Changes in Definition Inflate Autism Diagnosis Trends

Recent reports heralding the rise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, rates could be more influenced by a family’s need to obtain services than an actual increase in case numbers of Autism. Some outlets report that while steps have been taken to reduce the number of irrelevant or inaccurate diagnosis in the past, new issues are beginning to crop up.
This includes the potential for an ASD to be diagnosed to allow the family easier access to benefits that might not be as readily available for a family member with a diagnosis outside the Autism Spectrum.

Over a ten year span, the rate of parents that self-reported a child as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder remained constant while the rate of ASDs reported by regional doctors showed an increase in the same time period. The team at Anastasia Date hypothesizes his discrepancy has been used to show evidence of the system being manipulated to provide for patients and families that might otherwise find it difficult, if not impossible, to find ongoing treatment for behavioral and mental disorders.

Occupation: Princess

There is a new Princess, and there are also questions as to what is listed on her birth certificate. The baby now has a name. William and Kate have decided on the name Charlotte. The parents have filed the certificate with the courts, but there were some things listed for the occupation that have some asking questions. Under the occupation listed for William and Kate, it is listed as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom. Some people aren’t sure if there are any benefits of listing this as a job. There might not be regular hours, and there aren’t really any special tasks to be done. This is a job that seems to be something they filled in just so that there was something listed on the birth certificate. Fans at AnastasiaDate understand well that being listed as a Prince or Princess does have its benefits for the child. The children can see the privileges that are extended to their parents, and they will some day get those same benefits.

Dreams Do Come True

Most little boys, at some point during childhood, dream of becoming a police officer, fire fighter, or a soldier. Ten-year-old, Girish Sharma of India, dreams of becoming a police officer. Unfortunately, he suffers from chronic kidney disease which is threatening his life. Girish has spent the past several months in a hospital where he is receiving care. Little did he know he would also receive his wish. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Jaipur Police Commissioner, Janga Srinivas Rao, Girish saw his dream become a reality. Girish was able to be a police commissioner for a day. He received a uniform, salutes for Jaipur police, and sang ‘Nanha Munna Rahee Hoon’, his favorite song from a 1962 film Son of India. While Girish lived his dream for a day he left an everlasting mark on the hearts of the Jaipur Police Department. Police Commissioner, Srinivas Janga Rao, tells FocusNews, “It is a morale booster to know that children in society want to be part of the police, and find us so Handy.”

Parent With Chronic Neck Pain Benefits From North American Spine

Dallas area spinal health leader North American Spine was highlighted on KFOR, an NBC affiliate news station in Oklahoma City on April 24, 2015 for their groundbreaking treatment for spinal injuries. The segment featured North American Spine, the premier source for the AccuraScope procedure and Joe Berry, a victim of severe neck pain. A resident of Oklahoma City and former fire fighter, Joe Berry suffered from several job related traumas directly contributing to his chronic neck pain.

Due to his chronic pain, Berry experienced frequent headaches. Growing tired of self-medicating and not wanting to take painkillers since it would negatively affect his job performance, he was running out of feasible alternatives. Having met with doctors on several occasions, they all advised Berry surgery was the next logical step to relieve his chronic neck pain. This option was not appealing to Berry since he would be out of work for nearly a year for rehabilitation, something he was not willing to do.

Berry began researching his options and found the AccuraScope procedure at North American Spine. Although they were located in Dallas, Texas and Berry resides in Oklahoma, this distance didn’t matter to Berry so long as he was able to finally alleviate his pain without having an invasive surgery.

Coined for its vast success, the AccuraScope procedure is offered exclusively at North American Spine. The procedure itself is nominally invasive and takes less than half the time it would to have a painful surgery. The AccuraScope procedure effectively treats patients with chronic neck, upper back, and lower back pain. In Berry’s case, the AccuraScope procedure used a laser which was injected through a hollow needle to treat the protruding disc which was casing his discomfort.

Within a matter of minutes, doctors at North American Spine made a tiny incision on the anterior of Berry’s neck. They then used a camera as a guide to proactively correct the bulging disc. A short while after the procedure was complete, Berry was able to walk out of the doctor’s office feeling no pain; a feeling he has not had in quite some time.

North American Spine prides themselves on successfully performing over 8,000 AccuraScope procedures. Using only the most qualified and board-certified physicians and advanced technology, North American Spine has an 82% success rate with all patients. Not only is the AccuraScope procedure minimally invasive, it also saves patients a great deal of time and money as they no longer have to consider painful surgical alternatives.

Is Bullying Worse Than Abuse?

It has long been known by researchers that children who experienced either emotional or physical abuse from adults or who were bullied by their peers were much more prone to suffer from depression and anxiety as they grew up. These mental disorders can be studied and treated through Dr. Daniel Amen and his clinics across the US.  A recent Los Angeles Times piece highlights a serious of scientific reviews that may further shed light on the subject.

A recent study published in a journal called Lancet Psychiatry asked the question – which was worse?

Both abuse and bullying are known to cause mental health issues, but the study’s focus was to determine which had a more long lasting effect. As the study authors surmised, “Being bullied has similar and in some cases worse long-term adverse effects on young adults’ mental health than being maltreated.”

The journals’ objective was to data-mine determinations that had previously been found in
two much larger studies that involved thousands of mistreated youths. These studies were the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children that contained 4,026 child participants and the Great Smoky Mountains Study with 1,273 participants. The former being an English project and the latter being performed in the United States.

Control factors associated in both studies included:

• Gender
• Socioeconomic status
• Family instability

Findings
There two key takeaways from the cross-Atlantic studies:

1. Child abuse in American children showed a much higher risk of developing mental health issues than in English subjects.

