Pierson MJ et al. Programmable shunt valve interactions with osseointegrated hearing devices. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2017 Feb; 10:1-7. PMID: 28186475
The first study to look into interactions between programmable VP shunts and OIHDs (osseointegrated hearing device- not a cochlear implant; interactions between cochlear implants and programmable VP shunts has been previously studied). The study used multiple models of both devices, introducing the OIHD into the VP shunt magnetic field and assessing for changes in valve of shunt. It was determined it is safe to use these two devices together.
Tauber M et al. The Use of Oxytocin to Improve Feeding and Social Skills in Infants with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Pediatrics 2017 Feb; 139(2). PMID: 28100688
Phase 2 trial of intranasal oxytocin given to children with Pader-Willi less than 6 months of age showed significantly improved sucking (by Neonatal Oral-Motor Scale and videofluoroscopy of swallowing) and social skills (using scales and observed interactions).
Cooper MS et al. Seizures in Children with Cerebral Palsy and White Matter Injury. Pediatrics 2017 Feb 16. PMID: 28209769
In this cohort, 25% had a seizure beyond infancy. These seizures were usually age-limited and were associated with favorable outcomes.
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Delgado MR et al. Practice Parameter: Pharmacological treatment of spasticity in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (an evidence-based review). Neurology 2010 Jan 26;74(4):336-43. PMID: 20101040
A systematic review of the literature up to 2008 of treatment options for spasticity with graded recommendations.