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Author Archives: Amy Brannan

Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

What Are the Best Autism Apps?

Kids on ipad playing app: Apps for Autism

Sadly, the number of children diagnosed with Autism has been increasing steadily in recent years. However, as the nation also increases its dependency on technology, it can prove to be beneficial for these children with a number of apps that cater to special needs. Below we will take a look at what autism is, some of the most highly recommended apps for children with autism and how they can help them learn and grow. In this article, we cover applications to assist with communication, scheduling, behavioral, social and life skills... Read More »

Sleep Deprivation Effects: Destructive and Possibly Fatal

Man sleeping on desk

Sleep deprivation, no matter how acute has a number of negative effects on the human body and cognitive functioning. Without an adequate supply of sleep the body is continually refused the restorative time period it requires to function normally. In extreme cases of sleep deprivation such as fatal familial insomnia, death has ultimately resulted and even in cases of “traditional” insomnia accidental death is not uncommon. In this article we will discuss both the physiological and psychological effects of sleep deprivation including: memory impairment, headaches, increased risk of illness and hallucinations... Read More »

Kawasaki Disease Symtoms: Early Detection is Crucial

Mercury in glass thermometer

The autoimmune disease Kawasaki disease primarily targets young children making it significantly important to be able to note early signs of the disease. Moving quickly, this syndrome can rapidly begin to cause damage within a child’s growing body and in rare cases result in a fatal coronary artery aneurysm. Being able to recognize the early signs of Kawasaki disease as they occur is an important step in being able to prevent this fatal development and increase the rate of recovery. In this article we will cover a number of the most recognizable symptoms of Kawasaki disease including: strawberry tongue, prolonged high fever, skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, peeling skin and inflammation... Read More »

Dissociative Personality Disorder

Sad Woman

When it comes to the human psychological state there is no doubt that we are fragile beings. While over more recent years a good many psychological disorders have been identified, one that remains something of a mystery while also being completely fascinating is dissociative personality disorder. In this article we will discuss just what dissociative personality disorder is and how it can be identified by the scientific and medical community. Read on to find out if someone you love is affected by this personality disorder... Read More »

The Negative Side Effects of Speed Are Numerous

Crushed speed

Speed, otherwise known as methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that has a number of extremely devastating side effects. This unpredictable drug is often sought for its flash high but rapidly becomes an addiction. In this article we will cover a number of the dangerous side effects that accompany speed use including: psychosis, strokes, brain damage, movement disorders, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, hepatitis, HIV, fatal drug interactions and heart conditions... Read More »

Separation Anxiety in Adults

Upset couple

Often heard is the term “separation anxiety” when used in reference to children and pets, but seldom do we ever hear about adults who suffer from this debilitating psychological condition. In this article we will take a look at what separation anxiety is and just how it can affect adults of all ages... Read More »

Many Disappearances Worldwide Remain Unsolved

Foggy trail

There are many things that occur on our planet that can be difficult to understand; however, there are also a number of things that are just simply baffling. By the laws of physics we know that nothing simply disappears, it lives, it dies and it transforms from one form of energy to another, but nothing just ceases being. Throughout the history of our planet; however, a number of important people as well as “things” have seemingly disappeared. For each of these cases of mysterious disappearance there are many possible answers and most include accidents and eventual death; however, even with these explanations there are many unanswered questions that add to the sense of mystery. If individuals did die where are the remains and why were they never found? Why do mysterious disappearances always occur in specified locations? Why did the disappearance happen in the first place? Throughout this article we will cover just a few of the more famous cases of mysterious disappearances... Read More »

A December Birthstone Guide to Turquoise

Turquoise: December's Birthstone

Unlike many other months, the month of December is somewhat confusing when it comes to identifying a birthstone. There are a number of stones that are linked with this festive month depending upon which culture you associate yourself with. For the purpose of this article we will focus on the gemstone turquoise; however, we will also touch upon other commonly referenced stones. Learn where turquoise comes from, the physical properties that identify it from other stones and the history of its use among various civilizations... Read More »