“Old Drug” Repurposed May Prevent Birth Damage in High Risk Newborns

[Source:  Medical X-Press]

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A 27-year-old drug for anemia may protect newborns at high risk for brain damage, according to the results of a multisite trial led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Each year more than 800,000 deaths worldwide and many thousands of cases of permanent brain damage in the U.S. are attributed to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a dysfunction of the nervous system caused by birth complications resulting in a drop in oxygen supply and inadequate blood flow to the brain and other organs.
Standard of care for HIE is hypothermia in which the head or whole body is cooled to 33.5ºC (92.3ºF) in order to accelerate healing. But hypothermia doesn’t save all patients.
“More than 40 percent of infants will die or suffer moderate to severe disabilities, including cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and epilepsy,” said Yvonne Wu, a child neurologist and professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and lead author of the study. “We wanted to find something that could amplify effectiveness.”

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Special Ed Corner: Kids with Disabilities and Standardized Testing – a Brief by NCEO

[Source: National Center on Educational Outcomes]


The new large-scale assessments rolled out by consortia and states are designed to measure student achievement of rigorous college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. Recent surveys of teachers in several states indicate that students with disabilities like many features of the new assessments, but that there also are challenges. Many of these challenges are related to instructional issues that need to be addressed to improve student outcomes.

This Brief was prepared to provide information and suggestions for state education agencies (SEAs) and other technical assistance (TA) providers who work with local education agencies (LEAs).

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Placement of the Week: Charter School SLP – Dearborn, MI


Congratulations, Kelly G., on your new position with PediaStaff’s charter school client near Dearborn, Michigan!

Kelly starts her new position right away and plans to continue through at least next school year.       She will be working with kids K-8 in one of our client’s charter school locations just north of Dearborn

Nice job, Kelly!!  You will love it there!

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Significantly Earlier Autism Diagnosis Since AAP Screening Recommendations

[Source:  Medical News Today]

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Researchers say children with autism who were born before the 2007 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that all children be screened for the disorder at the 18- and 24-month well child visits were diagnosed significantly later than they are today. The findings suggest the policy may help identify children with autism sooner so they can benefit from early intervention.

An abstract of the study, “Age of Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Ethnically Diverse Population Before and after the 2007 AAP Recommendation for Universal Screening,” was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting on May 1, 2016.

Researchers compared two groups of children initially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between 2003 and 2012 at a university-affiliated developmental center in the Bronx: those born before 2005, a pivotal year because children born then would have been 24 months old when the AAP recommendation was issued, and those born in 2005 or later. They found the average age of diagnosis for those born before 2005 was just under four years old; for those born during or after 2005, it was roughly two-and-a-half years old.

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PT Corner: Pediatric Hypermobility and Physical Therapy

[Source:  Dinosaur Physical Therapy]


Pediatric Joint Hypermobility can be associated with many different heritable connective tissue disorders, some with more serious complications including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Marfans syndrome, and those with milder consequences such as Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome. In this post we will discuss current research and therapeutic considerations for children presenting with joint hypermobility, as well as helpful strategies to ensure success for these children and their families!

As Physical Therapists the specific aspects of hypermobility we focus on include: 

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