Nationwide Children's Research News

Dec 21, 2018

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Researchers Review Influences of Maternal Diabetes on Fetal Heart Development

In a comprehensive review recently published in Birth Defects Research, Vidu Garg, MD, and Madhumita Basu, PhD, offer a “state of the science” look at the impact of maternal diabetes, and potential gene-environmental influences in that context, on fetal heart development.

Prenatal Magnesium Sulfate May Not Reduce Cerebral Palsy Severity as Once Believed
Dec 04, 2018

Prenatal Magnesium Sulfate May Not Reduce Cerebral Palsy Severity as Once Believed

A large randomized controlled trial showed in 2008 that when pregnant women at imminent risk of preterm delivery were given magnesium sulfate, their children had reduced rates of moderate or severe cerebral palsy. As a result of the trial, many delivery hospitals implemented magnesium administration policies. A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center calls into question whether these labor-intensive magnesium administrations have an effect outside of the controlled environment of a trial.

Wishes Help Keep Pediatric Patients Out of the Hospital
Nov 13, 2018

Wishes Help Keep Pediatric Patients Out of the Hospital

Cimone Stills, 15, has a medical condition that has caused her to have multiple seizures a day for most of her life. Specifically, she has treatment-resistant generalized epilepsy because of a genetic variation. Like many patients with such a serious illness, it affects her daily life and as a result, she was diagnosed with clinical depression. But Cimone’s outlook on life completely changed for the better after her wish of going to Paris.

Nov 05, 2018

Youth TBI Laws Promote Head Injury Evaluation in Emergency Department

To help reduce the effects of TBIs in youth sports, all 50 states and the District of Columbia enacted state youth TBI laws between 2009 and 2014. A new study from researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined the effectiveness of these laws by looking at sports and recreation mild TBI (mTBI)-related emergency department (ED) visits for children ages 5 to 18 years before and after TBI legislation was enacted in each state. Specifically, researchers looked at ED visits from 2006 through 2014 for  diagnosis of mTBI and compared them with diagnoses of moderate to severe TBI, minor head injury, and long bone fracture.

Smoke Alarms Using Mother’s Voice Wake Children Better than High-Pitch Tone Alarms
Oct 25, 2018

Smoke Alarms Using Mother’s Voice Wake Children Better than High-Pitch Tone Alarms

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – When residential fires happen at night while people are sleeping, deaths are more likely to occur. Smoke alarms are important for preventing these deaths, yet many young children don’t wake up to traditional high-pitch tone alarms.

Oct 23, 2018

Omega Fatty Acid Supplement for Toddlers Born Preterm

Premature birth can affect children’s early brain development, such that children born preterm sometimes struggle in school or with behavior problems. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty act that plays important roles in early brain development.

Oct 15, 2018

Cumulative Sub-concussive Impacts in a Single Season of Youth Football

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an investigation of head impact burden and change in neurocognitive function during a season of youth football, researchers find that sub-concussive impacts are not correlated with worsening performance in neurocognitive function.

Aug 03, 2018

Housing for Health

In a recent publication in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital present a case study for treating a neighborhood as a patient.

Jul 19, 2018

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces $19.1 Million in Grants to Fund Lifesaving Childhood Cancer Research

Physician scientists in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant recipients

A Better Way to Administer Probiotics?
Jul 11, 2018

A Better Way to Administer Probiotics?

Researchers have designed a delivery system to treat premature infants with necrotizing enterocolitis that may have applications beyond the NICU