Private Parts II: More things parents of boys need to know
While it can be uncomfortable for parents to talk about issues with their son’s private parts, abnormalities in the testicles and scrotum are common and treatable. One of my favorite parts of my job is sitting down with anxious families and being able to make the uncomfortable comfortable for them. I hope I can do that for you here in this guide to the most common testicular abnormalities seen in young boys. 1.    Undescended testicles A baby boy should have two testicles down in the scrotum. The best time to examine your son is while he soaks in a warm bath. If you’re unable to see or feel both testicles, make an ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin McNamara Tags: Ask the Expert Health & Wellness Department of Urology Erin McNamara Source Type: news

Stryker, Smith & Nephew square off over total knee replacements
(Reuters) – The world’s top medical technology companies are turning to robots to help with complex knee surgery, promising quicker procedures and better results in operations that often leave patients dissatisfied. Demand for artificial replacement joints is growing fast, as baby boomers’ knees and hips wear out, but for the past 15 years rival firms have failed to deliver a technological advance to gain them significant market share. Now U.S.-based Stryker (NYSE:SYK) and Britain’s Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) believe that is about to change, as robots give them an edge. Robots should mean less trauma...
Source: Mass Device - July 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Orthopedics Wall Street Beat intuitivesurgical johnsonandjohnson Smith & Nephew Stryker zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

Mom Shares Postpartum Medical Struggles With Powerful Instagram
A powerful Instagram post is shedding light on the medical challenges that can follow childbirth and celebrating moms’ scars. Eighteen months ago, Kari Horn gave birth to her son via emergency C-section. Though becoming a parent has been a joyful experience for the Virginia mom, her postpartum journey involved umbilical hernias, more surgery and further complications. While recovering from these complications, Horn posted a striking photo of her abdomen on Instagram to share her story and remind other struggling moms that they are not alone. In the caption, Horn described her photo as one of “the part...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Are Some Criteria For Varicocele Evaluation?
Discussion Varicoceles are caused by high venous back pressure which causes a tortuous dilatation of the testicular veins (pampiniform plexus) of the spermatic cord. They occur more on the left than right because the left renal vein has a higher pressure than the inferior vena cava which drain the left and right gonadal veins respectively. Varicoceles are not very common in young children (3% in < 10 years old) but increase during the adolescent years when the incidence is ~15% which is similar to the adult population. Most varicoceles do not cause problems, but can. The most worrisome problem is male infertility. &quo...
Source: - December 12, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Maximizing Survival
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia occurs when a portion of the fetal diaphragm is absent, allowing abdominal contents to enter the thorax, and is associated with impaired pulmonary development. Although overall mortality is near 30%, a mortality rate less than 15% may be possible by following a standardized multidisciplinary care plan. Fetal diagnosis and evaluation can improve coordination of care, but there is no clear role for fetal intervention. After birth, gentle ventilation with permissive hypercapnia supports the infant while minimizing lung injury. Appropriate cardiovascular support, treatment of pulmonary hypertens...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - November 30, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Weems, M. F., Jancelewicz, T., Sandhu, H. S. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Case 1: Secondary Structural Cause of Tachypnea Following Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair in a Term Neonate
(Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - October 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ibrahim, J., Sher, I., Coren, C., Amrita, N. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Index of Suspicion in the Nursery Source Type: news

Fascinating Look At 2 Patients With A Tummy Bulge And Ab Separation (Diastasis)
This article looks at the question "why do some women "bounce back" and others don't when it comes to our abs post baby." Both of the following people did not have the abs they wanted despite doing abdominal exercises. Let's take a deeper look into what causes a pooch belly and diastasis (ab separation) and why some people easily have the abs they want! What is a diastasis? Read about it here, including a step by step diastasis check. Subject #1: "Cameron" Cameron came in to see me for hip pain and didn't know about an abdominal separation. After hearing a complaint of occasional recurrent low back pain, I decided ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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," "laparoscopy," and "thoracoscopy." The revi...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - May 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lopez, J., Stringel, G. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

New health evidence gives women informed choice in the prolapse surgery debate
New evidence published in the Cochrane Library highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh needs to be weighed carefully against increased risk of harms.A new Cochrane Review summarizes evidence that addresses a long-standing controversy in the surgical repair of vaginal prolapse. It will help women and surgeons to make better informed choices about surgical treatment, and reinforces the need for careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of grafting artificial material compared with us...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 9, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nowens at Source Type: news

Brief General Anesthesia in Infancy Does Not Increase Risk for Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at Age 2 (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH Among infants undergoing hernia repair, general anesthesia for less than an hour does not adversely affect early neurodevelopmental outcomes, according to an international … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 26, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Down-under medtech firm Admedus looks to future in bio-scaffolds
Australian med-tech company Admedus (ASX:AHZ) is looking to become the “gold standard” in cardiac bio-scaffolds and expand their product into other realms to promote rebuilding of tissue over artificial replacements. Admedus COO Julian Chick spoke to yesterday about the company’s flagship product CardioCel, how its using bio-scaffolds to grow in the cardiac repair market and where it’s looking to take the bio-scaffolds next. Admedus’ CardioCel bio-scaffolds are regenerative tissue patches designed for cardiac and vascular repairs and reconstructions and promote autologous grow...
Source: Mass Device - September 11, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Regenerative Medicine Admedus Ltd. Source Type: news

What Types of Abdominal Wall Defects Are There?
Discussion Abdominal wall defects are common in pediatric and adult patients. Pediatric patients not surprisingly have more congenital defects and adults have more that are spontaneously acquired and some are due to surgeries. Adults often have more complications of their defects also. Defects are usually classified by location. Learning Point Types of abdominal wall defects include: Congenital or Spontaneous Epigastric Rectus muscles fail to approximate at the linea alba between the umbilicus and xyphoid process. Usually presents as painless bulge Occurs to 5% of children Incarceration is uncommon in children but much...
Source: - September 22, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

UCLA physicians use Google Glass to teach surgery abroad
Imagine watching a procedure performed live through the eyes of the surgeon. That’s exactly what surgical leaders in the United States were able to do while overseeing surgeons training in Paraguay and Brazil with the help of UCLA doctors and Google Glass. UCLA surgeon Dr. David Chen and surgical resident Dr. Justin Wagner have made it their mission to teach hernia surgery around the world and are harnessing the latest technologies to help.  “Hernia repair is the most common operation performed worldwide,” said Chen, assistant clinical professor of general surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “F...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 11, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Can an Umbilical Hernia Repair Give a Child a Bellyache?Can an Umbilical Hernia Repair Give a Child a Bellyache?
Is it the surgery, or the umbilical hernia, that leads to later abdominal pain in children? Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - November 25, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Can an Umbical Hernia Repair Give a Child a Bellyache?Can an Umbical Hernia Repair Give a Child a Bellyache?
Is it the surgery, or the umbilical hernia, that leads to later abdominal pain in children? Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - November 23, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news