Update from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – Dec 2023

Update from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – Dec 2023

11th December, 2023

Season’s greetings! Explore our recently released ICNA title on HIV and the exciting launch of the Ethics in Child Health course, complete with a free introductory overview. Additionally, the January 2024 issue of DMCN is out. We also share details of our book sale which offers discounts across a great range of titles.

Explore the Latest ICNA Release – Available Now!

Recent Advances in the Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Impact of HIV

In our latest release last month, we unveiled Recent Advances in the Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Impact of HIV. This compilation brings together esteemed experts in the HIV field, providing invaluable insights into the treatment and management of HIV among children and adolescents.

The authors concisely summarise pivotal discoveries, pinpoint research gaps, and illuminate the implications for paediatric HIV initiatives. This comprehensive guide delves into critical clinical neurological challenges faced by young individuals with HIV, presenting cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment approaches. What sets this resource apart is its emphasis on offering practical clinical strategies designed to elevate the care provided to children and adolescents living with HIV.

A must-have for clinicians dedicated to the well-being of young individuals with HIV and their families, this resource caters to a diverse audience, including doctors, paediatricians, psychologists, and various health practitioners and researchers.

Choose your preferred format – available in Hardback or eBook*– and stay at the forefront of the latest advancements in paediatric HIV care.

*eBook is currently 50% off!

We are thrilled to present a special sale on selected titles—don’t miss out on these discounted prices!

Explore various topics, including vision impairment, extremely preterm birth, movement difficulties in developmental disorders, epilepsy-aphasia spectrum, nutrition and neurodisability, ADHD management and more, all at reduced rates.

For instance, Principles and Practice of Child Neurology in Infancy, 2nd Edition is available for £35 (originally £70), and ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families is available for just £20 (originally £40).

We’re now also offering 50% off ALL eBooks from today!

Hurry, as this exclusive sale ends soon! Visit our website to secure your copies today


Ethics in Child Health

New E-Learning Resource!

‘Ethics In Child Health’, edited by Peter L. Rosenbaum, Gabriel M. Ronen and Bernard Dan, offers clinicians and other professionals a set of guiding principles that overlap with and complement principles of ‘best practice’ and practical clinical wisdom. The authors are distinguished experts drawn from all over Europe and North America. The emphasis throughout is on clinical methods, the use of appropriate investigations and treatments, and the avoidance of unnecessary or potentially harmful interventions.

Sign up today!

In this free introductory overview you will learn more about the Ethics in Child Health series of short courses, their content and structure.

Enhance your clinical training:

  • Knowledge and clinical practice in an important but often neglected area of practice;
  • Newly-recorded original video content for an immersive and personal learning experience;
  • Interact with the material by answering reflective activities to immerse yourself in a personal response to ethical issues;
  • Read further with references and supplementary materials;
  • Receive a PDF certificate on completion, and documents of your submitted responses and personal note
  • The course is designed to help clinicians, therapists and nurses, as well as policy-makers, to put practical ethical thinking at the heart of care and it includes:

Core Modules

  • Introduction
  • A Parent’s Perspective on Everyday Ethics, Jennifer Johannesen
  • Present-day Health and Neurodevelopmental Disability, Peter L. Rosenbaum and Gabriel M. Ronen with contributions by Barbara J. Cunningham
  • Can Moral Problems of Everyday Clinical Practice Ever Be Resolved? Eric Racine

Truth with Hope: Ethical Challenges in Disclosing ‘Bad’ Diagnostic, Prognostic and Intervention Information

Iona Novak, Marelle Thornton, Cathy Morgan, Petra Karlsson, Hayley Smithers-Sheedy and Nadia Badawi

Responding to Requests for Novel/Unproven Alternative and Complementary Treatments

Edward A. Hurvitz and Garey Noritz

Paying Attention to Parental Mental Health: Is this our Responsibility?

Dinah S. Reddihough and Elise Davis


Key papers in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology this month:

Editor’s Choice

F-words and early intervention ingredients for non-ambulant children with cerebral palsy: A scoping review

This study explores the ingredients of early interventions provided to young children with cerebral palsy (CP) who are classified in Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels IV and V, and to identify the ‘F-words’ addressed by the interventions.

Early referral to multidisciplinary specialty centers to optimize outcomes in children with neonatal brachial plexus palsy

This paper illustrates the trajectory of long-term recovery in upper-extremity movement and determine the ideal timing for evaluation at multidisciplinary specialty centers for children with neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP). The research focused on children managed conservatively for NBPP at a single institution from 2005 to 2020.

Risk factors in children with optic nerve hypoplasia and septo-optic dysplasia

This research aimed to identify risk factors for optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) and septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) through a retrospective, population-based case–control study in Manitoba, Canada. Maternal age at conception, primigravida status, and smoking during pregnancy were independently associated with ONH and SOD, with smoking identified as the main modifiable risk factor. The study underscores the importance of considering both unmodifiable and modifiable antenatal maternal factors in understanding the risks of ONH and SOD.

Factor analysis of the Gait Outcomes Assessment List’s goal questions: A new method to measure goal prioritization in ambulatory individuals with cerebral palsy

This study introduces a new method for scoring gait priorities in ambulatory cerebral palsy patients using a subset of questions from the validated Gait Outcome Assessment List (GOAL). The findings reveal distinctions in goal priorities, particularly in pain and fatigue, across different levels of functional ability. This focused scoring system offers a valuable resource for guiding clinical discussions and research, streamlining the evaluation of goal-centered care delivery in ambulatory individuals with cerebral palsy


Check out the rest of the January 2024 issue here.

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