Aug 23 2016

Behavioral Health Prevention Efforts Prepare Kids to Learn in School

By Bryan A. Wolf, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Research Institute

As the summer comes to a close and children prepare to head back to school, it is an opportunity for us all to sit up straight and study up on the value of the work that we do as pediatric researchers to help children thrive.

Some of the children returning to classrooms across the country are able to do so because of treatments and cures for diseases, or vaccines and other interventions to prevent them, that were pioneered here at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at our peer institutions. Perhaps less obvious, but equally important, is that children who have never had complex or serious illnesses are showing up prepared to learn and excel thanks in part to innovations in behavioral health research.

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Aug 19 2016

CHOP Research In the News: Summer Concussions, Autism Intervention, CPR for Pets, Research Careers

CHOP Research In the NewsResearch at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia touches all aspects of our lives — including our favorite furry friends — as this week’s news roundup shows. Find out why a pediatric critical care expert thinks it’s valuable for pet owners, even those who aren’t parents, to know about pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Learn about special considerations for summertime concussions. Read why some consider a common one-on-one intervention for children with autism to be controversial. And see examples of how CHOP is committed to educating researchers at all levels.

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Aug 16 2016

Safety, Thinking, Partnerships, Motherhood: Six Key Quotes from a Physician Scientist on a Mission

Physician ScientistFlaura Winston, MD, PhD, is a physician scientist on a mission. As scientific director and founder of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Winston oversees a diverse research portfolio aimed at preventing and addressing harm to children’s health. This work spans areas including child and adolescent health, engineering, injury, and behavioral science. Dr. Winston is also co-founder of a new company, Diagnostic Driving, that recently spun out from CHOP as an independent entrepreneurial company offering tools to improve driver safety in corporate fleets.

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Aug 12 2016

CHOP Research In the News: Policies Protecting Children and a Portal for Parents and Teachers

CHOP Research In the NewsPortals and policies lead the headlines this week in our Friday roundup of research news from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A new state law to keep babies and toddlers safe in cars takes effect in Pennsylvania today, and a CHOP expert was on hand for a video about it that went viral. CHOP research and collaboration with policymakers have taken effect with a new hotline to help physicians avoid overprescribing psychotropic drugs to children with behavioral health problems. And an electronic portal is showing some promise and pitfalls for connecting parents, teachers, and pediatricians to coordinate children’s care. Check out the details below.

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Aug 09 2016

“We’re Just Laughing About Poop”: A Clinical Research Study Experience Q&A

Clinical Research Study

Eileen Ford (left) and Waynitra Hall (right)

Not every child who comes to the hospital is sick. Some of the families who visit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a regular basis are voluntary participants in research studies. Clinical research studies, including both clinical trials of new treatments and studies of healthy children’s development, are an essential component of pediatric research that can lead to novel discoveries and advancements for populations in need. Earlier this summer, we brought you the perspective of Chris Gantz, MBA, into some ways study coordinators can help families feel more engaged when participating in research. Now, we’re turning to some of our star coordinators themselves to learn more.

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Aug 05 2016

CHOP Research In the News: Mean Girls, PROS Anniversary, a Research Hero, and Breastfeeding, Immunization Awareness

CHOP Research NewsAugust is perfect for lazy summer days, but our pediatric research news never rests. So whether you’re lounging by the pool or relaxing in a shady hammock, pull up In the News to find out the science that is hot at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This week’s post features an intervention for “mean girls” that worked for boys, too; a look at a groundbreaking research network’s past, present, and future; a profile of a research hero; and ways to spread awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and immunizations.

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Aug 02 2016

Laws Limiting School Junk Food Sales and Ads Show Potential to Impact Obesity

ObesityIn many cafeterias these days, the sloppy joe special and individual carton of milk comes with a side of state laws. Targeting a childhood obesity rate that seems stuck at a too-high rate of 17 percent, state and local legislators across the U.S. have introduced policy-based efforts to intervene.

They want to reduce children’s risk of becoming obese adults prone to health conditions like heart disease and diabetes by introducing healthy changes in the places where kids spend most of their day, most of the year: schools. Such laws take a range of approaches, such as requiring in-school nutrition education, restricting the sale of junk food in cafeterias and school vending machines, or requiring specific credentials for school food service directors. But there is limited data about the effectiveness of these policies.

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Jul 29 2016

CHOP Research In the News: New Rare Disease, FA Woodstock, Bioengineering, and Protecting Toddlers from Child Abuse

CHOP Research In the NewsWelcome back to another weekly edition of our roundup of research news from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! One of the things that is so exciting about research at CHOP is that our researchers are working to improve the health and lives of children in such a broad range of ways. This week’s stories give a glimpse of that breadth, from reaching out to a rare-disease community of families at a grassroots festival, to bioengineering a molecule that could rapidly stop dangerous excess bleeding, to identifying a new rare syndrome caused by a genetic flaw in a fundamental cellular process, to developing evidence-based guidelines to consistently protect more infants and toddlers from child abuse. Read on for the details.

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Jul 26 2016

Nurses’ Unique Knowledge and Perspective Shines Through in Pediatric Research: A Nursing Research Q&A

nursing researchNurses have a distinct worldview and approach to patient and family care that is not reflected in other specialties. Nurses are the providers who spend the most time with patients, so they are the ones who see the issues and questions that arise. And they are the ones who often generate clinical research ideas to be explored by people like Anne Ersig, PhD, RN, a nurse researcher in the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Cornerstone asked Dr. Ersig to share her thoughts on being a new member of this team and why research-based practice has become so important to pediatric healthcare in recent years.

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Jul 22 2016

CHOP Research In the News: ONC Award, Vision and Concussions, Raising 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Awareness

CHOP Research In the NewsOur weekly installment of In the News keeps an eye out for the latest research happenings. This week we’re excited to report on a second award for an innovative technology solution to access, filter, and harness emerging disease updates. A new study suggests that it is important to recognize vision problems after pediatric concussions and understand their implications for return-to-learn plans. And CHOP experts gathered in northern Italy to share expertise on a multisystem chromosome-based birth defect.

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