee over something that really is a private problem, whether it’s the usual suspects such as Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan, or even the squeaky clean star Zac Efron who quietly entered a rehab facility in early 2013 to fight certain problems with drugs and alcohol. Not all addictions seem to be unhealthy, and when someone exercises frequently and vigorously, isn’t it a good thing? It’s possible to go too far, and in certain cases, develop an addiction to sport and exercising. Body Image When someone’s view of their own body takes a dangerous turn, we often see this manifest itself as anorexia or bulimia, and given the widespread knowledge of these conditions, we often know which warning signs to look for in friends and family members, although recovery is never an easy feat. While the causative factors for eating disorders and issues with body image are complex, they can sometimes spring from unlikely places. The island nation of Fiji was a relative newcomer to televisions, with most households not owning one until the mid 1990’s. Before this, the Fijian concept of a good body was someone who was well fed, even overweight, which was seen as a sign of health and prosperity. After viewing American TV shows previously unseen by the general population, this image of a good body shifted to the American ideal seen in Baywatch and Beverly Hills 90210, that of a lean, athletic person. Exercise and Endorphin’s While attempting to emulate the slender figure of a celebrity (who can far more easily access nutritionists and personal trainers than the rest of us) can be a contributing factor to eating disorders, it can also encourage excessive physical activity, as a person tries to get the athletic physique sported by their idols. Just as a lack of physical activity can be greatly unhealthy, excessive physical activity can also be detrimental to a person’s health, although it’s less easy to spot. Exercise releases endorphin’s into the bloodstream, which is why, despite the fact that we’re usually physically...

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Social Security FAQs for HIV/AIDS Patients
Aug23

Social Security FAQs for HIV/AIDS Patients

HIV and AIDS—or the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome—are serious conditions that can significantly affect the length and quality of life for those affected with the conditions. While some patients may be able to continue in their previous professions, others find that they cannot work in the roles that were once considered commonplace. Fortunately, men and women who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS may be able to qualify for assistance through Social Security. Understanding the basics of these programs and their benefits is crucial for those living with these serious conditions.   Where Am I Covered? Learning about the programs that offer HIV/AIDS disability coverage is very important for those diagnosed with the condition. Men and women who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS can often obtain benefits from the Social Security disability insurance program. Those who did not pay into Social Security during their working years may instead be covered through the Supplemental Security insurance program, especially if they have little income and few resources. In some cases, HIV and AIDS patients may be able to obtain assistance through both of these programs.   How Do I Qualify? So how, exactly, does an HIV or AIDS patient qualify for the programs described above? According to the Social Security Administration, the qualifiers for the insurance programs listed will often vary drastically depending on the circumstances of the individual in question. In general, applicants must have worked for at least five years during the ten years prior to being diagnosed with HIV or AIDS to qualify for social security benefits. In unique cases where the applicant is quite young and may have never held a job, additional qualifiers may be used. Those who have questions about whether or not they are eligible for social security should consult with a social or case worker experienced in their personal history.   What Will I Get? There are a number of important benefits that will be provided to patients with HIV or AIDS who have been approved for social security. Generally, patients can expect to obtain some financial assistance, which can be used for rent, groceries, utilities, or other everyday expenses. The amount of financial assistance that a patient obtains typically depends on the amount of money that they earned during their working years. After a period of time, Medicare—which covers most of the costs associated with HIV and AIDS—will begin to kick in.   Additional FAQs Navigating the ins and outs of Social Security can be difficult even for those who are experienced in the medical field—so imagine how challenging it is for men and women who are unfamiliar with the...

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