November 2014

“I believe this program fuels students’ passion for science and their drive toward accomplishing their dreams. The sky is the limit. It’s very exciting!”- Robert Fabiszewski, Work-study Program director at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Teaming Up to Help Teens with ADHD and ASD Drive Safely


A new teen driver with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) jumps behind the wheel and steps on the gas, looking for freedom and adventure. Could his inexperience on the road combined with the inattention, distraction, and impulsivity that are the signature symptoms of his ADHD increase his …

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Prevention Bundle Reduces Urinary Tract Infections


Clinicians and researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are always striving to improve care, which is partly why the institution continues to rank as the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the country. So, when they determined in 2010 that the rate of catheter-associated urinary …

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Grant to Explore Eradicating HIV from Hiding Places in the Brain


Exploring new methods to eradicate HIV that lingers in brain cells despite conventional antiviral treatment is the focus of a new study by investigators at Children’s Hospital and Temple University. They are the joint recipients of a $4.3 million, four-year NeuroAIDS grant from the National …

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Next Generation of Innovators Get Start at CHOP


High school students from Philadelphia are getting out from behind their desks to explore basic science careers in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute’s state-of-the-art laboratories and work beside top-notch faculty. It is crucial that more students are inspired and energized to become the …

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New Center for Childhood Cancer Research Director Named


Stephen P. Hunger, MD, a nationally prominent specialist in children’s cancer, has been named the new director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and chief of the Division of Oncology. Dr. Hunger, who started Nov. 1, joins a premier, comprehensive program, staffed by internationally …

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Study Shows Rise in Preventive Pediatric Dental Care


A study conducted by PolicyLab researchers shows the proportion of US-born, Medicaid-enrolled children in Pennsylvania who utilized preventive dental care rose significantly for children ages 5-10 years from 2005-2010, with marked gains among Latino children. The study, published recently in the American Journal of Public …

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Problem of Noisy Patient Monitors Trigger NHLBI-Funded Study


If you ever have visited a hospitalized patient, you probably heard a symphony of blips, chirps, and buzzes emanating from a variety of monitors. In fact, hundreds of alarms signal for every critically ill patient each day, but research shows that 85 percent to 99 …

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New Jersey Teen Driver Decals Linked to Fewer Crashes


A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) provides valuable evidence that New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal provision is associated with a sustained two-year decline in crash rates among intermediate teen drivers. The study, which linked New Jersey’s licensing …

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Obese Teens With Sleep Apnea Show Impaired Neurobehavioral Functioning


Navigating the tumultuous teenage years can be exhausting, and new research shows that they can be particularly challenging for overweight adolescents with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), a sleep disorder that affects an estimated 2 percent of youths. Obesity and OSAS often exist simultaneously, and …

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Medical Emergency Teams Improve Safety, Cut Costs


Hospital administrators are always looking for ways to improve the equation of how to advance quality of care at a lower cost. A cost-benefit analysis performed by a research team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia describes one winning combination that can improve the safety …

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Researcher Delivers Key Thrombosis Lecture


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Sriram Krishnaswamy, PhD, recently delivered this year’s Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecture in Thrombosis at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions annual conference. A thrombosis and hemostasis researcher, Dr. Krishnaswamy investigates the biochemical underpinnings of coagulation. Held November 15 to 19 …

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CHOP, ARUP Laboratories Form Genotyping Partnership


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Salt Lake City, Ut.-based ARUP Laboratories recently announced an agreement to provide human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing using next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods to ARUP customers. In February, researchers from Children’s Hospital’s Division of Genomic Diagnostics announced that they …

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