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December

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New research from Aurel Cami, PhD, and Ben Reis, PhD, is a mathematical prediction model to forsee adverse drug reactions before they happen. U.S.News & World Report. ModernHealthcare.com also reports on the research. December 27, 2011

Norman Spack, MD, speaks with NPR’s Allison Keyes about treating transgender youths and Children’s Gender Management Services (GeMS) Clinic. National Public Radio. December 27, 2011

A lipstick-sized inhalable-caffeine dispenser is drawing fire from the American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as a potential health hazard. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, comments that caffeine can increase heart rate and blood pressure, as well as anxiety in people with anxiety disorders. WPIX-TV andNewsday also reported on this issue. The Boston Herald. December 23, 2011

Claire McCarthy, MD, was nominated as one of Melrose’s “Leading Lights.” The Melrose Patch. December 23, 2011

Cisco Santa event took place in the Patient Entertainment Center and patients waited in line to chat with Santa via video link set up by Cisco Systems. Carrie Card, CCLS, explains how special this event is for patients like Alina and Desiree. WHDH-TV. December 22, 2011

Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN, weighs in on a study about mindfulness training which may help arthritis patients cope, noting that the research is strong and adds to previous research that suggests mindfulness is most effective for mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and binge-eating disorder, plus pain syndromes and musculoskeletal diseases. U.S.News & World Report (via HealthDay News). December 21, 2011

Singer Joey McIntyre joined the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart for a special holiday sing-along and concert for patients and their parents at Children’s. WHDH-TV, WCVB-TV and WBZ-TV also covered the holiday concert. The Boston Herald. December 21, 2011

Baby Pierce of Indianapolis who suffers from a rare heart condition and recently underwent surgery at Children’s. Initially Indiana Medicaid refused to transfer Pierce to Children’s but with his mother’s perseverance and a grass roots effort Pierce made it to Children’s. CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. December 20, 2011

Peter Rohloff, MD, founder of Wuqu’ Kawoq (pronounced woo-ku- ka-woke), an NGO organization committed to providing cultural and linguistically appropriate healthcare to the indigenous people of the Guatemalan Highlands, is one of the organizations featured on 20/20 “Points of Light.” ABC News. December 19, 2011

John Knight, MD, speaks about teenagers using marijuana and discusses the uptick in marijuana use and the common misconceptions that marijuana is less risky than other drugs. Fox 25 News. December 16, 2011

Chilean doctors successfully separated conjoined twin girls in a marathon 20-hour surgery. Steven Fishman, MD, notes that if the twins get to the point where they are well enough to go home, they will likely do well long term. The New York Times (via the Associated Press). December 15, 2011

Hiep Nguyen, MD, is sending some patients home with VGo robots as part of an innovative study that monitors patients remotely, allowing them to heal at home and have less follow-up visits in person and showcases the importance of telemedicine, leading to better quality of care at home. The Boston Globe and Nextgov.com also covered the story. ABCNews.com. December 14, 2011 

Nicole Maines, a 14-year-old patient and transgender youth living in Maine with her parents and twin brother is featured. Nicole’s doctor, Norman Spack, MD, explains the puberty suppression therapy Nicole receives to live her life as a happy and healthy young woman. ABCNews.com also covered the story. The Boston Sunday Globe.December 12, 2011

Northeastern University student Kayla St. Pierre suffered from Meningococcal disease at age 10. Richard Malley, MD, speaks about the disease, the warning signs and what parents should do if they suspect their child may be showing symptoms of the disease.WCVB-TV (Channel 5 Boston). December 12, 2011

American Public Health Association and Children’s Hospital Boston collaborated efforts to track the spread of influenza in real time via an online tool called “Flu Near You” which maps influenza activity as users self-report symptoms each week. Flu Near You is based on the HealthMap platform developed by John Brownstein, PhD, which is designed to offer a real-time view of emerging infectious disease threats around the world. MSNBC.com. December 7, 2011

Michelle Zeager, MPH, finds there is no agreement on what "normal" levels of aluminum are in children. The Baltimore Sun (via Reuters Health). December 7, 2011

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, comments on reports about teen “sexting.” He says “sexting” is probably an issue that is exaggerated by everyone. The Washington Post (via the Associated Press)December 6, 2011

A story of Janise and Andy Turso and their excitement for the birth of their daughter who was born with Down syndrome is told. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, provides insight from three surveys he recently published, discusses the new tests that are available to detect Down syndrome in the first trimester of pregnancy in a second story and describes the importance of accessibility to accurate, up-to-date information to an opinion columnist for the Green Bay Gazette. The Columbus Dispatch. December 5, 2011

Kiernan Tellier, age 9, has spent much of his life at Children’s fighting a rare genetic condition called IPEX and attended last night’s Champions for Children’s event to celebrate the people who tirelessly support the lifesaving mission of the hospital. The Weston Town Crier. December 2, 2011

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November

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William Meehan, MD, and colleagues examine how a concussion can cause damage in a young athlete's brain that may last longer than originally thought. MedPage Todayalso reported on the study. U.S.News & World Report (via HealthDay News). November 30, 2011

Joel Hirschhorn, MD, PhD, finds that people with short stature have an excess number of rare deletions, or missing copies of specific genes, possibly leaving them significantly smaller than average. The Scientist. November 30, 2011

Elie Madden, a one-year-old Dublin girl will undergo surgery at Children’s to treat severe posterior tracheomalacia and long gap esophageal. Elie will spend three months in a medically induced coma to allow her esophagus to grow. The Irish Times. November 29, 2011

CEO James Mandell, MD, says that tiered and limited insurance plans have severe potential to limit care and present one of the greatest threats to access in the Commonwealth. The Boston Globe (subscription required). November 28, 2011

Joel Hirschhorn, MD, PhD, found that people with short stature had an excess number of rare deletions, or missing copies, of specific genes, possibly leaving them significantly smaller than average. U.S.News & World Report (via HealthDay News). November 25, 2011

Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, is interviewed about his new study which found that a two-drug treatment appears to create conditions that could help people survive some of the worst known health conditions associated with high levels of radiation exposure. New ScientistScience News, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Nature.com also cover the research. WPIX-TV (New York City). November 25, 2011

John Brownstein, PhD, speaks about a new Danish study that found people who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution may face a slightly increased risk of developing diabetes. Reuters Health. November 25, 2011

Caleb Seymour, an 8-year-old patient, tore his ACL playing football and underwent surgery to repair it. Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, explains the injury and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to Caleb about his own ACL injury and rehabilitation process. WCVB-TV. November 22, 2011

Gonzales-Heydrich, MD, comments about the scarcity of ADHD. His colleagues are managing drug regimens for young patients with the disorder. NPR’s “Morning Edition.” November 21, 2011

William Meehan, MD, found that of the 7,257 high school injuries reported in the 2009-2010 academic year, about 15 percent were concussions. About 76 percent of concussions were in male athletes, 11 percent were repeat concussions and most occurred in varsity sports. The Boston Globe’s “Be Well” column. November 21, 2011

Juan Melero-Martin, PhD, found a way to reverse anemia in lab mice, potentially paving the way for similar progress in humans. Mass High Tech. November 21, 2011

Mark Kiernan, MD, PhD, was given a check for $100,000 from funds raised at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s fourth annual “New England Celebrities Tackle Cancer” Gala.The Mansfield Patch. November 21, 2011

Through New Year's Eve, Legal Sea Foods will donate a portion of the proceeds from every gift card sold to Boston Children's Hospital. The Milford Daily News. November 21, 2011

Boston Children's Hospital received a $1,000 check Wednesday night from a UPS Store as part of a reading initiative through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The Back Bay Patch. November 17, 2011

George Daley, MD, PhD, comments about the discontinued test of human embryonic stem cell therapy and says that translating promising science into new therapies is a slow process with many setbacks but a safe first trial would have paved the way for many others to follow. The Washington Post. November 17, 2011

Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, explains an injury of an 8-year-old Children’s patient, Caleb Seymour, and his parents talk about his experience tearing his ACL playing football. Diane Sawyer reports on ACL tears in young children and how the serious injury is becoming increasingly common at a younger age. ABC World News. November 16, 2011

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, contributes an op-ed column that describes new prenatal tests for detecting Down syndrome and the potential benefits, as well as difficult questions, they bring with them. USA Today. November 15, 2011

Gregory Priebe, MD, and a team at Harvard Medical School sequenced the genetic code of 112 samples of a virulent form of bacteria called Burkholderia dolosa that is highly resistant to antibiotics. The Wall Street Journal’s “Health Blog” (subscription required). November 15, 2011

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, speaks about an article he wrote on the importance of including firearm safety as part of physician-patient preventive care conversations.(Click “Listen to Part Three” and the conversation is at 17:20.) CBC Radio program “As It Happens.” November 15, 2011

