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    1. Integrating Pet Therapy Into Daily School Life

      Bonding between animals and humans has been noted for a long time. Stories abound in literature of the ways that people and their pets have fostered and created valuable relationships. More recently, research has shown a strong impact from the pet relationship in health-related settings. Positive ch

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    2. This Exit, No Return

      Advocacy begins with an assumption that if a number of community members are suffering, then there must be something wrong, not with the individual members, but with the community as a whole; therefore, the community must be changed to help alleviate that suffering (Kahn 1997, 109). Advocacy creates

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    3. The Continuum of Rehabilitation for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an impact to the head results in disruption of brain functioning. While post-TBI physical impairments can hinder functional independence, the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and pe

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    4. Parenting Adolescents with Autism

      Adolescents on the autism spectrum have unique challenges that are often hard for their parents, teachers, and peers to understand. While adolescence is a difficult time for most people, it is especially tough for teens who struggle to understand ever-changing social expectations. We all remember th

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    5. My WebMD: A Teen Copes with Epilepsy

      I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified. What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a coupl

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    6. Pesticides and ADHD: Is There a Link?

      Q. I heard that pesticide exposure may cause ADHD. Should I be worried? A. At least one in 10 American kids has attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, or ADHD. And a recent study published in Pediatrics did find an association between pesticide exposure and ADHD, so there may be a link. Rese

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    7. Multiple Sclerosis: Advances in Research and Treatment

      While the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) is still not known, advances in treatment options and new understanding about the disease have been especially brisk in the past few years, researchers say. As a result, the future for the 400,000 Americans with the chronic, sometimes disabling disease may

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    8. Chocolate Chips Away at Stroke Risk

      Feb. 11, 2010 -- As if people need another reason to love chocolate, here it is: Eating a little bit of chocolate each week may not only lower the risk of having a stroke, it may also decrease the odds of dying from one. A new review of recent research on chocolate and stroke risk found at least two

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    9. Temple Grandin’s Story: A Remarkable Woman With Autism

      Temple Grandin, a new film biography about the best-selling author, renowned animal scientist, and perhaps America's most famous person with autism, debuts in February on HBO with a strong cast and a sensitive narrative starring Claire Danes. It depicts a woman who is uniquely talented (she imagines

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    10. Epilepsy Treatment: Finding the Right Medication

      Taking epilepsy drugs has always been a fact of life for most people living with epilepsy. And until the 1990s, choosing an epilepsy drug was comparatively simple: only a handful were available. In the past 15 years, epilepsy treatment for controlling seizures has come a long way. The number of avai

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