The approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine came at a breakneck speed in December. Inoculation started in the US, liberating pent-up hopes that virus-ravaged states could get past the pandemic that has killed over 1.5 million people across continents.
While children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) see their conditions improve with biologic therapy, those with ulcerative colitis (UC) tend to have residual disease activity even after clinical remission, according to two separate studies presented at the 2021 Crohn’s and Colitis Congress.
Speech and language therapy, as supplemented with augmentative and alternative communication technology, allows children who are deaf or hard of hearing to process and comprehend spoken language more fully, as shown in a study.
A 3-day inaugural hackathon organized by the pharmaceutical division of Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. among its employees has resulted in two potential educational initiatives for cancer patients in Malaysia.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an effective holistic rehabilitation intervention even in non-Western cultures, leading to better probation completion rates, family functioning, and mental well-being among youth offenders in Singapore, according to a recent study.
Dabigatran was similarly effective as standard of care (SOC) in resolving thrombus and preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE), without raising the risk of bleeding in children, according to the DIVERSITY trial presented at ASH 2020 — thus providing a potential oral alternative to standard of care for the paediatric population.
Kids with Crohn’s disease may do well to start treatment on infliximab, which has proven to be superior to conventional regimens such as corticosteroids or exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) in terms of short-term clinical and endoscopic remission, according to the results of an open-label trial.
Children born to lower-income households tend to be poorly prepared for school, according to a recent Singapore study. In these households, too, the burden of depressive and anxiety symptoms among mothers appears to be high, which in turn contributes to the gap in school readiness.
Serum folate levels during pregnancy correlate with the child’s neurodevelopment at 2 years of age, particularly in terms of language development, a recent study has shown. Folate supplementation may be a valuable nutritional intervention to consider.
Fetoscopic laser ablation (FLP) is an effective treatment for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) in monochorionic twin pregnancies, but it requires a tertiary neonatal facility and a highly specialized team in performing intervention therapies for the treatment of potential complications, according to a Singapore study.