To understand the day-to-day lives of parents of children with disabilities, Francis X. McNesby offers this study of a group of mothers raising children with autism.
The study, reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, measured the levels of cortisol, a hormone "that is released in response to increased levels of stress," said McNesby, a pediatrician with the Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
While stress levels tend to rise and fall during the day, the study found the women suffered from "chronic stress - the same patterns as soldiers in combat," McNesby said.
That level of stress has particular meaning for parents of children with autism in this region. New Jersey has the nation's highest rate of autism, with one in 45 children diagnosed - a rate that includes one in 28 boys, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in March 2014.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update revealed that the number of Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services has reached more than 55,000 individuals - triple that of 2009.
The September 2015 issue of CMA's The Pulse Magazine
As a physician in Oregon, I have seen the dire effect of assisted-suicide laws on patients and my profession
By, William L. Toffler
“Women Win Battle Against Contraceptive Bill in Colorado”
Latest column (this one on Catholic doctors) just posted by Father Robert McTeigue, S.J.
CMA’s Dr. Berchelmann speaks on FOX News about vaccinations.
Bala Cynwyd, PA—The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) has produced a video on POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). In some states it is called by a different name such as POST, MOLST, MOST, etc. Important information about POLST can be reviewed by clicking this link.
Mark your calendars for the third Annual Medical Boot Camp for Students and Residents June 16-21. Hosted at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary outside of Philadelphia, PA, the Boot Camp is also open to residents this year. World-renowned speakers, powerful presentations and profound spiritual reflection are the hallmarks of this unique event. Last year over 23 medical schools were represented with 25 medical students. This year, for the first time, residents are welcome to attend. During the Boot Camp, participants also experience a sense of community and friendship. A special night on the town is planned this year; a special surprise! Register early.
After a Colorado woman regretted her decision to undergo a chemical abortion, she desperately searched for a doctor who could reverse the effects of the abortion drug mifepristone. She found CMA member Edwin Anselmi, M.D., who quickly implemented a protocol developed by two other CMA members, George Delgado, M.D., and Mary Davenport, M.D.
To read more about Dr. Anselmi and additional inspiring details of the case, click this link.
The CMA and Maney, the publisher of The Linacre Quarterly, are excited to offer a discounted gift subscription price for the 2015 volume of the Linacre for CMA members who sponsor a gift subscription for their pastor, bishop, other clergy member or member of a religious order, or for a member of the USCCB Doctrine or Pro-Life Committees.
The cost is only $50 for the entire year—a savings of over 50 percent. The subscription will include four print issues plus online access.
For information, go to http://www.cathmed.org/resources/linacre-quarterly/