You might have read this article before, but I just came across it yesterday and thought it was interesting. A six-year-old went in to an emergency children’s hospital to get her head stitched up after running into a door, and the doctor managed the suturing without her even noticing, thanks to the way he structured his visit with her and how he approached the treatment.
Anyone who works with children in pain should read this article and watch the fantastic videos.
I’ve always gone “out of the way” to try to make kids comfortable around/during scary and painful procedures in my Urgent Care — but this doctor takes it to a whole new skill level! I can’t wait to try some of these concepts on my next pediatric laceration!
Gene therapy is slowly gathering steam and here we can see the result of years of research. Combining an engineered viral vector with non-mutated target gene delivery, Dale Turner, who has been blind for most of his life, was able to see details and colours again for the first time in years.
The research, conducted on one of the most common causes of childhood blindness - Leber’s congenital amaurosis - looked at the mutated genes that give it its hereditary, recessive nature. The study is published in Nature Genetics. The whole story can be read here.
The take away from this graphic is that donations have increased over the years but there is still a significant shortage of donors particularly in the renal department. As you might expect, the distribution of patients needing an organ transplant is skewed towards the older age bracket and is highest amongst the 50-64 year old population.