(From the December 2012 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
Research at Nationwide Children’s continues to gain national attention. These are just a few of the ways our research is improving the health of children.
USA Today, TIME Magazine
Even Mild Concussions Can Cause Lingering Symptoms
Children who experience mild traumatic brain injury may be more likely to show increases in symptoms over time that could impact quality of life, according to a Center for Biobehavioral Health study. USA Today and TIME Magazine both featured the findings that suggest children with even relatively mild concussions can have persistent attention and memory problems a year after their injuries.
The New York Times
Exon-Skipping Shows Promise in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
The New York Times highlighted findings from a Center for Gene Therapy clinical trial revealing that exon-skipping shows promise in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. After 48 weeks of treatment boys who received the highest dose of eteplirsen, a drug that skips exon 51 of the dystrophin gene, walked an average of 21 meters farther than at the beginning of the trial. The placebo group walked 68 meters fewer after 48 weeks than at the study’s beginning.
Today Show,CBS News and More
Button-Battery Injuries Are On the Rise
The Center for Injury Research and Policy’s study on battery-related injuries was featured on the Today Show, CBS News, in USA Today, the New York Times and others. The study showed that the number of battery-related emergency department visits among children younger than 18 years of age more than doubled over the 20-year study period. The number of button batteries (coin shaped batteries) swallowed by children also doubled during this period. When a button battery is swallowed and gets caught in a child’s esophagus, serious, even fatal injuries can occur in less than two hours.
Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents Is Not a Cosmetic Procedure
A study from Nationwide Children’s showed that morbidly obese adolescents who received gastric bypass surgery lost a significant amount of excess body weight and showed improvement in many obesity-related diseases within the first one to two years following surgery. The findings suggest that bariatric is a safe and effective treatment option for morbidly obese adolescents. The Today Show featured this study in April.