SELMA BLAIR FINISHES INTENSE ROUND OF MS TREATMENT Despite successfully finishing her treatment, the ‘Cruel Intentions’ star recently said she’s ‘seemingly sicker’.

Islam Magdi | around 12 hours back

| around 12 hours back

LONDON – Selma Blair has completed an exceptional round of treatment for her various sclerosis.

The 47-year-old entertainer has been open about her battles with MS since she was determined to have the condition a year ago, and in another Instagram post transferred on Thursday – a similar day as her eight-year-old child Arthur’s birthday – she has uncovered she’s been released from the consideration of a “mind blowing group of attendants” following her most recent round of treatment.

Posting an image of herself close by her Alinker walk help bicycle – in which she likewise appeared her newly shaved head – she expressed: “Today is a standard day. I am being released from the consideration of a mind boggling group of attendants and specialists and a visionary Dr. who puts stock in my recuperating as much as I do. This has been a procedure. What’s more, will keep on being one. I am immunocompromised for next a quarter of a year in any event. So no kisses please. I needed to ensure any difficulties that may emerge here were my private space. What’s more, we traversed splendidly.

“I thank all of you for your adoration and support and that additional portion of extraordinary with a @people spread. I see things a great deal more obviously now. What’s more, I am eager to share this adventure when I am prepared. For the time being, I have recuperation. What’s more, an incredible @thealinkerworld so I gotta split. Bye!!!!!! This is the best blessing I could provide for Arthur. #newimmunesystem#whodis? (sic)”

In spite of effectively completing her treatment, the Cruel Intentions star as of late said she’s “apparently more wiped out”.

Composing on Instagram not long ago, she stated: “After I conceived an offspring and felt half dead constantly, after the wrath and the tears, after my heart detonated with minding and comprehension, before any finding, I looked for this steed. I knew the main spot I was truly developing with self esteem was at @cellardoorequestrian. My coach discovered me #skytop. He should have been ready to deal with kisses. Essential. Genuinely. Also, he did. #mrnibbles. We just had a brief span before I couldn’t get to him or remain on. Yet, he has made significant progress. Also, despite the fact that I may appear as though I have gone more distant away, I am learning and getting more advantageous. Indeed, even as I get apparently more debilitated. I will hop this pony around once more. Bearing horseshows will require some real work open doors ahead. So I am requesting everything. I am inquiring. For us all who need it. Inquire. Inquire. Tune in. I have the unicorn. Presently I must almost certainly discover him once more. #tbt. #loveheals (sic)”

What’s more, the entertainer recently uncovered she “can’t envision feeling OK once more”.

She conceded: “Here’s a reality. I feel debilitated as all hellfire. I am retching and every one of the things which are not obliging to discuss. My child fled. From me. I need to get him to class. The restorative medications cause significant damage. I will get past this. We do. This will pass. Also, to mothers and fathers who watch their children wiped out on things we take to show signs of improvement… I hold you. So happy this is me and not my tyke. I can’t envision consistently feeling alright once more. #roughday. We overcome. #realitycheck (sic)”

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iTHRIV and community groups partner to address health needs across Virginia

Four biomedical research projects to improve the health of Virginians will be funded by the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV), a Clinical Translational Science Award Hub.

“iTHRIV is excited to partner with the National Institutes of Health in supporting our community nonprofit and governmental organizations who are collaborating with academic researchers to address important health needs across Virginia,” said University of Virginia Associate VP for Clinical & Translational Research and Director of iTHRIV Karen Johnston. “It is our hope that these pilot grant projects will benefit underserved communities and improve research partnerships.”

The projects address autism spectrum disorder, improved access to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, postpartum depression, and the benefits of walking in cities. Community organizations will be involved in the efforts, working with teams of physicians and researchers from the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Our unique approach to community engagement through regional iTHRIV advisory boards in northern, central, and southwest/southside Virginia ensures that we foster collaborative research among community, clinical and academic organizations and institutions to serve diverse communities across the majority of the Commonwealth. The opportunity to involve our community partners in research that is a priority for them is extremely rewarding.”

