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Dental Fear and Anxiety: Nipping it Young

Dental Fear and Anxiety: Nipping it Young

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  Marie Curie
A tiny tot stands at the threshold of the dental clinic, her palms tightly pressed against the hands of the mother. The mother starts firing questions at the receptionist, who simply stares blankly. The …

Sexual Maturity Rating – SMR in boys and girls

Sexual Maturity Rating – SMR in boys and girls

In girls, the 1st visible sign of puberty and the hallmark of SMR 2 is the appearance of breast buds, between 8 and 12 yr of age. Menses typically begins 2-2.5 yr later, during SMR3-4 (median age, 12 yr; normal range, 9-16 yr). Less obvious changes include enlargement of the ovaries, uterus, labia, and clitoris, and thickening of the endometrium …

Sickle Cell Disease: A Primer

Sickle Cell Disease: A Primer

Background:
Sickle cell disease (SCD) or sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a hemoglobinopathy wherein abnormal hemoglobin is produced. It was first noted by James Herrick a medical student of African descent in 1911, when he discovered sickle-shaped erythrocytes while examining a student’s blood. Linus Pauling further categorized the disorder by noting that when the haemoglobin from an individual with sickle cell …

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