Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered, in rodents, that fluid that circulates through the brain flows to areas critical for normal brain development and function, suggesting that disruptions to its circulation may play an underrecognized role in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ace High School Pitcher Thriving Despite Hydrocephalus
CHLA is at the forefront of research into endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization (ETV+CPC) as part of a clinical trial funded by the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN), a network of 14 pediatric neurosurgery centers that includes Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The trial, titled “Endoscopic Versus Shunt Treatment of Hydrocephalus in Infants,” is evaluating the effectiveness of shunts versus ETV-CPC in infants with hydrocephalus.
Reduction of Shunt Infection Rates in Adult Hydrocephalus Patients After Implementation of a Standardized Shunt Infection Prevention Protocol
Preoperative skin antisepsis added to a shunt infection control protocol resulted in a reduction of the infection rate to 0% in 379 consecutive procedures. Key to achieving this success were continuous monitoring and adjustments to the shunt protocol, which the authors believe can be easily generalized to other centers. Larger, multicenter studies should be completed to verify the effectiveness of the protocol reported in this study.
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Pediatric neurosurgeon reunites with former patient turned colleague three decades later
When Kathy Shelly recalls the planning involved in scheduling her 20-week anatomy ultrasound so that her husband, Don Shelly, could also attend the appointment nearly 31 years ago, she thanks God that Don was able to be there. “I am just so grateful I didn’t have to be alone in that moment,” she said.
Automatic deep-learning, artificial-intelligence clinical tool that can measure the volume of cerebral ventricles on MRIs in children
Researchers from multiple institutions in North America have developed a fully automated, deep-learning (DL), artificial-intelligence clinical tool that can measure the volume of cerebral ventricles on magnetic resonance images (MRIs) in children within about 25 minutes.
Jerold Chun among world’s most highly cited researchers
Jerold Chun, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and senior vice president at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Clarivate, the global analytics company. The honor recognizes researchers who have demonstrated a significant influence in their chosen field of study through the publication of multiple works that have been cited by their peers.
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