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2012 archives

A growing segment of neurologically impaired children is increasingly dependent on children’s hospitals
January 17, 2012

Jay Griffin Berry, MD, MPH (General Pediatrics, but still a neuro press release)

Spotting dyslexia before a child starts school
January 23, 2012
Nadine Gaab, PhD, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
Jennifer Zuk, M.Ed., Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience

Innovation Day 2012: a time to inform and inspire
February 6, 2012
Eugenia Chan, MD, MPH, Developmental Medicine
Joseph Madsen, MD, Neurosurgery

Children with gender identity disorder are at serious psychiatric risk
February 20, 2012
Scott F. Leibowitz, MD, Psychiatry/Psychology

Maltreatment or witnessing family violence can lower a child’s IQ
April 3, 2012
Michelle Bosquet, PhD – Department of Psychiatry

Overlooked nighttime spikes on EEGs may reflect an underlying brain injury
April 25, 2012
Tobias Loddenkemper, MD – Department of Neurology

First light: Scientists regenerate the optic nerve, restore some components of vision
May 21, 2012
Larry Benowitz, PhD, -- Department of Neurosurgery 

Immune cells “sculpt” circuits in the brain by eating away excess connections
May 23, 2012
Beth Stevens, PhD, Neurology, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center

Boston, Philly top list for children’s hospitals
June 5, 2012
Healthcare IT
 News reports that U.S.News & World Report released its “Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13” rankings. Boston Children’s Hospital hits first in Honor Roll.

Top Children's Hospitals In The Country, According to U.S. News Report
June 8, 2012
Babble reports that U.S.News & World Report released its “Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13” rankings. Boston Children’s Hospital gets #1 in Honor Roll and top four in specialty.

Top Pediatric Hospitals Look to Future
June 14, 2012 reports on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the top pediatric hospitals. Boston Children’s Hospital gets top ranking.

Multiple mild concussions have a cumulative, lasting effect
July 20, 2012
Cognitive outcomes improve when recovery time is allowed, study finds.

Social deprivation has a measurable effect on brain growth
July 23, 2012
MRI shows decreased grey and white matter among children in institutional care - but white matter can "catch up" if circumstances improve.

How early social deprivation impairs long-time cognitive function
September 14, 2012
A growing body of research shows that children who suffer severe neglect and social isolation have cognitive and social impairments as adults. Boston Children’s research team led by Gabriel Corfas, PhD, suggests that social isolation during early life prevents the cells that make up the brain’s white matter from maturing and producing the right amount of myelin, the fatty “insulation” on nerve fibers that helps them transmit long-distance messages within the brain.

Boston Children’s Hospital provides overview on latest scientific thinking around sport-related concussion in children
November 14, 2012
Sport-related concussion in child and adolescent athletes is a public health problem, with rising numbers of high-school athletes in the U.S. diagnosed with the condition. Boston Children’s Robert Tasker, MD, and Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, edited a series of review articles published in Current Opinion in Pediatrics to help assess the most up to date information onsport-related concussion. 

2011 archives 

In reversing motor nerves damage, time is of the essence
October 3, 2011
Clifford Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD, Neurology, Director, F.M. Kirby Center and Program in Neurobiology

Children’s Hospital Boston Names Alan R. Cohen, MD, New Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
October 31, 2011
Alan R. Cohen, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Neurosurgery 
R. Michael Scott, MD, Neurosurgery

R. Michael Scott, MD, receives the Franc D. Ingraham Distinguished Service Award
November 30, 2011
R. Michael Scott, MD, Neurosurgery
Alan Cohen, MD, FACS, FAAP, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, Neurosurgery

Autism may involve disordered white matter in the brain
December 5, 2011
Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, Neurology
Jurriaan Peters, MD, Neurology