Science Snapshots

Project makes homes safer for kids

Sometimes home can be a hazardous place. Childhood injuries account for more than 4 million emergency hospital visits a year, and home is where most injuries in young children occur. Now researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are using a five-year, $3 million federal grant to expand a project aimed at reducing home injuries. The study will involve visiting the homes of first-time, low-income mothers to install stair gates, window guards, cabinet locks and other safety devices. A previous pilot project found that such services reduced medical visits for preventable injuries by 68 percent.  

Stem cells transformed into intestines

For the first time, scientists at Cincinnati Children’s have created functioning intestinal tissue from stem cells. A study posted Dec. 12 in the journal Nature reports that this breakthrough could help other researchers as they seek cures for inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome and other conditions. The findings also reflect a step toward generating tissue for transplant that would not require anti-rejection drugs. This study is the first to report success at coaxing stem cells to grow into several types of working intestinal cells, says James Wells, PhD, senior investigator on the study.  Learn more by reading the full news release.

A hand up for arm rehab

Improved care is here for children who need rehab services to improve arm motion. Cincinnati Children’s is the first hospital in the United States to offer the ArmeoSpring Pediatric rehabilitation device, which can help children with cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors and other disorders.  The robotic device helps build strength, endurance and range of motion. It also allows children to practice reaching and grasping, says Kristen Krumanaker, an occupational therapist at Cincinnati Children’s.  Learn more by reading the full news release.