Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor, Law and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, questions the trend toward patients requesting genetic testing and cautions against the use of that information for things that weren’t originally being tested. Genomes change over the course of a lifetime because of environmental and health factors.
Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.