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Making special education work for your child during COVID-19

October 26, 2020 4 min read

The pandemic has forced parents everywhere to face problems that don’t have clear solutions regarding their children’s schooling. For parents of children with disabilities who receive special education, these concerns are even more challenging, and parental choices are even more difficult.

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Early, tight control of Crohn’s disease may have lasting benefits

October 16, 2020 4 min read

Treatment options for Crohn's disease have evolved, and newer drugs are more effective than previously used ones. Researchers examined different approaches to treatment, based on either symptoms alone or combined with objective evidence of inflammation.

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The tragedy of the post-COVID “long haulers”

October 15, 2020 4 min read

Tens of thousands of people in the US have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to experience feelings of exhaustion, little energy, and mental fogginess that linger for months. Known as "post-COVID long haulers," they are grappling with uncertainty surrounding when –– and whether –– their health problems will resolve.

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Stopping osteoarthritis: Could recent heart research provide a clue?

October 15, 2020 4 min read

Currently no medication can slow the progress of osteoarthritis. And while a reanalysis of a study of people with heart disease suggests a promising approach, more definitive research will be necessary to confirm this.

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Stress and the heart: Lessons from the pandemic

October 14, 2020 3 min read

Doctors have begun to study the effects of COVID-related stress and anxiety on people. A recent study suggests that stress caused by the pandemic may already be affecting heart health.

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Fibromyalgia: Exercise helps — here’s how to start

October 13, 2020 3 min read

For people with fibromyalgia, pain is a part of daily life, and exercising is probably not something they feel like doing. But experts say it’s one of the most effective strategies to help manage the condition. So what's the best approach to getting started?

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Grandparenting: Navigating risk as the pandemic continues

October 12, 2020 3 min read

As the pandemic reshaped lives in March, grandparents had to take heightened safety precautions around seeing their children and grandchildren. With fall here and winter on the way, basic preventive steps have not changed, but some grandparents are finding they need to balance rewards and risk, and that conversations with family members about expectations need to be ongoing.

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Cultivating joy as a family

October 09, 2020 3 min read

The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but particularly for families. Everyone is feeling so much uncertainty and stress, but one thing we can do is look for ways to create small moments of joy every day. Games, activities, creativity, being outdoors — there are simple, fun ways to be together and make memories.

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The hidden long-term cognitive effects of COVID-19

October 08, 2020 4 min read

it is becoming increasingly clear that COVID-19 affects the nervous system along with the respiratory system. Research is suggesting that this may result in long-term neurologic damage in those who survive a COVID infection, including evidence of effects on cognitive function.

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Advancing maternal justice on both sides of the Atlantic

October 08, 2020 4 min read

Inequities in maternal health caused by chronic systemic social injustice contribute directly to higher rates of maternal death among Black and indigenous people and people of color. Maternal justice is a model of culturally sensitive care that aims to dismantle inequities in maternity care and maximize maternal health and well-being.

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Why is music good for the brain?

October 07, 2020 4 min read

A study conducted by AARP found correlation between a person’s engagement with music and their opinion of their brain health and cognitive ability. While the study did not involve any objective measure of brain health, music has been shown to activate multiple areas of the brain, and keeping brain pathways active helps keep the brain strong in older age.

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New online model identifies which men can have fewer biopsies on active surveillance

October 06, 2020 3 min read

During the last decade, more men with favorable-risk prostate cancer that is unlikely to cause symptoms and spread have opted for a monitoring approach called active surveillance (AS) instead of immediate treatment. AS entails routine PSA checks and prostate tumor biopsies, and the cancer is treated only if it progresses. The approach has some drawbacks, […]

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