April 2016

“We are deeply honored that Dr. Adamson has received this national acknowledgment of his profound expertise as a clinician and researcher in children's cancer, and we applaud his continued commitment to advancing treatment for children.”- Madeline Bell, president and CEO of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Restoring Balance in the Brain After Concussion

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As he falls to the ground from a football tackle, a boy’s brain shakes in its skull from the impact. He begins to experience dizziness and balance problems in the hours and days that follow, and a visit to his doctor confirms that he has …

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Young Physician-Scientist Recognized for Pediatric Kidney Stone Research

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It’s often surprising for parents to learn that their child has a kidney stone, a painful condition that is more common in adults but has dramatically increased in prevalence among pediatric patients over the last 25 years. Seeing this trend firsthand as a pediatric urologist …

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CHOP Oncologist Appointed to Blue Ribbon Panel for National Cancer Moonshot

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Peter Adamson, MD, a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), has joined a key group of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates in advising the scientific direction and goals of Vice President Joe Biden’s …

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Teaching a Computer to See Like a Dermatologist

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A picture is worth a thousand words in most places, but not at the dermatologist’s office. “Usually when I’m in clinic, I’m looking at photos and comparing photos,” said Leslie Castelo-Soccio, MD, PhD, an attending dermatologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor …

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Study Maps Early Connectivity Networks in Newborn Babies’ Brains

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For parents-to-be, the third trimester of pregnancy is often a period of rapid preparation to welcome a new life into the world. Their babies are busy, too: From growing lungs that can breathe on their own, to developing neurological connections they need to feel, move, …

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Researchers Developing New Imaging Tools to Assess Placental Dysfunction

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As new life forms inside a mother, the placenta becomes a key interface between maternal and fetal health. This temporary disc-shaped organ attaches to the uterine wall and transfers oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, yet the nuances of its structure and function remain enigmatic. …

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Tracing Neurons’ Migration Suggests Cause of Brain Development Defects

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By following the journey of how newly born neurons migrate in the developing cerebral cortex, the part of our brain responsible for conscious thought and higher order functioning, a study team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provided new insights into how disruptions in this …

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Putting the Brakes on Allergic Response

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When you have a chronic allergic disorder, it’s easy to blame the trigger — an early pollen season or furry pet — but the real culprit is your own immune system. Designed to attack foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, T cells are the …

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