The Boston Marathon: Brave and beyond

Brave. It’s the word inscribed on the simple band Mary Tremper wears on her left wrist. The band is a reminder from her son Shane that she possesses the strength and courage to bravely face the future. When Mary, a Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles runner, found the band in the hospital gift shop she knew it was from Shane. And as Mary has shared her son’s story with her teammates and listened to theirs, they have redefined brave, together. A few of their stories, including the Tremper’s, follow. Brave: Remembering Shane Shane in the Boston Children’s NICU. “I run for Shane. I run because he can’t. I run because I can. I run for Shane.” This is Mary Tremper’s mantra. Shane, born May 6, 2016, was the Tremper’s second beautiful baby boy. The day after his birth Mary and her husband Jamie learned Shane had a large mass in his brain. Two days later, a team of specialists told the Trempers their son would not recover. Mary and Jamie vowed to make the most of Shane’s life however long or short it would be. Mary nursed Shane, Jamie snuggled him. They invited friends and family into the NICU. After Boston Children’s staff supported their decision to take Shane home, Mary, Jamie and big brother Owen tackled a family fun bucket list — the beach, the zoo, a barbecue. Several weeks later, they returned to Boston Children’s for Shane’s final moments. At times, Mary was crushed by grief. &...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Liver transplant NICU RSV Source Type: news

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Abstract Primary infection or reactivation of cytomegalovirus (CMV) can induce in immunocompromised patients a severe disease depending on the type of immuno-suppression, and can affect multiple organs. On the other hand, the infection is benign and mostly asymptomatic in immunocompetent individuals who do not require antiviral treatment. Rare cases of primary infection have been documented. In this article, we report the case of a 21-year-old immunocompetent female patient with CMV cholestatic jaundice. The diagnosis was retained on all clinico-pathologic data after eliminating the autoimmune, surgical and other ...
Source: Annales de Biologie Clinique - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Ann Biol Clin (Paris) Source Type: research
Abstract Among all other viruses, human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the most frequent cause of congenital infection worldwide. Strain variation in HCMV may predict severity or outcome of congenital HCMV disease. Previous studies have associated a particular genotype with specific sequelae or more severe illness, but the results were contradictory. There are no previous studies addressing the genotype of HCMV in Iraq. Therefore, the present study is aimed at molecular detection and genotyping of HCMV isolated from symptomatic congenitally/perinatally infected neonates. This prospective study comprised 24 serum sample...
Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Trop Med Hyg Source Type: research
Conclusion All surveyed European centers continue to perform an exclusively open KPE, but there is no consensus on a standard adjuvant drug regimen. Self-declared outcome post-KPE also appears to be variable though the reasons are obscure. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text
Source: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog aka Tropical Travel Trouble 009 The diagnosis of HIV is no longer fatal and the term AIDS is becoming less frequent. In many countries, people with HIV are living longer than those with diabetes. This post will hopefully teach the basics of a complex disease and demystify some of the potential diseases you need to consider in those who are severely immunosuppressed. While trying to be comprehensive this post can not be exhaustive (as you can imagine any patient with ...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Cases Tropical Medicine AIDS art cryptococcoma cryptococcus HIV HIV1 HIV2 PEP PrEP TB toxoplasma tuberculoma Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: A stepwise approach is recommended, in which full liver function is checked and the underlying cause of jaundice is investigated only after confirming cholestasis. PMID: 29807952 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Hong Kong Med J - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Hong Kong Med J Source Type: research
In this report, we present a 19-year-old patient presented with nausea, fatigue and jaundice. Her physical examination and laboratory tests revealed the diagnosis as acute hepatitis due to EBV with cross-reacting antibodies to cytomegalovirus.
Source: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Yinon Y, Farine D, Yudin MH Abstract OBJECTIVES: To review the principles of prenatal diagnosis of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and to describe the outcomes of the affected pregnancies. OUTCOMES: Effective management of fetal infection following primary and secondary maternal CMV infection during pregnancy. Neonatal signs include intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), microcephaly, hepatosplenomegaly, petechiae, jaundice, chorioretinitis, thrombocytopenia and anemia, and long-term sequelae consist of sensorineural hearing loss, mental retardation, delay of psychomotor development, and vi...
Source: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada : JOGC - Category: OBGYN Tags: J Obstet Gynaecol Can Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: In children with CMV hepatitis, fever was the most common symptom at presentation, and jaundice was the most common clinical feature of hepatic CMV infection in infants younger than 3 months of age. Hepatic CMV infection in immunocompetent children is often a self-limited illness that does not require antiviral therapy, as most patients in this study had favorable outcomes. PMID: 29042868 [PubMed]
Source: Korean Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Korean J Pediatr Source Type: research
ConclusionsDespite recent reports that outcome of LapPE for BA may be unfavorable compared with the conventional open portoenterostomy, our results would suggest that JLapPE can be performed successfully, because it is performed exactingly according to a standard protocol. JLapPE will continue to be our procedure of choice for treating BA.
Source: Pediatric Surgery International - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Naturopathy and naturopaths are a fairly frequent topic on this blog —and for very good reason. If there is an example of a pseudomedical " discipline " that has been gaining undeserved " respectability, " it's naturopathy. It's licensed in all too many states, and physicians who have fallen under the spell of so-called " integrative medicine, " a specialty that rebrands science-based lifestyle medical interventions as somehow " alternative " or " integrative " and uses them as a vessel to " integrate " quackery into medicine, seem to have a special affinity...
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: blogs
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