Archive for 'PKU and Vagthol’s'

A Note From Dr. Koch

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May 12th, 2010

Dear Ann,

Thank you for making my senior years wonderful. I’ve enjoyed your staff and just want you to know how much I’ve enjoyed the whole experience of seeing how group homes should be run!

 

Best Wishes!

Dr. Koch

 

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The Successful Adaption of an Untreated PKU Adult from a State Development Center to Community Residential Living

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Katie had called a State Development Center her home since October 1966 when she was 13 years old. She was diagnosed with PKU (Phenylketonuria-inherited error of metabolism in which phenylalanine accumulates in the blood and is excreted in the urine because of a missing enzyme) in December 1954 when she was 2-1/2 years old. Vagthol’s-Burbank, a level 4 home, is her first community placement. She moved in on October 6, 1996, after two pre-placement visits and two overnight visits to ...

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Viewpoint Article “Sylvia Lee Builds the Way for Employment Opportunities for People with Significant Disabilities” Fall/Winter 2007

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The following article was posted in Viewpoint’s Fall/Winter 2007 Newsletter about a client at Vagthol’s! It was an inspirational story we would like to share again.

 

In April 2005, just two years shy of celebrating her 60th birthday, Sylvia Lee moved out of Fairview Developmental Center, her residence of 45 years, into the Koch-Vagthol’s Metabolic Residential Center in Burbank.

Lee was born with PKU (Phenylketonuria), a rare, inherited metabolic disease that results in mental retardation and other neurological problems when treatment is ...

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California Opens First Group Home for Adults with PKU-Aug 2004

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California’s first group home devoted exclusively to treating adults with Phenylketonuria (PKU) was opened in April in Burbank. the new facility offers residents a special diet that has helped reduce their assaultive behaviors and the need for psychotropic medications.

PKU is an inherited metabolic disease that, when left untreated, can cause mental retardation and other neurological disorders. While newborns since 1966 have been screened for PKU, there are a number of older adults with PKU-triggered mental retardation who have fallen through ...

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What Is PKU

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Phenylketonuria, abbreviated PKU, is an inherited metabolic disorder that leads to mental retardation and other neurological problems if untreated. It occurs in one of every 10,000 to 15,000 births. With this disorder, the body is unable to metabolize an amino acid called phenylalanine (PHE), a component of protein. Therefore, when a person with PKU consumes PHE-containing foods, the PHE builds up in their body. High levels of PHE can cause damage to the central nervous system. If this problem is ...

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