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December 2018

Kids with Down syndrome have an increased risk of arthritis

Delayed diagnosis leads to joint damage – Arthritis in Down syndrome, or Down syndrome arthropathy, remains underrecognized, according to research from Kansas City, Missouri, that found that while treatment with several classes of medications leads to a significant reduction in active and limited joints, treatment approach, optimal therapy, and escalation are unclear.

By Katie Bell

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December 2018

Yoga improves gait, quality of life in obese adolescents

Practice may help kids get active – Iyengar yoga can improve both malalignment of the lower extremities during ambulation as well as emotional functioning in children with obesity, according to a pilot study from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, supporting a role for yoga in pediatric obesity.

By Katie Bell

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December 2018

High-intensity intervals more enjoyable than moderate activity    

Challenging activity boosts good feelings – Despite greater rates of perceived exertion teens do not find high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) unpleasant, and in fact report greater postexercise enjoyment than after completing moderate-intensity interval exercise (MIIE), according to research from the UK.

By Hank Black

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December 2018

HHS updates federal physical activity guidelines

The new federal physical activity guidelines include the first-ever recommendations for children aged 3 to 5 years, as well as updated guidelines for older kids. Here, we cover what you need to know about the new advice and offer tips from experts to help kids with lower extremity conditions get and stay active.

By Keith Loria

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December 2018

Transitions: Helping kids make the leap to adult care

In healthcare, transition refers to planning for and making the move from child to adult services. When the process isn’t managed well, young adults can fall into gaps in care and declining function, health, and quality of life. Transition takes provider time and energy, but reimbursement is available.

By Emily Delzell

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August 2018

Understanding the ‘odd gait’ of autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often described as “uncoordinated” or “clumsy” and many have clear motor control impairments. Early intervention to address motor deficits may improve physical skills and the difficulties with social functioning that are the hallmark of the disorder.

By Keith Loria

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August 2018

Connecting with patients can improve outcomes

Building bonds with patients and their families, as well as a deeper understanding of their day-to-day lives, gives practitioners insight they can use to create a management plan that everyone can embrace. Experts offer advice on connecting, and weigh in on the management challenges and opportunities of hand-held tech.

By Shalmali Pal

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August 2018

AFOs improve gait in kids with CP after lower limb ops

Devices increased step width, speed – Children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) experience improved gait function when walking with ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) versus barefoot one year after lower limb surgery, according to research from Norway. The impact of AFOs was most evident in children with…

By Katie Bell

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August 2018

Lower extremity protheses can pose barriers to active play          

More follow-up, motor skill ed can help – Children who use lower extremity prostheses (LEP) may experience participation restrictions in active play, according to research from Seattle that may have implications in prosthetic design and rehabilitation strategies.

By Katie Bell

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August 2018

Gender, socioeconomics, specialization, and sports injury risk   

AAOS, AOSSM give back-to-school recs – It’s back to school time, and orthopedic and sports medicine experts say some of the latest research at the intersection of sports and pediatric health could help practitioners minimize the risk of injury for their patients.

By Hank Black

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