August 2018

Monthly Archive: August 2018

Aug 31 2018

CHOP Leads Big Data Collaboration to Uncover Pathways Between Cancer and Birth Defects

When most of us think about cancer, a number of factors — from smoking, to sun exposure, to specific organs where a disorder develops — might jump to mind. But for Adam Resnick, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Data Driven Discovery and Biomedicine (D3B) at CHOP, in order to unravel the inextricable link between childhood cancer and other rare conditions, we must visualize pediatric cancer as a process.

As a single-cell zygote proliferates into a 37 trillion-cell being, something happens in the course of its development — a dysfunction, a deviance, a DNA-driven decision — that underpins not just the development of life-changing birth defects, but a potential vulnerability to childhood cancer as well.

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Aug 24 2018

In the News: For the Love of Grace Foundation, Hemophilia Research in the NYT, Microbiome Symposium, Baby Monitors, 2018 Parkway Run

Microbes, monitors, and miraculous medicine converge in this week’s roundup of research-related headlines at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Keep reading to learn more about new concerns for commercially available baby monitors reported by our researchers, one family’s inspirational story of resilience and recovery after their baby daughter battled a brain tumor, and exciting upcoming events in the CHOP community, including the fifth annual symposium for microbiome research.

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Aug 23 2018

What is the Status of Local Workplace Regulations to Protect Breastfeeding?

The Findings: Breastfeeding women who return to work may face daunting challenges as they figure out their rights in the workplace. The investigators involved in this study reported thatPhiladelphia and New York are just 2 of 151 cities from across the United States that have workplace regulations outlining protections for a nursing mother who wants to breastfeed or express milk at her place of employment. Their findings suggest that the limitations of existing federal and state legislation are not met by protections at the city-level. There is a “paucity of city-level legislation to protect the employed breastfeeding and/or pumping employee.”

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Aug 16 2018

What Percentage of Parents Engage in Distracted Driving?

The Findings:

About 50 percent of parents reported talking on their cell phones while driving with their young child in the vehicle, while one in three read text messages, and one in seven used social media, according to online surveys of adults across the U.S. The findings, published in a recent study from our Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, also reveal that parents who used their cell phones in the car were more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors, such as not wearing a seat belt when they were a driver and not consistently using their typical child restraint system (CRS) for their child.

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Aug 10 2018

In the News: Foerderer Awards, Megyn Kelly Today, Mitochondria and Aging, Pediatric Device Consortium, Breaking Through Podcast

Are you looking for a little inspiration during these dog days of summer? This week’s roundup of research headlines features a fresh lineup of projects and people that get us excited for the months to come. Discover how an autoimmune disorder diagnosis changed one CHOP family’s life (and landed them on national TV), learn about six exciting pediatric medical devices (including one from a CHOP investigator) that recently received seed grant funding from the Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, and see the different ways our investigators and staff are reaching outside hospital walls to make an impact on children’s health in the media.

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Aug 8 2018

New FVIII Center Crosses Disciplines to Reach Answers for Hemophilia A

Hematologists have grappled for many years to understand the basic mechanisms underlying why some young patients with the inherited bleeding disorder hemophilia A develop inhibitory antibodies, also known as factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors, to protein replacement therapy. The presence of FVIII inhibitors is a serious obstacle that makes it difficult and extremely expensive to treat their hemophilia, leads to complications such as joint disease, and increases mortality.

Such a major challenge requires major brain power. So the National Institutes of Health called on the scientific community to reframe the question: Why is FVIII so immunogenic?

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Aug 3 2018

Martha Curley, RN, PhD, ‘Challenges the Givens’ Through Nursing Research

Editor’s Note: In our Meet Our Investigators series on Cornerstone, get to know our remarkable researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute: a colorful collection of profiles that bring out the personality and passion of faculty members who have recently joined the Research Institute.

Name: Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD

Title: Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing

Joined the Research Institute: January 2018. I have been on the faculty at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for past 11 years, with a joint appointment in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hometown: Springfield, Mass.

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Aug 1 2018

Curious to Confident: Students Bask in Summer Research Experience

Six students from local under-resourced schools eagerly swapped sunglasses for safety goggles and got to work this summer in some of the most sophisticated research laboratories on campus at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

The students navigated real-world research settings, practiced lab skills, explored scientific and medical career options, and met mentors who are dedicated to advancing pediatric medicine, as part of the six-week CHOP Research Internship for Scholars and Emerging Scientists (CHOP-RISES) summer internship. The new program is offered by the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) at the Research Institute.

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