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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Childrens Health:Medical marijuana helps children with severe epilepsy ♦ Children with neurological disorders need flu vaccine ♦ Brain activity in infants predicts language outcomes in autism

Likely genetic source of muscle weakness found in six previously undiagnosed children Using state-of-the-art genetic technology, researchers have discovered the likely cause of a child's rare type of severe muscle weakness. The child was one of six cases in which investigators decoded the genes of patients with Neuromuscular Disease and was then able to identify the genetic source,of each child's symptoms.
Children with neurological disorders need flu vaccine but don't always get it Children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental disorders (NNDDs) are at increased risk of complications from influenza. Although experts have recognized NNDDs as high-risk conditions for influenza complications since 2005, little is known about influenza vaccination practices in this population.
Brain activity in infants predicts language outcomes in autism spectrum disorder Autism spectrum disorder can produce different clinical outcomes in young children, with some having strong conversation abilities and others not talking at all. A new study reveals at the first signs of possible autism in infants and toddlers, neural activity in language-sensitive brain regions is already similar to normal in those autism spectrum disorder toddlers who eventually go on to develop good language ability but nearly absent in those who later have a poor language outcome.
Medical marijuana liquid extract may bring hope for children with severe epilepsy A medicinal liquid form of marijuana may show promise as a treatment for children with severe epilepsy that is not responding to other treatments.

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