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Genetics study to probe mystery of cerebral palsy

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Shriners Hospitals for Children has launched a 500-patient study to investigate how genetics might contribute to cerebral palsy, in collaboration with genetic researchers at the celebrated Jackson Laboratory.

This study has the potential to open up an entire new chapter on a disability once thought to be relatively well understood and straightforward, but that in recent years has become much more of an enigma.


‘Guided-growth’ Supplanting External Bracing in Infantile Tibia Varus

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Orthopedic surgeon Debra Templeton, M.D., used to prefer external bracing of the three alternatives for correcting early onset Blount’s disease but not anymore.

These days, when Dr. Templeton and the other surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California have a child with early-onset Blount’s disease, they tend to perform a guided-growth procedure, with the tension plate screwed across the physeal disk of the tibia on the lateral side of the bowlegged knee or knees.


Anesthesia Risk in Infants: An Unresolved Question

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In 2017, when the Food and Drug Administration issued a black box warning for the use of general anesthetics use in children, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California anesthesiologist Sampaguita Tafoya, M.D., encountered apprehensive parents.

Here’s how she addressed their worry: Yes, the suggestion is concerning, she used to
say. (Still does, actually.)


Pectus Excavatum Surgery has Health Benefits, experts says

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Want to pick a fight?

Try suggesting to someone at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California that chest wall surgery is “just cosmetic.”

There is a deep psychological impact on a young individual with “funnel chest,” and it appears at a particularly vulnerable time of life, according to Gary Raff, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon who is part of the Chest Wall Program team at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.


EOS: Better X-Rays for Children

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Patients with scoliosis receive low-dose X-rays at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Young patients liken the X-ray unit to a spaceship. Parents are often surprised at how quick and efficient it is – capturing AP and lateral view images at the same time.

EOS technology is something of a wonder.

The low-dose X-rays are of great reassurance to the patients and their parents, as patients with scoliosis generally get many, repeated X-rays during their lifetimes, and the exposures add up.


Tethering Device Provides an Alternative to Fusion for Scoliosis Correction

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Eleven year old Baylee wanted to soar and tumble like Simone Biles. Or, at least, just like every other average kid. Her mother, Melissa, had reservations about Baylee having any procedure to correct her scoliosis that might impair her flexibility, like spinal fusion.  

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, Baylee didn’t have to.

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Quarantine to competition could be a recipe for an injury

Parents will be thrilled to see their children’s behinds heading out the door as the pandemic restrictions on school and organized sports are lifted.

Kids and teenagers with uniforms, mitts and cleats will be rushing out to the playing fields.


But those young athletes are going to be at a big risk of injury following such a prolonged hiatus, says Nicole Friel, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

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Six-hospital study identifies better brachial plexus birth injury surgery

Impactful research changes clinical practice, according to pediatric orthopedic surgeon Mary Claire Manske, M.D. And that’s just what she has done with a paper on brachial plexus birth injury.

In the paper published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery last year, Dr. Manske compared two surgical approaches used in infants for repairing the suprascapular nerve and restoring external shoulder rotation.


Instant Noodles: Overlooked Burn Hazard

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Talk of burn prevention at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California invariably turns to soup and instant noodles.

“There continues to be a steady rate of hot soup burns in children,” Sally Martens FPN, a provider with the burn team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, said. “We see at least a 2 or 3 new noodle soup burns each week.”