1. Why is the term “Asperger syndrome” no longer in clinical use in the United States?
The American Psychiatric Association publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) which is the primary reference manual used by clinicians to provide a formal diagnosis of autism and related disorders. This manual provides clinicians with standard guidelines for diagnosing different psychological disorders.
In 2013, when the fifth edition of this manual was published, experts significantly revised the diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome. Autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder were no...
As a physician who treats athletes, I find myself in a position to see the positive and negative effects of sports. Sports are addicting ... kids love to play because it's fun, they get to spend time with their friends, they are active, and somewhere around half the time they even win. I love youth sports and it's my hope that every kid finds at least one sport they can love for a lifetime.
Sports can be so entertaining that many kids (and parents/coaches) want to play the same sport year-round. While there are many potential benefits, the increased repetition of similar movement patterns can produce injuries. Also, the simple...
We sat in the low-lit room, both marveling and relieved to see our son’s little heartbeat. It was March 5, 2014, a date that changed our lives forever. As first time expecting parents, we were excited to go to our 19-week anatomy scan.
Our excitement turned to worry when the sonographer stopped talking. We knew something wasn’t right when she kept leaving the room and returning with different people to look at our son’s images. Terrified to hear the answer, but desperate to know, I finally said the words I had to, “Is everything OK?”
We would learn that our son, Drew, had congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH),...
To provide breastfeeding support to mothers and infants, Texas Children’s Hospital Lactation Services expanded our outpatient offerings to our campus in The Woodlands.
All new mothers have questions and concerns related to caring for their newborn infant, especially related to feeding. Breastfeeding, although considered a “natural” process, can be challenging during the early weeks following birth. Help from a lactation consultant, providing one-on-one support to breastfeeding and pumping mothers, can make this time easier. For some...
Injury prevention is one of today’s hot topics in the sports medicine community. In the adolescent population, 50 percent of injuries are from overuse, meaning doing too much activity. Furthermore, 60 percent of those injuries are preventable.
How can you determine if your child is at risk? Answer yes or no for the following questions:
- Does my child play only one sport? Yes No
- Does my child participate in sports throughout the entire year? Yes No
- Has my child had an injury already? Yes No
- Does my child continue to play even when she or he is fatigued/tired? Yes No
According to the...