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Spina Bifida

By Rebecca Pillar

Spina Bifida is a condition where, during development in the very first month of pregnancy, the spinal cord does not completely close. Spina Bifida is estimated to occur in nearly 7 out of every 10,000 live births in the United States. Exact figures are not available due to the possibility of under reporting. Spina Bifida comes in three forms: » Read more

Seven Warning Signs of a Sexually Transmitted Disease

According to the CDC (2000), an estimated 15 million people each year contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Treatment and prevention is essential in preventing long term complications. » Read more

Screening for Scoliosis

By Rebecca Pillar

Our spine was designed to support our weight and help hold our body in place. Normally, when viewed from the back, the spine appears straight. A person with scoliosis, however, has an abnormal curvature of the spine. Most causes of scoliosis are unknown. What is known, is that scoliosis occurs far more times in girls than in boys. » Read more

Overactive Bladder

By JustMommies

Perhaps you've seen the "got to go, got to go right now" commercials and wondered if this might be you. Overactive bladder, also known as urge incontinence, occurs in women more than men and can be treated. Overactive bladder produces symptoms of sudden, frequent urges to "go" and often leads to leakage if a restroom is not found in time. » Read more

Nocturnal Enuresis (Bed Wetting)

By JustMommies

If you are reading this, then you’re probably a parent of a child who is experiencing bedwetting. The medical term for bedwetting is called Nocturnal Enuresis. This means, for whatever reason, a child is unable to control their bladder while they are sleeping. Enuresis/Bedwetting Basics: » Read more

Kawasaki Disease Symptoms and Treatment

By JustMommies

What do you know about Kawasaki Disease? If you're reading this article you likely have a child, relative or close friend's child recently diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. Kawasaki Disease is a rare disease occurring only in about 3000 - 4000 cases each year. Kawasaki Disease is typically seen in boys more often than girls. » Read more

Juvenile Diabetes Symptoms: What a Parent Needs to Know About Juvenile Diabetes

Juvenile diabetes is a chronic health problem for children. There are many myths and misinformation about diabetes. There is also confusion between juvenile diabetes, also known as type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. » Read more

Just diagnosed with a visually handicapped child

By JustMommies

Finding out that your child is blind, partially blind, or has low vision can be a scary experience. Some disorders will be discovered at birth, if the vision impairment has observable characteristics such as cataracts or congenital glaucoma, but many go undetected until the child doesn't meet certain visual milestones. » Read more

How to Be a Far-Away Friend to Someone with Breast Cancer

By Ruth Haag

I met my friend Nancy when we both lived in Findlay, Ohio in the early 1980s. When Nancy moved to North Carolina, we continued our friendship through letters. » Read more

Having a Child with Down Syndrome

By Rebecca Pillar

Prenatal screening tests are performed during pregnancy to test for fetal abnormalities and birth defects. One of the situations doctors are looking for is ‘markers’ for Down Syndrome. » Read more