June 2013

Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 27 2013

CHOP Scientist Collaborates in Key Gene Findings in Pediatric Heart Disease

heart diseaseA physician-scientist from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Goldmuntz, MD, is one of the senior leaders of a research consortium reporting important gene changes that may help explain why children are born with heart defects.

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Jun 25 2013

Children’s Hospital Researcher Named 2013 Pew Scholar

pew scholarBy being named a 2013 Pew Scholar, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Claudio Giraudo, PhD, joins a “prestigious community of Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award winners, and hundred of other pioneers who earned Pew grants at the start of their careers.”

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Jun 19 2013

Dr. Paul Offit Examines the “Sense and Nonsense” of Alternative Therapies

Paul Offit, MD, chief of Children’s Hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has long been a magnet for controversy. A co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine Rotateq, Dr. Offit’s willingness to speak his mind, question popular (and at times ill-informed) wisdom, and to defend science against its detractors has earned him many vocal critics over the years.

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Jun 18 2013

Antibiotic Education Improves Prescription Practices

antibioticA recent study of an “antimicrobial stewardship” program by Children’s Hospital researchers found that offering pediatricians education, and auditing their prescription patterns, can encourage them to choose more appropriate antibiotics for children with common respiratory infections.

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Jun 17 2013

Twitter Chatting About Teen Summer Safety

teenFor many teens, summer is just getting underway. But increased time spent outdoors also comes with increased safety concerns: Sun exposure, swimming, biking, and hiking can all increase the risk of various adolescent injuries.

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Jun 13 2013

By Lowering BMI, Teens Improve Insulin Sensitivity

BMIAs anyone who has been to a doctor knows, a standard part of a doctor’s visit or wellness exam is determining a patient’s BMI. But what exactly does “BMI” mean? And what can it tell clinicians about their patients?

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Jun 10 2013

1,000 Miracles: CHOP Celebrates Birth of 1,000th Fetal Surgery Patient

fetal surgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Philadephia is proud to announce the birth of its 1,000th fetal surgery patient. Audrey Rose Oberio was born May 28 to Jackie and Gideon Oberio. The Oberios traveled to CHOP from Maryland so Audrey could be treated for myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, at Children’s Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

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Jun 6 2013

Experts Call for “Human Vaccines Project” to Accelerate Vaccine Development

A group of prominent vaccine researchers, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute’s chief scientific officer, Philip R. Johnson, MD, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Stanley Plotkin, MD, recently called for a “human vaccines project” to accelerate the development of vaccines to prevent “major global killers such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases.”

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