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MS Symptom Thesaurus: The MS Hug

It’s been a while since we opened the MS Symptom Thesaurus. This concept sprung from our 12 lessons blog in early 2013. In it, you have shared words and descriptions that have helped an uncountable number of people trying to explain their symptoms. Today, we open the pages to “The MS Hug.” Official MS sites [...]

No More Silence. No More Violence.

I don't write very much on domestic violence because, thankfully, it's not a part of my life (anymore). But it was at one time. I bring it up because October is National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. I think it's important for survivors of domestic violence to speak up and share their stories. Show More Summary

Improving Our Understanding of Retinal Degenerative Diseases that Cause Blindness

An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led by Michel Cayouette, PhD, is being published this week by The Journal of Neuroscience. The Montréal scientists discovered that a protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could […]

How to Avoid and Relieve Chronic Lower Back Pain

If you want to steer clear of pain, remember that when it comes to the shape of your lower back, arch is good, flat is bad. Back pain is anything but rare; only headaches and colds are more common. According to the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Americans spend more than $50 billion […]

For The First Time In Twenty Years

Yesterday Joe did his final outprocessing on base. He put his uniform on for the last time; although I told him he could always dress up as an Airman for Halloween! In honor of that being his last official need to wear his uniform, I...Show More Summary

Book Giveaway: A Shot of Hope by Autism Sibling Zack Peter

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY OF SIBLING MEMOIR, A SHOT OF HOPE BY ZACK PETER! “Autism shakes up your world. It has changed my life and I wasn’t even the one diagnosed with it. My brother’s name is Ethan Wolfgang, but we...

Kid's Book Leads to R-Word Discussion

I knew I would eventually have 'the talk' with my kids about the R-Word. (For those not in the know, "r-word" refers to the word(s) retard(ed)). I just wasn't expecting for it to happen now (with Lucas only being 6); and I didn't expect...Show More Summary

The Vaccine Injury Movement

By Anne Dachel Oct 10, 2014, AofA Contributing Editor and Thinking Moms' Revolution's Lisa Joyce Goes was interviewed by Ronan Farrow on MSNBC. The title of the report was Debunking the anti-vaccine movement. Farrow didn't hide the fact that he's...

Delivering a Down Syndrome Diagnosis

We had 3 different dealings with the medical community regarding Kayla's diagnosis of Down syndrome.The first one was with the results of my AFP prenatal screening test. Since this was a screening test my doctor wasn't delivering a confirmed...Show More Summary

Wigs, Hats, and Make Up… Oh My! Trying to Look Better, When You Feel Bad.

We have all heard the dreaded saying “But you don’t look sick?” But the last thing we want to do is walk around looking like death 24/7. It is true that when you look better you feel better, but there is a fine balance between spending...Show More Summary

Dachel Media Update: Lawrence Solomon A Voice of Ebola Reason

By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. Oct 21, 2014, Huffington Post: Don't Rush To Hand Out the Ebola...

Why Research On Down Syndrome?

Years ago it was thought that individuals with Down syndrome weren't capable of, well, just about anything, so it was standard practice to immediately institutionalize babies born with Down syndrome. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you put any baby in an institution without stimulation, love, opportunities to grow and learn... Show More Summary

USCA 2014: Reflections of 3 Black Voices Bloggers

The 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA)  earlier this month was the largest HIV/AIDS-related gathering in the nation. During the conference, the AIDS.gov team provided daily social media coverage , policy updates, and technical assistance to conference participants in our social media lab. Show More Summary

After saying hello to my guests, I say #hellokeurig and feel like the perfect host

Don’t Be Afraid of the Paper Directions! So much paper packing In the box and such a thick instruction book. All those languages, I only speak English. I have to guess you are trying to hide the best secret in the world: that the new 550 is EASY to use. Show More Summary

How Involved is the CDC Whistleblower?

By Eben Plettner Almost 2 months ago it was revealed that senior CDC scientist Dr. Thompson had been talking with Dr. Brian Hooker of Focus Autism on allegations that the CDC had manipulated data to avoid showing a link between...

Guest Post - Don't Let It Get You Down Syndrome

Dad, and author, Steve Dinning has written a book about his son who has Down syndrome and autism - Don't Let It Get You Down Syndrome. This books differs from other memoirs in that it deals with that dual diagnosis (I'm not aware of another memoir that deals with both diagnosis). Show More Summary

Analysis: Opportunities Under the ACA for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Women With HIV

An estimated 36 percent of women in the U.S. report having experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), also called domestic violence, but among HIV positive women 55 percent report such experiences. A new Kaiser Family Foundation  analysis  looks at opportunities to address IPV in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could help women who are HIV positive...

Meet Irina: Special Tale of an Unwanted Dog with Diabetes

Hey, you think it’s tough living with diabetes yourself? Try managing your own D and also having a cute little pet with diabetes whose blood sugar you have to manage as well. We ran a report on the topic of… The post Meet Irina: Special Tale of an Unwanted Dog with Diabetes appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.

How do you describe your pain? Numbers on Pain Scale, Adjectives, Silly Weird Pain Faces.

I hear it all the time from doctors and nurses: “Tell me your pain on a scale from 1 to 10?. I always cringe at the thought of summarizing my pain and fatigue down to a number. I also get scared at the thought that I have never felt below a 4 or 5. Show More Summary

Dachel Media Update: Atlantis (Oops, Atlantic) Writes Another Mythical Story about "Anti-Vaxxers"

By Anne Dachel Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and their OurKidsASD brand. Oct 20, 2014, The Atlantic: The Psychology of Anti-Vaxers: How Story Trumps...

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