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Posted: October 25, 2012 - 3:46pm

A team of physicians and researchers has determined after a 6-year study that the process of retinal imaging can be successful in identifying abusive brain trauma in children. According to Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this team of six doctors from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh’s Departments of Child Life and Health, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Medical Statistics has come to the conclusion that this specific type of testing is 93 percent successful in determining the...

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Posted: October 24, 2012 - 2:29pm

When it comes to discovering and diagnosing cervical spine injuries, there are two commonly employed methods – the National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study and the Canadian C-spine rule. Typically, neither method is preferred over the other, as there has previously never been a distinct difference between the two processes; however, a study published in this month’s Canadian Medical Association Journal may have actually revealed that difference. According to the study’s authors – a team of physicians from Australia and the Netherlands – the Canadian C-spine rule offers a more accurate evaluation than the NEXUS.

Based on the study’s findings, the researchers were able to determine that the sensitivity of the C-...

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Posted: October 22, 2012 - 2:45pm

At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine reported that stimulating the brains of rats suffering from spinal cord injury improves their ability to walk.  While this kind of brain stimulation has proven to be an effective treatment for easing the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, it could pave the way for a new treatment for spinal injuries.  Brain stimulation counters the long-held thought that walking ability cannot be enhanced without a fully intact spinal cord.

About 60 percent of human spinal cord injuries are “incomplete,” with only some nerves severed and other left intact. ...

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