Children’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are fighting for a place in the state’s new health care world. Vice President of Government Relations Joshua Greenberg explains that pediatric care is different than adult medicine and kids, especially those with chronic conditions, should be protected. The Patriot Ledger’s “Mass. Market.” November 14, 2011

Gary Fleisher, MD, explains a reduction in funding for research would not only be damaging to the state economy, but cuts would stymie promising research and discourage young scientists from entering the field. The Boston Globe. November 14, 2011

Sarah de Ferranti, MD, MPH, comments on the guidelines for the new cholesterol tests for 9-11 year olds and offers her support for them. The Boston Globe. November 14, 2011

Sleep specialist Richard Ferber, MD meets actors and actresses, authors and singers at a Children’s event in L.A. The Boston Globe’s “Names” blog. November 11, 2011

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, wrote a response to a Florida law that would have restricted doctors from talking to patients about guns in the home. The Boston Herald blog “The Pulse.” November 11, 2011

Boston Children's Hospital and Pfizer have entered a collaboration aimed at identifying therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. November 11, 2011

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, argues that physicians should be permitted to ask about the presence of firearms in their patients’ homes, as part of physician-patient preventive care conversations. The Boston Globe’s “White Coat Notes” health blog also covers the article. The Washington Post’s “The Checkup” health blog. November 10, 2011

Children’s Hospital Boston is working with Pfizer Inc. on a drug discovery program focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscular disease that affects newborn boys and currently has no approved treatments. Mass High Tech.November 10, 2011

Daniel Kohane, MD, PhD, is researching about contact lenses and focuses on using contact lenses as a means of drug delivery. KCBS. November 10, 2011

Joshua Sparrow, MD, notes that parents should avoid linking breathing, feeding, toilet-training and falling asleep to punishment or other consequences because that automatically places the child in control. The Washington Post. November 9, 2011

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, found that rapid growth in infant height and weight can foretell obesity in childhood. USA Today (via the Associated Press) and Nursery World also covers the study. The Los Angeles Times. November 9, 2011

Zak Boggs, midfielder for the New England Revolution, is a finalist for Major League Soccer’s “Humanitarian of the Year Award” for his work in the lab of Marsha Moses, PhD, researching potential cancer diagnostics and prognostics, and regular visits to patients at the hospital. The Boston Metro. November 8, 2011

Alan Woolf, MD, MPH, speaks about the value of poison control centers, whose funding is threatened by state and federal budget cuts. The New York Times.November 8, 2011

Children’s is ranked 9th in The Boston Globe’s 2011 “Top Places to Work.”The Boston Globe. November 7, 2011

Sandra Fenwick, President and COO participated in a discussion about attracting and retaining top talent. The Boston Globe. November 7, 2011

Adrienne Randolph, MD, MsC, found that one-third of children hospitalized in pediatric ICU’s for H1N1 influenza during the first year of the pandemic were previously healthy, and of that population there was one common risk factor for flu-related mortality: a simultaneous infection with MRSA. The New York Times and CBSNews.com also covers the study. USA Today. November 7, 2011

Marcia Cross, star of Desperate Housewives and mother of 4-year-old twins, highlights her work raising awareness of childhood hunger, dedication to giving back and her visit to Children’s. Scholastic Parent & Child. November 4, 2011

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, comments about a Jackson Square playground delayed due to legal processes and says that fundraising for the project is going well and the team is getting nearer to its goal. The Jamaica Plain Gazette. November 4, 2011

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Chairperson of the AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse and co-author, discusses how pediatricians should ask simple questions to quickly screen for drug and alcohol use in teenagers, intervene when appropriate, and find treatment options if necessary. Harvard Health BlogNovember 3, 2011

John Enders, PhD, successfully cultured the polio virus and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954 and is a pioneer in vaccine research that Bill Gates finds “fascinating.”Forbes.com. November 3, 2011

Craig Gerard, MD, PhD, is interviewed about an experimental drug from Vertex that is great promise against cystic fibrosis, raising hopes that it offers effective treatment to some people who have the life-threatening illness. CBS Evening News. November 3, 2011

Paul O’Connor, culinary program coordinator at Children’s, is quoted regarding the Tug Trains used to deliver food to the floors with the intention of brightening a child's day. The West Roxbury Patch. November 2, 2011

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Chairperson of the AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse and co-author of the statement, discusses a statement that says pediatricians should screen for drug and alcohol use in teenagers, intervene when appropriate, and find treatment options if necessary. Reuters. November 1, 2011

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, says that it is important people are thinking about imparting good social skills and manners on kids but we should not outsource those teaching moments too much. The Wall Street Journal. November 1, 2011

Alan Cohen, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery is announcing his new role at Children’s. Boston Business Journal. November 1, 2011

Claire McCarthy, MD, shares some tips for parents when it comes to controlling sweets around Halloween time. New England Cable News. November 1, 2011

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October

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A music therapist who spends time with patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston is helping cancer patients feel better. The Boston Globe.October 31, 2011

A patient’s parent describes her daughter’s experience with alarms which led to nurses to providing critical care when her daughter needed it and kept her alive. The Boston Globe. October 31, 2011

William Bosl, PhD, researched and is using EEGs to diagnose autism spectrum disorders in infants. The Boston Globe. October 31, 2011

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, is cited in an obesity report and suggests that in the most extreme cases, removal from the home may be considered for extremely obese children. The Wall Street Journal. October 31, 2011

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Chairperson of the AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse and co-author of the statement, comments on a policy that states pediatricians should use a series of simple questions to quickly screen for drug and alcohol use in teenagers, and intervene and find treatment options if necessary. MedPageTodayalso reports on the statement. MyHealthNewsDaily. October 31, 2011

Stella Kourembanas, MD, Chief of Newborn Medicine, discusses the advances in care for extremely premature newborns and the difficult conversations clinicians must have with parents about the future challenges these children may face. New Yorker. October 31, 2011

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and his efforts to reverse the rise in childhood obesity are featured. The Boston Globe Magazine. (subscription required) October 31, 2011

Susan Saleeb, MD, found that children and teenagers who complain of chest pain only rarely have a heart problem causing it. The study also found the Children’s chest pain SCAMP (Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan) to be an effective screening tool. Reuters Health also wrote a story about this study. Modern Medicine. October 27, 2011

Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, speaks about the CDC’s recommendation to routinely vaccinate boys from ages 9 to 26 against the human papillomavirus. New England Cable News also spoke to Claire McCarthy, MD, on the topic. Boston.com. October 26, 2011

Frances Jensen, MD, notes that a study about IQ growing and diminishing in adolescence doesn’t offer any clues to why this occurs, but it raises the possibility that training or other interventions could boost performance. The San Francisco Chronicle. October 21, 2011

Erik Halvorsen, PhD, director of the Technology and Innovation Development Office, was named to this year’s Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” classThe Ashland Tab. October 20, 2011

Jackie Green is an 18-year-old transgender girl who was treated by Norman Spack, MD, when she was younger. The Sun – UK. October 20, 2011

Frederick Alt, PhD, director of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and George Daley, MD, PhD, director of Stem Cell Transplantation are named members of the Institute of Medicine. Harvard Focus also reported on the newly elected members.The Boston Globe. October 18, 2011

Michael Rich, MD, notes that children are drawn to smartphones and tablets for the same reasons they are drawn to television. The Boston Globe. October 18, 2011

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, and Saranya Srinivasan, MD, presented information to colleagues at the American Academy of Pediatrics national meeting this week and believe that many firearm injuries are preventable through more careful firearm storage and better education about fire-arm safety. ABCNews.com. October 18, 2011

Nancy Snidman, PhD, notes shyness in children is very worrisome for parents and it isn’t particularly well tolerated in school-aged boys. National Public Radio (via the Associated Press). October 18, 2011

Marie Evans Schmidt, PhD, of the Center on Media and Child Health, states there are no developmental benefits to allowing children under the age of two watch television.Scientific AmericanOctober 18, 2011

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, notes many more women may opt for a less risky Down Syndrome test and will have to grapple with the information they provide. WBUR also covered the story. The New York Times. October 18, 2011

Proceeds from a Halloween Gala that will be held by “Kyleigh’s Cure” will benefit galactosemia research at Children’s Hospital Boston. The Patriot Ledger. October 17, 2011

Zachary Pittsenbarger, MD, finds that the number of emergency room visits due to mental health problems of children and young adults is on the rise and the largest rise was seen among children with neither health insurance nor public health insurance.Nurse.com and MedPage Today also cover the study. MSNBC.com (via MyHealthNewsDaily). October 17, 2011

Saranya Srinivasan, MD, found that the number of gun injuries suffered by children in the United States is significant and that while 63 percent of the injuries were intentional, 37 percent were accidental. U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay News). October 17, 2011

