Aug 25 2017

Kids First Data Center (DRC), CHOP’s Health Hero, Concussions on Air, Coping for Parents, Madeline Bell Modern Healthcare

CHOP Research In the NewsEvery day, we learn about the exciting new ways our investigators and staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia modernize medicine and revolutionize healthcare for children. This week, we’re thrilled to report on a handful of new headlines about those breakthroughs, including a data-driven collaboration led by CHOP that aims to uncover the ties between cancer and birth defects through cloud-sharing technology, Madeline Bell’s recent inclusion into Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2017, and how our clinicians are improving community health beyond the clinic. Here are your latest highlights in CHOP research news.

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Aug 23 2017

Mitochondrial Gene Defects Associated With Autism Traced Back to Ancient Times

Differences in mitochondrial function are a major factor in understanding the origins of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study led by Douglas Wallace, PhD, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, that points way back to genetic vulnerabilities accumulated during ancient human migrations.

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Aug 17 2017

Did a New App Facilitate Faster, Easier Dermatology Consults for Families?

Nobody enjoys sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, especially when they have an uncomfortable skin condition. A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study team tested a direct-to-consumer mobile app designed to facilitate routine dermatologic consultations for children and adolescents. The pilot study results showed the telemedicine technology was acceptable, easy to use, and expedited care.

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Aug 15 2017

Girl Power: Meet CHOP Research Hero, Brynn Connor

At 2 ½ years old, pediatricians at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia diagnosed Brynn Clare Connor with Rett syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that disrupts a child’s communication, coordination, muscle control, and growth over time. Caused by a mutation in the MECP2 gene, Rett syndrome can occur in both genders but almost exclusively affects girls.

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Aug 11 2017

Toyota Collaboration, CHOP Most Wired, Breastfeeding in the N/IICU, Weighing In on Ear Infections and E-Cigarettes

CHOP Research In the NewsEar infections, e-cigarettes, and exciting collaborations, oh my! In this week’s research news roundup, we followed the trails of our clinicians and investigators as they used expertise and evidence to weigh in on mainstream health issues.

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Aug 8 2017

Are We Ready for Self-driving Cars?

Self-driving cars are speedily racing toward becoming an everyday reality, with Congress considering recently introduced bills that would allow the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to oversee the deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads, pre-empting individual states from issuing local laws.

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Aug 4 2017

Got Skills? What it Takes to be a Learning Health System Researcher

learning-health-system_cropDon’t let those crisp, white lab coats fool you. While researchers share the ultimate goal of reaching new findings that can advance the best possible medical care, they aren’t all the same.

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Aug 1 2017

Can Electronic Alerts Help Identify Sepsis in Sick Children?

A two-step electronic alert system successfully reduced missed sepsis diagnoses in children by 76 percent. The new pediatric protocol, which incorporates the use of vital signs, risk factors, and a clinician’s judgment, shows promise as a sensitive and specific tool that can help pediatricians working in the emergency department (ED) save lives.

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Jul 28 2017

Psychology in Media Award, Targeted Cancer Drugs, Dermatology App, CHOP ROP Model, Beckwith-Wiedemann Conference

CHOP Research In the NewsRead on for more exciting headlines from this week, including highlights from our inaugural “Deciphering Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome” conference.

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Jul 27 2017

CHOP Hosts Deciphering Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome Conference

kalish_cropIt was weekend of firsts on many fronts, as physicians, genetic counselors, nurses, researchers, and families gathered July 21–23 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute for the inaugural Deciphering Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) conference. BWS is a rare overgrowth disorder involving genetic and epigenetic changes that occur approximately every one in 10,500 births.

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