Hyperactive Child – Treatment

Treatment for a hyperactive child involves behaviour modification with the assistance of a psychologist and the cooperation of the parents, social skills training, family counselling, psychostimulant medication (e.g. methylphenidate) and occupational therapy. Many professionals have conflicting ideas about the best form of treatment, and it is a process of trial…

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Left Handed

In the past, there has been something of a stigma attached to being left handed. “Southpaws” make up nearly 10% of the population, and there are more left handed males than females. Other unflattering words have also been used to describe these people, including the Australianism “mollydooker” which literally means…

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Bannayan-Zonana Syndrome

Babies with the rare Bannayan-Zonana syndrome (also known as the Riley-Smith syndrome) develop a large head, low muscle tone, intellectual delay, a speckled penis and multiple lumpy growths (hamartomas) on the skin and inside hollow organs (eg. intestine). There is a small risk of the hamartomas becoming cancerous. The only…

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MMR

MMR is an abbreviation used in medical records for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, a routine vaccination of children.

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Myxovirus

Myxoviruses are the class of virus that are responsible for infections such as croup, common cold and some forms of influenza. The paramyxovirus is a subclass that causes mumps, measles, Hendra virus and Nipah virus infections.

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Tinea

Tinea is a term used to describe any fungal infection of the skin, hair or nails. The technical term is dermatomycosis. Ringworm is a lay term that may be used for a fungal infection involving skin only.

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