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What is Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The condition is caused by damage that occurs to the brain as it is still developing, most often before birth. In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, a group of programs that estimates the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in the U.S., it is estimated that about 1 in 345 children has CP. Although the condition is lifelong, there are numerous interventions that can help reduce its impact on the individual and improve their quality of life. According to the CDC, Cerebral...

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Its Rocky Mountain Chapter

  Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. The lungs have large airways called bronchi and small airways called bronchioles. A typical bronchiole has thin layers of fluid and mucus which filter the air we breathe. Small hair-like structures within the bronchioles called cilia push the mucus and germs it has collected out of the lungs. However, in CF, the mucus is too thick for the cilia to push out of the lungs, and over time, this causes mucus, germs, and bacteria within the lungs to build up and block the airways. This can lead to symptoms which include increased coughing, mucus production, and shortness of breath....

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Meet Our Partner - Autism Vision of Colorado

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined as a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. Autism Vision of Colorado is a non-profit organization comprised of a team of compassionate volunteers. The organization was founded in June 2018 with the aim of educating the community on autism and creating a safe place for individuals on the spectrum and their families to meet and support one another and advocate within the community. Autism Vision of Colorado serves as a resource to empower families and connect them with services within the community. The organization believes that every voice matters and should be heard and respected and welcomes all ideas....

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What Is Down Syndrome?

    Down syndrome is a condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome, specifically an extra copy of chromosome 21. The condition was discovered in the late nineteenth century by Langdon Down, an English physician, who first published an accurate description of a person with Down syndrome. Although characteristics of the condition were previously recognized, it was Down who distinguished this condition from others and paved the path to new discoveries. To this day, Down syndrome remains the most common chromosomal condition in the United States with about 6,000 reported cases each year. Although it is known that Down syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome, why this occurs is still unknown.   There are three...

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How to Prevent Serious On-the-Job Injuries as a CNA

      The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average of all occupations. In line with this growth, it is expected that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double over the next 40 years, reaching 80 million in 2040. Further, the number of adults aged 85 and older will nearly quadruple between 2000 and 2040. As nursing assistant occupations become increasingly more in demand, it is important to practice proper body mechanics while on the job to prevent serious injuries.     Working as a CNA can be a rewarding profession, but it can also be...

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