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Parents who receive a diagnosis of autism in their child face a daunting set of questions. To provide guidance and support, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a series of audio interviews with developmental and behavioral pediatricians, a pediatric neurologist, autism researchers and other parents of children with autism. Listen to “Sound Advice on Autism” at

“We want parents to use these audio interviews as a resource as they learn about their child’s diagnosis and plot a course of therapies and services,” said Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. “We know parents have many questions, and pediatricians want them to have access to the scientifically based information they need to make decisions about their child’s care.” 

April is Autism Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to increase understanding about autism and issues within the autism community. At the Sound Advice on Autism site, parents can listen first-hand as experts answer questions about autism spectrum disorders:


Snake-oil treatments for baldness have been around since the days of Hippocrates, says Consumer Reports Health, and those empty promises continue to this day.

While late-night TV and pharmacy shelves are filled with products touted to restore hair, most of the tactics tried by thousands of balding men and women simply don’t work very well, according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The product that worked for the most people was the prescription drug Propecia (finasteride), deemed very effective by 27 percent of men.

“The market for baldness remedies plays to a particularly vulnerable segment of society,” said Tod Marks, senior editor at Consumer Reports. “It’s a deeply personal, devastating issue to many who desperately want to believe that there’s a panacea out there. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. At the end of the day, the best remedy may actually be acceptance. Those surveyed told us that masking hair loss was one of the more effective options. And they pointed out actual benefits of being bald: you won’t get hat head; you won’t waste time grooming your hair; and you’ll save lots of money on shampoo, conditioner, gels, mousse, hair dryers and other hair care products.”


Every day, hospital patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious diseases depend on blood being there for ongoing care.

April is National Minority Health Month and people from various ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross.

“Just by being you, you have the power within you to make a difference to someone in need,” said Annie Marckel, communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “That power is blood.”

Blood type, like eye color, is an inherited trait, and differs among ethnic groups. Sometimes, the most compatible blood to give to a critically ill patient comes from someone with the same ethnic, racial and genetic background. Blood donations from diverse donors can also be important in the summer when supplies of high demand blood types like O and B run low.

More than 50 percent of African-Americans have Type O blood, compared to 45 percent of Caucasians. Nearly 20 percent of all African-Americans have Type B blood, and 25 percent of Asians, compared to 11 percent of Caucasian. In the Hispanic population, Type O is prevalent, with close to 60 percent of Hispanics having Type O blood.


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