April -  June 2019

April. Autism.

    The month of April is usually regarded as National Autism Awareness Month, in which organizations such as Autism Speaks or Autism Society seek to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and acceptance. These organizations hope that by educating people on autism, they can lead to early diagnosis for patients that can get support and therapy to help their condition. Autism is described as a developmental condition that is often diagnosed at an early age in the patient’s life. Autism is usually the short form of the clinical name which stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder which has 3 main types of subcategories.

           The three categories of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, are Autistic disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Development disorder. However, autism is regarded as a broad diagnosis that can refer to the fact that patients have their own level of problems and symptoms that can range depending on the patient. Autistic disorder is the most common form in which patients have significant problems with communication and social interactions that can be triggered through stressful social situations. Patients with Asperger Syndrome usually have average or above average levels of intelligence that have mild difficulties in communication. It is also known that some patients are very intelligent and quirky and are often described as the highest-functioning end of the autism spectrum. The last major category is Pervasive Development disorder in which patients have symptoms that are less severe than Autism disorder, but more severe than Asperger Syndrome.

           Autism has not concrete cause, but it has been linked to genetic and non-genetic factors such as the environment. Some risk factors that increase the possibility of autism in children is older parents, complications for pregnancy and childbirth, A common misconception that is being brought up recently is that vaccines cause autism. However, this idea has been proven false multiple times and concluded that vaccines do not cause autism. By knowing a little bit more about autism, we can help understand patients and make the world a more nurturing and friendly place.



Career Spotlight


A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has additional responsibilities for administering patient care than RNs. Those primary care providers often specialize in family care, women’s health, pediatrics or adult/geriatric care.


Some of their responsibilities include: 

  • Performing comprehensive and focused physical examinations

  • Diagnosing and treating common acute illnesses and injuries

  • Providing immunizations

  • Managing high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and other chronic health problems

  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests such as X-rays and EKGs, as well as laboratory tests

  • Prescribing medications and therapies

  • Performing procedures

  • Educating and counseling patients and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and health care options

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You will receive priority for HPA's Conference Suture Clinic Sign-Up List if You Complete this Crossword Puzzle!

All you have to do is fill in all the words on the crossword puzzle (searching it up online is allowed) and email a completed picture of it to ucsbhpahcf@gmail.com with your full name! 

*Limited Spots: Only the first five people will get entry to the Suture Clinic!

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