For Females With Autism, Differences Matter

Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD  When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher — in … Read More

How You Can Help Reach the Right Cystic Lung Disease Diagnosis

If you suffer from ongoing shortness of breath or frequent lung infections, there are many possible culprits — including cysts in your lungs that could lead to cystic lung diseases. The challenge for patients and doctors is to nail down a specific diagnosis. Getting the right treatment depends on it. Doing so is complicated. There … Read More

How a Second Opinion Can Help You With a Difficult Diagnosis

In recent entertainment news, celebrities have talked about the importance of seeking a second medical opinion when you face a serious medical diagnosis. A second opinion allows you to determine if the diagnosis is correct, and it helps you determine if the recommended treatment is optimal for you. If a person is diagnosed with cancer, the treatment plans … Read More

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What Autism Changes Mean for You and Your Children

Contributor: Thomas Frazier, II, PhD  Nearly a year ago, the world of autism diagnosis changed. When the American Psychiatric Association published the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) in May 2013, the way we identify autism was one of the biggest changes by far. Since then, DSM-5 has brought its share … Read More

Study Looks Into the Eyes of Autism

When diagnosing children with autism, the eyes are an area of focus. That’s because the tendency to let eyes wander and avoid eye contact is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). And according to recent research, this hallmark may appear earlier in children than previously thought. In a study published in the journal Nature, … Read More

Cancer’s Signatures — and What They Mean for Patients

When you or a loved one has cancer, chances are you describe it by where it attacks the body: breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer. The same goes for us in the medical community — we examine cancer under a microscope and look for what makes it different. But cancer itself doesn’t always make the … Read More

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Is It Sinusitis? 6 Steps to Stop Suffering

A head full of congestion, post-nasal drip and a dull sense of smell and taste — these symptoms are common enough to be confused with allergies and colds. But these symptoms also could mean you have sinusitis, says Michael S. Benninger, MD, Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. He offers the following tips … Read More

The Smell Test: Sniffing Out Cancer

With their amazing sense of smell, some dogs can sniff out disease in a person’s breath. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are working with a machine that does the same — minus the sloppy dog kisses. Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, a physician and researcher in the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute, and his team use a machine … Read More