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September 2023

Bridging Gaps in Cerebral Palsy Treatment
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Researchers investigate disparities in selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) access and follow-up care. A surgical procedure called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) can help improve the lives of young patients living with cerebral palsy (CP) by reducing muscle stiffness in the lower limbs. A recent study published in Pediatric Neurology, conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s experts Jeffrey…

Developing Predictive Tools for CAKUT
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Pediatric nephrologists routinely see infants and children with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) — the most frequent cause of childhood chronic kidney disease (CKD). Some of these anomalies are not clinically significant, while others result in varying degrees of kidney function impairment. Half of all children receiving dialysis or kidney transplants…

Kidney Transplant Program and the Psychosocial Power Team: Expanding Care Through Collaboration
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In the United States, the availability of psychosocial services within pediatric nephrology centers varies widely – despite a well-documented necessity for the provision of holistic care. For the most part, the landscape of available psychosocial services within pediatric nephrology care is poorly characterized. However, the effects of kidney disease on emotional health and health-related quality…

NIDDK Grant Awarded to Launch Integrated Islet Distribution Program Islet Isolation Center
NIDDK Grant Awarded to Launch Integrated Islet Distribution Program Islet Isolation Center 150 150 Katie Brind'Amour, PhD, MS, CHES

A Nationwide Children’s Hospital research team has received federal funding to become a hub for the isolation and distribution of high-quality human islet cells for the diabetes research community. Since joining Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2022 as director of the Islet Cell Isolation Program, Balamurugan Appakalai, PhD, has been leading one of the nation’s most…

Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida: Supporting A Bright Future Closer to Home
Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida: Supporting A Bright Future Closer to Home 150 150 Alaina Doklovic

During her 20-week ultrasound appointment, Brittany Badenhop learned her baby had spina bifida, a term used to describe many disorders that occur during the development of the central nervous system. Spina bifida occurs very early on in a pregnancy as the embryo forms. Brittany and her husband Jared learned that their baby’s spine was not…

Supporting Children With Interstitial and Rare Lung Disease
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In pediatrics, some causes of lung dysfunction, while rare in their own right, are fairly common – such as cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and asthma. Interstitial and rare lung disease (IRLD) is an umbrella term for 30-50 diseases that affect children worldwide. IRLD may affect 0.1 to 16 per 100,000 children, according to Katelyn Krivchenia,…