Autism Spectrum Disorder: He Prefers to Play Alone

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Sep 112018
 

This book is an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an early childhood condition that affects 1 in 68 children in the United States, and an estimated 1 to 2 percent of children worldwide. ASD causes impaired social skills, communication problems, and repetitive behaviors. The severity of ASD symptoms varies widely, ranging from mild effects with minimal impacts on functionality to severe effects that interfere with functionality and can prevent independent living. ASD is a complex trait disease caused by mutation of multiple ASD susceptibility genes, but it also occurs as part of monogenic genetic syndromes. Genetic testing for ASD is described in the book, and examples of ASD susceptibility genes. No treatments are available for the core symptoms of ASD, but the book describes therapies and drug treatments that can modulate them and address some of the health complications of ASD. The book presents new ASD biomarkers that can be used for better diagnosis and explores the hopeful prospect of personalized medicine for ASD.
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Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, Second Edition

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Sep 112018
 

Whether you’re a graduate student, hearing instrument specialist or clinical audiologist, the Second Edition of Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids aims to provide you with the latest in concise and practical information across a broad spectrum of topics. Its twelve chapters, sequenced to match the patient’s journey through a clinical practice, are packed with the latest commercial innovations in hearing aids, patient-related outcome measures and counseling skills. Experienced clinicians will also find the updated chapters on help seeking behavior and hearing aid features and benefits to be valuable to their continued professional development.
Hearing aid dispensing has always been a technology-driven profession, heavily dependent on the expertise, thoughtfulness and good judgment of the professional. Over the past few years, even as technology has continued to evolve at breakneck speed, these skills have become more relevant then ever in the delivery of high quality patient care, especially to the rapidly aging Baby-boomer population.
Although many of the basic subjects needed to learn to practice have not changed in generations, the chapters devoted to fitting modern hearing aids are updated. This edition also includes newer outcome measures and updated approaches to counseling patients. It even includes a few pages on devices that are not even considered hearing aids that you might be fitting and adjusting in a few short years: hearables and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). In every chapter there are now several sidebars that refer to websites where more detailed information, animations or videos may be downloaded to further enhance learning.
Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, Second Edition, authored by two of the industry’s leading authorities on adult amplification and audiology practice management, is required reading for anyone studying to obtain their hearing aid dispensing license, or an audiology or speech pathology student looking for the latest in dispensing and fitting hearing aids in a succinct, entertaining format. Yes, you read that proclamation correctly: Because each chapter is written around a specific theme, like wine tasting, travel, baseball, country music and more, you will find this textbook is actually fun-to-read.

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Transgender Health Issues (Health and Medical Issues Today)

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Sep 092018
 

Transgender individuals face unique challenges when it comes to their physical, psychological, and social health and well-being. This accessible reference investigates these concerns in depth, offering readers insights into topics such as discrimination and access to health care.

• Confronts a topic that has historically been ignored by researchers and public health officials
• Examines key issues that affect transgender individuals, such as discrimination and access to health services
• Offers illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios to highlight key ideas and debates discussed in the book
• Provides a Directory of Resources to guide readers to reliable sources of additional information

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Viral Hepatitis: Chronic Hepatitis B

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Sep 092018
 

This book presents up-to-date, practically oriented information on major topics in chronic hepatitis B. The coverage encompasses epidemiology; diagnosis, including molecular methods; treatment and challenges; and the management of co-infections. Readers will also find guidance on the invasive and non-invasive assessment of fibrosis in HBV infection and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. Management of chronic hepatitis B in children is considered separately, and emerging drugs that hold promise for the treatment of chronic HBV infection are discussed. Chronic Hepatitis B will be of high value for general practitioners and specialists in gastroenterology, infectious diseases, and internal medicine. It will be international in scope in terms of both authorship and appeal.

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Autobiographical Memory and the Self: Relationship and Implications for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

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Sep 082018
 

Autobiographical memory shapes our understanding of ourselves, guides our behaviour, and helps us to develop and maintain relationships with others. The ways in which we interpret and narrate our memories have important implications for our psychological well-being, and can sometimes contribute to the onset and maintenance of a variety of psychological disorders.

Autobiographical Memory and the Self: Relationship and Implications for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy synthesises the growing cognitive, social, personality, and clinical psychological literature on the memory-self relationship. It creates an interdisciplinary dialogue which explores autobiographical memory and its relevance for clinical practice, especially cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

The authors propose a model for understanding the mechanisms of change involved in therapeutic interventions targeting negative or traumatic memories whilst providing insights into recent debates and avenues for future research. Autobiographical Memory and the Self will be useful to clinicians and clinical trainees, researchers, and psychology postgraduate students.

