Growth Attenuation and Disabled Children

Douglas Diekema, Professor, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, delves into the medical and ethical issues surrounding a young disabled girl with precocious puberty and her parents’ request to stop her development.

Community Support to People with Down Syndrome

Paul White, Director, Community TIES Program, Waisman Center, offers an overview of practical, behavioral strategies for families and community support teams to consider for people with Down Syndrome.

Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome

Julie Gamradt, Director, Communication Aids and Systems Clinic, Waisman Center, and Shannon Theis, Senior Clinical Speech Pathologist, Waisman Center Clinics, discuss speech and language development strategies for children with Down Syndrome. Included in the toolkit are the use of iPads and apps.

Sleep Apnea in Children with Down Syndrome

Camilla Matthews and Vivek Balasubramaniam, Associate Professors, Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discuss the causes and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea as well as testing and treatment options for children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Sleep apnea impacts daytime behavior and alertness, cardiovascular risk factors, pain, immune function, and insulin resistance.

Helping Preterm Babies using Diaper Diagnostics

Katie Brenner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, explains how testing the urine in preterm babies can reveal signs of serious illness. This knowledge allows doctors to individualize nutrition plans for premature babies to help reduce their risk of infection and to aid in their growth.

The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in America

Kara Swanson, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, discusses the legal implications of use of body products routinely used by the medical community. Swanson delves into the current body product exchange, body products as property and the history behind the exchanges.

Brain over Bladder: Tips for the Older Woman

Heidi Brown, Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses pelvic floor disorders: bladder control, bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. Brown offers tips and tricks to help manage and prevent symptoms of these disorders.

The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial

Benjamin Wilfond, Director, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, explains the history and goals of screening newborns for Cystic Fibrosis. Early detection allows for the improvement in nutrition and pulmonary care.

Insights from a Conflicted Solar Farmer

Bruce Johnson, Solar Farmer, discusses the tensions that come from being a solar farmer, an electric-car owner, a utility customer, and a utility stockholder. With seven years of solar energy generation behind him, Johnson shares what he has learned about the ups and downs of being a solar farmer.

Must Technology Rule Our Lives?

Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.


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