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, talks about the dangers of “huffing” – inhaling chemicals – in a story about a 17-year-old girl who passed out from inhaling while driving and crashed into two pedestrians, seriously injuring them. WBZ-TV Channel 4. October 14, 2011

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, explains the benefits of a tool to help doctors start conversations about the dangers of alcohol with younger patients. The Boston Globe.October 14, 2011

Zachary Pittsenbarger, MD, and Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH, found that mental health related visits continue to be a significant reason for presentation to the emergency department in the pediatric population and have increased disproportionately in underinsured patients in recent years. It is also covered by U.S. News & World Report(via HealthDay News). Kaiser Health NewsOctober 14, 2011

Mickey Casella, PT, along with The Boston Ballet’s Gino Di Marco developed Adaptive Dance Program at Boston Ballet which inspired the creation of Festival Ballet Providence’s Adaptive Dance Program for kids with Down syndrome. East Bay Newspaper. October 13, 2011

A 1-year-old girl from Ireland has esophageal atresia will be coming to Children’s for treatment. The Irish Voice. October 13, 2011

A family with a 1-year-old Amish boy from New York who was born with Down syndrome and esophageal atresia is hoping to raise money to pay for the specialized surgery which they hope will take place at Children’s. The Buffalo News. October 13, 2011

James Boyd, executive chef speaks about the commitment Children’s is making to offer healthy and tasty options for patients and visitors. Boyd is competing in the first annual Massachusetts Health Council Hospital Chef Challenge on October 27. WBUR “Radio Boston.” October 12, 2011

Hiep T. Nguyen, MD, cautions repeat UTIs in young children (generally younger than 5) are not the same as those in older kids or adults. Reuters News. October 12, 2011

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, will lead the clinical side of a $1.7 million federal grant to launch pilot programs in New Bedford and Fitchburg to fight obesity in children ages 2 to 12. Boston.com. October 12, 2011

Jackie Ballou, MS, RD, LDN, of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center speaks about influencing children’s eating habits and how instituting guidelines for healthy snacks may help. The Daily Item. October 10, 2011

Scott Armstrong, MD, PhD, received the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The Wayland Town Crier. October 10, 2011

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, created tips for parents on how to start and guide conversations with children about their online activities that are available on a special Comcast website and Children’s Center for Media and Child Health website.Boston.com. October 10, 2011

Scott Leibowitz, MD, speaks about a pilot program at Children’s for patients who are transgender or “gender variant.” The Boston Globe. October 10, 2011

Janice Ware, PhD, comments that babies are more likely to need support down the road who are pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. October 10, 2011

Susan Saleeb, MD, studied and looked at 3,700 children and young adults ages 7 to 22 who were evaluated for chest pain found only 1 percent had a cardiac cause.U.S.News & World Report. October 10, 2011

John Knight, MD, is interviewed about teen substance abuse. WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “CityLine.” October 9, 2011

A 13-year-old patient who recently received a bone marrow transplantis documenting his journey with cancer on his blog. Forbes. October 6, 2011

George Daley, MD, PhD, comments on a report from scientists who worked on creating cloned human embryonic stem cells for therapeutic uses. The Wall Street Journal,The Los Angeles TimesNational Public Radioand The Boston Globe’s “White Coat Notes” blog also report on the research. The New York Times. October 6, 2011

Naomi Oyemwense, BA, is part of the research team that published research that found hospitals that meet performance standards for treating kids with asthma – specifically compliance with providing a written home management plan upon discharge – haven’t seen a corresponding decrease in asthma-related readmission or emergency care and Charles Homer, MD, MPH, of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and Boston Children's Hospital, wrote an accompanying commentary on the study. Reuters Health. October 5, 2011

Andrew Fine, MD, MPH, and Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, studied and found that access to real-time biosurveillance data can help physicians improve the accuracy of their diagnoses. American Medical NewsOctober 4, 2011

Robert Graham, MD, talks about Children’s home ventilation program, which sends Graham to the home of pediatric patients who are on ventilators as a way of improving health outcomes and lowering costs. The Boston Business Journal. October 3, 2011

James Kasser, MD, provides perspective on new research that suggests orthopedic surgeons are more hesitant to see kids with broken bones than they were a decade ago. Reuters Health. October 3, 2011

Kathleen Gura, PharmD, gives the example of a tiny infant born only 23 weeks past conception, as premature as a baby can be and still survived, who wouldn't have survived without access to electrolytes, which have experienced a nation-wide shortage for months. National Public Radio. October 3, 2011

Claire McCarthy, MD, comments on a study which finds that about 13 percent of parents are skipping or delaying their children’s immunizationsand following an “alternative” vaccination schedule that puts kids at serious risk. USA Today. October 3, 2011

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, argued that the U.S. should support testing to determine whether banning food-stamp purchases of sugared soda would reduce America's obesity epidemic. The New York Daily News. October 3, 2011

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September

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Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, suggests the reality of Down syndrome is positive for a vast majority of parents, siblings and people with Down syndrome themselves. An accompanying MSNBC.com column says the studies provide powerful data and an important perspective that has been hard to hear. MSNBC.com. September 29, 2011.

David Breault, MD, PhD, John Brownstein, PhD, and Nicholas Haining, BM, BCh – are recipients of the PECASE award (Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineer) presented by President Barack Obama. The Boston Globe. September 27, 2011.

Suzanne Rostler, MS, RD, LDN, talks about the importance of child care providers/day care centers providing healthy snacks to children. The Boston Globe. September 26, 2011.

Panera Bread in Stoughton committed to donating 10 cents to Children’s for every cookie sold and decorated in their store. The Stoughton Patch. September 26, 2011.

Children’s Lori Parras recommends that parents talk to their children about nutrition and healthy choices instead of “good” and “bad” food, and model good health habits.WCVB-TV Channel 5. September 26, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, which surveyed more than 3,000 family members and people with Down syndrome across the country in an effort to understand each group’sperspective of life with the chromosomal disorder. Disability Scoop. September 26, 2011.

William Meehan, MD, explains concussions and their symptoms after missing Wrentham boy turned up safe but disoriented on a doorstep in Dedham. New England Cable News also reported on the story and interviewed Meehan. Fox 25. September 26, 2011.

The Community Asthma Initiative is improving the lives of children with asthma while also significantly reducing the total costs of care for these patients. The Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA). September 22, 2011.

Daniel Kohane, MD, PhD, that finds liposomes block HIV infection in female mice when injected intra-vaginally. Kohane and his team believe that this solution could work particularly well in developing countries. Mass High Tech. September 21, 2011.

Scott Armstrong, MD, PhD, of the Dana Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center is one of three recipients of the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The Boston Herald. September 21, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, speaks about “sleep texting” in the adolescent population and how it disrupts their sleep cycles and impacts their ability to retain knowledge. Fox 25. September 21, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, and Anne Gatewood Hoen, PhD, finds that a federal government recommendation to give preschoolers the flu vaccine resulted in a large decrease in emergency room visits among 2- to 4-year-olds and benefits for older children as well. Global TV. September 21, 2011.

Andrew Fine, MD, MPH, and Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, finds that getting doctors real-time information on nearby infections can improve patient care — for strep throat alone, potentially helping tens of thousands avoid either a delayed diagnosis or getting antibiotics they don’t need. USA Today. September 20, 2011.

Children’s John Brownstein, PhD, and Anne Gatewood Hoen, PhD, lead a study which finds that a federal government recommendation to give preschoolers the flu vaccine resulted in a large decrease in emergency room visits among 2- to 4-year-olds and benefits for older children as well. The Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog,Reuters, Canadian Press, U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay News), Montreal Gazette (via PostMedia) and MedScape also cover the study. The New York Times.September 20, 2011.

The Nickelodeon program “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” airs a special about Grace, a patient of the Children’s Pediatric Transplant Center and is a heart recipient. Grace and her mother share their experience with heart transplantation and Children’s doctors and staff, including Elizabeth Blume, MD, are shown in pictures of Grace’s time in the hospital. The New York Times calls the special a “lovely, honest segment.”Nick News. September 20, 2011.

The Lyndon School community raised $2,347.25 for Children's in a week-long Sept. 11 tenth-anniversary fundraiser in the name of Gerard Dewan, a West Roxbury native and FDNY firefighter who lost his life on 9/11. The West Roxbury Patch. September 19, 2011.

A mother is interviewed whose son is being treated for leukemia at Children’s and walking in the Jimmy Fund Walk. New England Cable News. September 19, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, describes conversations she has had about vaccines with parents, many of whom want to talk about the meningitis vaccine but may be wary of the HPV vaccine. The Boston Globe. September 19, 2011.

Cerebral palsy patient Evan Williams, will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s game at Fenway and join leaders from CVS Caremark and the hospital on the field before the game in a check presentation ceremony to celebrate $1 million in donations to the hospital’s Cerebral Palsy Program and Augmentative Communication Program within the Center for Communication Enhancement. The Boston Globe. September 19, 2011.

