You know the names at the top of the list in cancer research: The Mayo Clinic, Boston General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Now you can add a few more names but they won’t come from institutions of higher learning. In fact, the medical advances from these researchers aren’t even from a university or a hospital at all. They are from a group of high school kids who are making some amazing advances in medicine at a very early age. Continue reading
The underlying cause of many forms of cancer are as varied as the cancers themselves. From smoking and environmental factors to genetics and diet, you can find any number of factors contributing to someone getting cancer. In the case of children, the root cause of the cancer can be a little harder to grasp because one of the biggest causes, a risky lifestyle, is off the table so doctors need to look much further to find the cancer trigger in children. Cancer in children occurs, in general, in kids aged 0-5 and is believed to start in the mother’s womb.
With most of the news these days seeming to indicate that more and more children are being diagnosed with severe learning and cognitive disabilities it’s nice to hear that all the news isn’t quite that bad. In fact, a recent report by Racine Unified School District indicates that advancements in pediatrics and prenatal medicine are starting to show results in school age children and these results are also being noticed by their teachers and administrators. The report by Racine Unified said that fewer students are enrolling in schools with severe cognitive disabilities. Continue reading
One of the toughest things about pediatric medicine is that children can’t always tell you what is wrong with them, nor do they realize something is wrong in the first place. This is the case with a little known visual problem in children called Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). Children suffering from CVI aren’t always aware that they have a problem and more often than not their parents aren’t quite sure what is wrong with their child because CVI can result in behavioral issues for children when the act out because of their impaired vision. Their behavior is not always connected to the fact that their vision is distorting their view of the world and therefore their ability to perform even the simplest of tasks such as walking up stairs. CVI is a condition where there is a communication breakdown between a child’s vision and the messages within the brain. The result is that a child is unable to make sense of what they see. However, pioneering work by a Glasgow nurse is making early diagnosis of CVI much easier for parents and doctors. Continue reading
The thought of anyone losing a limb is heart-wrenching. The thought of a child or a teen losing an arm or leg is even more so if for no other reason other than their lives will be so inextricably altered so early in life. Losing a limb is no less traumatic for everyone else too, especially those brave men and women in our military, who put life and limb on the line everyday in the defense of our country. That said, those who are at risk of losing a limb to disease rather than traumatic injury may find some hope in new limb-sparing surgical techniques that are being developed, especially when treating malignant bone tumors. Unlike many other surgical procedures used to treat these tumors in children, limb-sparing surgery, for the first time, gives your child a great chance of keeping his or her limb while treating the tumor. Continue reading