A few weeks ago we went through more than 2 weeks of constant meltdowns. Why? My son’s schedule changed. The point is…this forced me to make a schedule for my son for the first time, which you can read about here.

When I say make a schedule, I don’t mean a routine. I mean put it in writing, make it visible to your child. We have been following basically the same routine for months now. And because of this I guess that is why I never actually thought it was important to make a schedule, to put it in writing and to make it visible for my son. But let me say that after deciding to do this, I have seen a remarkable difference in more than one way.

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How Children’s Sensory Systems Impact Participation in Daily Activities

Here is some information to learn how children’s sensory systems impact participation in daily activities. Pediatric Occupational Therapy professionals are trained to understand how children’s sensory systems impact their ability to participate in daily routines and activities, known as “occupations”. Some examples might include daily activities such as mealtime, hygiene, dressing, playing, socializing, learning or even sleeping.

Did you know we have more senses than the “classic five” senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching? These five senses tell us about what types of sensations are coming from outside the body. But what about sensations that come from within the body?

There are two more “hidden” senses that also contribute significantly to our ability to participate in daily life. These include our sense of balance and motion (the “vestibular” system) and our sense of body awareness (the “proprioceptive” system).

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Celiac Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

You may never have heard of “metabolic syndrome,” but here’s why you should care about this odd-sounding medical condition: having it means you’re at higher risk for serious problems like heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers have looked into whether there’s a connection between metabolic syndrome and celiac disease with mixed results, although one study indicates that going gluten-free raises your risk of metabolic syndrome.

So yes, if that study is borne out by future research, this could be pretty important.

On the other hand, another study found a lower incidence of metabolic syndrome among people with celiac disease than in similar people who didn’t have celiac. So it’s definitely not clear yet how having celiac affects your risk for metabolic syndrome, and whether the gluten-free diet plays any role.

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A Stroke Can Cause Vascular Parkinsonism

Parkinson’s Disease is a fairly common neurological disease that causes a number of symptoms, most characteristically tremors and slow movements of the arms. Parkinson’s Disease is a slowly worsening condition caused by progressive degeneration of certain areas of the brain. It is not known why some people develop Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism

There is also another similar disease called Parkinsonism, which is a condition in which people have some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but do not have Parkinson’s Disease itself.

Parkinsonism occurs when one or more of the regions of the brain that are responsible for Parkinson’s Disease become damaged.

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Gastric bypass surgery tied to lower risk of heart failure

Obese people who get surgery to lose weight have half the risk of developing heart failure compared to patients who make lifestyle changes to shed excess pounds, a recent study suggests.

“We were surprised by the large difference in heart failure incidence between the two groups,” said lead study author Dr. Johan Sundstrom of Uppsala University in Sweden.

It’s possible gastric bypass patients had a lower risk of heart failure because they lost more weight than the group trying to do so without surgery. Researchers also found that losing 10 kilograms (22 pounds) by any means was tied to a 23 percent drop in heart failure risk.

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More Evidence Insomnia Raises Stroke Risk

Chronic insomnia might seem like a more minor health problem, but if it goes untreated over time, it can have some serious health consequences. One major health risk that comes along with insomnia is stroke. A study from Taiwan published in the April issue of the journal Stroke demonstrates the relationship between insomnia and stroke. Over a four-year period, 21,438 subjects with insomnia and 64,314 matched subjects without insomnia were followed.

The results were very interesting and could be of great importance. The authors found that the incidence of stroke was 54 percent more likely to occur in those with insomnia compared to those who slept well. Even more astonishing, however, the researchers found that subjects age 18 to 34 with insomnia had an eight-fold greater risk of stroke. Additionally, when those with insomnia were studied based on chronicity, the rate was considerably higher in those with persistent insomnia.

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8 Key Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

1. Is Multiple Sclerosis an Autoimmune Disease?

Most experts consider multiple sclerosis (MS) to be an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system is reacting to a normally occurring protein as if it were a foreign substance.

Because it’s still not known which protein, specifically, is being attacked in MS, some experts consider the disease to be “immune-mediated” rather than “autoimmune.”

Whatever the case, the abnormal immune response attacks the myelin — a fatty substance that insulates nerve cells — in the central nervous system, causing it to become inflamed. The inflammation damages the myelin as well as the nerve fibers the myelin surrounds, called axons.

Damage to the myelin and to underlying axons disrupts the transmission of electrical impulses between the brain and other parts of the body, leading to the symptoms that characterize multiple sclerosis.

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How Do You And Your Partner Deal With Mental Illness In Your Relationship?

An estimated one in five adults in the U.S. are living with mental illness. And it doesn’t just affect them — their partners are affected too.

8 Things You Should Bring With You to Chemotherapy

My friend Monica Angelucci trained me to become a yoga teacher. We sat in her studio in Prague in the Czech Republic, one December. It was as cold as you would imagine. Monica brought in a St. Nicholas, resplendent in a long coat with a stylized staff.

Traditionally, he would have been accompanied by a devil, to represent good and evil. (Don’t tell me that during the holidays you don’t have one relative who would more likely be accompanied by the pitchforked fellow.)

However, on this day, Monica just brought in the saint. She only invited in the light and the good.

That is the kind of person she is. So when she was confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it didn’t make any sense to me.

Wasn’t she supposed to be spared these things? Within a month of being diagnosed, she raved about the benefits of cancer, making me realize that she could bring her light to any situation.

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Lupus and the Summer Sun: Protect Your Skin from Photosensitivity

Lupus causes all kinds of grief. In the summer, many people with Lupus must also contend with photosensitivity, an extreme sensitivity to sunlight which is caused by some medical conditions and drugs.

Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, is a disease which causes chronic inflammation in connective tissue. Lupus most often hits women between 20 and 50 years of age.

Photosensitivy can affect areas of skin that have been exposed to sun. Skin lesions will often emerge on these areas. The lesions can be lumps, plaques, purple areas, and red scaly patches of skin. They can eventually cause scarring and loss of skin pigment, even hair loss.

Dermatitis in the form of skin rashes can appear, usually on the face, upper chest and outer arms.

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