A mother and her fifteen-month-old daughter are both fighting dual cancers. Esther Obeng, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center, is the physician of the infant who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. CNN.com. September 19, 2011.

Lauren Mednick, PhD, answers a reader’s question about her daughter’s recent fear of insects and ways the reader might approach the situation. Boston.com. September 16, 2011.

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, principal investigator of the Gene Partnership notes that thehospital pilot project do whole genome sequencing on 24 families with autism in an effort to understand the genetic causes of the condition and possible preventions. The Wall Street Journal. September 16, 2011.

Children’s had a 91.3 percent compliance rate last year from hospital employees to get a flu shot. MetroWest Daily News, The Boston Herald (via the AP) and theTheBostonchannel.com also reported on the news. The Boston Globe. September 15, 2011.

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, comments about the dangers of a leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. The Boston Globe. September 15, 2011.

Senior VP for Information Services & Chief Information Officer Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, is interviewed about the hospital’s social media presence and staff policies. Health Data Management. September 14, 2011.

Children’s Hospital Boston is part of a 10-hospital coalition that pledged to adopt policies to mandate seasonal flu vaccines for all health care workers. The Boston Globe. September 14, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, development of HealthMap flags outbreaks as they happen around the world in real time. CNN.com. September 14, 2011.

Senior VP for Information Services & Chief Information Officer Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, attended the Consumer Health IT Summit and pledged supportof this initiative. The Washington Times. September 13, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, speaks about a new study that indicates that fast-paced cartoon shows have a negative impact on the brain’s ability to perform higher level functions. WBZ-TV Channel 4speaks with Rich and reports on the study. The Boston Globe. September 13, 2011.

President and COO Sandra Fenwick, spoke about Children’s efforts to improve care and reduce costs at a North Shore Chamber of Commerce. The Salem News. September 12, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, speaks about a new tablet device aimed at two- to five-year-olds to help kids learn language and reading skills more effectively. Rich says it probably won’t; that there is a sensory component to books that isn’t there with books on electronic pads or tablets. The Boston Globe. September 12, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, is profiled and describes his HealthMap invention and connection to the Hollywood movie “Contagion.” The Globe and MailBusiness Review CanadaToronto Starand The Atlantic, also report on his work. The Boston Globe.September 12, 2011.

Children’s Hospital Boston is praised for its use of blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and YouTube videos. BostInnovation.September 12, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, comments about a simple blood test that will tell newly pregnant women if they are carrying a child with Down syndrome and the implications of this emerging technology. The San Jose Mercury News. September 12, 2011.

The first black child diagnosed with Progeria lives in South Africa and flies to Children’s to participate in a clinical trial funded by PRF. ABCNews.com. September 12, 2011. 

President and COO Sandra Fenwick spoke at The Executive Breakfast Forum hosted by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and discussed the innovative ways Children’s has reduced the cost of care while improving quality and health outcomes.The Daily Item. September 8, 2011.

William Meehan, MD, notes that about 15 percent of all high school injuries are sports-related concussions in regards to the new state concussion laws. The Patriot Ledger.September 7, 2011.

Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins came to the hospital yesterday and brought theStanley Cup to patients. NESN. September 7, 2011.

Judith Palfrey, MD, has been named executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign, a national campaign targeting childhood obesity.The New York Times’ blog “The Caucus” and The Hillalso report on the appointment. The Boston Globe. September 6, 2011.

George Daley, MD, PhD, comments on a study that used frozen cells to make induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) September 6, 2011.

A writer tours Optimal Weight For Life (OWL) clinic and speaks with David Ludwig, MD, PhD, about childhood obesity. The Boston Globe. September 6, 2011.

An obituary for Myra Fox, 75, who spent 44 years working on behalf of sick children at Children’s and pioneered the Child Life Services profession. The Boston Globe.September 6, 2011.

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, addresses the question of how parents can encourage their children to refrain from drinking underage at high school parties. Family CircleThe Scientist. September 1, 2011.

Dennis Rosen, MD, comforts a concerned parent whose daughter gets very upset and physically sick when it’s time to go to bed. Boston.com. September 1, 2011.

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Avalanna Routh participates in the Beckett Bowl which raises money for The Jimmy Fund. Boston.com, NESN.com, Inside Track of The Boston Herald, NECN also covered the event. The Boston Globe. August 30, 2011.

The Burns family of Concord is hosting a Rwandan teen while he undergoes treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. The Boston Globe. August 30, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, speaks about a book targeted to kids four to eight years old about an overweight 14-year-old who becomes popular after eight months of dieting.The Boston Herald. August 30, 2011. 

George Daley, MD, PhD, comments on the far-reaching effects of relatively unstudied RNA molecules called lincRNAs. Nature. August 29, 2011.  

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, wrote a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting that in the most extreme cases, state intervention, including education, parent training, and temporary protective custody, may be considered forextremely obese children. Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2011. 

Many doctors and nurses rely on public transportation in response to Tropical Storm Irene. Two Children’s nurses note their dependence on the MBTA to get to their shifts. WBZ-TV Channel 4. August 29, 2011.

President and COO Sandra Fenwick was the keynote speaker at The Boston Business Journal's 2011 Champions in Healthcare awards breakfast last Friday. She addressed the risks that high health care costs pose to Massachusetts quality care and discussed the ways Children's has reduced costs by more than $120 million over the past three years and the more than 200 projects implemented to help deliver care more efficiently. Boston Business Journal. August 26, 2011. 

John Knight, MD, says advances in neuroscience and longitudinal studies show thatexposure to alcohol, tobacco and drugs at a young age leads to greater chances for permanent damage and psychological disorders later in life. Family Practice News. August 25, 2011. 

John Brownstein, PhD, and his team created the HealthMap website to track and map infectious disease outbreaks HealthMap marks its fifth anniversary this year and the site is part of a public education campaign planned by producers of the upcoming Hollywood film "Contagion." The Toronto Star. August 25, 2011. 

Dennis Rosen, MD, explains how to shift kids back to a schooltime sleep schedule and recommends parents should wake their kids up progressively earlier in the morning, rather than fighting to get them to go to sleep earlier at night. The Boston Globe. August 25, 2011. 

Claire McCarthy, MD, comments on the book,  Maggie Goes on a Diet – aimed at tackling the problems tied to childhood obesity, and says the focus should be less about weight and more about getting healthy. She provides some easy tips for families to get healthy together at home. New England Cable News. August 25, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, shares tips for making easy, healthy school lunches in a slideshow. Boston.com. August 24, 2011. 

William Meehan, MD, appears discusses concussions in high school sports, their symptoms and the new regulations aimed at raising awareness about their seriousness. FOX 25. August 23, 2011. 

David Mooney, MD, MPH, speaks about a new study that finds approximately 14 children per day fall out of windows in the United States. MyHealthyNewsDaily.com.August 22, 2011. 

Man Wai Ng, DDS, MPH, explains that cavities among young children are preventable and discusses ways to help parents ensure their children are practicing good oral hygiene. The Boston Globe. August 22, 2011.

Meghan MacLean Weir writes about the lingering questions she has when treating terminally ill children and the importance of dignity in death for pediatric patients and their families. The Boston Globe. August 22, 2011. 

John Brownstein, PhD, that discusses the “HealthMap” system he developed with Clark Freifeld and how social media is used for HealthMap to deliver real-time information on disease outbreaks. CNN. August 19, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, writes a blog post about his HealthMap project that tracks and provides real-time information about disease outbreaks and epidemics around the world and has evolved as a mobile app. TIME Magazine. August 16, 2011.

Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, writes about the importance of vaccinating infants in the first six months of life, when newborns are highly susceptible to disease. The Scientist. August 9, 2011.

Stephen Harrison, PhD, led a study that discovered a new antibody that acts against 30 of 36 strains of influenza and may prove helpful in efforts to develop a universal flu and treatment vaccine. U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay News). August 9, 2011.

Four local families came together to create a lemonade stand to benefit 5-year-old Leah Fernandesof Attleboro, who battled Medulloblastoma but recently passed away.The Norton Patch. August 8, 2011.

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, researched on trainee work hours and medical errors, and Theodore Sectish, MD, who directs the residency program at Children’s Hospital Boston shares his perspective. New York Times Magazine. August 8, 2011.

Advance for Nurses reports that Boston Children's Hospital ranks first in more specialties than any other children's hospital in the nation. U.S. News & World Report.August 8, 2011.

Timing is critical for Congress to reauthorize pediatric residency funding for the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program. HealthLeaders.com. August 5, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, discusses the “HealthMap” system he developed with Clark Freifeld and how social media is used for HealthMap to deliver real-time information on disease outbreaks. CNN. August 19, 2011. 

