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21st Century Cures Act: A Prescription for Change?

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Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that is designed to streamline the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process and fundamentally change how the pharmaceutical industry does business, “from the discovery of clues in basic science, to streamlining the drug and device development process, to unleashing the power of digital medicine and social media at the treatment delivery phase,” according to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

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When Definitions Change: Autism and the DSM-5

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Autism does not look the same from one person[[wysiwyg_imageupload:181:]]
to the next. 

It is unique in each diagnosis, showcasing different challenges and attributes for all. Along the autism spectrum, people share a wide range of developmental and social abilities, which poses challenges when defining and diagnosing autism. This past week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new findings that report a staggering one in every 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The community understandably has concerns about the updated statistics. However, the inconsistencies with diagnosing – and misdiagnosing – autism led to the American Psychiatric Association fifth edition update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) in 2013.

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Defining Beauty: A Decade of Breaking Media Habits and Building Consumer Confidence

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The 27th Annual National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) week was February 23 –
March 1.

Dissatisfaction with our bodies starts early. By [[wysiwyg_imageupload:183:]]
age six, many girls start to express concerns about their appearance. Of girls, ages six to 12 years old, 40 to 60 percent are aware of their weight or worried about becoming fat. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.

Beauty and the images we see
Nearly 10 years ago, Dove started their Real Beauty Campaign kicking off with a video revealing significant Photoshop edits that take place after photography – from the removal of blemishes to a drastic remodeling of facial and neck structure. The mission of this and similar campaigns is succinct: to improve self-esteem and help men and women feel good about their unique inner and outer beauty. Read full post »

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360 Dollars: A Small Price to Pay for a Life

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A 28-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with
late-stage cervical cancer. She [[wysiwyg_imageupload:173:]]had a week to “get her affairs in order” – which meant signing adoption papers for her children  – before going into surgery for a radical hysterectomy. Luckily, she survived and is considered “cured.” But when curing someone requires such a physical and emotional life-long burden, taking all precautions necessary to prevent a diagnosis are worthwhile – aren’t they?
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