As we look ahead to a new year and new opportunities in 2017, it’s worth first taking a look back at how much we achieved in 2016. It was a busy year, and investigators from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made remarkable progress and reached major milestones of discovery to aid children’s health.
December 2016/January 2017
The new year often brings great optimism and hope, as we look to the promise and potential it brings, and to the experiences that will shape us individually, professionally, and organizationally.
If there is some small bright spot in getting a diagnosis of childhood cancer, it is that acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of leukemia in children, has one of the highest cure rates of all childhood cancers.
When a family takes a child home from the hospital after treatment for a serious infection, some worrying about how well and how quickly the child will recover may be inevitable. But families may find some reassurance in the new knowledge that if their child has a prescription for oral antibiotics, they are receiving sound medicine.
As scientists learn to decipher and read more of the recipe book of life — our genomes — they have found many insights and opportunities about diseases in the errors in that text.
Imagine that every household in a large city turned on every light switch in their houses at the same time, overloading the electrical power plant. The same kind of scenario happens in cytokine storm syndromes, when overactivation of the immune system produces too many inflammatory molecules (hypercytokinemia) that damage healthy organs.