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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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In the recently published article by Loewenstern et  al,1 the authors attempted to determine the utility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the diagnosis and management of compressive optic neuropathy secondary to fibrous dysplasia (FD). OCT is a relatively new imaging modality, which uses high-resolution cross-sections of the retina to determ ine the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness. The study evaluated 6 patients with cranial base FD for optic nerve compression and RNFL thinning, using computed tomography (CT) and OCT, respectively.
Source: World Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
The objective of the present study was to assess the possible utility of the difference in coronary sinus diameter to quantify stable atherosclerotic plaque(s) using 256-slice coronary computed tomographic angiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 336 patients were divided into 2 groups with 168 patients each. Patients who had heart failure were included in the study group and those who did not were included in the non-study group. Patients were subjected to cross-sectional study. Cardiovascular images were performed with 256-slice coronary computed tomographic angiography with a prospective electrocardiogram and clinic...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Patients with traumatic HI show remarkable differences in clinicopathological features among juvenile, middle-aged, and elderly individuals. PMID: 29773781 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
Authors: Riaz HR, Hashmi SS, Khan T, Hano C, Giglioli-Guivarc'h N, Abbasi BH Abstract Melatonin as plant growth regulator induces differential effects on metabolites that are responsible for reduction, capping and stabilization of zinc oxide nanoparticles. Phytochemical analysis of callus cultures was performed and results were compared with callus cultures supplemented with other plant growth regulators (α-napthalene acetic acid, 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid and thidiazuron). Highest total phenolic and flavonoid content [42.23 mg of gallic acid equivalent (GAE) g-1 DW and 36.4 mg of (quercet...
Source: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology - Category: Biotechnology Tags: Artif Cells Nanomed Biotechnol Source Type: research
Publication date: 1 September 2018 Source:Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Volume 169 Author(s): Yiwen Li, Huailin Yang, Jiuxu Yao, Haiyang Yu, Xin Chen, Peng Zhang, Chunsheng Xiao An amphiphilic biodegradable prodrug (PLG-g-mPEG/CPT) was synthesized by conjugating disulfide-containing camptothecin (CPT) to poly(L-glutamic acid)-graft-methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (PLG-g-mPEG) through esterification reaction. The amphiphilic prodrugs could self-assemble into micellar nanoparticles and encapsulate doxorubicin (DOX) in aqueous solution at pH 7.4. The treatment of the nanoparticles with reducing glutathione (GSH) at c...
Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Authors: Brown T, Gutman SA Abstract BACKGROUND: Journals are currently assessed and ranked using a number of different quantitative performance metrics. AIM: To compare and correlate the publication metrics of English-language occupational therapy journals published in 2015. METHOD: Bibliometric data was sourced for 14 English-language occupational therapy journals including the Journal Citations Report (JCR) 2-year impact factor (IF), Eigenfactor Score (EFS), Article Influence Score (AIS), Scopus Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), Scopus Citescore, and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) score. The JCR, Sc...
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
Authors: Skrzypek TH, Kazimierczak W, Skrzypek H, Valverde Piedra JL, Godlewski MM, Zabielski R Abstract The use of complementary visualization and measurement techniques allowed accurate description and quantification of changes in the intestinal mucosal architecture and provided a comprehensive outlook on the dynamics of remodelling and maturation processes of the mucosal layer taking place in the small intestine of piglets from birth to weaning. The aim of the study was to examine the early postnatal development of the small intestine in pigs. Three techniques were used: scanning electron microscopy (measurement...
Source: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: J Physiol Pharmacol Source Type: research
Conclusions: The radiological identification of the site of CSF leak through sensitive imaging studies such as MRC with intrathecal gadolinium is crucial for surgical approach. PMID: 29770252 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
Conclusions: In this review we will provide animal and human research data on the current clinical neurological uses for CBD individually and in combination with Δ9-THC. We will emphasize the neuroprotective, antiinflammatory, and immunomodulatory benefits of phytocannabinoids and their applications in various clinical syndromes. PMID: 29770251 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: A radiobiological perspective of meningioma may help to improve clinical results both in terms of tumour control and healthy tissue sparing. Although we are far from drawing any conclusions, this review can lead researchers to identify some cues for future areas of study. PMID: 29775403 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: International Journal of Radiation Biology - Category: Radiology Tags: Int J Radiat Biol Source Type: research
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