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A pediatric neurosurgeon recently removed a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts in a newborn’s brain tumor. The baby was 3 days old and otherwise healthy. This type of brain injury is rare – doctors were unsure what caused it and opined it was a type of congenital brain tumor.

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Soon, a four-year old girl from New Zealand will undergo experimental treatment for her brain injury. The four-year old was born six weeks early with a birth injury and struggles to talk, walk properly, and chew her food without choking. More than fifty other children with brain injuries have been treated with this procedure. She will receive infusions of her own umbilical cord blood, which her parents stored at birth.

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Three new imaging modalities can help physicians diagnose mild brain damage that is typically invisible to standard CT and MRI scans. Scientists hypothesize that mild head trauma damages the brain’s white matter that is invisible to CT scans and MRIs. One of the most promising techniques for detecting this type of brain injury is a diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) that track water molecules in the brain’s white matter. Additionally, there is a second variation of the MRI which is known as the MRSI which can analyze the spectral frequencies of chemicals in the body. This new technique can measure chemical concentrations across the whole brain and can see widespread metabolic changes, even in those with the mildest brain injuries. The third test uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) which measures the magnetic fields produced by the electrical activity of nerve cells. This pinpoints the source of abnormal brain activity. These three new technologies may revolutionize the way doctors can find brain injuries. To read the full story, click here.

A young guy with a life-threatening brain injury was given a children’s pain killer and told that he could go home from the hospital in half an hour. Just hours after that medical malpractice, he needed six holes drilled in his skull to keep him alive. Doctors failed to spot the life-threatening brain injury. Later, another doctor saw him and gave him a scan that showed fluid on the brain.

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