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Depending on how one defines technology, we can argue that humans have been using technology for learning for as long as we have been on the planet. From communicating through pictures in caves to the current use of multimedia, we have come far in understanding the mediums we can use for learning and teaching. Video is just one of the mediums through which people can learn. The other examples are text, audio, computing, social media, games, augmented reality, and lately, artificial intelligence¹.

The Backstory of Video-Based Instructions (VBI)

The seeds for VBI seem to have been planted during WWII, primarily minimizing the time required to train…


Macro to Microscopic View

Image by www_slon_pics from Pixabay. Image description: two transparent human bodies showing the organs and skeletal structure from head to the waist.
Image by www_slon_pics from Pixabay. Image description: two transparent human bodies showing the organs and skeletal structure from head to the waist.
Image by www_slon_pics from Pixabay. Image description: two transparent human bodies showing the organs and skeletal structure from head to the waist.

I regularly read articles, stories, books, and papers related to healthcare in the hope of improving my health and that of my family. Sometimes my understanding of the content is incomplete because I forgot high school biology lessons. I don’t know if there is anyone else who also needs a refresher. As a result, I wrote this mini-lesson or a go-to guide describing the composition of a human body from macro to microscopic view.

My purpose here is to give you a big picture. Just click on various terms if you want to explore the topics in-depth.

Please reach out…


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Image Description: The sentence “I love to learn but I hate to be forced!” is written in chalk on a blackboard.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Image Description: The sentence “I love to learn but I hate to be forced!” is written in chalk on a blackboard.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Image Description: The sentence “I love to learn, but I hate to be forced!” is written in chalk on a blackboard.

When my daughter was born, I saw how beautiful and wide-eyed she was. She was born prematurely, so she stayed in the NICU for over a month. The nurses told us that she didn’t like to sleep; it is as if she will miss out on all the things around her. Later as my daughter grew older, she started to draw stick figures for people. She paid so much attention to drawing the eyes, especially the eyelashes.

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She was soaking the world up through her eyes. This should have given us…


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Picture of a test tube with a blood sample in it and the words COVID-19 written on the tube. The box next to the plus sign is checked, while the box next to the minus sign is blank. In the background, a healthcare provider can be seen next to the Isolation Ward sign.
Picture of a test tube with a blood sample in it and the words COVID-19 written on the tube. The box next to the plus sign is checked, while the box next to the minus sign is blank. In the background, a healthcare provider can be seen next to the Isolation Ward sign.
Image source. Image Description: Picture of a test tube with a blood sample in it and the words COVID-19 written on the tube. The box next to the plus sign is checked, while the box next to the minus sign is blank. In the background, a healthcare provider can be seen next to the Isolation Ward sign.

In one of my earlier posts, I describe viral load and how it is measured. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided Emergency Use Authorization (EUAs) for various tests used to diagnose COVID-19 caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Manufacturers use various techniques to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as molecular tests, antigen tests, serology or antibody tests, and adaptive immune response tests.


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Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay. Image Description: The image is green with a DNA spiral in the background, emphasizing the coronavirus particles in the foreground.
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay. Image Description: The image is green with a DNA spiral in the background, emphasizing the foreground's coronavirus particles.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our vocabulary. We can now use the terms like the viral load and vaccine efficacy in our conversations. But, do we really know what these terms mean? In this post, I explore the definition of viral load and how it is measured.

Definition of Viral Load


Hi 00! Thank you for reading. Some providers keep up-to-date with new findings but some struggle to do that with limited time. Bringing a completed test might help as well any other information you think is relevant. I would recommend asking the evaluator to send you any questionnaires or other forms in advance so that you have more time to think about your responses. Wish you best of luck with your evaluation! Take care!


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In one of Breaking Bad episodes, Walter White visits Jesse Pinkman to drop off his cash share. During this visit, Walter recalls their starting days of cooking meth in an old, barely-functioning RV, which nearly landed them in trouble several times. Jesse had a “whole system” of what to do in emergencies, like praying that the old, junk-of-hunk wouldn’t “crap out” on him at a red light. Jesse wonders why they didn’t just buy a new RV even though they had made enough money by that time. Walter explains this away with one word, “Inertia.”

In physics, inertia is described…


Hi Stephen,

I would like to contribute to the AoA publication. I would be grateful for an opportunity. Thank you.


I was glad that I didn’t dismiss my instincts

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Preparation is the key to preventing misdiagnosis.

When a professional psychologist evaluated my daughter, she was misdiagnosed twice . I would have just accepted her ADHD diagnosis if I had not met another Mom who alerted me to the female autism phenotype. Along with ADHD, I had always suspected that my daughter was also on the spectrum; however, my daughter is extremely friendly and outspoken. Autism was assumed to be a male-dominant disorder until recently. The new research is shedding light on how female autism presents itself differently from males. Not everyone in the community is aware of how autism presents in girls, including the evaluators and…


The world will have to learn to accept her just the way she is.

Image by peter_pyw from Pixabay. Photo of a girl sitting with her back against a giant snail while she looks at butterflies.

This time last year, just before the pandemic lockdown, my husband and I learned about our daughter’s autism diagnosis. It took only 7 years compared to the time it has taken many other girls and women to get the diagnosis. In contrast, boys get their diagnosis much earlier, at about the age of three. In recent years, we have become more aware of the gender differences in autism diagnosis. Yet, there is much work ahead of us to increase the awareness of the female autism phenotype.

I wasn’t quite ready to share our journey, but I realized that our story…

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