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...
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Publication date: March 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 107, Issue 3Author(s): Arun Sharma, Basavraj Biradar, Amarinder S. Malhi, Sanjeev Kumar
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: March 2019Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 107, Issue 3Author(s): Robert M. Van Haren, Arlene M. Correa, Boris Sepesi, David C. Rice, Wayne L. Hofstetter, Reza J. Mehran, Ara A. Vaporciyan, Garrett L. Walsh, Jack A. Roth, Stephen G. Swisher, Mara B. AntonoffBackgroundGround glass opacities (GGOs) on computed tomography (CT) have gained significant recent attention, with unclear incidence and epidemiologic patterns. Natural language processing (NLP) is a powerful computing tool that collects variables from unstructured data fields. Our objective was to characterize trends of GGO detection usi...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionsDZ preserves motor function in spinal cord ischemia-reperfusion injury by the STAT3 pathway. DZ may be beneficial clinically for use in spinal protection in aortic intervention.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusion: Although extraventricular neurocytomas of the brain are rare, careful preoperative consideration of its anatomy, pathophysiological features, and radiological features can enhance the treatment outcomes. PMID: 30775062 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
Conclusions: Preoperative analysis of retinal atrophy with optic coherence tomography allows a reliable assessment of the patient's visual outcome in CPs involving the optic chiasm. PMID: 30775061 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
Conclusion: Without detailed assessments with preoperative CBCT, the surgery might have been done with dissection of only the anterior radicular vein in the shallow layers. For identification of the draining vein located deep in the surgical field, such as the cranio-cervical junction, careful assessments using 3D CBCT images are important. PMID: 30775059 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
Conclusions: When cerebral hemorrhage occurs in a cancer patient, we must consider the possibility of hemorrhage due to a brain metastasis. PMID: 30775057 [PubMed]
Source: Surgical Neurology International - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: Surg Neurol Int Source Type: research
To the Editor: We read with interest the excellent prospective investigation by Salkeld et  al examining changes in brain metastases and resection cavity volumes between the initial planning magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans obtained before stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) versus those obtained 24 hours before SRS.1 Their work revealed that for MRI scans obtained with ≤7 days bet ween scans, a change in management was required in 41% of patients; for MRI scans obtained>7  days apart, nearly 80% of patients required a change in management.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Comment Source Type: research
The imaging findings are classic for a vestibular schwannoma: tumor arising from the internal acoustic canal that is hypointense on precontrast and hyperintense on postcontrast T1 magnetic resonance imaging scans.1 The presence of hypointense cysts in the periphery of the tumor is also consistent with a vestibular schwannoma.2 Given the classic imaging findings, tissue confirmation before making a treatment recommendation has little value. Because the local control with either radiation therapy or surgery is excellent,3,4 clinicians should prioritize risk for side effects and preservation of cranial nerve function when dec...
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Gray Zone Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 18 February 2019Source: Materials LettersAuthor(s): Jatinder Kumar Ratan, Anil SainiAbstractThe present study involves the use of activated dolomite to enhance the photoactivity of self-cleaning cement containing microsized-TiO2. Two kinds of self-cleaning cement samples with different composition of clinker (white cement), activated dolomite and microsized-TiO2 were prepared in-house. The prepared cement samples and ingredients were characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction) patterns, SEM (scanning electron microscopy), BET (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller) analysis and EDS (energy disp...
Source: Materials Letters - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
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