Innovation and Discovery

(From the October 2018 Issue of MedStat)

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Easy-to-Use Phone App Better at Measuring Hydration Status Than Common Clinical Tests

An application for mobile phones performs better than many current clinical urine concentration tests, providing clinicians or patients a practical way to monitor hydration status. The app, developed by a team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, may be particularly useful in helping children with kidney stones, urinary tract infections, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease or other conditions prevent complications. The team of nephrologists and technology development specialists describe the app and performance in Frontiers in Pediatrics.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Children With Asthma Yields Clinical Benefits

Pulmonary rehabilitation, a standard treatment for adults with chronic lung diseases, can also improve lung function and quality of life (QOL) for children with asthma, physician-researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital show. The program, featuring exercise, asthma education and nutritional counseling, led to significant improvements in the 6-minute walk test, FEV1, shortness of breath score and patient-reported physical QOL. More than 60 percent of participants had evidence of a positive clinical outcome after completing the program. The program study is in Pediatric Pulmonology.

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Guidance and Resources for Talking With Kids About Suicide

Physicians can help support and educate parents on the importance of talking about depression or suicide with their children. Suicide experts say that asking a child directly about suicidal thoughts is usually the best way a parent can help their child open up about their emotions. Checking-in regularly cannot only foster a life-saving conversation but let children know it’s healthy to talk about serious emotional concerns with them or other trusted adults, or to reach out to their own friends to have these conversations.

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