July 2014

“This can only be one part of the solution. In order for our most at-risk students to achieve academically, they also need safe school environments, appropriate behavioral health services, and caring and supportive mentors.”- Sophia Hwang, MSED

Putting a Dollar Amount on Autism Pays Off


Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have an enormous price tag, and experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are hoping that all those dollar signs add up to increased attention on new research and more coordinated ways to support patients with autism throughout adulthood. One in …

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Gene Variants Found That Increase Pain Following Surgery


In the first genome-wide analysis of postsurgical pain in children, pediatric researchers identified variations in genes that affect a child’s need for pain-control drugs. The findings suggest that at some point physicians may calibrate pain-medication dosages according to a child’s individual genetic makeup. “Although this …

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PolicyLab Reports on Students Involved With Child Welfare


Educators and policymakers in Philadelphia knew that meeting the complex needs of the most vulnerable students in struggling public schools was a big challenge, but they did not know exactly how big. So they turned to PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to do …

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Climate Change Could Bring More Kidney Stones


As daily temperatures increase, so does the number of patients seeking treatment for kidney stones. In a study that may both reflect and foretell a warming planet’s impact on human health, a research team found a link between hot days and kidney stones in 60,000 …

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CHOP Announces Fetal Neuroprotection Program


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launched the Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program which builds onto already growing evidence of the interaction of heart disease and brain development in the fetus. This program will systematically investigate innovative therapies to protect brain development and to prevent brain …

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Trained Evaluators Can Screen for Eye Disease from Afar

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Trained non-physician evaluators who studied retinal images transmitted to computer screens at a remote reading center successfully identified newborn infants likely to require a specialized evaluation for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of treatable blindness. Findings from a new multicenter study strengthen the …

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CHOP Concussion Specialist Receives Prestigious NIH Award


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Akiva S. Cohen, PhD, recently received a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. A concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) expert, Dr. Cohen has been investigating using an amino acid-based dietary therapy to mitigate TBIs’ long-term effects. …

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Neuroscientist Nets Award to Support Epilepsy Circuit Investigation


A recent award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD will support Dr. Goldberg’s neuronal circuit-related epilepsy investigation. Over the course of this five-year award, Dr. Goldberg plans to closely examine how neuronal circuits function, with an …

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CIRP Announces New Co-Scientific Director

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The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) recently announced the promotion of Kristy Arbogast, PhD, to co-scientific director. Dr. Arbogast, who will continue to serve as the Center’s director of engineering, succeeds Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE, who recently moved from his position as …

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