Childhood mental health disabilities on the rise

Originally posted on The Chart:

Over the past half century, the prevalence of childhood disabilities in the United States has been on the rise, possibly due to an increased awareness about these issues. Now a study published in this week’s online issue of Pediatrics suggests the nature of those newly diagnosed disabilities is changing.

The report, “Changing Trends of Childhood Disability, 2001-2011” found the number of American children with disabilities rose 16% over a 10-year period. While there was a noted decline in physical problems, there was a large increase in disabilities classified as neurodevelopmental conditions or mental health issues, such as ADHD and autism.

“We found that that physical disability health conditions in children were down 12%, but the disabilities related to mental and neurodevelopmental health went up 21%,” said lead study author Dr. Amy Houtrow, chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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Is this racial (neighborhood) profiling or just everyday discrimination

My problems with various companies continues. I don’t know who I am more upset with tonight, Amazon or UPS. So the UPS driver just decided not to leave my very small package today. (Please note FedEx delivered a much larger package also today.) Amazon is like we have no say over the other companies policies. UPS is like register for our site and you can note the driver to leave the packages. I stated I refuse to give another company information that can be hacked. So now I’m the one being unreasonable and if the driver continues to refuse to deliver my already paid for package for some unknown reason I will have to go the UPS office to pick it up.

My question to all is shouldn’t UPS have been able to explain why the driver refused to deliver my package?
Shouldn’t UPS have a standard checklist for determining if it is safe to leave a package other than how the driver feels?
Shouldn’t UPS be able to articulate if there’s a history of package thefts in my neighborhood?
If UPS really wanted me home for package delivery shouldn’t they scheduled a home delivery time after business hours.
Lastly, shouldn’t Amazon take more responsibly than saying you should just do what UPS wanted if you wanted your package?

Big fat Indian weddings get bigger and fatter

Originally posted on Fortune:

When Pinky Rangi got married in 1978, nearly a thousand people gathered in her parents’ five-bedroom house in Long Island.

There were no wedding halls large enough to accommodate the number of guests that’s requisite for a big, splashy Indian wedding. There were no Indian caterers, so Rangi’s mother did all the cooking, using spices the family had brought over during trips back to India. There were no DJs well-versed in Bollywood, so the women sang and played tapes. Rangi’s father asked a friend to provide a racehorse for the baraat, the groom’s procession.

At that point, Rangi says her family was among only a handful of Indians in America. Her father emigrated to the U.S. in 1964 to open the Indian office at the World Fair.

But today, Rangi is helping her son Karan plan his big day. They considered a destination wedding in Greece or Turkey, but finally…

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