February 2016

"My laboratory is so grateful for CURE's support of our work. Ewing sarcoma is an incredibly difficult pediatric cancer to treat, and we hope that studies enabled by this funding will pave the way for the development of novel therapeutics."- Margaret M. Chou, PhD

Four Projects, One Goal: Curing Childhood Cancer


Curing childhood cancers is certainly no easy task, but researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are not deterred by a big challenge. Recent grants from CURE Childhood Cancer are supporting that work for four investigators at CHOP pursuing creative approaches to achieve this vision. …

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Early Smell Exposure May Be Critical for Sensory Development


Many parents try to offer their healthy babies a rich sensory environment, full of new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, to stimulate the developing brain to appreciate life’s delicious complexities to the fullest. And for vision and hearing, there is a solid foundation of research …

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Researchers Ask How Children With Autism Communicate Pain


When children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have acute medical needs, such as a broken bone or appendicitis, they are as likely to experience pain as any other child. But social and communication differences associated with ASD may cause clinical caregivers to miss cues showing …

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New Research Affinity Group Supports Research Arena in mHealth


If you want to get in touch with a teenager, texting is the way to go. DYK (stands for “Did you know” in text slang), the Pew Research Center reported that 90 percent of teens with phones exchange texts, sending and receiving about 30 texts …

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Researchers Test Magnetic Re-Seeding to Speed Blood Vessel Recovery


Reopening blocked blood vessels can mean the difference between life and death for many patients, including children with pulmonary hypertension and adults with coronary artery disease. But the procedure used for restoring blood flow can cause extensive vascular injury, wiping away an essential protective layer …

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Mitochondrial Expert Delves Into Ethics of Emerging Genetic Tools


Most of us learned in biology class that our nuclear DNA — 23 pairs of chromosomes shuffled from mom and dad — is responsible for assigning our genetic traits, from our eye color to our inherited disease risks. It is less commonly known that mitochondria, …

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New Brain Study Tailored for Nonverbal Children on the Autism Spectrum


The children who speak least — or not at all — are rarely represented in cutting-edge brain imaging research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia aim to change that with a new study enrolling children with ASD who are …

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Statewide Action Plan to Curb Overprescribing of Psychotropic Medications


Research conducted by PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia laid the groundwork for new statewide initiatives that aim to reduce the use of psychotropic medications among Pennsylvania children in the foster care system who are enrolled in Medicaid. At a press conference Tuesday, Feb. …

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