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Dr Reynolds to begin contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr Robert Reynolds has accepted an “out-of-this-world opportunity” to work with NASA scientists “to improve and interpret analytical assessments of research and astronaut health data”. Supported by a grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at the Baylor College of Medicine, beginning 24 March 2019 Dr Reynolds will be working as a Visiting Data Scientist for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr Reynolds will be working with scientists within NASA’s Health and Human Performance Directorate under a two-year contract.  During this time Dr Reynolds will still be an employee of MR&C and available to meet any ongoing responsibilities for his existing clients.

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Reynolds and Day will present two posters at SPER and SER annual meetings 2018

The annual meetings of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from June 18 to 22, 2018. We will present a scientific poster at each of these meetings. At SPER, Mortality related to cerebral palsy in the United States: Analysis of multiple causes of death and comparison with deaths in the general population from 2005 to 2014 will explore deaths in the US that include cerebral palsy (CP - ICD 10 code G80) as immediate, underlying, or contributing cause, or as an "other condition" of significance mentioned on a death certificate. At the SER meeting, Competing risks survival bias among US astronauts will explore whether deaths due to external causes (primarily accidents, including spacecraft tragedies) among astronauts might be obstructing our view of natural-cause deaths in this occupational cohort.

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Cerebral palsy life expectancy: The litigation connection

The 1998 book Damages by Barry Werth chronicles a malpractice lawsuit in the US related to the 1984 birth of a boy with a severe brain injury.1 The book describes the devastating effects on all parties to the lawsuit of the boy's complicated birth and early life and the overarching and at times oppressive demands of the litigation process.

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