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(From the June 2015 Issue of MedStat)

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Reducing Inflammation and Conserving Blood in Cardiac Surgeries

In a paper published last month in Pediatric Anesthesia, researchers from Nationwide Children’s reviewed strategies to minimize blood transfusions and reduce inflammation for patients undergoing congenital cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Mark Galantowicz, MD, co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s, is senior author of the study, which involved a systematic approach using acute normovolemic hemodliution (ANH) as a blood conservation technique and could lead to more “bloodless” cardiac surgeries for every patient.

Read the Pediatrics Online article.

Prodigy and Autism Share a Genetic Link, Study Finds

A new study published in the journal of Human Heredity found that child prodigies share some of same genetic variations with people who have autism. These findings could help geneticists better understand the molecular genetic underpinnings of autism and prodigy in children. Christopher W. Bartlett, PhD, principal investigator in the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine in The Research Institute, is lead author of the paper and collaborated with Joanne Ruthsatz, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University at Mansfield and Stephen A. Petrill, PhD, professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University.

Read the Pediatrics Nationwide article.

Musculoskeletal Outcomes from Study on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Safety

While pediatric obesity is more common now and is associated with other diseases, very little is known about the consequences of the most severe forms of obesity on the musculoskeletal system. Sharon Bout-Tabaku, MD, MSCE, pediatric rheumatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and affiliate faculty for the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at The Research Institute, is the lead author for a JAMA Pediatrics article published last month on outcomes regarding musculoskeletal disease among severely obese adolescents participating in the “Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery” (Teen-LABS) study, a multi-center clinical study that is examining the safety and health effects of surgical weight loss procedures.

Read the Research Now article.

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