S. Bryn Austin, ScD,  studies and finds that introducing nutrition and exercise lessons into middle-school classrooms can reduce eating disorders among girls and ultimately save medical costs. The Boston Globe. August 2, 2011.

David Hunter, MD, PhD, asks, “How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Children?” He hasn't seen an increase in eye problems in young children and reports there is no scientific evidence to suggest that too much screen time causes eye problems in children. Voice of America. August 2, 2011.

William Meehan, MD, speaks about the Massachusetts state law that requires anyone involved with school teams to be trained annually in how to recognize concussions and get the appropriate care for those who suffer one. The Boston Globe. August 1, 2011.

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Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A, is interviewed about different methods for protecting your ears and preventing hearing loss. O, The Oprah Magazine. July 2011.

Children's ranks #5 in the top 40 places to work in academia. This distinction is based on a survey of the Children's research staff with a focus on collaboration, team building and unique funding opportunities. The Scientist. July 2011.

David Hunter, MD, PhD, says that he hasn't seen an increase in eye problems in young children, and that there isn't any scientific evidence to suggest that too much screen time causes eye problems in children. Voice of America. July 31, 2011.

 An article criticizing GQ for writing a fashion article that stated: “Due to so much local inbreeding, Boston suffers from a kind of Style Down Syndrome, where a little extra ends up ruining everything.”  mentions Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, and his Thrivingpostresponding to the offensive language. The Boston Globe. July 31, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, discusses a new breast feeding doll and if it is an appropriate toy for young children. New England Cable News. July 28, 2011.

Kevin Nugent, PhD, of the Brazelton Institute, discusses his passion for helping parents understand their baby's cues so that they can respond appropriately and build strong relationships. The Irish Times. July 26, 2011.

Stuart Goldman, MD, discusses how teens deal with grief and remember loved ones who have died. National Public Radio. July 26, 2011.

A study led by Heather Corliss, PhD, MPH, found approximately 25 percent of gay and lesbian teens and 15 percent of those who said they were bisexual were homeless, compared with just three percent of heterosexual teens. Boston.com. July 25, 2011.

Following Global "Hug Your Kids Day," Jayne Singer, PhD, discusses the importance of physical contact in a parent-child relationship. New England Cable News. July 19, 2011.

Children's Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses the recent controversy around GQ Magazine voting Boston the #1 worst dressed city in America and using extremely insensitive analogy that "Boston suffers from a kind of Style Down Syndrome." Fox 25 Boston. July 19 , 2011.

Boston Children's Hospital is included on the "Most Connected Hospital List" — an honor bestowed upon institutions that were ranked in the 2011-12 USNews Best Hospitals and/or Best Children's Hospitals rankings, and have a HIMSS Stage 6/7 ranking, as well. US News and World Report. July 18, 2011.

James Mandell, MD, CEO, and Edward Benz, MD, president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, note that the concepts of limited and tiered insurer networks have taken on a new currency but if not properly structured or regulated, could create serious barriers to critical care. The Boston Globe. July 16, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, speaks about his recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association that suggests in the most extreme cases, state intervention, including education, parent training, and temporary protective custody may be considered for extremely obese children. ABC News. July 14, 2011.

Charles Nelson, PhD, discusses autism and what is known to-date about the role of genetics and the environment in causing the disorders. WBUR's "Radio Boston." July 12, 2011.

A study that used the "therapeutic hypothermia" technique finds that 56 percent survived to be discharged from the hospital and 92 percent with most or all of their cognitive function intact. Monica Kleinman, MD, says the technique is an important tool to improve the outcome of cardiac arrest patients. The Wall Street Journal. July 12, 2011.

Richard Ferber, MD, speaks about the challenges parents face getting their children to sleep through the night, the causes of sleep problems and what it actually means to "Ferberize" a child. The Boston Globe. July 11, 2011.

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, about the range of injuries that can occur on backyard trampolines. Seven-year-old Children’s patient Neil Slotnick was injured on his family’s trampoline; he and his mother share their story and had the Today Show follow them to a recent appointment at Children’s where his leg was recast. NBC Today. July 11, 2011.

A patient in Sweden has had his cancerous windpipe removed and replaced by theworld's first artificial trachea, made of the patient’s own stem cells grown on a man-made plastic matrix.  George Daley, MD, PhD, says that the procedure represents yet another step in the evolution of tissue engineering. USA Today. July 8, 2011.

David Bickham, PhD, discusses the risks children face when signing up for social networking sites before the legal age of use, which is 13. Bickham notes parents should talk with their children about Facebook and social media. WCVB-TV. July 5, 2011.

A new technology developed by Oridion Systems is able to read a vital sign bymeasuring the levels of carbon dioxide in a patient’s breath. Children’s Baruch Krauss, MD, EdM, believes it is a useful tool because it gives physicians accurate insight into how much blood is flowing through a patient’s vital organs. The Boston Globe. July 4, 2011.

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The prevalence of food allergies has shot up in recent years and now affects some 8 percent of children in the U.S. Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, discusses his work with milk allergy desensitization research and how the field is evolving. Scientific American. June 30, 2011.

New research from the National Institutes of Health may suggest new avenues of treatment for progeria — a rapid-aging disorder that causes children to die of heart attacks or strokes in their teens.  Leslie Gordon, MD, PhD, says researchers are considering a clinical trial of the drug. The Wall Street Journal. June 29, 2011.

George Daley, MD, PhD, notes that bone marrow transplantation remains the only proven form of stem cell therapy and that virtually everything else is highly experimental. USA Today. June 29, 2011.

Google Health — a free online service that let people upload, store, analyze, and share their health information — will be closed down at the end of the year after the service failed to attract users.  Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, agrees that this represents health care providers' failure to share data across institutions and to make it easy for patients to obtain it. Technology Review. June 29, 2011.

Institutions within Boston and academic medical centers received more national health grant dollars than any other city for the 16th straight year and that Boston officials are trying to capitalize on the city's research prowess when recruiting biotech firms to Boston. Children's is one of the top recipients of federal research grants in 2010 receiving $126 million. The Boston Globe. June 28, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, gives advice to parents for talking with their tweens about Facebook. Public Radio International. June 27, 2011.

A presentation by John Brownstein, PhD, describes HealthMap —a web site he and his colleagues have created that tracks and maps reports of infectious disease.The Globe and Mail. June 27, 2011.

The results are detailed from the "SMART" Platform Apps Challenge, a contest created by Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, and Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, and supported by a Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Heathcare IT News. June 23, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses upcoming prenatal tests for detecting Down syndrome and the medical and ethical questions they raise. Southern California Public Radio. June 22, 2011.

A seventh grader set up an art party for Newman Elementary School fourth graders through Kidz b Kidz, a Needham-based nonprofit organization that teaches children about empathy and the importance of helping others by simply drawing a picture.  Drawings' proceeds benefit Children's. The Needham Patch. June 20, 2011.

The UPMC kidney transplant program remains on hold indefinitely following a recent incident where a patient received a kidney infected with hepatitis C. William Harmon, MD, comments that because the case is such a surprising incident, the full UNOS board would likely want to review any findings on the investigation. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 18, 2011.

New research suggests that teens and young adults may be the main drivers of seasonal and pandemic flu. John Brownstein, PhD, notes broad recognition that the under-18 age group is important in terms of their spread of influenza early in an epidemic. MSNBC. June 17, 2011.

The Boston Bruins have been inspiration for patients and families receiving treatment at Children's all season and interviews a patient and family about what a Stanley Cup win would mean to them. New England Cable News. June 15, 2011.

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone and New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulkparticipated in NSTAR's Walk for Boston Children's Hospital this year. Inside Gymnastics. June 14, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, notes that most juvenile biters are between about 10 months and 2 years old and parents should work to immediately correct the behavior. The Boston Globe. June 13, 2011.

Joshua Greenberg, vice president of Government Relations, remarks that cutting Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education funding could undermine access to care for kids. The Washington Post. June 12, 2011.

New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk took part in NSTAR's Walk for Boston Children's Hospital, helping break the ribbon for the start of the 2-mile walk and playing in the kids' tent with patients. ESPN.com Boston. June 12, 2011.

Dennis Rosen, MD, provides insight into what may be causing some children's sleep problems. The Boston Globe. June 11, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, says growing obesity rates among children, especially minority youth, may correlate to the high screen time. USA Today. June 8, 2011.

Michael Somers, MD, explains that the less time you have to spend growing patient specimens and sub typing something like E. coli, the easier it is to find the source of an epidemic. Technology Review. June 8, 2011.

Pfizer Inc. has announced a partnership with leading Boston-area hospitals, medical schools and universities in an attempt to address the years-long gap between basic science advances and the testing of drugs in patients. Boston Children's Hospital is part of this agreement. The Boston Globe. June 8, 2011.