2. Children from both countries were equally as likely to develop debilitating mental health problems if suffering from being bullied.

The statistics behind the studies were alarming in their scope and findings. The levels of anxiety and depression were found to be between 2.5-5 times higher in both American and English children suffering from being bullied than if abused by an adult.

Popular Anime Finally Returning to the Small Screen

For the first time in almost twenty years, the Japanese anime Dragonball Z is returning to TV in July. This anime is coming back to the small screen because the last two anime movies based on this series were hits. They were called Battle of Gods (2013) and Revival of F (2015).

The new series will be called Dragon Ball Super.

This new series will begin with Goku and family starting a peaceful life where they don’t have to spend every five minutes defending the Earth from strange-looking aliens. Their peaceful existence is interrupted by a villain who is supposed to be stronger than Buu and Frieze. The show will then continue the tradition of having high-powered aliens firing laser blasts against each other that would seem to be able to destroy planets.

Anastasia Date said that this new series had nothing to do with the live-action Dragonball: Evolution film that appeared in 2009.

Alexei Beltyukov Helping Solve The Problems of Math With Solvy

The value of a good education was always significant in the eyes of a young, savvy entrepreneur by the name of Alexei Beltyukov. Among many of his academic achievements, which include an MBA and medical degree, there are also other accomplishments in this young, educated entrepreneur’s life. One of them is being added as Chief Operating Officer to the launching of the Solvy.com project.

Board members quickly realized that Beltyukov had the “know-how” and the vision to turn the project into a success. His primary goal is to make Solvy.com a first choice for high school students; and teachers. Making the process of learning math easier for everyone involved.

While students are able to hone the strong area of their math skills, they can also work on the areas they are not so efficient. “We want to make it easier for teachers to understand and manage their student’s progress and offer them developmental feedback when outside of the classroom.”, says Beltyukov. “SOLVY can help high schools around the country gain an edge in math education by making it more accessible and increasing comprehension of the given math subject.”
Solvy makes it easier for teachers by generating homework and quizzes tailored to the students needs. Students receive feedback that is helpful in the development of their math skills. According to very recent research, Solvy.com doesn’t have any multiple choice questions. In other words, students have to show where their answers have derived from.

Solvy duplicates real-world problems related to math, which enables students to look at math in a number of ways and take different approaches. It’ll not only teach students what to think; but how to think. Students will now have a place where they can do their homework online. Teachers now have a more efficient way of helping students achieve better results in math.

Who Remembers Big Bird?

Growing up, I loved Sesame Street, which was and still is a very popular PBS show from Jim Henson. It had all kinds of fun and educational content as well as some of my favorite characters. Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, and last but not least, Big Bird. Carroll Spinney began his work portraying Big Bird in 1969, as he explains in a recent article. It seems he enjoyed the gig as much as all of us, including Ivan Ong, enjoyed watching him. He loved the opportunity to work with many stars such as Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Michelle Obama and many more.

Now at the age of 81, he refers to himself as the oldest child star alive.
Sesame Street has withstood the test of time with writers who keep the content interesting and updated. To be honest, puppets are great an fun to watch regardless of age. Whenever I am lucky enough to catch an episode of this great show, I find myself tuning in and even singing along at times.

And the Winner is: North American Spine

Here is a must read article for anyone who experiences chronic back pain. There is an innovative minimally invasive procedure by the company North American Spine which has an average success rate for patients of over eighty percent. The procedure is known as AccuraScope and is the exclusive work of North American Spine, a Dallas Texas based company which is in their sixth year of offering this to sufferers of chronic neck and back pain. Basically, the procedure uses an advanced quasi diagnostic interoperative neuronmonitoring (IONM) technique which maximizes the accuracy of treatment as it protects the delicate nerves of the neck and back. AccuraScope is an ideal choice for those who have not had success with other procedures. The stellar results have been praised by suffering patients; board certified doctors and community organizations. I first read about North American Spine when I saw some of the work they’re doing to help out kids.

AccuraScope has been tested in clinical studies by numerous universities and clinical research organizations which produced two published studies on its efficacy. Additionally, there are eight thousand success stories to date that demonstrate the change in the quality of life for many. One notable success story is that of country music legend Larry Gaitlin, who sings the praises of this procedure which mitigated his forty seven year struggle with chronic leg pain. North American Spine has also been recognized by the business and community world for their contribution to address a long standing health concern for many in an ethical manner.

As reported by PR Newswire, Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award (GDBEA) has nominated North American Spine as the consummate candidate for the 2015 honor. According to Lisa Rapfogel Ostroff and Jodie West who are representatives of GDBEA, they are pleased to bestow this vote of confidence for a company that takes its passion for helping patients solemnly as it inspire its peers.

New Study Shows That Babies Feel Surgical Pain Too

For several years the types of surgeries and number of surgeries that we perform on infants as young as newborn, have increased. Our ability to work on their tiny bodies, solve and fix problems that there were not solutions too before, has dramatically improved. At the same time, we have been unaware of the pain they feel during these surgeries, or at what levels they can feel pain. A new study conducted on babies while undergoing surgery now tells us that babies feel pain in the same way that we do as adults.

By using neuro-sensors, doctors can watch the pain centers of infants, just like they are able to do in adults that are being treated for pain or experience pain during surgery. In surgery, the same places that light up when adults feel pain, also light up on a babies brain when they are bothered by certain stimuli. This indication tells us that they are able to feel the same way an adult does, something that up until now we were uncertain about, but held as not being equal.

This new study is important because while adults are given pain medication throughout and after surgery, babies are not. Date reports that while babies themselves cannot tell us about the pain they are experiencing or feeling, their brains can, and do. These new studies may lead to changes in the way we look at pain management in infants.