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Deaf Culture - What's Appropriate, What's Not
Submitted by Josie Dean
Char's YouTube video was emotion-evoking. I grew up with a friend whose parents were both deaf. She was not deaf. But I learned that "Deaf Culture" is very real. Below is a casual website of Deaf Culture Do's and Don'ts. I think it will be helpful to us as nurses, as well as members of a community should we happen upon deaf patients/peers.
" Deaf culture - do's and don'ts, etc. Let's make a list! -" Deaf Chat | People Deaf Culture - N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2011.

Sensory Integration DysfunctionJames Earley
This article is an interview with the author Carol Kranowitz of the book "Sensory Intergration Disfunction". It deals with sensory dysfunction in children which I felt appropriate for the sections we are in nursing. I am not familiar with the author and so I am not certain how credible her work is but the web site deals with childrens disabilities and seems like a decent source.

Allison. "Interview with Carol Kranowitz, author Out of Sync Child on Sensory Integration." Comeunity Parenting Support - Parenting Adoption Special Needs. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2011.

This is a video that explains how synaesthesia works. It is a very interesting way of "sensing" the world for those who have been blessed with it. I found it very intriguing! Enjoy!
Brittany Robinson
sciencentral. " YouTube - Synaesthesia: Which color is A? Part II ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2011.

Sensory I have added a link to a patient education sheet on photosensitivity. I know we will have teaching projects coming up for patients at TMH and I found this sheet on photosensitivity to be self explanatory and a good take home sheet for patients. The link for this page was on the on the nursing center website which I have found to be an excellent site for peer reviewed journals, articles, CE, patient teaching, you name it, they have it! I would definitely trust this website as I find it is continually updated having current news and peer reviewed articles and more. (Audria Herrera)
(Nursing 2009, September)

Nursing 2009. (September). Nursing Center. Retrieved 11 2011, January, from

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"Sensory Homunculus" is the diagram that shows the somatosensory cortex and its devoted parts. The length of each line represents just how sensitive each part is. The tongue,lips,thumb,foot, and genitals are most sensitive. (Sierra Sonntag)

Reference:Field, T. (n.d.). Karger Gazette No 67> Skin. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers - Connecting the World of Biomedical Science: Homepage. Retrieved January 12, 2011, from

Phantom pain is a realitiy for most amputess. Here is an interesting article that maybe helpful with pain management to introduce to any future patients. Jodie
New Ways to Relieve Phantom Pain in Amputees - Health News - redOrbit." redOrbit – Science, Space, Technology, Health News and Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2011. <

Melanoma Detection, Symptoms, Treatment, Etc. This article entitled “Melanoma” is on the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website “MedlinePlus.” The article outlines information we will need as nurses to be able to recognize melanoma of the skin and eyes of our patients. We will need to be able to identify suspect lesions, moles, and discolored areas of the integument in order to effectively intervene on our clients’ behalf. The site lists areas of the body where lesions may occur and gives photographs as examples of the various types of melanoma we might see. The site also lists risk factors, symptomology, exams, tests, and treatments that may be noteworthy regarding our clients in the healthcare setting. I would encourage everyone to take a look at this concise site as the information we glean may help save our clients’ lives in the future.
I chose this topic because I believe it is an important tool to add to our assessment skills package. I also trust this site as it is a nationally recognized and peer-reviewed arm of the National Institutes of Health. There were also various peer-reviewed secondary sources used and the article was reviewed and updated in 2009.

Marjorie McGowen

Kantor, Jonathan. "Melanoma: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Health, 12 Aug. 2009. Web. 13 Jan. 2011.

Sensory Rooms
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Sensory rooms are used to relive stress, anxiety, and pain; in addition, the have been found to be especially helpful with people who have autism, brain injury, dementia, challenging behaviors, PTSD, developmental disabilities, special eductaion, mental illness, palliative care, course wellness, pre and post surgery. The sensory rooms can include different sights, sounds, textures, movements, and aromas. Sensory rooms may even help an upset student feel calmer.
I love the way the rooms look and I wish I could have one of my own; however, a disadvantage is the different equpment can be expensive.
By Sasha Huber
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I liked this picture, it defines where the different nerves begin and the others end. Rhonda
References : Hager, J. C. (n.d.). Sensory Aspects of the Face. A Human Face. Retrieved January 13, 2011, from

