As rare pediatric diseases go, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is about as rare and debilitating as rare diseases come. Affecting approximately one in two million people around the world, FOP is a condition in which ectopic (extraskeletal) bone is formed when “muscle tissue and connective …
Most of us have failed to get enough sleep on a few occasions. Maybe it was as a college student studying for final exams, or as a new parent consoling an infant who is teething. Remember how you dragged through the next day in a bad mood and unable to focus?
Crashes remain the leading cause of young adult death (ages 16 to 24) with four times the number of deaths from cancer and 38 times the number of deaths from the flu. In fact, a teen’s highest lifetime risk of crashing occurs immediately following the learner phase when beginning to drive without adult supervision.
Trillions of naturally occurring bacteria and other microbes coexist in the human gut and are part of how we process food and harness energy. Known as the microbiome, this complex collection’s potential role in early weight gain and obesity has become a fascinating area of scientific exploration.
Reporting on 100 recent cases of fetal surgery for spina bifida, specialists from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia achieved results similar to those in a landmark clinical trial that established a new standard of care for prenatal repair of this birth defect.
An international team of scientists has identified a gene mutation that causes aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to produce normal amounts of blood cells.
As students with bulging backpacks return to school this fall, each one also brings a unique skill set to the classroom. One child may be a math whiz, while their buddy in the next desk is an avid reader.
Genomic scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently found strong evidence that the protein family FOXA2 is a master regulator of genetically vulnerable pathways in multiple diseases.