Category Archives: May

Biotechnology startups break into pediatric care

Companies looking to bring to market the next great solution to a thorny problem in medical care for children and adolescents are forming across the nation. The market is ripe for disruptive ideas, but to succeed, entrepreneurs have to show investors and clinicians that what they’re selling can truly make a difference.

By Keith Loria and Emily Delzell

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Kickball has surprising burden of moderate to severe injuries

Game sends 10,000 kids a year to ED. Kickball, a traditional and ubiquitous school­yard game children often begin playing as early as preschool, has higher rates of injury than martial arts and tennis, according to an epidemiological review from the University of Pennsylvania that calls for heightened awareness of the risks and modifi­- cations to the way the game is played.

By Emily Delzell

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AFOs improve postsurgical gait in kids with spastic unilateral CP   

Devices correct residual drop-foot. Compared with walking barefoot, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) improved gait parameters in children with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy a year after they had undergone lower limb surgery to improve their ambulation, according to research from Norway. Children with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy often have gait deviations that are most frequently caused by…

By Emily Delzell

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Management of Joint Hypermobility

Joint hypermobility, often discovered when clinicians evaluate kids for another lower extremity issue, can cause pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that lead children to avoid exercise and drop out of sports. Hypermobile joints can also increase risk for traumatic injuries and for adult musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis.

By Keith Loria

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Concussion and lower extremity injury

As in adults, youth athletes who sustain a concussion increase their chances of experiencing a lower extremity injury, and the rise in risk can last for at least a year. Researchers are investigating the reasons underlying the connection, as well as trying to answer the crucial question: when is it safe for athletes to return to play?

By Jill R. Dorson

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Most youth coaches unaware of general sport-volume recs

Sports specialization guidelines need higher profile – Youth sport coaches are concerned about the increased risk of overuse injuries seen among young athletes who play a single sport year-round or otherwise train at high volume. Most are unaware, however, of sport-volume recommendations created to reduce these injuries…

By Keith Loria

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Brace-wear times for clubfoot patients still fall short

Device wear critical to relapse prevention – The Ponseti method for managing idiopathic clubfoot deformity provides satisfactory results at intermediate follow-up, but the need for anterior tibial tendon transfer remains an important adjunctive treatment, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

By Katie Bell

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PE classes increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior

Funding for these school programs in jeopardy – Attending physical education (PE) classes is associated with a higher level of physical activity (PA) and a lower level of sedentary behavior (SB) in and out of school in children from countries at various levels of development, according to a…

By Katie Bell

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Genetic mutations in CMT help predict phenotypic differences      

Ankle strength commonly affected – Researchers are inching closer to being able to predict specific symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) based on a child’s genotype, but the variability found in a recent Australian study suggests that, for now, patients should still be assessed and managed individually.

By Greg Gargiulo

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Gait metrics highlight gender differences after concussion

Girls show more postinjury changes – A recent study’s findings related to dual-task gait analysis in adolescents add to the body of evidence suggesting that concussion effects differ between male and female patients.

By Hank Black

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