TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to: Margie Thibodeaux, Melody Owens, Karen Bornholm, Patsy Ray, Cynthia Williams, Pamela Downing-Hosten, Olumide Akerele and Denise Keeling who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question.
QUESTION: According to research recently published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), did births to U.S. teens reach a record low, record high or remain the same last year?
ANSWER: Record Low
This week's question: A new national ranking of developmental disability services finds states with top offerings coast to coast, but warns that a growing number of people are facing long waits for supports. Some of the best Medicaid service systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are found in Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan and Hawaii, according to the annual Case for Inclusion report released by United Cerebral Palsy. However, this is the fifth year in a row that one state has taken the number one spot on the list. What state has been ranked #1 for five years in a row in providing the best Medicaid service systems for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
If you know the answer, email us at email@example.com by October 24, 2016. We will acknowledge your correct answer in the next edition of the Week in Review
Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response in Kids with Disabilities
Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well. In a study looking at survey responses from nearly 1,200 middle and high school students with disabilities, researchers found that bullying often led these youngsters to fight or victimize other kids. "Because students with disabilities often lack age-appropriate social and communication skills, they may act out aggressively as a response to being bullied," said Chad Rose of the University of Missouri who led the study published in the journal Remedial and Special Education. Read More
Family Stressors and Traumatic Childhood Experiences Linked to ADHD Diagnoses in Children
Children who experience family and environmental stressors, and traumatic experiences, such as poverty, mental illness and exposure to violence, are more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to new research by investigators at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), titled "Associations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and ADHD Diagnosis and Severity," published in Academic Pediatrics. ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. There has been a significant increase in parent-reported ADHD prevalence over the last decade, and there has also been an associated rise in stimulant medication use. Current ADHD clinical practice guidelines recommend evaluating for other conditions that have similar symptoms to ADHD, such as disruptive behaviors, impulsivity, and issues with memory, organization and problem-solving, but few pediatricians routinely ask about psychosocial factors that could be effecting a child's health during ADHD assessment. Read More
Brain Chips Help Paralyzed Man Regain Sense of Touch Using Robotic Arm
Picking up a delicate piece of cake is very different from picking up a sturdy box of cake mix. And that owes to your sense of touch -- you know from touching each that one is much more fragile than the other. This has been one of the great hurdles to creating a realistically functioning prosthetic arm, but it's a challenge that researchers in Pittsburgh are starting to overcome. A set of four brain implants -- chips half the size of a dress shirt button -- have allowed a 30-year-old man to not only control a robot arm but also feel sensations from the individual fingers of the arm, researchers with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center report. "I can feel just about every finger -- it's a really weird sensation," patient Nathan Copeland said about a month after the surgery that implanted the chips. "Sometimes it feels electrical and sometimes it's pressure, but for the most part, I can tell most of the fingers with definite precision. It feels like my fingers are getting touched or pushed." Read More
Education Department Aims To Improve Transition Outcomes
Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars toward efforts to better prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary education and competitive employment. The U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding $39 million to five states for demonstration projects providing work-based learning experiences. States will work with vocational rehabilitation programs, local school districts and other partners on the projects which will be set in integrated environments, the Education Department said. Read More
Intestinal Diversity Protects Against Asthma
Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even when infants, according to a new study from Linköping University, Sweden, and Center for Advanced Research in Public Health, Spain. The results also suggests that the mother's immune defense plays a role in the development of asthma and allergies in children. "The results confirm our idea that the intestinal flora (also known as the 'intestinal microbiota') early in life plays a role during the development of allergy symptoms. We believe that diversity among the bacteria contributes to strengthening the immune defense in the mucous membranes. In our new study we saw differences in the immune response against intestinal bacteria in children who subsequently developed allergy symptoms," says Maria Jenmalm, professor of experimental allergology at Linköping University and one of the authors of the study. Read More