China has risen faster than other powers, but not farther — yet. Prediction is a risky business. A decline in China’s working-age population, widespread environmental degradation, endemic corruption , and risks associated with staggering income inequality — or some combination of those factors — could slow or derail the country’s rise. But if China can muddle through, conservative estimates put its share of global GDP at 28 percent by 2030. If this forecast is correct, China’s economic dominance will, on paper, equal that of the United States in 1951, a peak year in which the residual devastation wrought by World War II significantly boosted America’s share of global output.
VP Shunts have greatly benefited many children with hydrocephalus. Unfortunately, VP shunts can have complications… and we have discussed some of them before ( Tapping a VP Shunt ). The evaluation of a child with a VP shunt who is not critically ill (and not in need of having the shunt tapped emergently) often involves obtaining plain films of the shunt as well as a Head CT to assess ventricle size. This, unfortunately, often leads to numerous CT scans in a child’s life, which, as we know ( Medical Radiation Exposure ) can be a big deal. Is there any other option to assess ventricle size for kids with VP shunts?