Stories about: mental disability

Can a pill cure intellectual disabilities?

one capsule in small spoonby Sharyn Lincoln, M.S., C.G.C. & Jonathan Picker, MD, PhD

The ability to improve an intellectually disabled person’s IQ sounds like science fiction, and not so long ago it was – but that is changing.

The Boston Globe recently reported on one of the most exciting things happening in medicine, and one which may profoundly change the way society approaches children and adults with special needs.  Specifically, they reported on the use of a drug that looks like it is going to help individuals with fragile X syndrome think better.

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This week on Thrive: Feb. 1-5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, explores the term “Avatard.” A Children’s youth advisor calls for action to ban bullying. Children’s doctors recount time in Haiti to NPR’s All Things Condsidered and WGBH’s Greater Boston. Claire McCarthy, MD, warns parents about the choking game. Children’s doctors are closing in on the likely cause of SIDS. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses the “R” word the “R” word on ABC World News. The Mediatrician looks into whether TV watching could be related to speech delays.

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The “R” Word

Earlier this week, Children’s Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Clinical Genetics Fellow, wrote a blog about how some enthusiast of the film,  Avatar, have taken to calling themselves Avatards. He reflects on how the use of this term resembles another that negatively reflects people with disabilities.

Skotko appeared Thursday night on ABC World News to discuss the use of the “R” word.

That news piece was also a source for The View’s “Hot Topics” yesterday morning.

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