Expertise to Selecting Tests (B.E.S.T.) project represents a collaborative effort between Genetics, Laboratory Medicine and other specialties to reduce unnecessary testing while assuring that necessary tests are not missed.
Guiding children through stem cell transplant
In 2011, Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center's Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program performed 93 stem cell transplant procedures, making the program one of the largest in the nation.
Spotting dyslexia in pre-readers
Developmental dyslexia has a strong familial component: up to half of children with a positive family history will have dyslexia themselves. A study from the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's reveals differences in brain activity even before these children begin reading instruction. Early diagnostic markers could potentially enable a child to receive early interventions to head off difficulties and frustration in school.
Making blood draws easier for children with autism
Recognizing the lack of guidance in the literature about making blood draws easier for children with autism spectrum disorders, Ellen Hanson, PhD, a researcher in the Genetics and Developmental Medicine divisions at Boston Children's, and her colleagues created a blood draw intervention program—an instructional kit and method for helping parents and doctors prepare children for blood draws and make the actual event as painless as possible.
Polysomnography (overnight sleep study)
Umakanth Khatwa, MD, director of Boston Children's Hospital's Sleep Laboratories, explains what polysomnography entails and highlights its important clinical applications.
New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital
The New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children's Hospital represents an innovative new effort in obesity research and treatment aimed at integrating patient care, research activities and community health initiatives to combat childhood obesity, the most prevalent childhood health problem today.
Knee injuries can be relatively common among adolescents, especially athletes. Pediatric Views sat down with Martha
M. Murray, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children's, discusses the evaluation and treatment of these injuries.
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