This is a recap of recent health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of collected news, and please feel free to offer comments below– we really do listen!
A new study shows some 42% of children will have at least one medical imaging test using radiation by the time they turn 18. With the cumulative effects of radiation still not fully understood, particularly for children, researchers are urging caution in how extensively these tests are used.
Cincinnati Children’s radiologist Marilyn J. Goske, MD, chairs a national initiative called Image Gently that seeks to bring new awareness not only to the potential dangers of radiation imaging, but also strategies to reduce harmful exposure.
Clostridium Infection Rates Rising Nationwide
Los Angeles Times
A particularly troublesome infection called Clostridium difficile is showing up more frequently in children across the U.S., according to researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The bacteria can cause problems ranging from diarrhea to a life-threatening inflammation of the colon, and infections increased at a rate of 15% per year during the study period.
Dr. Mitch Cohen, director of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s and senior author of the study, says the data don’t explain why infection rates are climbing, but possible answers could range from the condition simply being recognized and reported more thoroughly to the possibility of a more aggressive strain of the bacteria in circulation.
Utah Family May Find Answers Thanks to Cincinnati Children’s Study
Standard Examiner – Ogden, Utah
A study beginning in March may finally lead to some answers for a Utah teenager suffering from a severe throat problem called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. The condition makes it nearly impossible for the youth to swallow.
Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are at the forefront of EoE research and have enrolled 13-year-old Jadyn Wayment into a study.
Jadyn’s mother says that getting more information about the condition will be a blessing.
Don’t Let Sledding Turn Into a Medical Emergency
Science Magazine/Health Day
Emergency Department doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have seen more than their share of injuries from sledding accidents. So, they’ve come up with some basic tips on staying safe while still enjoying one of winter’s most time-honored traditions for children – and adults.