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Minimally Invasive Surgery in Neonatal Patients: A Review
Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery have gradually become accepted diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in the management of neonatal surgical conditions. In the hands of experienced surgeons, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has reduced the need for open procedures. In children younger than 1 year, the advantages of MIS are evident in avoiding the sequelae of open surgery. MIS has shown outcomes comparable to those with open surgery. The recent literature in the PubMed database was reviewed, using the keywords "minimally invasive surgery," "neonatology," "pediatric surgery," "laparos...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lopez, J., Stringel, G. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Fractyl Labs touts data from Revita study
Fractyl Labs said yesterday that a study of its Revita duodenal mucosal resurfacing system reported significant changes in blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients, similar to those seen with bariatric surgery procedures. Data from the study was presented at the 3rd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in London this week, Waltham, Mass.-based Fractyl said. The Revita device is designed to ablate the duodenum (the 1st part of the intestine) in order to alter glucose metabolism. Fractyl calls its approach the “1st procedural therapy to treat type 2 diabetes.” “I appr...
Source: Mass Device - September 29, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Diabetes Fractyl Source Type: news

A Parent’s View: The Importance of Children’s Hospitals
This story is written by Kerri Vatour and was originally published on the Children’s Hospital Association’s blog. The first time Boston Children’s Hospital saved my son’s life, he was 21 hours old. It wasn’t a surprise—Joey had been diagnosed in utero with both a ventricular septal defect (VSD), a hole between the right and left sides of his heart, and a duodenal stenosis, where a portion of the intestine is so constricted that very little can pass through, by doctors in the Advanced Fetal Care Center. Upon birth, it was obvious that the latter issue would take precedence, and Dr. Smithe...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 21, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Source Type: news

What Causes Abdominal Distention?
Discussion Constipation generally is defined as infrequent or painful defecation. It often is due to passing large hard stool infrequently which causes painful defecation and then withholding behaviors. As stool withholding continues, the rectum dilates and gradually accommodates with the normal defecation urge disappearing. Chronic rectal distension results in both loss of rectal sensitivity, and loss of urge to defecate, which can lead to encopresis. Abdominal distention because of stool retention occurs frequently. Treatment includes colonic evacuation, establishing regular bowel habits, eating a balanced diet with diet...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 21, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics, says NICE
"An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes," BBC News reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended obese people with type 2 diabetes should be offered weight loss (bariatric) surgery. These draft guidelines include new recommendations about the treatment of obesity. In particular, NICE advises that those with recent-onset type 2 diabetes who fulfil certain body mass index (BMI) criteria should have surgery. The recommendations also provide guidance on the use of very low-calorie diets. As i...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes Medical practice QA articles Obesity Source Type: news