This color wheel breaks down how our taste and smell perceives things. I liked this wheel because I felt it helped me understand how our sense of smell and taste are broken down. ~ Holly
Reference: Davids, K. (n.d.). Defining Coffee Tastes. Blue Horse Kona Coffee | Always FREE Shipping! Farm direct, certified 100% Kona coffee. Retrieved January 13, 2011,

Pregnancy and Senses I have added this link to an article releated to pregnancy and heightened sense of smell and taste. I found it interesting and look forward to future research done in this area and the results. There are many different reasons our senses can be heightened and I never considered that pregnancy could be one of those reasons. Hope you all find it interesting as well! Amber
References: Edmonds, Molly. "How does pregnancy affect the senses of smell and taste?" 01 August 2008. <> 13 January 2011 Since this first attempt is not for an actual grade, I decided to post something fun rather than educational. This link offers tips on tricking your senses. My family enjoyed them! It might be fun at a party too. Wendy
References: Serrabassa, Eva. "The Five Senses: Tips for tricking your senses" 2011 . Harvard Medicine. 13 January 2011

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common, chronic pain disorder that affects approximately 2% of the United States general population, predominately women. FM is defined by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 classification criteria as chronic, widespread pain occurring in combination with pain on palpation at 11 or more of 18 specific tender point sites. Although the ACR criteria for FM require tenderness in 11 of 18 distinct areas, FM patients characteristically display enhanced sensitivity to mechanical pressure throughout the body.
Neuro-imaging studies provide evidence for central augmentation of pain sensitivity in FM patients. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the pattern of cerebral activation during the application of painful pressure was assessed in FM patients compared with controls
There is emerging evidence of the possible familial and environmental factors that could be involved in the etiology of FM. Environmental stressors and genetic vulnerability could act alone or together to initiate a series of biological events in individuals that eventually leads to the development of FM. Recent studies also demonstrate augmentation of central pain processing in FM. It appears that disturbances in the stress response system may play a key role in the process that leads to FM. These same CNS changes could also be involved in the development of associated symptoms and other comorbid conditions. FM is heterogeneous in its presentation and probably in underlying pathophysiology, making individualized treatment essential.
I considered this resource very helpful and was very basic. It was written by two MD’s in conjunction with references of many of their former colleagues. I would strongly recommend this to any client, friend, family diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or relating symptoms.
*Greg Volz*
(Lesley M. Arnold & Melinda Ring, April 15, 2010)

I have added a link on sensory disorders or the more clinical name is 'sensory integration disorder'. This site helps parents understand how to intrepret sensory issues with their children. It is very user friendly and easy to understand. Now I understand why I only ate mac and cheese. LOL- just joking. enjoy- Joe Trujillo

Sensory Processing Disorder

Hi, this is Steph's submission. I chose the following link from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article is a brief guide to signs and symptoms of otitis media in infancts and children. I found it relevant as frequent OM in childhood can cause hearing deficits, which may lead to delays in speech and language development.

Children's Health Topics. (2004, May). Retrieved January 15, 2011, from
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Stephanie Timlin

I found this extremely interesting! It's a weighted blanket that therapists recommend for patients with sensory disorders. It is said to calm them and in turn help them to relax. They are available in different weights according to body weight. They call it the Magic Blanket, and users say it does wonders for them. Check this out!
Sensory By Jen Harris

I found this to be a great resource for parents with children that have been diagnosed with a sensory disorder. This is a creative approach to developmental learning that combines visual, auditory, and vestibular into one intervention to improve perception, understanding, and the ability to learn.
Sensory Learning Center International Karleen Kennedy

Trentin Moya - Video
As nurses, we will concentrate on reducing patient discomfort and pain through the use of such things as NSAIDS, opioids, muscle relaxants, and even complementary alternative therapies like acupuncture, acupressure, or massage therapy. Rather than assessing a patient for pain, what if we had a patient who felt no pain? I found a video about a little girl with Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (HSAN). After watching this, we may have a better appreciation of pain receptors and their function.

Yu, Eleanor. (Producer). (2009). A life without pain [Television series segment]. In 20/20. New York: American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved January 15, 2011, from

Sensory Deprivation...what is it, when is it useful, and why is it becoming a form of torture that is leaving no physical marks. L.Tompkins
Benjamin, Mark. (Author). (2007) The CIA's favorite form of Torture.

I stumbled on this website and it had an interesting article I thought was closely related to this discussion. Andrea Pedrosa
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A premature baby holding a cylinder. (Credit: Copyright Frédérique Berne-Audéoud)

CNRS (2010, February 28). Babies, even when premature, 'see' with their hands. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2011, from