A teenager’s annual visit with his or her doctor is short. But the list of health-related information a growing adolescent needs can be very long. From acne to alcohol to sexuality and driving safety, there is too much information for any primary care provider to adequately discuss within the space of a brief check-up.
When children from low-income, urban backgrounds gather their backpacks to start each school day, they also bring with them weighty issues that can carry over to their classrooms.
Frontline physicians must think on the fly, relying on their most current knowledge to provide effective clinical care. Oftentimes, though, it is difficult for them to access, filter, and harness the overwhelming amount of healthcare information that is available in order to stay up to date.
The mitral valve is the most mechanically active part of our bodies, going through a range of motion unlike any other in the four-chambered heart. Each time its two leaflets snap closed, the resulting blood flow stoppage contributes to the “lub” sound of our “lub-dub” heartbeat.
Quiet. Sing-song-y. Robotic. Too fast. Too slow. Despite the contradictions among some of these terms, researchers and clinicians have noticed that these various atypical qualities of spoken language are more common than average among individuals on the autism spectrum. Explanations and practical uses for that observation are harder to come by.