“This ground-breaking paper shows that with encapsulated, frozen donor stool, fecal transplantation can be used to successfully treat recurring C-diff infection in 90 percent of cases,” says George H. Russell, MD, MS, pediatric gastroenterologist in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and co-author of the Massachusetts General Hospital-sponsored study.
For the past seven years, audiologists at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement have recorded hearing test results using an audiogram software application called Mi-Forms. The software was developed in 2007 to help with documentation.
As Epilepsy Awareness month closes out and we embark upon the holiday season, we’re pleased to see an innovation initiated here at Boston Children’s Hospital move toward commercial development.
Open-heart surgery offers clear and direct access to the heart, but it also requires stopping the heart, draining the blood, and putting the patient on an external heart and lung machine. Catheterization—insertion of a thin, flexible tube through the patient’s groin and up into the still-beating heart—is less invasive. But it’s not suitable for very complicated ...
A major theme at Taking on Tomorrow 2014 was the difficulty in making the business case for innovation in pediatrics, since the market size is small relative to the adult market. Muna AbdulRaqqaq Tahlak, MD, CEO of Latifa Hospital in Dubai, was among many who urged innovators to collaborate and aggregate their data to make the most impact.
Much has been written about the successes that result from medical hackathons, in which people from across the health care ecosystem converge to solve challenges. For example, PillPack, which formed out of MIT Hacking Medicine, recently closed an $8.75 million funding round. But is this a realistic snapshot of what happens after a hackathon?
The editorial staff of Boston Children's Hospital's science/innovation blog, Vector, offer their picks from the week's news in science, health care and innovation.
Margaret McCabe, PhD, director for nursing research in the medicine patient services at Boston Children’s Hospital, is an unlikely hacker. A former techno-phobe and chronically fatigued mother of four, McCabe didn’t think she had time for another project. Some opportunities, however, are too good to resist.
Physicians often dream of creating new devices to help their patients, but few are able to bring a device to market. At a panel discussion earlier this month at Boston Children’s Hospital, an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist and medical device industry experts offered advice for inventors who want to make their medical device a commercial reality. Here’s some of what they had to say.
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David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, dreamed of a career as a rock star. Instead, he became Boston Children’s Hospital’s ophthalmologist-in-chief and invented the Pediatric Vision Scanner.
Heung Bae Kim, MD first conceived the Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP) in 1992 and developed the procedure, which has become the global standard for intestinal lengthening in children with short bowel syndrome, in the early 2000’s.
Martha Murray, MD has been on a 30-year quest to devise a better way to treat anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.
Michael Agus, MD, developed a pediatric-specific, elastic multi-electrode ECG strip. The innovation addresses the delay and interpretation challenges associated with using adult ECG lead-placement technologies on small children.
He’s a big thinker focused on harnessing the hyper-small. Daniel Kohane, MD, PhD, is a leading drug delivery and biomaterials researcher, leveraging nanoparticle technology and other new vehicles to make medications safer and more effective.
Improbable as it sounds, autism researcher Susan Faja, PhD, likens her job to improv. “I really like Tina Fey’s description of her days as an improv comedian,” says Faja, who joined ...
Beggs Laboratory: Current studies are aimed at identification of new nemaline myopathy genes, understanding the basis for the variability observed, and determining how these mutations affect muscle function and lead to weakness.
The Lencer Laboratory is located in the GI Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratories in the GI Division at Boston Children's Hospital.
Sports Medicine Research Laboratory
Led by principal investigator Dr. Martha M. Murray, focuses on sports medicine injuries, including those of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), knee meniscus and articular cartilage.
Utilizing rare and common human genetic variation to improve our understanding of red blood cell production and globin gene regulation with application to numerous blood diseases.
The Zon Laboratory focuses on the use of the zebrafish model for research into hematopoiesis and as a screen for oncogenic genes and proteins.
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International health initiative combines clinical expertise with cloud-based social networking technologies to build pediatric medical skills
New study uncovers link between genetic variants and #obesity: http://t.co/wqFH2tMMhO via @TIMEHealth
The economic cost of the #measles outbreak: http://t.co/0X0ZMjNAJA via @medcitynews
#Cysticfibrosis may not be such a #raredisease, suggests a study in Bangladesh: http://t.co/uIoa3MJTuJ @CF_Foundation @RareDiseases
See what other med tech devices are out there, waiting to be brought to market. http://t.co/mXnTLhP7pu via @FierceMedDev
Arsenic link to #cysticfibrosis -like disease could lead to new kinds of therapeutics: http://t.co/jP2PGBMBt3 #drugdiscovery #RDD2015
Arsenic-tainted well water linked to cystic-fibrosis-like disease: http://t.co/5NAXIRlH5E @PublicHealth #globalhealth
To prevent breaches companies must strictly control which employees can access sensitive data: http://t.co/f29dgkjIqj via @TechReview
On Vector: A link between #cysticfibrosis and arsenic poisoning? http://t.co/UWfKktusam #environmentalhealth
RIKEN announces penalties related to stem cell fiasco: http://t.co/4NQGaRRFW6 via @NewsfromScience
.@mrMattSimon shares his thoughts on the Tug autonomous medical robot: http://t.co/SVKsws9nod via @WIRED
Google now presents healthcare information online and on its mobile app: http://t.co/nrOwoUZDDD via @medcitynews
The race to become a health data repository--Apple pushes past Google for the lead http://t.co/4wFBYgDoNn via @FierceBiotech @NickPaulTaylor