July highlights: Mother’s intuition, music therapy & more

Catch up on what you may have missed on Thriving last month. Our staff takes a look back at a few of this month’s favorite posts. A mother’s intuition—and a fall down the stairs—save a little girl’s life Liz Beaulieu is likely the only person in the world who can say she saved her child by falling down the stairs. Her daughter, Arielle, was just 4 days old. Liz was carrying her downstairs when she slipped. Not sure whether Arielle had hit her head, she whisked her to her local ER. “She seemed fine, and they said that she looked fine,” Liz says. Still concerned, though, Liz kept a close eye on Arielle over the next couple of days. That’s when she noticed something. “I noticed the slightest flicker of her eyes,” Liz recalls, “and decided that I wanted to get it checked out.” She took Arielle back to the hospital, asking them to do a CT scan. The hospital demurred, but Liz insisted, telling them she needed the peace of mind. “So they did the scan,” Liz recalls, “and they found an enormous tumor.” Read about Arielle and her family. Kyle Cooper waits 18 years for oral surgery Kyle at prom c/o VeraAnn Photography Kyle Cooper was born with hemifacial microsomia (HFM), a craniofacial anomaly that resulted in the left side of his face being underdeveloped. It meant his face was noticeably uneven and barely any of his teeth touched. “I made it through and got used...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories Chiari Malformation concussion congenital heart defect Dr. Alex Taylor Dr. Ben Warf Dr. Bonnie Padwa Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Michael O'brien Dr. Michael Scott Dr. Roger Nuss hemifacial microsomia Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 17 September 2018Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAuthor(s): Wenjuan Li, Yuxiang Cao, Xingrong Xuan, Zhiyi Shi, Ye Zhang, Jiamin Liu, Zhiyi Bai, Yuanshuai Fu, Minglin WuAbstractTo examine Ca2+ absorption and transportation in the freshwater pearl oyster, Hyriopsis cumingii Lea, we studied the effects of different levels of either extracellular Ca2+ or 1,25(OH)2D3 on extracellular Ca2+ flux and intracellular Ca2+ concentrations in mantle cells using the non-invasive micro-test technique and laser scanning confocal microscopy. The inn...
Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 September 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Chemical EngineeringAuthor(s): Yuchi Wan, Jun Chen, Jing Zhan, Yalin MaAbstractMesoporous NiCo2O4 fibers were synthesized by the coordination co-precipitation-decomposition method using ammonia as morphology-controller. The as-prepared NiCo2O4 powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis absorption spectra and photoluminescence (PL) analysis. The as-prepared NiCo2O4 materials showed typical intertwined porous nanofibrous structures with specific su...
Source: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
In this study, polypropylene (PP)/cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) blends were processed in a co-rotating twin screw extruder by melt processing technique. PP/COC blends were prepared without compatibilizer as COC is expected to be compatible with polypropylene due to its olefinic behaviour. Effects of COC blending with PP on mechanical, dynamic mechanical, rheological and morphological behaviour were investigated thoroughly. An increasing fraction of stiffened COC in the PP/COC blends is responsible for the enhancement of tensile strength and modulus, flexural strength and modulus and of a decrease in the elongation at break...
Source: European Polymer Journal - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)
Source: NPR Health and Science - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Source Type: news
Study Design. Retrospective image-based analysis. Objective. To measure endplate three-dimensional (3D) geometry, endplate changes in vivo and to investigate correlations between disc degeneration and endplate 3D geometry dependent on symptoms of low back pain (LBP). Summary of Background Data. It has been hypothesized that alteration of load transmission from the nucleus pulposus to the annulus fibrosus affects vertebral endplate geometry. Methods. 3D surface models of inferior/superior lumbar endplates were created from computed tomography scans of n = 92 volunteers with and without LBP. Disc degeneration ...
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Biomechanics Source Type: research
In life, timing is everything. With sodium fluoride (NaF) PET, interpreting...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Can deep learning monitor lesions on F-18 NaF PET/CT? CMS again declines coverage for NaF-PET scans ACC: PET/CT calcium scans could foretell cardiac events NaF-PET/CT beats scintigraphy, SPECT/CT for bone metastases
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - Category: Radiology Source Type: news
In this study, we found that serum biomarkers of brain injury (S100β and NSE) increased significantly and reached highest after reperfusion of 3 days which had the same trend with the levels of p-Src and p-NR2A. Interactions between Src and NR2A or PSD95 were increased after HIR. Hippocampal neuron apoptosis was increased, and long-term cognitive impairment was found after reperfusion of 1 month. Inhibition of Src and NR2A with PP2 and NVP-AAM077 respectively not only down-regulated the levels of p-Src and p-NR2A, but also ameliorated hippocampal neurons apoptosis and long-term cognitive impairment after HIR. Seru...
Source: Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
(American Society for Microbiology) An international team of researchers has successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill human glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells, which had been transplanted into mice. In a study published this week in mBio ® , the team shows that a live, attenuated version of the Zika virus could form the basis of a new treatment option for this fatal brain cancer.
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news
Abstract Complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) has been shown to play an important role in supportive cancer care, relieving symptoms and improving quality of life among oncology patients. Communication between CIM practitioners and oncology healthcare professionals has been researched in depth, while little attention has been paid to the interaction between CIM practitioners from different disciplines who work together in the integrative oncology setting. The present paper explores the interaction between an Anthroposophic music therapist and a spiritual care provider who co-treated two female patients with br...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVES: So far, the effects of vibroacoustic music therapy in cancer patients are unknown. However, used in anthroposophic medicine, it could be an approach to enhance well-being. The goal of this study was to evaluate the immediate effects of a sound-bed music intervention with respect to the subjective well-being as well as body warmth and pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We treated 48 cancer patients with 10 min of sound-bed intervention in a cross-over design. Primary outcome was the total sum of the Basler Mood Questionnaire (BMQ), secondary outcomes were subscales of the BMQ and questions addr...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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