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Editorial Reviews

The 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 groups—especially for teens—proper 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 familiar—Arthritis and Asthma—to the less common—Cystic Fibrosis and Epilepsy—this 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
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Gr 6-12Each of these books begins with the case study of a real person who suffered from the disease in question. The authors then discuss the causes, effects, diagnoses, treatments, cures, and ongoing research as is applicable to the respective diseases. Delineated sections present basic well-organized material in a style that is easy to read and understand. Highlighted words, although explained in the text, also appear in the glossary. Full-color illustrations include photographs and well-labeled diagrams. These titles have more easier-to-find facts than the ``The Facts About'' series (Crestwood). While the ``Venture'' series (Watts) and the ``Diseases and People'' series (Enslow) are written on a higher reading level, these new titles have almost as much information and the diagrams are better.Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766016606
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Health Watch Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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