May 2016

“These are hard things to talk about, but if the doctor thinks it’s important and gives families tools to make it easier for parents and teens to talk about them, then we hope that those conversations will actually happen and help teens make healthier choices about sexuality or alcohol or teen driving.”- Carol Ford, MD

Home or Away? Comparing Post-Chemo Strategies for Pediatric Leukemia


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia can be a second home for families who have a child diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) which usually requires several intensive rounds of chemotherapy during three to four-week inpatient hospital stays. Parents set up air mattresses to sleep in …

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Studies Support Parent-Teen Communication to Improve Adolescent Health


A teenager’s annual visit with his or her doctor is short. But the list of health-related information a growing adolescent needs can be very long. From acne to alcohol to sexuality and driving safety, there is too much information for any primary care provider to …

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Mitochondrial Medicine Pioneer Inducted to Italian Academy of Sciences


The exclusive membership rolls of the Italian Academy of Sciences that have listed such luminary names as the Italian scientists Volta, Golgi, and Avogadro, and non-Italians Pasteur, Franklin, and Einstein, have recently added a new name familiar to researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: …

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Researchers Building Better Behavioral Health Services for Urban Schools


When children from low-income, urban backgrounds gather their backpacks to start each school day, they also bring with them weighty issues that can carry over to their classrooms. Anxiety disorders and aggressive and antisocial behavior are common among inner city students, but counselors in their …

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Tool to Provide Emerging Disease Updates Wins National Data Sharing Challenge


Frontline physicians must think on the fly, relying on their most current knowledge to provide effective clinical care. Oftentimes, though, it is difficult for them to access, filter, and harness the overwhelming amount of healthcare information that is available in order to stay up to …

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What It Takes to Become a Vaccine Champion: A Q&A With Paul Offit


Paul Offit, MD, director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, isn’t your stereotypical scientific personality who prefers to stay behind the microscope instead of the limelight. Along with a talented team at CHOP, Dr. Offit invented a rotavirus vaccine that …

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Seeking Serotonin-Connected Solutions to Heart Valve Disease


The mitral valve is the most mechanically active part of our bodies, going through a range of motion unlike any other in the four-chambered heart. Each time its two leaflets snap closed, the resulting blood flow stoppage contributes to the “lub” sound of our “lub-dub” …

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Collaborations on Language-Focused Autism Research Gain Momentum


Quiet. Sing-song-y. Robotic. Too fast. Too slow. Despite the contradictions among some of these terms, researchers and clinicians have noticed that these various atypical qualities of spoken language are more common than average among individuals on the autism spectrum. Explanations and practical uses for that …

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