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Tangled Diagnoses: Prenatal Testing, Women, and Risk

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Sep 082018
 

Since the late nineteenth century, medicine has sought to foster the birth of healthy children by attending to the bodies of pregnant women, through what we have come to call prenatal care. Women, and not their unborn children, were the initial focus of that medical attention, but prenatal diagnosis in its present form, which couples scrutiny of the fetus with the option to terminate pregnancy, came into being in the early 1970s. Tangled Diagnoses examines the multiple consequences of the widespread diffusion of this medical innovation. Prenatal testing, Ilana Löwy argues, has become mainly a risk-management technology — the goal of which is to prevent inborn impairments, ideally through the development of efficient therapies but in practice mainly through the prevention of the birth of children with such impairments. Using scholarship, interviews, and direct observation in France and Brazil of two groups of professionals who play an especially important role in the production of knowledge about fetal development — fetopathologists and clinical geneticists — to expose the real-life dilemmas prenatal testing creates, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the sociopolitical conditions of biomedical innovation, the politics of women’s bodies, disability, and the ethics of modern medicine. Ilana Löwy is an emerita senior researcher at Institut National de la Santé et Recherche Médicale, France.
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Handbook of Potentiality

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Sep 062018
 

This volume congregates articles of leading philosophers about potentials and potentiality in all areas of philosophy and the empirical sciences in which they play a relevant role. It is the first encompassing collection of articles on the metaphysics of potentials and potentiality.
Potentials play an important role not only in our everyday understanding of objects, persons and systems but also in the sciences. An example is the potential to become an adult human person. Moreover, the attribution of potentials involves crucial ethical problems. Bioethics makes references to the theoretical concept “potential” without being able to clarify its meaning. However, despite its relevance it has not been made subject of philosophical investigation. Mostly, potentials are regarded as a subspecies of dispositions. Whilst dispositions are a flourishing field of research, potentials as such have not come into focus. Potentials like dispositions are modal properties. But already a first glance at the metaphysics of potentials shows that concerning their ascription potentials are more problematic than dispositions since “potential” means that an entity has the potential to acquire a property in the future. Therefore, potentials involve a time structure of the entities in question that is much more complex than those of dispositions.

This handbook brings this important concept into focus in its various aspects for the first time. It covers the history of the concept as well as contemporary systematic problems and will be of special interest for philosophers in the fields of general metaphysics, philosophy of science and ethics, especially bioethics. It will also be of interest to scientists and persons concerned with bioethical problems.

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Introduction to the Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations, Seventh Edition

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Sep 052018
 

Financial management challenges are not confined to the CFO’s office. Any manager in today’s increasingly complex healthcare environment must have a solid grasp of finance fundamentals, and this book provides them. In straightforward language aimed at students and managers outside of finance, Introduction to the Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations covers a full range of topics.

The first four sections—Financial Management, Operating Revenue, Working Capital, and Resource Allocation—start with core financial concepts, then delve into issues unique to the healthcare setting. Highlights include the tax status of healthcare organizations, third-party payers and payment methodologies, cost accounting and analysis, rate setting, strategic financial planning, and capital budgeting.

A final section on healthcare reform analyzes important trends that will affect healthcare organizations in the future.

Readers of this book will not only learn the fundamentals of financial management but also gain experience in applying them. Mini-cases, practice problems, and self-quizzes throughout reinforce essential concepts, and a comprehensive case at the end brings the concepts to life.

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Changing Clinical Care: Experiences and Lessons of Systematisation

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Sep 042018
 

Changing Clinical Care adopts a fresh, nursing and patient-centred approach to systemisation to aid patients and their carers. The evidence-based methodology outlines real-world experiences in various sectors of healthcare including primary care, cardiac services, general surgery, and care of long term conditions. It sheds light on possible difficulties and examines the key lessons learnt in providing effective systemisation including common problems, pit-falls and effective solutions. It includes high profile prologues by Dame Carol Black, (Past President, Royal College of Physicians of England) Dr David Colin-Thome (National Clinical Director for Primary Care, Department of Health, England) and Professor Alison Kitson (Executive Director, Royal College of Nursing). This book is ideal for all healthcare professionals interested in systemising the delivery of care. It is also of great interest to healthcare policy makers and shapers, and academics and researchers
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Sciatica and Chronic Pain: Past, Present and Future

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Sep 042018
 

This highly engaging title offers a concise, state-of-the-art overview of the management of sciatica and chronic pain. Written by a well-known neurologist, the book explores the multifaceted approach to the management of sciatica and chronic pain from many viewpoints, including the pharmacologic and surgical, as well as less orthodox methods. In discussing the many different aspects of pain – including neural networks, neural transmitters and genetic viewpoints – the book also provides a thorough review of how various factors interact to make us perceive pain.
Importantly, the neuroscience and medical jargon that goes with the field is minimized by the author by defining terms as they are introduced and providing a glossary with definitions of key terms. Contributing to the unique nature of this highly instructive book, three patients with sciatica and chronic pain are followed serially throughout the text to illustrate important concepts that are discussed. A wide range of charts, figures and tables help clarify new concepts as well. Practical and illustrative, Sciatica and Chronic Pain: Past, Present and Future will be of great interest to a wide audience, including medical trainees and practicing physicians at all stages of their careers. Patients may find the book of significant value as well.

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