Chronic Illnesses, Syndromes, and Rare Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide

Chronic Illnesses, Syndromes, and Rare Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide

by Marlene Targ Brill

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While medical conditions that affect large populations are familiar to most people, there are lesser-known afflictions that do not get attention simply due to the fewer number of those affected. Literature and online resources about these conditions are not only limited but primarily aimed at adults. Consequently, teens who are susceptible to these disorders are often unable to find information that speaks directly to them, which can prove both frustrating and discouraging.

In Chronic Illnesses, Syndromes, and Rare Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Marlene Targ Brill looks at conditions that affect thousands of young adults. Though not quite as common as other medical issues, these afflictions are no less threatening to teens who want to know more. Chapters in this book address

  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Hemophilia
  • Melanoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Tourette syndrome

In addition to providing specific information about each of these conditions, this book also offers general advice to teens who face medical challenges in general. An invaluable resource for young adults and their families, Chronic Illnesses, Syndromes, and Rare Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide offers hope to the many thousands of people looking for answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442251625
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Series: It Happened to Me Series , #49
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marlene Targ Brill, a former special educator, is an award-winning author of more than 70 books by various publishers including Children’s Press and Barron’s. Many of her titles have been for teens and young adults, including books about diabetes, asthma, and Tourette syndrome (Bank Street College Best Children’s Book). She is the author of Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide (R&L, September 2014).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Defining Syndrome, Chronic Illness, and What's Rare 1

2 Celiac: Silent Symptoms, Roaring Repercussions 15

3 Crohn's: More Than Indigestion 35

4 Down Syndrome: Changing Attitudes 55

5 Hemophilia: The Royal Blood Disease 81

6 Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers: Skin Deep and No Fun 97

7 Multiple Sclerosis: Nervous System Attacks 117

8 Phenylketonuria (PKU): Newborns on a Diet 137

9 Sickle Cell Disease: The Invisible Pain 155

10 Tourette Syndrome: Its Varied Features 167

11 Taking Care of Everyday Business 189

Glossary 213

Notes 219

Index 231

About the Author 235

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