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The Fatal Four: Aspiration's Dangers and Key Interventions

When a person inhales contents from the stomach from the oropharyngeal area, such as food or liquids, into the trachea, it is called aspiration. Aspiration is a major medical concern for anyone because it may cause different types of pneumonia, infection, pulmonary emboli or other issues. Among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the risk of aspiration is heightened,...

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The Fatal Four: What You Need to Know About Seizures

Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, affect the lives of one in 26 people in the U.S. However, up to 10 percent of all people may suffer a seizure not related to a seizure disorder, explains the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype implying that anyone who has a seizure automatically has epilepsy. This is simply not true, but seizures are serious health concerns that should not be...

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The Fatal Four: How Constipation Impacts Health

An estimated 42 million people in the U.S. suffer from constipation, reports the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This makes constipation among the most common gastrointestinal (GI) problems people live with, aside from acid reflux. Unfortunately, specific statistics on the prevalence of constipation among those with intellectual disability are not...

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The Fatal Four: Exactly How Dangerous Is Dehydration?

How do you help a person with intellectual disability achieve greater heights and accomplishments?

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