A study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found that beyond losing weight, teenagers who undergo bariatric surgery might experience a considerable reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease as well. In a small study, researchers here found that, prior to undergoing weight loss surgery, some teenagers had enlarged hearts and cardiovascular disease on par with more middle aged patients. But after surgery, those same teenagers saw dramatic improvements. It’s estimated that nearly one out of five children and adolescents is obese in this country, three times as many as just a generation ago. Doctors say for those who are extremely obese, surgery may be the only viable option to lose weight and keep it off. And now, that approach could be far more beneficial than first thought. The study appears in the January print issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
During a five-hour surgery last October at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Kathy Sanford became the first Alzheimer’s patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain. She is the first of up to 10 patients who will be enrolled in an FDA-approved study at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center to determine if using a brain pacemaker can improve cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
In an effort to protect the environment and save on energy costs, we are in the midst of a “green” home boom in this country. Between remodeling older houses and building new ones, it’s estimated that millions of American homes will get a lot greener in the next decade. While that may bode well from an energy-efficiency standpoint, the trend certainly doesn’t have everyone breathing easier.
In the coming year, a child will be diagnosed with cancer on average every thirty-nine minutes in the United States. The good news is, the overall survival rate for those kids is close to eighty percent, which is an all-time high. The bad news is, going through cancer treatment takes a toll on their bodies, often leaving these children much heavier and weaker than before.
Breastfeeding can be a difficult time for both mother and baby, so using cabbage leaves and tea bags to ease pain or eating oatmeal to increase milk production are among the folk remedies that women pass along to new mothers seeking help. As experts in this field, lactations specialists were surveyed to see how often they pass along this folklore to breastfeeding mothers, despite a lack of research-based evidence to support these suggestions, according to a recent survey by Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
A new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined pediatric injuries associated with inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks. Researchers found that from 1995 to 2010 there was a 15-fold increase in the number of inflatable bouncer-related injuries that were treated in U.S. emergency departments among children younger than 18 years of age. In 2010 alone, more than 30 children per day, or about one child every 45 minutes, were treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries associated with inflatable bouncers.
The holidays can be a stressful time for parents of the six million children in the United States with food allergies. With so many parties and gifts involving food, parents may worry that their children will come into contact with the very allergens they are so vigilant about avoiding year round. But thanks to research at National Jewish Health in Denver, those fears may not need to last a lifetime. Doctors here are testing an approach to treating food allergies, in which they actually expose children to the foods that usually make them sick.
Results from a new study show women who wait more than 60 days to begin treatment for advanced breast cancer face significantly higher risks of dying than women who start therapy shortly after diagnosis.
NEARLY EVERY MINUTE, OF EVERY DAY ANOTHER BABY IS BORN PREMATURELY IN THIS COUNTRY.¹ IN THE MOST EXTREME CASES, SOME ARE BORN UP TO THREE MONTHS EARLY. IN THE PAST, BABIES THAT SMALL DIDN'T STAND MUCH OF A CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. BUT THAT'S CHANGING. NEW GUIDELINES PUT INTO PLACE TO CARE FOR THOSE SMALL BABIES ARE ALLOWING MORE BABIES THAN EVER TO SURVIVE.
FROM CEREALS WITH VITAMINS AND MINERALS ADDED, TO SPORTS DRINKS DESIGNED TO REPLENISH YOUR BODY WITH PROTEINS AND ELECTROLYTES, EVERY DAY WE CONSUME FOODS THAT ARE ENGINEERED TO MAKE US HEALTHIER. BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD EAT A TOMATO OR AN APPLE THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO STOP CANCER? IT'S AN IDEA THAT MAY NOT BE THAT FAR OFF. IN ONE PLACE, DOCTORS, PATIENTS AND SCIENTISTS ARE ALREADY WORKING ON IT.