Kathy Hosig, Associate Professor & Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research, Virginia Tech

The four teams will be awarded a total of $80,000 in funding.

Improving access to care for autism spectrum disorder in rural southwest Virginia

Disparities exist in access to care for parents and their children affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in rural communities. The iTHRIV seed grant funding will address barriers to accessing ASD specialty services in southwest Virginia, including diagnostic assessments and case management. The partnership between K.J. Holbrook from the Mount Rogers Community Services Board and Angela Scarpa, a professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, will provide information on the best ways to provide education and support for underserved communities about ASD care.

The impact of urban walking on public health

Based on the 2017 Community Health Assessment undertaken in Richmond, Va., there is a need to improve city-wide physical activity by increasing walking. It is important to understand the optimal conditions for these walks, taking into account the benefits of some spaces over others on personal outcomes such as mood and cognition and environmental outcomes such as air quality and temperature. Led by Jeremy Hoffman from the Science Museum of Virginia, Jenny Roe Director of the Center for Design and Health at the University of Virginia, Chris Neale from the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Public Policy, and Julia Gohlke, an associate professor of population health sciences at Virginia Tech, this research will help address the issue of understanding the benefits of walking in cities.

Improving effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening through a community health center partnership

Rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups have lower colorectal cancer screening rates and higher mortality rates. Community health centers are ideal organizations to improve colorectal cancer screening for these groups. This research, led by Michelle Brauns from the Community Health Center of the New River Valley and Jamie Zoellner from the University of Virginia Department of Public Health Sciences, seeks to develop sustainable cancer prevention and detection programs in the New River Valley and test a scalable and low-cost CRC screening intervention.

Addressing postpartum depression and other mood and anxiety disorders in childbearing women in Charlottesville

Postpartum depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 1 in 5 mothers. At least 700 women in Greater Charlottesville will experience PMADs each year, affecting an additional 2,400 family members. Untreated PMADs can have long-term impact on the mother, baby and society. The project team, led by Adrienne Griffen from Postpartum Support Virginia and Sharon Veith from the University of Virginia School of Nursing, has the goal of educating local stakeholders about PMADs, establishing additional resources for recovery and ensuring that all childbearing women are educated about, screened for and receive treatment for PMADs from conception through one year after giving birth.

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Autism Signs and Symptoms

What Is Autism?
Autism is a brain disorder that limits a person’s ability to communicate and relate to other people. It first appears in young children, who fall along a spectrum from mild to severe. Some people can navigate their world, some have exceptional abilities, while others struggle to speak. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect about one child in 88, striking nearly five times as many boys as girls.

Signs of Autism

Before a child turns three, careful observers can see signs of autism. Some children develop normally until 18-24 months old and then stop or lose skills. Signs of an ASD can include:

  • Repeated motions (rocking or spinning)
  • Avoiding eye contact or physical touch
  • Delays in learning to talk
  • Repeating words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Getting upset by minor changes

It’s important to note that these signs can occur in children without ASDs, too.

Early Warning Signs: First Year

Even young infants are very social, so it’s possible to detect signs of autism in how babies interact with their world. At this age, a child with an ASD may:

  • Not turn to a mother’s voice
  • Not respond to his own name
  • Not look people in the eye
  • Have no babbling or pointing by age one
  • Not smile or respond to social cues from others

Babies who do not have autism can have these behaviors, too, but it’s best to contact your doctor right away with any concerns.


Other Signs and Symptoms

People with autism sometimes may have physical symptoms, including digestive problems such as constipation and sleep problems. Children may have poor coordination of the large muscles used for running and climbing, or the smaller muscles of the hand. About a third of people with autism also often have seizures.

Early Warning Signs: Year Two

The signs of autism are more noticeable in a child’s second year. While other children are forming their first words and pointing to things they want, a child with autism remains detached. Signs of autism include:

  • No single words by 16 months
  • No pretend games by 18 months
  • No two-word phrases by age 2
  • Loss of language skills
  • No interest when adults point out objects, such as a plane flying overhead
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Autism Estimates in U.S.A

One in 68 American children is now diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, federal health officials reported Thursday.

