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2013-06-10 10:26:15

Helping to protect newborns and older patients against more severe effects of jaundice is the hope of University of Guelph researchers, who have shown how a liver enzyme protects cells from damage caused by the condition. Their discovery might ultimately lead to an alternative treatment for jaundice, such as a new drug or supplement, says Daniel Kim, a research technician in Guelph's Department of Biomedical Sciences. He is lead author of a paper published recently in the journal...

2010-07-27 16:00:00

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) today announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the first-ever, rapid point-of-care, lab-quality blood test for measuring total bilirubin (tBili) in newborns. Bilirubin, a toxin, can, in high amounts, lead to irreversible brain injury in neonates. The new tBili assay is performed on IL's GEM Premier 4000 critical care analyzer. It allows clinicians to...

2009-09-28 06:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. Hyperbilirubinemia is a condition marked by a high level of bilirubin in the blood, which is often apparent as yellow-colored skin and eyes (jaundice). This recommendation and the accompanying...

2009-09-28 07:27:38

Screening all newborns for excessive bilirubin in the blood can significantly decrease the incidence of severe jaundice which, in extreme cases, can lead to seizures and brain damage, according to researchers at UCSF Children's Hospital and Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research in Oakland, CA. The study, one of the first to examine the effectiveness of universal screening for hyperbilirubinemia, appears in the current issue of "Pediatrics," the official journal of the American Academy of...

2009-07-27 14:32:36

Following American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) guidelines for monitoring and diagnosing newborn jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia can result in better treatment and fewer cases of kernicterus, a form of brain damage caused by excessive jaundice, said a health services researcher at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a report that appears in the current issue of Pediatrics. "Little is known about how well pediatricians follow these guidelines," said the study's lead author Dr....

2009-07-26 20:09:47

Doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond will perform a rare brain surgery this week on a 7-year-old girl, her mother said. Lexi Haas of Charlotte, N.C., suffers from kernicterus, a rare complication of jaundice. She can't talk or control the movement of her muscles. Doctors will bore two holes through Lexi's skull and thread tiny electrodes inside her brain, targeting the spot damaged by jaundice, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday. Doctors will implant a...

2009-03-23 15:35:00

Study Challenges Common Medical Practice PHILADELPHIA, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For hundreds of years, doctors, nurses and midwives have visually examined newborn babies for the yellowish skin tones that signify jaundice, judging that more extensive jaundice carried a greater risk of illness. The yellowness comes from a blood byproduct, bilirubin, and a child that develops high levels of bilirubin has a potentially serious condition called hyperbilirubinemia. Now pediatric...

2008-09-26 18:00:59

Five years ago today, Kim and Thomas Champion welcomed their healthy daughter, Jessie, into the world. Within days of birth, Jessie developed severe jaundice, a common, but potentially life-threatening, condition when left untreated. Her doctors failed to test and treat her jaundice, which developed into kernicterus, a preventable, lifelong, debilitating, neurological syndrome. Jessie now suffers from numerous disabilities including quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe motor skills impairment,...