23% More Children Identified With Autism Spectrum Disorder Since 2009. The CDC estimates that since its last survey two years ago, almost 25% more children now have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The reasons for the increased prevalence are multifactorial, but likely include changes in the diagnosis and treatment of ASDs, greater awareness among both parents and healthcare providers, and some to better record keeping.
Checklist May Help With Earlier Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A 5-minute checklist that parents can fill out in clinicians’ waiting rooms may someday help in the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published in the "Journal of Pediatrics." Identifying autism at an early age allows children to start treatment sooner, which can greatly improve their later development and learning.
New Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease. Your patients may ask you to clarify some details about the highly publicized, revised guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease jointly published by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging in April 2011. In their first reissue in 27 years, the key difference between the old and the new guidelines is that in 1984 AD was defined primarily as a condition of dementia.
AAN Issues New Guidelines for the Treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy. Painful diabetic neuropathy is among the most common neurological problems, affecting an estimated 16% of the 25 million Americans living with diabetes. Primary care has an increasing role in the diagnosis and treatment of PDN, as early accurate diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve the prognosis.