That’s a 30 percent increase from just two years ago when the estimate was one in 88 children, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The number of children identified with autism continues to rise,” said Coleen Boyle, director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

The continuing increase in the percentage of kids diagnosed with autism could be due to better detection of the developmental disorder, Boyle said, but also might reflect an actual increase in autism.

“It could be a combination of better recognition and increased prevalence,” she said. “Our system tells us what’s going on. It only gives us clues about the why.”

The new statistics also continue to show that autism spectrum disorder is five times more common among boys than girls. And they reflect an increase in the percentage of children being diagnosed with high-functioning autism, the CDC said.

People with an autism spectrum disorder display impaired social and communication skills. Symptoms, which can range from mild to severe, usually become apparent in the first three years of life. The developmental disorder is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The CDC bases its estimates on reports from 11 communities that participate in its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. The newest estimate is based on data from 2010.

Estimates of autism among 8-year-olds have more than doubled since the CDC network’s first report in 2007, which calculated that about 1 in 150 children had the disorder based on 2002 data.

The continuing rise of autism highlights the need for more funding for research into the causes of autism and for support and treatment of kids diagnosed with the disorder, said Michael Rosanoff, associate director of research and scientific review at Autism Speaks.

“We really need to double down on our research into the environmental factors that work in some complex way with a child’s genetics to increase the risk of autism,” he said.

There also needs to be continued emphasis on earlier diagnosis of autism, added Dr. Melissa Nishawala, an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and medical director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program.

The new CDC study reports that most children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after age 4, even though autism can be diagnosed as early as age 2.

“We need to push the frontier of diagnosis down to the earliest ages we can,” Nishawala said. “The earlier we intervene, the more we can do to help nudge those brain pathways closer and closer to normal.”

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See if you’re eligible, how to file a claim and see how much you’ll get

If you were among the 147 million people whose data was exposed in the major Equifax data breach in 2017, you now see if you are eligible to submit a claim and then file one to recover money you spent or lost as a result of the hack. The Federal Trade Commission said this week that Equifax has agreed to pay at least $575 million and up to $700 million to help compensate victims of hackers who stole personal data from Equifax servers. Payments as part of the settlement can cover the costs to recover from the security breach of the free credit report company — including recovering from the theft of your identity — and unauthorized charges to your account. You can also submit a claim to cover the cost of protecting yourself from identity theft, following the Equifax data breach. And even if you weren’t part of the breach and don’t file a claim, you can get free credit reports for seven years. The breach resulted in hackers stealing Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card and driver’s license information, birthdates and other personal data stored on Equifax’s servers. As part of its investigation, the FTC alleged that the free credit bureau failed to take reasonable steps to secure its network.Taking part in the Equifax settlement isn’t completely straightforward. To get started, you can check if you and your information were exposed as part of the breach. Then, if you were, gather documents related to the hack that show your expenses and losses. And finally, submit your claim for compensation. You have until January 22, 2020 to file. READ MORE Equifax to pay at least $575M as part of FTC settlement Former Equifax exec gets 4 months in prison for insider trading after breach Thanks to Equifax breach, 4 US agencies don’t properly verify your data, GAO finds The exact amount that Equifax will pay out is undetermined. The proposed settlement will start with a $300 million fund to compensate affected consumers who bought credit-monitoring services. Equifax will also pay $175 million to state and districts — and $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in civil penalties. If the initial $300 million infusion doesn’t adequately compensate consumers, according to the FTC, Equifax has agreed to kick in $125 million more to the fund, for a total possible settlement payout of $700 million. If you’re a claimant, your share of the settlement could include free credit-monitoring and identity-theft protection services. You might also be eligible for cash payments to cover expenses as a result of the breach — such as legal fees and credit monitoring — free help recovering from identity theft and free credit reports for 10 years.

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