Tag Archive: Center for Autism Research

Oct 9 2019

New Study Explores In-Home Sleep Apnea Evaluation for Children With Down Syndrome

By Barbara Drosey

Obstructive sleep apnea affects a disproportionate number of children with Down syndrome – 40 to 50 percent – compared to the 3 to 5 percent of their typically developing peers who are affected. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs more frequently during REM sleep, a sleep stage during which the body is completely relaxed, allowing the upper airways to become partially or completely blocked. Children with Down syndrome have midfacial hypoplasia, enlarged tongues, and baseline low muscle tone, all of which make them more prone to obstructive sleep apnea. These repeated obstructions in breathing can cause oxygen deprivation, carbon dioxide retention, and repeated awakenings that prevent children from getting a good night’s sleep.

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Oct 4 2019

In The News: Screening Tool for Autism, Recognition of ECMO Center Manager, Generous Gift for Palliative Care, Research Leadership Position, Non-verbal Children with Autism

By Nancy McCann

Take a look at who’s been making research headlines lately. This week we’re covering the accuracy of an autism spectrum disorder screening tool; the generous gift for palliative care, treatment, and research; and the international recognition of our Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Center manager, James Connelly.

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Sep 6 2019

In the News: Cancer Drug Approval, Chief of Infectious Diseases, Genetics and Obesity, Police Encounters and Autism, Rare Disease Q&A, Stress Resilience

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and settle into days with a little more structure (and a little less humidity). It’s also Childhood Cancer Awareness month, a special time to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and recognize the researchers who work toward discovering causes and developing treatments. In this week’s research news roundup, learn how scientists in our Cancer Center contributed to the approval of a new cancer drug to treat solid and brain tumors, join us in welcoming our new Chief of Infectious Diseases, learn about new discoveries into stress resilience, and more.

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Jun 28 2019

In the News: Driving and Autism, Epilepsy Learning System, Youth-onset Diabetes, Mitochondrial Research Award, MicroRNA and Obesity, Well-being Measures

Even as the lazy days of summer approach, our researchers are busy making news with innovations in their respective fields. In this edition of In The News, a multidisciplinary study lauds parental support as key for autistic adolescents who want to drive, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announces a pioneering partnership in the Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System, and the TODAY study shows youth-onset type 2 diabetes leads to later complications. 

For more summer reading, Dr. Douglas Wallace is honored for mitochondrial research; scientists find a correlation among gut microbiota, microRNA 181 (miR-181), and obesity; and a validated pediatric tool for self-reported outcomes becomes available for clinical use.

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May 17 2019

In the News: Early Investigator Award, Microbiome and Depression, INSAR 2019, Families’ Internet Searches, Telehealth Grant, and Pediatric Medical Devices

In this week’s news roundup, a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia researcher is recognized for her work to improve clinical effectiveness for children with endocrine-related diseases, and Center for Autism scientists present findings to the international autism research community. 

Other highlights include an investigation of the effects of the microbiome on the brain that could lead to novel treatments for psychiatric conditions, a look into Google searches as a mechanism to offer more tailored support and education to families with children newly diagnosed with cancer, and a funding boost for telehealth research. In addition, the CHOP-based Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium announced its latest seed grants to support the creation and development of medical devices designed for children. 

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May 14 2019

CHOP Awarded Inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge Grants

The soggy start to last year’s inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge didn’t keep more than 3,000 cyclists, runners, and walkers from joining the cause to raise funds for innovative research and programs to learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If participants minded the rain, you couldn’t tell from the smiling faces peeking from under hoods and hats. 

The Challenge raised $2.5 million to address the complexities of autism through collaborative research among founding beneficiary partners Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. These organizations aim to share their discoveries to advance autism research in Philadelphia and around the world. 

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May 3 2019

Where Discovery Leads: Capturing the Complexity of Autism

By Jillian Rose Lim, Nancy McCann, Barbara Drosey, and Sharlene George

Editor’s Note: Where Discovery Leads is a multimedia storytelling project that delves into key research themes at CHOP Research Institute. This is part one of a three-part series that focuses on novel diagnostic tools and approaches being developed under the leadership of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. See part 2 and part 3 of the series.

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May 3 2019

Where Discovery Leads: New Phone App for Name Recognition to Aid Autism Screening

By Nancy McCann

Editor’s Note: Where Discovery Leads is a multimedia storytelling project that delves into key research themes at CHOP Research Institute. This is part two of a three-part series that focuses on novel diagnostic tools and approaches being developed under the leadership of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. See part 1 and part 3 of this series.

A child’s diminished response to hearing his or her name has long been recognized as a red flag for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and now researchers have developed a phone app to quantitatively measure this behavior as a way to help screen for this complex neurodevelopmental diagnosis.

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May 3 2019

Where Discovery Leads: Expanding Access to Diagnosis With ECHO Autism

By Barbara Drosey

Editor’s Note: Where Discovery Leads is a multimedia storytelling project that delves into key research themes at CHOP Research Institute. This is part three of a three-part series that focuses on novel diagnostic tools and approaches being developed under the leadership of the Center for Autism Research at CHOP. See part 1 and part 2 of this series.

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Jan 25 2019

In the News: PA Device Consortium, Suicide Awareness, Future Fertility, Pneumonia Antibiotics, CAR Hosts Family Fun Research Day

If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration during January’s long and sometimes dreary days, don’t miss this week’s roundup of headlines from in and around Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Our scientists’ passionate work in the lab found a spotlight in the mainstream media as “TODAY” featured how our stem cell research can help today’s cancer survivors become tomorrow’s parents. Meanwhile, eye-opening findings from the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBi) sparked a wider conversation about how pediatricians and parents can stay alert for suicidal thoughts in teens. In more news, a recent study highlighted the need for more antibiotic stewardship in non-children’s hospitals, while a successful device consortium based at CHOP officially became a statewide affair.

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