Research/Clinical Trials

Contrary to Dutch study, child helmet therapy does work


plagio story image 200x143Robert Tibesar, MD
, is an otolaryngologist with Children's plagiocephaly clinic.

A recent study by Dutch researchers that challenges the benefits of helmet therapy in infants with plagiocephaly1 – meaning "crooked or oblique head" – claims that only 26 percent of patients reached a full recovery to a normal head shape using the procedure, deeming it ineffective.

We disagree.

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New options for maintenance of certification activities at Children's

Children’s of Minnesota has been chosen by the American Board of Pediatrics to be a Portfolio Sponsor. This means Children’s can now approve quality improvement (Q1) projects that give you credit toward the ABP Part IV requirement to maintain certification. The advantages of this are:

  • More easily participate in any of several ongoing QI projects and receive MOC credit. Projects approved by Children’s may also be used for other medical and surgical specialties.
  • No cost to obtain approval from ABP for a project that you want to conduct (saves $500 per project).
  • There are several ongoing projects available to you—no completing applications, paying fees.

Portfolio Sponsors agree to prepare a periodic Progress Report for each of the approved projects, which the ABP reviews to ensure alignment with ABP standards.

Participation in new diabetes study

Children's has announced it is a participant in a new study of medications that have shown promise in slowing the progress of diabetes and, in some cases, restoring insulin-producing cells.

The study, conducted in collaboration with Sanford Medical Center (Sioux Falls, SD), will focus on the ability of the medications to halt the autoimmune attack as well as to regenerate the body's islet cells and, therefore, the progression of diabetes.

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New clinical trial for toe walking

Investigators at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have received funding for a randomized controlled trial comparing functional outcomes and quality of life between two treatment modalities, serial casting and two-pull carbon fiber solid ankle foot orthotics (AFOs) in children who toe walk. Serial casting has long been used as an effective treatment modality in the treatment of toe walking in patients with an ankle equinus contracture. Observationally at Children’s, two-pull carbon fiber solid AFOs have also been observed to be an effective treatment. Throughout this research study, investigators will be measuring and comparing dorsiflexion range of motion, percentage of time using a heel-toe gait pattern, balance and strength, as well as quality of life. 

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One-on-one yoga for children with cystic fibrosis

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"The growth of the CF research program has led to increased participation in nationally supported research and the development of local investigator-initiated studies," said John McNamara, MD, Medical Director of Children's Cystic Fibrosis (CF)program. "After learning from our initial survey study that children with CF are struggling with anxiety, musculoskeletal pain and sleep problems, we implemented targeted physical therapy and yoga protocols to help reduce these symptoms. The results of these studies and other research projects in the pipeline will increase our national presence and lead to the ability to initiate multi-centered trials."

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