William Meehan explained what happens immediately after a blow to the head andhow concussions can be diagnosed and treated. Fox 25 Boston. June 7, 2011.

"Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency," a new book written by Meghan MacLean Weir, MD, highlights the many experiences and emotions she experienced while treating patients from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds and varying conditions during her residency. WBUR's "CommonHealth" blog. June 6, 2011.

One Mission held a "Kids Cancer Buzz-off" at Gillette Stadium's Fidelity Investment Clubhouse, where members of the New England Patriots shaved the heads of New Englanders to benefit Boston Children's Hospital's Pediatric Oncology unit and children battling cancer and their families. The Boston Herald. June 6, 2011.

John Knight, MD, speaks about high school graduations and the dangers of underage drinking. Prom and graduation season is one of the deadliest for teens, and Dr. Knight says that kids are at great risk through the end of the summer. The Boston Herald. June 5, 2011.

Two-year-old Children's patient Aidan Carter, who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Hunter syndrome, travels to Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham weekly to receive infusions of an enzyme he is missing. Edward Neilan, MD, PhD, describes Hunter syndrome. The Boston Herald. June 5, 2011.

The Josh Beckett Foundation and After FX Customs are offering an "Ultimate Jeep Raffle" in which one lucky grand prizewinner can take home a brand new 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. Proceeds from the tickets will benefit Children's. The Peabody Patch. June 3, 2011.

The research of Charles Nelson, PhD, and William Bosl, PhD, uses EEG technology to analyze the electrical activity of infants' brains to try and determine whether a baby might be at higher risk of developing autism. National Public Radio. June 2, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, speaks about whether or not children under 13 should be on Facebook and suggests some rules parents can implement to make social networking safer for adolescents. The Boston Globe. June 2, 2011.

George Daly, MD, PhD, expresses concern over patients receiving therapies that have not been through clinical trials and the FDA approval process. USA Today. June 1, 2011.

Suzanne Rostler, MS, MA, RD, LDN, thinks there is a limited place in people's diets forhigh calorie/high fat items and they should be consumed sparingly because they have little nutritional value. WCVB-TV Channel 5. June 1, 2011.

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Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and Google.org have developed a new online tool for early detection of dengue outbreaks. LA Times. May 31, 2011.

HealthMap is discussed among efforts to mine information available on social networks for illness surveillance. Co-founder, John Brownstein, PhD, notes the difficulties of mining information from Twitter. MIT's Technology Review. May 31, 2011.

Research led by Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, finds a previously unknown biological pathway in mice that explains why influenza induces asthma attacks. The Scientist. May 29, 2011.

Children's President and COO Sandra Fenwick was in the audience at the recent"Celebration of Women in Healthcare" event sponsored by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. The Boston Globe. May 27, 2011.

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH notes that one barrier to PHR adoption could be patient trust. He goes on to say that one factor that could drive adoption is combining PHRs with social media, as patients have shown great willingness to discuss their health matters online. Search Health IT. May 24, 2011.

Alison Schonwald, MD, speaks about a new study that finds the number of children with developmental disabilities has increased by 17 percent in 12 years. USA Today. May 22, 2011.

The Hyannis Panera has contributed $2,404 to the greater Boston regions' $72,257 donation to Children's following three recent fundraising campaigns. The Barnstable-Hyannis Patch. May 22, 2011.

Red Sox teammates Mike Cameron and Darnell McDonald visited Children's patients. The Boston Herald. May 22, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, gives advice for how to address the challenge of children who are picky eaters. Boston.com. May 20, 2011.

More than 250 guests recently attended Children's inaugural "A Toast on the Coast"reception and live auction at the Black Rock Country Club in Hingham to benefit the Developmental Medicine Center. Boston.com. May 19, 2011.

New England Revolution Defenseman AJ Soares talks about how inspiring his visits to Children's are and how much he and some of his teammates are looking forward to participating in the June 12 NSTAR Walk for Boston Children's Hospital. Boston.com. May 19, 2011.

Children's ranks highest in six specialties according to the 2011-12 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals." US News. May 17, 2011.

New research from Charles Nelson, PhD, finds that early adversity in life can affect children's chromosomes, shortening telomere length. The Scientist. May 17, 2011.

The many reasons children may have trouble sleeping include sleep disorder, anxiety, too little exercise, sleep walking, middle of the night waking and wiggly limbs. Ronald Becker, MD, speaks about addressing children's sleep issues. CNN.com. May 16, 2011.

The sophisticated imaging techniques employed by Ellen Grant, MD, and Nadine Gaab, PhD, to study the developing brain in order to learn more about dyslexia and other learning disabilities are discussed. The Boston Globe. May 16, 2011.

George Daley, MD, PHD, speaks about an unexpected setback in stem cell research. Researchers reported last week that tissues made from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells might be rejected by a patient's immune system. The New York Times. May 13, 2011.

Dennis Rosen, MD, speaks with the  "Daily dose" column about addressing sleep issues in children. The Boston Globe. May 12, 2011.

New research marks the discovery of human lung stem cells which researchers say could give rise to the different cells in the lung and ultimately may hold the potential to regenerate and repair damaged lung tissue in patients. Lung stem cell research from Carla Kim, PhD, is referenced. The Boston Globe. May 11, 2011.

Ronald Samuels, MD, MPH, speaks about the recent increase of measles cases in the greater Boston area. New England Cable News. May 10, 2011.

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH, describes what she has seen in her experience as director of Children's Pediatric Palliative Care Service, and speaks about the dynamics between doctors and families as they determine a child's course of treatment. The Boston GLobe. May 9, 2011.

A study that found that doctors and nurses better serve patients when they have more face time with one another. Two resident care teams at Children's were organized so that patients were located close together to create the same type of teamwork environment that is typical in intensive care units. The Boston Globe. May 9, 2011.

A study led by Children’s Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH, evaluated 40,000 children with minor blunt head trauma and found that clinical observation is an equally effective tool when determining whether patients who are at low-risk of injury need a CT scan.CNN.com. May 9, 2011.

41-year-old Roe Van Epps, who was born with cystic fibrosis and is part of a clinical trial of Vertex drug VX-770, recently gave a talk to Children's cystic fibrosis team and speaks with Greg Sawicki, MD, MPH, aout his perspective on the drug. WBUR's "CommonHealth" Blog. May 6, 2011.

On May 15th, salons in Boston and beyond will be snipping locks with a minimum $40-donation as part of the second HAIRraising cut-a-thon to benefit Children's.Boston.com. May 6, 2011.

Twenty-five Children's nurses are recognized individually, as well as the entire Nursing staff on 6 West, 8 East, West and South and at Boston Children's Hospital at Lexington. The Boston Globe. May 6, 2011.

Heidi Watney visited the oncology unit at Children's and helped patients with Mother's Day arts and crafts projects. New England Sports Network. May 4, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, notes that since 9/11, parents have had the desire to make sure their children are safe and reachable. USA Today. May 4, 2011.

A new study that suggests parents should ask more questions before letting their childget an X-ray or CT scan. George Taylor, MD, remarks that there should be national standards to ensure that every child gets the same, appropriately low amount of exposure per scan. The Boston Globe. May 4, 2011.

Suzanne Rostler, MS, RD, LDN, suggests that children may be more prone to accept things like spicy foods if their mother is not only eating those foods while pregnant, but also while breast-feeding. The Boston Globe. May 4, 2011.

Roslyn Murov, MD, about the best ways to speak to children about Osama bin Laden's death as well as ways to ensure them that they are safe. WBZ-TV Channel 4. May 3, 2011.

A simple questionnaire filled out by a parent in a pediatrician's waiting room may soon become a standard tool to screen for autism in babies as young as 12 months. Alison Schonwald, MD, notes that most kids who have positive screens won't have autism but will have some other disability. The Boston Globe. May 2, 2011.

The MBTA is poised to roll out a voluntary stroller ban on buses and trains. David Mooney, MD, MPH, notes that the safest way to travel with small children on public transportation is keeping them strapped into their strollers or in a hard plastic infant carrier. The Boston Herald. May 1, 2011.

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Avery Toole, diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) shortly after birth and received a heart transplant from an 8-year-old Texas boy who was involved in an accident. KBTX-TV (CBS Affiliate in Bryan, Texas). April, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, is interviewed about summer camp safety and provides some steps that parents can take to protect their children from abuse, including having discussions about appropriate and inappropriate touching, and acknowledgment of personal comfort levels. Fox 25.  April 29, 2011.

Federal appeals court ruling that government financing of human embryonic stem cell research can continue. The lab of George Daley, MD, PhD, is featured. The New York Times. April 28, 2011.

Leonard Zon, MD, speaks about the federal appeals court ruling reversing stem cell policy. The Boston Globe. April 30.

Dennis Rosen, MD, writes about his first-hand experience treating an infantsuffering from severe gastroenteritis in a Port-Au-Prince hospital. The New York Times. April 25, 2011.

Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, discusses a study that may have found the key mechanism responsible for causing tissue damage in the lungs of people with severe cases of asthma. San Diego Union-Tribune. April 25, 2011. 

William Meehan, MD, discusses concussions and the long-term effects a patient can suffer if he/she doesn't take enough time to recuperate. The Boston Globe. April 24, 2011.

Francis Jensen, MD, presented at the TEDMED 2010 conference on the teen brain. CNN.com. April 22, 2011. 

Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, discusses genital herpes and the striking rate at which people with no herpes symptoms can nonetheless "shed virus," potentially infecting partners. WBUR's "CommonHealth" Blog. April 22, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, co-authors an article with State Senator Katherine Clark calling for the protection of Early Intervention services in the state budget. Boston.com. April 21, 2011.

Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, discusses the impact that exposure to pesticides have on children's IQ in utero. USA Today. April 21, 2011.

New England Revolution players Zak Boggs, Matt Reis, Alan Koger, Tim Murray and Stephen McCarthy visited patients at Children's. The Boston Globe. April 21, 2011.

"Teddy Bear Tea Party" in Dedham asked children to donate a teddy bear and/or create a paper teddy bear that will be donated to either Boston Children's Hospital or Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Boston.com. April 21, 2011.

Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, discusses the social media policy at Children's and explains that the goal is to help staff make the best decisions on how they use the tools. The Boston Globe. April 20, 2011.

Many Marathon runners laced up their shoes for a good cause, including Amanda Waters of Southborough, who ran for Children's Hospital in memory of her cousin's daughter Bella, who died from cancer at just 14-months-old. New England Cable News. April 15, 2011.

Research from Chinfei Chen, MD, PhD, looks at a specific gene mutation and its role in brain development disorders. The Los Angeles Times. April 15, 2011. 

Leonard Zon, MD, notes that there is a certain range of radiation exposure that can be treated with a stem cell transplant, and that range is pretty extensive. TIME Magazine. April 15, 2011. 

Claire McCarthy, MD, says parents should organize their neighborhoods so that they feel comfortable sending their children out to play. USA Today. April 14, 2011. 

Kara Corley, MS, CCC-SLP, discusses the increased prevalence of autism, the importance of early diagnosis and what can be done to help autistic children reach their maximum potential. New England Cable News. April 14, 2011. 

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, discusses how exercising outside can help children concentrate, learn and build important skills. USA Today. April 14, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, speaks about how today's youth may be the first generation live shorter, less healhty lives than their parents because of the earlier onset of chronic illnesses. USA Today. April 13, 2011. 

Research from Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, shows a promising vaccine approach that would make it possible to vaccinate newborns and ultimately help developing countries fight infectious diseases. The Washington Examiner. April 13, 2011. 

Michael Rich, MD, MPH discusses ways to keep the whole family moving and active. USA Today. April 12, 2011. 

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, discusses why it is so important for parents to know what kind of media their children are interacting with. Parenting.com's "Screen Play" Blog. April 11, 2011. 

Bradley Linden, MD, and Lisa Summers, MD, RD, discuss the need for Children's bariatric surgery program and the benefits to patients. The Boston Globe. April 11, 2011. 

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, discusses the SMArt (Substitutable Medical Apps, reuseable technology) which aims to stimulate inniovation in health information technology. SearchHealthIT.com. April 7, 2011. 

Hope Dickinson, MS, CCC-SLP, discusses how the video of the "babbling" twins is an example of what's known as "reduplicated babbling." Time's"HealthLand" Blog via Children's "Thrive" Blog.
April 7, 2011.

Howard Shane, PhD, discusses the long-debated intervention called "facilitated communication" for people with limited speech. USA Today. April 7, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, discusses the evolution of food technology and the impact it's had on human nutrition and health. The Los Angeles Times. April 7, 2011. 

David Ludwig, MD, MPH, comments on research that finds teenagers who are overweight are at an increased risk for developing heart disease in adulthood. The Washington Post. April 6, 2011. 

Research from Alison Field, ScD, found that adolescent girls involved in high-impact sports are more likely to develop stress fractures than those who participate in moderate to low-impact sports. The Boston Globe's Daily Dose Blog. April 5, 2011. 

John Knight, MD, discusses teenage drinking and substance abuse and the effects that both can have on the brain. Fox 25 News Boston. April 4, 2011. 

Matt Brown, a Massachusetts teen paralyzed in a hockey game, thanked Dr. Mandell for the care he received at Children's and presented him with a check for his foundation. New England Cable News. April 4, 2011. 

Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, CIO, talks about how Children's doctors are embracing the iPad technology. The Boston Globe. April 4, 2011. 

Leonard Rappaport, MD, discusses research that looks at the effectiveness of various autism treatments. USA Today. April 4, 2011. 

Pierre d'Hemecourt, MD, discusses the increased interest in youth running. The Boston Globe. April 3, 2011. 

Marvin Harper, MD, CMIO, and Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, CIO, discuss the hospital'sefforts to digitize health records. Health Data Management. April 1, 2011. 

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Ellen Hanson, PhD, offer advice via the Boston.com's "Child Caring" Column to a reader whose son is afraid of doctors. Boston.com's "Child Caring" Column. April 1, 2011.

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Employee Ben Majewski is featured for his work in the Down Syndrome Program clinic. New England Cable News. March 31, 2011.

Anne Hansen, MD, MPH, provides parents with important tips about when they can take their newborn babies outside. WebMD The Magazine. March 31, 2011. 

Hope Dickinson, MS, CCC-SLP, comments on the recent video of young twins "talking" to each other which has gone viral, and the science behind babbling babies.Boston.com's "Daily Dose" Blog. March 31, 2011.

Research from Laura Drubach, MD, found that positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is likely more sensitive than a skeletal survey in identifying fractures due to child abuse. HealthDay News. March 30, 2011.

Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A, speaks about noise levels that can be dangerous to children and teens' hearing. USA Today. March 28, 2011.

Claire McCarthy, MD, comments on a new study that finds that overweight moms and children think they are slimmer than they actually are. USA Today. March 23, 2011.

Research from Leonard Zon, MD, suggests that excessive activity of two genes, rather than mutation to them, are the keys to melanoma. USA Today. March 23, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, speaks about learning the basics of nutrition and a healthy diet for helping children overcome obesity. Washington Post. March 22, 2011.

Research from Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, showed that children who are allergic to milk may develop a tolerance by taking the medication Xolair coupled with a gradual increase in their exposure to milk. U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay News). March 22, 2011.

Lois Lee, MD, speaks about the new car seat guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. WBUR's "Commonwealth" Health Blog. March 21, 2011.

Eduardo Novais, MD, speaks about his personal experiences with sudden sensorineural hearing loss. WCVB-TV. March 21, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, is one of several experts discussing First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, its chances for success and the hurdles it must overcome. The Los Angeles Times. March 20, 2011.

David Hunter, MD, PhD, offers commentary on the theory that the Nintendo 3DS game device could help catch vision disorders that have to be caught early in children to be fixed. The Chicago Sun-Times (via the Associated Press). March 18, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, of the Informatics Program, discusses his recent PLoS ONE paper and the idea of using Google searches to learn more about peoples' health behaviors. The Boston Globe's "Daily dose". March 18, 2011.

Shawn Goldrick, director of Patient Support Services, explains how the hospital uses TUGs to deliver meals to patients on multiple floors. USA Today. March 17, 2011.

Alison Field, ScD, discusses the prevalence of eating disorders among young women. WBZ-TV (CBS Affiliate). March 15, 2011.

Nadja Reilly, PhD, discusses different ways to talk to children about the images they are seeing from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. WBZ-TV (CBS Affiliate). March 15, 2011.

Boston Children's Hospital has a dominant social media presence with an active pediatric blog, 230,000 views of Youtube.com videos and more than 450,000 fans on facebook -- the most of any hospital in the world. iHealthbeat.org. March 14, 2011.

Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, and Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, have developed a health information technology platform that enables a flexible IT environment and promotes innovation. Government Technology News. March 14, 2011.

Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, FACS, FAAP, diagnosed Alex Resnick with auditory neuropathy. Empowered Patient on CNN.com. March 10, 2011.

Tristan Theerman, a 9-month-old boy with biliary atresia, a congenital disease that destroys the liver's bile ducts, received a live liver transplant from his father at Children's in January. The Boston Globe. March 10, 2011.

Research from Jay Berry, MD, MPH, examines quality and coordination of care as factors in pediatric readmissions. WBUR.org. March 9, 2011.

David Bickham, PhD, discusses the ways cartoon characters influence children and their eating habits. WCVB-TV. March 8, 2011.

