New study identifies potential path forward for brachial plexus injury recovery

On average, an estimated three out of every 1,000 newborns will suffer a brachial plexus injury during birth, damaging the bundle of nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the shoulders, arms and hands. In the most traumatic cases, even with surgery and physical therapy as an infant, there is no treatment that can guarantee a full recovery. […]

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High-dose erythropoietin no benefit for extreme preemies

(HealthDay)—For extremely preterm infants, high-dose erythropoietin treatment from 24 hours after birth does not result in a reduced risk for severe neurodevelopmental impairment or death at age 2 years, according to a study published in the Jan. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Sandra E. Juul, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues […]

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Media overrepresent drug treatments for chronic pain

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. Chronic pain, defined as persistent or recurring pain present for more than three months, is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects one in five New Zealanders. The researchers analyzed 240 news articles on chronic […]

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German parliament to decide on new rules for organ donors

German lawmakers are considering whether to tackle a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would make most people potential donors unless they object. In a debate on an issue that cuts across party lines, parliament will vote Thursday on rival proposals to address the problem. At present, doctors in Germany can transplant organs only from people who actively […]

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No, Music City Isn't Just for Country Fans & Bachelorettes (Ugh)

Nashville is on the rise, y’all. I can say “y’all” now that I’ve been living here three years, right? And hey, if you thought traveling to Music City was just for country fans and so, so, so many bachelorettes (ugh), I don’t blame you. But it’s time to think again. Tennessee’s capitol is actually a fantastic place to travel — or […]

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Smart algorithm finds possible future treatment for childhood cancer

Using a computer algorithm, scientists at Uppsala University have identified a promising new treatment for neuroblastoma. This form of cancer in children, which occurs in specialized nerve cells in the sympathetic nervous system, may be life-threatening. In the long term the discovery, described in the latest issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications, may result in a new form of […]

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