First smartphone app that can “hear” ear infections in children

FEB4EEB8-FEF6-455F-A4B9-56422C5231A7

Dr. Randall Bly, an assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the UW School of Medicine who practices at Seattle Children’s Hospital, uses the app and funnel to check his daughter’s ear.

Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according to the National Institutes of Health.

This condition occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear behind the eardrum and is infected. This buildup is also common in another condition called otitis media with effusion. Any kind of fluid buildup can be painful and make it hard for children to hear, which can be especially detrimental when they are learning to talk.

Both conditions are hard to diagnose because they have vague symptoms: Sometimes children tug on their ears or have fevers, and sometimes there are no symptoms. In addition, young children may not be able to describe where they hurt.

Continue reading… “First smartphone app that can “hear” ear infections in children”

0

Parental Expectations Affect Child’s Asthma

Parental Expectations Affect Child’s Asthma 

Asthmatic children whose parents have high expectations for their ability to function normally are less likely to have symptoms than other children dealing with the condition, according to a new study. Children also are more likely to use asthma controller medications appropriately if they have a routine for taking medicine and if their parents clearly understand how well symptoms can be controlled.

Continue reading… “Parental Expectations Affect Child’s Asthma”

0

What Is That Thing On Olympian Kerri Walsh’s Shoulder?

What Is That Thing On Olympian Kerri Walsh’s Shoulder? 

 Olympic Volleyball Player Kerri Walsh

For the longest time I thought the black sinewy thing on Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh’s shoulder was either a confused Alien face sucker, a horny spider, a bad tattoo decision (a la Mike Tyson), or all of the above. Turns out I was way off, and it’s actually Kinesio athletic tape from a company in Albequerque. And upon further inspection, the hype surrounding the $15 tape appears justified, and goes way beyond helping athletes.

Continue reading… “What Is That Thing On Olympian Kerri Walsh’s Shoulder?”

0

Specially Designed Video Game Helps Young Cancer Patients Take Meds

Specially Designed Video Game Helps Young Cancer Patients Take Meds 
 Re-Mission Video Game

Playing a specially designed video game can help adolescents and young adult cancer patients adhere more closely to their prescribed treatment, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics.

Continue reading… “Specially Designed Video Game Helps Young Cancer Patients Take Meds”

0