September 2013

“This partnership offers a mechanism to move our Hospital’s innovative research into the marketplace and better provide health benefits to children and families worldwide.”- Philip R. Johnson, MD

Science and Medicine Feeling the Sequester’s Pinch


Every new medicine, medical technology, or treatment we rely on today — ones that we take for granted when we walk into a pharmacy to fill a prescription or to purchase pain relievers — stems from one collective source: research. It is intrinsic to the …

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Preserving Prepubescent Boys’ Fertility


The good news is that more children survive cancer now than ever before, as doctors are able to cure nearly 80 percent of patients. But that doesn’t mean that those pediatric patients who survive cancer stop fighting once their treatment ends, because many face a …

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Proton Therapy Offers New, Precise Treatment for Neuroblastoma


Proton therapy, which uses high-energy subatomic particles, may offer a precise, organ-sparing treatment option for children with high-risk forms of neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumor of early childhood. For patients in a new study of advanced radiation treatment, proton therapy spared the liver and …

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New Partnership Will Expand Ways to Move Research to the Marketplace


Investigators at Children’s Hospital work tirelessly to uncover the inner workings of biological systems and the causes of diseases. But making discoveries is only part of the challenge; the next set of challenges often lies with taking the new knowledge from discoveries and working with …

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Gene Variants Identified in African American Blood Pressure Study


A new study detailing the largest-ever genetic analysis of blood pressure in African Americans has identified five gene variants linked to the trait. According to the study, which was published recently in the American Journal of Human Genetics, three of the gene variants have not …

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Surgery Improves Outcomes for Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Sleep experts have conducted the first multicenter clinical trial of obstructive sleep apnea in children and have found that those who underwent surgery to remove their adenoids and tonsils had notable improvements in behavior, quality of life and other symptoms compared to those treated with …

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Groundbreaking Immune Therapy Featured on 60 Minutes Australia


The groundbreaking immune therapy work being done by The Children’s of Hospital of Philadelphia’s Stephen M. Grupp, MD, PhD, was recently highlighted on Australia’s 60 Minutes. The Center for Childhood Cancer Research’s Director of Translational Research, Dr. Grupp has seen encouraging early results of a …

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Orphan Disease Center Seeks to Expedite Orphan Disease Treatments


Orphan diseases represent a collection of disorders that afflict less than 200,000 individuals for any single disease type, yet there are more than 7,000 distinct orphan diseases. In the aggregate, over 25 million people in the United States suffer substantial morbidity and mortality from orphan …

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