Physician: Post-Institutional Medical Issues
What are the most common medical issues among post-institutionalized children? Generally, children that are placed for international adoption are placed because of a multitude of reasons. They are rarely if ever placed because they come from intact family networks with perfect family medical... To be Young and Gay in America
Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. These are emotionally charged words in our society. But as recently as a generation ago, little thought was given to whether gay and bisexual youth had needs and experienced difficulties that were unique to them. Indeed, many questioned whether sexual orientation and... CDC Releases Study on Non-Traditional Risk Factors for Nearly Lethal Suicide Attempts
CDC Press Release Employing an innovative approach to studying suicide attempters who either used a highly lethal method or would have died without medical help, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified several non-traditional health risk factors that... Making the Connection
A five-year-old Russian born adoptee becomes a frozen statue when his parents open a bottle, be it water or beer. A Russian born 6 year old, adopted for close to a year finally asked, with a terrified look on his face"are you drinking vodka?" It was bottled water! Another 8-year-old Russian born...
Respecting Difference: Lessons Learned
March 7, 2011, 1:29 pm
Five years ago, my husband's brother and his wife had their first child. It came as a surprise to them that their infant son was diagnosed with Down syndrome after his birth. They'd had no reason to expect it. Risk factors including "advancing maternal age" and "already having a child with Down... Psoriasis Linked with Cardiovascular Disease, Depression, and Cancer
April 9, 2008, 7:23 pm
Do you have a child that suffers from psoriasis? It is a chronic skin condition that can have a negative impact on a person's quality of life. It can negatively affect self-esteem and relationships. Your child may be embarrassed by the presence of psoriasis and feel insecure about friends seeing... Cystic fibrosis (CF) Causes Severe Lung Damage
March 17, 2008, 5:08 pm
Several years ago, before we matched with Amigrace’s birthmother, we tried to adopt a new born with Cystic fibrosis. We did quite a bit of research on this life threatening disorder and even found out where our local support groups met. We understood that the disease causes severe lung damage and...