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The brain is situated in a rigid box (the skull) that cannot expand, so normal swelling from injury cannot occur. When brain swelling does occur, pressure inside the skull rises. This makes it harder for the heart to pump the oxygen‐rich blood into the brain needed for recovery. If treating physicians cannot control swelling, the lack of blood supply to the swollen brain can cause further brain damage. Efforts to avoid this damage can include regular monitoring of the pressure inside the skull (intracranial). There are different ways to monitor pressure. One commonly used method is to insert a small probe into the skull. But whenever something is put into the skull, there is a chance it may cause bleeding or an infection.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

If a mother already has diabetes when she becomes pregnant, she and her baby are at a higher risk of various problems in pregnancy, labour, birth and later. During pregnancy, the mother will have her blood glucose levels (sometimes referred to as blood sugar levels) monitored so appropriate steps can be taken to control her blood glucose. This Cochrane review looked for the best test for measuring blood glucose during pregnancy in order to control blood glucose levels and so reduce problems for babies and mothers. We collected and analysed all relevant studies to answer this question (search date: November 2016).

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: June 11, 2017

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood astrocytomas.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: September 22, 2017

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