Dispatch from Jordan: Improving care for war-wounded Syrian refugee youth

Syrian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan
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Why should I listen to you, an American, Harvard psychologist? What do you know about war and hunger? Why should I trust that you’re here to help? What makes you different than all the other researchers who come to Jordan just to collect data and leave?

All good questions; hard ones, yes, but critical to answer if I wanted to be of any support to Jordanian healthcare systems in improving quality of care for Syrian refugee youth and families seeking refuge in the region.

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A robotic approach to artificial urinary sphincter placement

Physicians use a robot to place an artificial urinary sphincter
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Blended diets offer benefits for children with feeding tubes

blender with food in it
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For years, the standard practice for children with feeding tubes has been to provide them with commercially available formula as a source of complete nutrition. While some children have no difficulty tolerating these formulas, others may experience problems such as significant vomiting, diarrhea, retching or growth issues. For these patients, a blended diet may offer a number of benefits. …Read More

Evaluating tracheomalacia: Preventing misdiagnosis

doctor diagnosing tracheomalacia
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The patient is back in your office with another bout of recurrent pneumonia — the third time this year. At 7 years old, he can’t wait to join his school’s soccer team, but his parents report that he gets winded easily. Does he have asthma? Or could his symptoms indicate another problem with his airway?

Symptoms such as noisy breathing, a barking cough, and frequent respiratory infections can signal tracheomalacia (also known as tracheobronchomalacia), says Russell Jennings, MD, surgical director for the Esophageal and Airway Treatment Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. In this condition, the airway narrows or collapses when a child breathes, leading to symptoms such as noisy breathing, a barking cough, recurrent pneumonia and cyanosis. …Read More