Children and Medicine

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Parental Influence February 16, 2011

Filed under: Jaiquan — jaiquanj @ 7:33 pm

Due to advances in equal rights and technology men and women are now making meaningful careers as opposed to past stay-at-home moms. Therefore, parents have pressures such as work, taking care of the household, while taking care of their kids at the same time. Which simply means, they don’t have the time to play with their kids (Stout D1). Work demands and busy schedules all play in a factor in how much time the parent is able to play with their child.

According to a special issue article, minority populations risk for obesity seems to be relatively higher. The trend seems more prevalent in single women (Kumanyika np) . So if a woman in that category were to have kids, the child(ren) would be exposed to that lifestyle. Making a sense if normality for the child. Parents are the most influential people in a child’s life. So parents please make all your decisions in regards to your child because they are a small reflection of the person that you are.

 

Nowhere to Play February 14, 2011

Filed under: Jaiquan — jaiquanj @ 8:11 pm

Where do they go?

More and more people are trying to better their lives by moving either to or near cities that have more opportunity than that of a rural community. However, with this shift in environment it gives the child less room to maneuver around and play as they choose. With the constant building up of once near deserted areas are leaving kids as well as parents to worry about how safe it is  to play outside (Skenazy np). Oncoming traffic, crime, and construction all play a part into how people let their kids play. Also, along with the development of urban and suburban areas parks are being depleted for housing purposes (Skenazy np).

 

Annotated Bibliography: Stem Cells

Filed under: Resources — pmreddi @ 7:39 pm

“Cancer Stem Cell Research.” University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Web. 13 Feb. 2011. <http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/research/stemcells.shtml&gt;.

This website was created by the University of Michigan. The website tells of how stem cells have so much potential to decrease cancer and quickly treat it. The website says that many other cancers have improved with knowledge of screening and prevention but there are still forms of cancer that have much improvement to make. The website calls stem cells a revolution for cancer.

 

Picture: In post pediatric post

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http://www.wfae.org/wfae/images/Pediatrician.jpg (in Funding post)

 

Transitional Treatment of Post-pediatric Cancer Patients

Filed under: Prianca — pmreddi @ 7:23 pm

As the treatment of pediatric cancer progresses, the rate of survivors increases. This is great! But now, the medical community is dealing with issues that arise post-treatment. The stress that a cancer patient goes through as a child can be traumatic and emotionally damaging. As adults, these patients are more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other psychological diseases. These problems lead to difficulties in making life-decisions and keeping healthy and intimate relationships (Kolb par. 7). These problems need not only be properly addressed, but they need to be prevented.

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a rigid, bumpy road. This is without any health issues. Patients will childhood illnesses have it much, much worse. According to a study in Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia, “Successful continuity of health care is dependent upon collaboration among adult care providers, pediatric care providers, and patients. Hospital-based transition programs allow for continuous collaboration to improve the system and overcome barriers” (Kolb 3). One model of transition care is called the medical-home model. This model dictates primary-care providers to treat every aspect of healthcare, including emotional healthcare. Through this process, the family and support of the child must be involved as well.

Currently, there are obstacles to integrating medicine into this holistic treatment. Many adult-care providers are not aware of the long-term affects of cancer (Kolb 7). Also, many parents do not let their children come to terms with their disease. They do not use medical terms and avoid any words that insinuate illness (Kolb 7). This attitude needs to change in order for patients to grow into healthy adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As medicine progresses, treatments will inevitably improve. The medical community will realize that holistic treatment of patients is not just a recommendation but also a necessity. The patients who were courageous and brave as they fought their battles deserve the best treatment that we can possibly give.

 

Cancer through Time

Filed under: Prianca — pmreddi @ 3:31 pm

This post will overview the development of oncology through out history. Cancer is a malicious disease. Though medicine was not advanced enough to treat cancer, throughout history, there have been many theories to cancer.

Hippocrates had believed that there were four components to the human body- blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. He believed that a healthy human had a balance of these four substances. If anything became unbalanced then that was thought to have caused cancer. This theory is known as Humoral Theory (History of Cancer 3).

Different theories developed from Hippocrates’ theory, but in 1838 came a breakthrough- Blastema theory. Johannes Muller, showed that cancer did not derive from any irregularities of bodily liquids but from irregularities in cells. Eventually, Karl Thiersch would prove that cancer spreads from malignant cells (History of Cancer 3).

As time went on, technology improves. New instruments, allowed scientists to study cancer more closely and grasp it cause. Also, genetics had come a long way. Scientists learned that cancer stems from DNA mutations. And unfortunately, DNA mutations are mostly inherited. There are genes in the body known as tumor suppressor genes that regulate cell division and correct DNA mistake in encoding. When these genes are less in number or are not working properly, malignant cell growth has no regulation (History of Cancer par 7).

Some forms of cancer have increased in number because of lifestyle changes. For example, toxins in the air have increased cancers like lung cancer (History of Cancer 8).

As far as removal of cancer, even ancient scientists knew that after the surgical removal of the tumor, the cancer would eventually grow back (History of Cancer 10). Celsus, a Roman physician said, “After excision, even when a scar has formed, none the less the disease has returned” (qtd. in History of Cancer 7). Surgery is still being used today, but the instruments have become much more precise as technology advanced.

There was not much separation of pediatric oncology and adult oncology throughout history until recent years. This is much like many fields of medicine now. Oncology itself, is an up and coming field in medicine, but even in internal medicine, the separation of children’s medicine has only been present in recent years.