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Your smile is one ofrepparttar first things people notice about you. Yellow or brown teeth are notrepparttar 147875 best first impression you want to make. Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons,repparttar 147876 most common being tobacco, coffee, tea, berries, andrepparttar 147877 natural accumulation of tartar over time. The tooth may also be internally discolored by aging, injury, excessive fluoride, and by certain illnesses and medicines. Although discoloration is natural over time, you can have your teeth whitened safely and professionally for a lot less money than you might expect.

Teeth can be whitened in two ways. A patient can have his or her teeth whitened with Zoom™ Whitening, a whitening treatment that uses laser-light activated whitening gel in a comfortable cosmetic dentistry office. Alternatively, they may choose to whiten their teeth at home with a tooth whitening tray system that uses a whitening chemical, which seeps through your enamel and whitensrepparttar 147878 tooth itself.

Pediatric CI Therapy - An Interview with Dr. Stephanie C. DeLuca

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

As each day passes, medical research communities strive to find alternative means of evaluating and treating specific conditions. One of those communities is comprised of a professional and highly educated team of PhDs at Alabama University at Birmingham, located in Birmingham, AL. Sharon Ramey, PhD developer and head of research efforts (of Pediatric CI Therapy) with co-researchers, Stephanie C. Deluca, PhD, K. Echols, PhD., Pt. PCS, and E. Taub, PhD. broadened Pediatric CI investigations. Pediatric Constraint-Induced Therapy, (also called Pediatric CI Therapy) was initiated to further advance treatment in children suffering from neuromotor disabilities. Funded by a grant fromrepparttar Alabama Health Service Foundation,repparttar 147838 Pediatric Neuromotor Research Clinic was established and is now being co-directed by Drs. Echols and DeLuca.

CI Therapy, also known as "Taub Therapy," was initially developed by Dr. Edward Taub, Director of Taub Therapy Clinic in Birmingham, AL. A medical innovation that is successful in over 95% of stroke patients in helping regain significant movement, Taub therapy is an effective stroke rehabilitation therapy that consists of restrictingrepparttar 147839 use of unaffected limbs to "rewire" neurons inrepparttar 147840 brain.

To explore Pediatric CI Therapy, I asked Dr. Deluca a few questions about this particular therapy in an informal interview:

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Could you explain exactly howrepparttar 147841 therapy works?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] The therapy is aimed at children who have asymmetric abilities with their upper extremities because of a lesion withinrepparttar 147842 central nervous system. It involves castingrepparttar 147843 child's stronger arm and hand with a lightweight splint whichrepparttar 147844 children wear 24 hours a day for 3 weeks. Children are then treated for 6 hours each day for 21 consecutive days.

Q [C. Bailey-Lloyd] What can one expect from this therapy, and on average, how long is treatment necessary?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] This varies from child to child and is dependent onrepparttar 147845 child's incoming abilities. But children routinely develop numerous new motor abilities withrepparttar 147846 weaker arm and hand.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] How long has this treatment been in use and how successful is it?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] We have been implementing this approach for almost 5 years with approximately 65 children and have seen very dramatic results. But again where children end up is dependent on where they start.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Are there any side effects to this treatment? Please explain

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] In general there have been very few negative side effects. Minor discomfort with relation torepparttar 147847 cast but that is usually very transient.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Who utilizes this therapy (in practice) and how widely is it used acrossrepparttar 147848 nation?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] We arerepparttar 147849 only clinic usingrepparttar 147850 entire protocol that we are aware of.

Q [C Bailey-Lloyd] Is this therapy effective on neurological disorders/ diseases other than Cerebral Palsy and Stroke patients?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] That still needs to be addressed with research.

Onrepparttar 147851 question of Pediatric CI Therapy effectiveness opposed to other conventional medical treatments, Dr. DeLuca referred me to recently published research efforts in a Pediatric paper. According torepparttar 147852 research team,repparttar 147853 stated results were"... Children receiving pediatric CI therapy compared with controls acquired significantly more new classes of motoric skills (9.3 vs 2.2); demonstrated significant gains inrepparttar 147854 mean amount (2.1 vs 0.1) and quality (1.7 vs 0.3) of more-affected arm use at home; and in a laboratory motor function test displayed substantial improvement including increases in unprompted use ofrepparttar 147855 more-affected upper extremity (52.1% vs 2.1% of items). Benefits were maintained over 6 months, with supplemental evidence of quality-of-life changes for many children."

Inrepparttar 147856 Pediatric Paper Conclusion, "...Pediatric CI therapy produced major and sustained improvement in motoric function inrepparttar 147857 young children with hemiparesis inrepparttar 147858 study."

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