Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Health news and commentary

Medically Underserved
Brian Chicoine, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, 25th November 2015
... My medical school class received about 5 minutes of training on caring for adults with intellectual disabilities (actually I am being generous, that is a 5 minute exaggeration). I will fess up that medical school was quite a few years ago and there has been some improvement.

We are working on a number of initiatives to share the information we are learning with patients, families and health care providers ...


Living independently - new NHS approach allows Christopher to retain his independence
David Thompson,  Bury Times (UK), 3rd November 2015
A Whitefield man with Down’s Syndrome and dementia has been able to continue living in his own home, thanks to a new approach by NHS staff.

Christopher Blunt, aged 51, and his mother Jenny, say the support of the Bury Adult Learning Disability Service, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, has been essential in helping him to manage his conditions and retain his independence ...


Visual Acuity – Think big, Think bold
Down's Syndrome Association (UK), 23rd November 2015
In 2013 the DSA ran a campaign about visual acuity (clarity of sight) in people with Down’s syndrome. As part of our ‘Vision Month’ this November, we are re-visiting the subject which is a difficulty for everyone with Down’s syndrome and for which there are some simple solutions ...

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