VOYAThe twelve slim volumes comprising the Health Watch series are published in a uniform format. Beginning with an account of an adolescent with the disease or disorder, pertinent information concerning symptoms, cause, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis is presented in clear, concise language using an honest, straightforward approach. Diabetes unmistakably explores the lifetime health ramifications resulting from the disease. Because maintaining normal blood sugar levels in adolescents with juvenile diabetes is especially critical, the necessity of faithfully following the daily regiment of fingerprick blood testing, insulin injections, and exercise and diet is stressed heavily. Current research is discussed pragmatically. Accounts of the achievements of adult diabetics Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson and Oakland Raiders quarterback Wade Wilson offer encouragement. Such seriousness in purpose and content is found also in Bipolar Disorders and Depression. Nine logical steps to assist the sufferer with controlling mood changes are offered by a teen with this disorder. Treatment that couples medication with psychotherapy is urged, and caution is given against substituting herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort for drugs already proven effective. The importance of support groupsespecially for teensproper nutrition, and exercise is emphasized. Color and black-and-white photographs of adolescents going about daily life appear throughout the books. Illustrations add clarity, and bold-faced key words are defined in the glossary. Further reading lists contain titles for teens. Lists of newsletters, hot lines, pen pal groups, audiotapes and videotapes, national organizations, andInternet sources promote support or inquiry. From the familiarArthritis and Asthmato the less commonCystic Fibrosis and Epilepsythis series is packed with enough facts to provide a solid overview. As a topic for research or a self-help source, the books offer abundant possibilities for extensive querying. The Health Watch series is best suited for middle grades but will be useful to lower-level readers in the upper grades. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Enslow, 48p. PLB $18.95. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Cheryl Karp Ward
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-In both of these volumes, Gold concentrates on individuals who suffer from the above disorders. This approach serves to personalize the illnesses, but it also narrows the focus slightly. In Attention Deficit Disorder, the author follows a young boy from childhood to college, and gives examples of how his ADD led to problems in school, difficulties at home, and even injuries due to his impulsiveness. In Bipolar Disorder, several young people are profiled and examples are given of how their manic energy and episodes of despair have affected their lives. Both books include information on the causes and various types of the disorders, plus treatment options and reassurances that neither condition is related to intelligence. The formats are open and will attract reluctant readers. Full-color photos illustrate the texts.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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