As he falls to the ground from a football tackle, a boy’s brain shakes in its skull from the impact. He begins to experience dizziness and balance problems in the hours and days that follow, and a visit to his doctor confirms that he has a concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury.
It’s often surprising for parents to learn that their child has a kidney stone, a painful condition that is more common in adults but has dramatically increased in prevalence among pediatric patients over the last 25 years.
A picture is worth a thousand words in most places, but not at the dermatologist’s office.
For parents-to-be, the third trimester of pregnancy is often a period of rapid preparation to welcome a new life into the world. Their babies are busy, too: From growing lungs that can breathe on their own, to developing neurological connections they need to feel, move, and cry, they spend those critical weeks making important preparations for life outside the womb.
As new life forms inside a mother, the placenta becomes a key interface between maternal and fetal health. This temporary disc-shaped organ attaches to the uterine wall and transfers oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, yet the nuances of its structure and function remain enigmatic.
By following the journey of how newly born neurons migrate in the developing cerebral cortex, the part of our brain responsible for conscious thought and higher order functioning, a study team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provided new insights into how disruptions in this pathway during early brain formation may lead to ne