An international team of researchers recently identified gene mutations that can cause severe, difficult-to-treat forms of childhood epilepsy. Many of the mutations disrupt functioning in the synapse, the highly dynamic junction at which nerve cells communicate with one another.
Recent work by a mitochondrial medicine pioneer from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia details how subtle changes in mitochondrial function may cause a broad range of common metabolic and degenerative diseases. Mitochondria are tiny energy-producing structures within our cells that contain their own DNA.
Four researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were recently honored with awards from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Peter M.
While it is easy to blame the childhood obesity epidemic on too many french fries and video games, it is likely that multiple factors such as genetics and environment also contribute to excessive weight gain.
Bone marrow failure syndromes are rare disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells, increasing the risk for life-threatening bleeding, anemia, and infections. While children with these conditions usually will need bone marrow transplantation, a small percentage experience spontaneous remission.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on “one of the most dreaded rites of child-rearing — teaching a teenager to drive,” notes recent research on teen driving and training can help teens learn to be better drivers and so avoid accidents.
A program that provides guidance to primary care physicians about appropriately prescribing antibiotics for children is effective, but its improvements wear off after regular auditing and feedback are discontinued.