Families tend to strongly encourage women to donate their organs. However, men in the same age group are much less likely to even have a conversation about donation with their families, much less volunteer their organs for harvesting. Furthermore, according to research by a Canadian organ transplant organization, 36 percent of wives who were eligible to donate organs to their husbands went ahead with the operation, whereas only 6.5 percent of eligible husbands were willing to give their wives one of their precious organs. After all, women are property, and you wouldn't donate a kidney to your Honda.
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"I can't. I already have them listed as collateral for the car loan."
Not only does it make almost no difference if a woman has an eligible husband for a donor or not, but as female patients get older, they are only half as likely to be put on the list for a life-saving transplant as a man the same age. Because why waste a perfectly good organ on a frail old woman if she's going to die soon? However, if she wants to donate an organ, the medical community will be more than happy to accommodate her.
We Suck At Diagnosing Autism In Girls
In the simplest terms possible, autism is a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders that often include social awkwardness, problems with communicating thoughts and feelings, and repetitive behavior ... in boys. But if you ask a scientist about female autism, chances are you're going to get the medical equivalent of an elementary school student struggling to explain what happened to their homework.
For the longest time, we thought that autistic girls might be less intelligent and have more severe syndromes than boys. But in recent years, we discovered that male and female autism affects the brain in different ways. That turned out to be a huge problem, because all current diagnostic tools for detecting autism were developed by observing how boys behave (a familiar problem in the medical field, as we mentioned). This is why so many autistic girls have gone undiagnosed for years.
"Gonna be honest; I thought she was getting her first period."
However, by comparing girls with autism to those without it -- an extremely basic form of observation that it took researchers entirely too long to figure out -- we recently started to better understand the female version of the disorder. For example, an autistic girl with high intelligence (the exact type of patient most likely to have eluded past diagnoses) might be quite good at social interactions simply because she has memorized the right things to say in the right situations. Consequently, she might become skilled at masking her disorder, which is something that doesn't occur to most boys with autism.
Due to that, many parents miss that their daughters have autism, all because scientists never considered that the disorder might affect males and females very differently. For instance, females with autism might get through a school day with absolutely no problems, only to collapse into a violent, self-destructive outburst the instant they're alone in their rooms. Conversely, males with autism are comparatively easy to spot, as they are frequently followed by a laugh track on a Chuck Lorre sitcom.
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And a sigh by the actor.
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