Children’s brains reorganize after epilepsy surgery to retain visual perception

Children can keep full visual perception — the ability to process and understand visual information — after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. While brain surgery can halt seizures, it carries significant risks, including an impairment in visual perception. However, a new report […]

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Many kids with pneumonia get unnecessary antibiotics, chest X-rays

Preschool children with community-acquired pneumonia often receive unnecessary tests and treatment at outpatient clinics and emergency departments, according to a nationally representative study led by Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. While most cases of community-acquired pneumonia in young children are caused by viruses, for which antibiotics provide no benefit, antibiotics were […]

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Portraits of children with diseases show they are more than their illnesses

An author and photographer plans to launch a book celebrating the personalities of children with rare diseases, to showcase that they are so much more than their illnesses. Ceridwen Hughes is currently fundraising the launch of Celebrating Difference – ‘a rare disease journey’ consisting a series of images showing the personalities of sick children. According to Ceridwen, the emphasis of […]

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Six-Finger Mutation investigated for the first time scientifically

Polydactyly Mutation from forms six fingers on one Hand When people from birth have more than five fingers or toes on hands or feet is called Polydactyly. This Mutation is an advantage or a disadvantage for the Affected? This is the Central theme of a recent study. The researchers showed that people with six fingers, are capable of movements with […]

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Most older adults would have to liquidate assets for home care

(HealthDay)—The oldest and sickest Americans are least likely to be able to afford home care, according to a study published online June 3 in Health Affairs. Richard W. Johnson, Ph.D., and Claire Xiaozhi Wang, both from the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., simulated the financial burden of paid home care for a nationally representative sample of non-Medicaid, community-dwelling adults age […]

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