Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – June 2021

Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – June 2021

18th June, 2021

Please see below for the latest updates from DMCN and highlights from our latest issue, We welcome feedback or questions. Connect with us via Twitter (@mackeithpress) or drop us an email to admin@mackeith.co.uk.

New Virtual Issue

What would you like to see covered in the next Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Virtual Issue? The team at Mac Keith Press would love to hear your suggestions at admin@mackeith.co.uk or submit an answer here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73LDR5V.

Read our Virtual Issues online.

New Publication highlights

Changes in walking ability, intellectual disability, and epilepsy in adults with cerebral palsy over 50 years: a population-based follow-up study by Jonsson et al.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is attributed to non-progressive events that are no longer active at the time of diagnosis. Yet people with CP follow individual developmental trajectories, and their functioning may change significantly across their lifespan. The Editor’s Choice for the July issue is this population-based follow-up study carried out over 50 years. It examines the evolution of features that are expected to impact societal participation and quality of life, such as cognitive functioning, walking ability, pain, fatigue, and epilepsy. The findings remind us of the importance of preventing complications, the need for periodical re-evaluation, and our obligation to provide appropriate health care service across the lifespan.

Nintendo Wii Balance Board therapy for postural control in children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review and meta-analysis by Montoro-Cárdenas et al.

This systematic review reveals therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy. When discussing the paper, corresponding author Esteban Obrero-Gaitán said: “virtual reality-based rehabilitation using Nintendo® Wii is considered a multi-sensory and active therapy that encourages the child’s participation, increasing motivation and adherence to therapy due to its playful nature. It is a low cost tool that can be used at home for therapeutic purposes, a fact that is of great relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Quality appraisal of systematic reviews of interventions for children with cerebral palsy reveals critically low confidence by Kolaski et al.

This paper evaluates the methodological quality of recent systematic reviews of interventions for children with cerebral palsy in order to determine the level of confidence in the reviews’ conclusions. The authors findings are concerning, as few reviews are considered reliable according to AMSTAR-2.

Check out more on the DMCN homepage and the very latest releases on Early View.

Sleep problems in children with cerebral palsy and their parents  by Hulst et al.

The importance of good quality sleep for optimal child health and development is increasingly recognized. The authors of this paper compare sleep outcomes of children with cerebral palsy and typically developing peers, and call for sleep assessment to be integrated into routine paediatric health care practice.

Latest Podcasts

Recent DMCN podcast highlights include:

Check out more podcasts on the DMCN YouTube channel.