Children's Dario Fauza, MD, offers third party commentary on new research that allowed scientists to grow new urethras for five Mexican boys. National Public Radio. March 8, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, comments on the results of a blood test that may one day offer a safe way to detect Down syndrome during pregnancy. U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay News). March 6, 2011.

President and COO Sandra Fenwick recently participated in the "Women Opening Doors for Women" event, an annual networking dinner that pairs established executives with aspiring leaders. The Boston Globe. March 5, 2011.

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, addresses the issue of when to allow a child to have a Facebook page and uses some insight from the "Ask the Mediatrician" blog. "Child Caring" Blog on Boston.com. March 4, 2011.

Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, received an $8 million grant to develop national standards to measure the quality of children's health care. WBUR. March 4, 2011.

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Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, and Fabienne Bourgeois, MD, MPH, discuss the need for electronic medical records to easily transfer information to multiple sites of care. The Boston Globe. February 28, 2011.

Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, speaks about the obstacles doctors and hospitals face as institutions shift to digital health records. The New York Times. February 26, 2011.

Kimberly Hall, MS, CCC-SLP, speaks stuttering in a segment that highlights how the movie, "The King's Speech" is helping debunk some misconceptions about the diagnosis. WCVB-TV (The ABC Affiliate in Boston. February 24, 2011.

Clifford Woolf, MD, BCh, PhD, explains it is best to treat pain like a disease, as opposed to the traditional method of suppressing it as a symptom. Time Magazine. February 24, 2011.

Charles Berde, MD, PhD, and collaborators found that patients had significantly less pain and recovered two days sooner when they received a new local anesthetic derived from algae. Nurse.com. February 23, 2011.

Jay Berry, MD, MPH, speaks about a study he led that examines quality of care and coordination of care as factors in pediatric readmissions. WFCR (an NPR affiliate in Western Massachusetts. February 22, 2011.

William Bosl, PhD, and Charles Nelson, PhD, analyzed the brain's electrical activity during infancy to see if it could determine whether a baby might be at higher risk of developing autism. ABCNews.com. February 22, 2011.

Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A, speaks about the appropriate volume levels and duration MP3 players should be listened to so one doesn't suffer premature hearing loss. WMTW (The ABC affiliate in Portland, Maine). February 21, 2011.

Research from Elissa Weitzman, ScD, MSc, and Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, found that the quality of social networking sites for diabetics varies significantly. U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDayNews.com). February 18, 2011.

Michael Young, MD, answers the questions of Dedham school administrators and parents about food allergies at a community meeting. Dedham News Transcript. February 18, 2011.

Daniel Nigrin, MD, MS, CIO, talks about the implementation of electronic medical records by the hospital and the Pediatric Physicians' Organization. HealthSystemCIO.com. February 17, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses upcoming prenatal tests that will make it easier and safer to find out if a fetus has Down syndrome. "Greater Boston" on WBUR. February 17, 2011.

Leonard Rappaport, MD, MS, discusses negative impact Andrew Wakefield's claim that the MMR-vaccine had on the world of pediatrics and autism research. Mass High Tech. February 16, 2011.

Research from Jay Berry, MD, MPH, found that improved care coordination is key to lowering pediatric readmission rates. CMIO. February 16, 2011.

Paul Hickey, MD, discusses his work with engineers at MIT to build a prototype that will reduce alarm fatigue among nurses and doctors. The Boston Globe. February 14, 2011.

Research from Umut Ozcan, MD, and colleagues have discovered a mechanism for controlling diabetes that doesn't involve insulin. The Diabetes Blog (via EverydayHealth.com). February 14, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses the challenges people with Down syndrome overcome when given the appropriate support and the need for post-secondary opportunities. The Swampscott Patch. February 12, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, provides insight on the recommendation that all Massachusetts schools ban sodas, fried foods, calorie-laden snacks and white bread sandwiches. The Boston Globe. February 10, 2011.

Lois Lee, MD, MPH, speaks about injuries that could occur from use of crib bumpers. KPLC-TV (Louisiana). February 10, 2011.

Research from Children's Lois Smith, MD, PhD, found further evidence that Omega 3 fatty may protect against two leading forms of human blindness. MSNBC.com (via Myhealthnewsdaily.com). February 9, 2011.

Children's Terry Buchmiller, MD, provides a fetal surgeon's perspective on a new clinical trial that finds fetal surgery can help babies with a form of spina bifida have a better quality of life early on. The New York Times. February 9, 2011.

Susanna Huh, MD, MPH, speaks about a study she co-authored that researched the risk of obesity in infants who're fed solid food before 4 months old. Reuters and USA Today also covered the story. The Wall Street Journal. February 7, 2011.

Children's Richard Malley, MD, provides information about meningitis. The Boston Globe. February 7, 2011.

A study from Boston Children's Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto found that parents prefer electronic medical records. The Canadian Broadcasting Company. February 7, 2011.

Children's Lyle Micheli, MD, speaks about rhabdomyolysis, a condition caused by physical overexertion. The Los Angeles Times. February 6, 2011.

Research from Children's Derrick Rossi, PhD, is included in a story about stem cells.USA Today. February 6, 2011.

Children's received a $7 million gift from the New Balance Foundation to establish the New Balance Foundation Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, Clinical Research, and Care. Philanthropy News Digest. February 6, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses a new technology soon to be available which will allow women to know early in their pregnancy whether they are carrying a fetus with Down syndrome. The Los Angeles Times. February 3, 2011.

Congressman John Tierney visited Boston Children's North to donate books from the United States Library of Congress. The Peabody Patch. February 2, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, discusses parents who meticulously plan their children's meals yet fail to prepare healthy meals for themselves. USA Today. February 1, 2011.

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Children's Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, participated in a panel that discusses the prevalence of autism and other high profle diseases. The Big Think. January 31, 2011.

Children's Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses new blood tests that will soon be available and allow expectant mothers to know whether their baby will be born with Down syndrome. WBUR. January 31, 2011.

Boston Children's Hospital received a $7 million gift from the New Balance Foundation to fight childhood obesity. Boston.com. January 28, 2011.

Research from Children's Lois Lee, MD, MPH, suggests that physicians may not need to routinely order CT studies for pediatric patients with bleeding disorders after blunt head trauma. Healthimaging.com. January 27, 2011.

Joseph Volpe, MD, discusses how difficult it is to predict the prognosis of children born with a small cerebellum. The Boston Globe. January 24, 2011.

The Lydon Family of Braintree, Massachusetts, raises money to support the research of rare metabolic disorders by Children's Gerald Berry, MD. WBZ-TV. January 24, 2011.

Sharon Chirban, PhD, writes a piece about the work the NFL is doing to raise awareness about concussions and the launch of www.nflhealthandsafety.com. The Huffington Post. January 23, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, discusses how HealthMap scours the web through tens of thousands of websites every hour looking for specific clues about infectious diseases. British Broadcasting Company. January 19, 2011.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, answers questions from parents about raising children with autism. The New York Times. January 14, 2011.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP discusses a study that examines a new test to potentially screen for Down syndrome. ABCNews.com. January 12, 2011.

Boston Children's Hospital parterned with Dossia, a group of big US employers aiming to develop patient-controlled personal health records for their workers. The Wall Street Journal. January 12, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, discusses HealthMap, an online project from the Children's Hospital Informatics Program that tracks and map infectious disease outbreaks. BBC World Service Radio. January 11, 2011.

The Boston Police Department held a press conference and the parents of a 6-year-old girl hit by a car and severely injured pleaded with anyone with information to come forward. The Boston Globe. January 11, 2011.

John Brownstein, PhD, and Clark Freifeld discuss HealthMap, a crowdsourcing tool they developed to track the spread of disease. Fast Company. January 11, 2011.

Eileen Sporing, RN, MSN, FAAN, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Nursing Spectrum. January 10, 2011.

David Hunter, MD, PhD, created a technology for detecting amblyopia, known commonly as "lazy eye." MassDevice.com. January 9, 2011.

Boston Red Sox mascot, Wally, visited Children's patient Thomas Viana, who has Rasmussen's Encephalitis. Manchester Union-Leader. January 6, 2011.

David Hunter, MD, PhD, discusses 3-D imaging technology and its potential impact on eye development in children. The New York Times. January 5, 2011.

Leonard Rappaport, MD, discusses the amount of time wasted discussing why the MMR vaccine does not cause autism and that children should be immunized. Medpage Today. January 5, 2011.

Anne Hansen, MD, MPH, and colleagues, authored a study about infants who die of heart-related causes in the nation's neonatal intensive care units may represent a new source of donor organs for babies awaiting transplantation. ABCNews.com (via Medpage Today). January 4, 2011.

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, is one of several Boston area experts suggesting healthy habits for 2011. The Boston Globe. January 3, 2011.

George Daley, MD, PhD, goes skiing with members of his research team every other year in Stowe, VT. He believes bonding outside the lab setting makes for better research. The Scientist. January 1, 2011.

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