Update from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – April 2023
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Meta-analysis of an important systematic review highlights that hearing loss occurs in 1% of children in low- and middle-income countries; this is more than previously known and calls for better prevention and treatment. My Editor’s Choice describes single-case experimental designs for neurodisability research to help both researchers to implement them and readers to better understand those studies. Another narrative review provides a welcome update on retinopathy of prematurity. This is followed by a validation study of a new user-friendly assessment to evaluate vision in children with special needs with or without visual impairment. An observational study of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy stresses that most of them have chronic pain and related psychological distress. Another study analyzes how children with neurodisability perceive long-term mechanical assisted cough and how it affects their quality of life. A qualitative study focuses on factors that effectively influence participation in children with neuromuscular disorders. A prospective longitudinal study of social functioning of 8- to 12-year-old children with cerebral palsy found that this strongly relates to communication functioning. The proponents of the Second Edition of the Dyskinesia Impairment Scale show it to be shorter, user-friendly, and valid. A long-term follow-up study of children with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis document favourable motor outcome in most, but cognitive impairment in 45% of the children. A neurophysiological and neuropsychological study questions how cognitive function relates to sleep in children with epilepsy. Finally, clinical documentation of a cohort of 42 individuals with KBG syndrome indicates that epilepsy responds well to treatment in many children.