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2013-01-10 08:26:04

Findings on heart muscle growth could lead to novel approaches for treating heart failure in children BOSTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have found, for the first time that young humans (infants, children and adolescents) are capable of generating new heart muscle cells. These findings refute the long-held belief that the human heart grows after birth exclusively by enlargement of existing cells, and raise the possibility that...

2013-01-08 08:29:56

Spinoff venture will develop genomic sequencing solutions utilizing Ion Torrent technology for clinical applications SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston Children's Hospital has partnered with Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) to launch Claritas Genomics, a new company formed to develop next-generation, genetic and genomics-based diagnostic testing solutions. The venture combines advanced instrumentation, software and bioinformatics...

2012-12-26 16:21:07

National study connects higher rates of relapse in pediatric cancer patients to drug shortage, offering first example of patients hurt by shortages and renewing calls to protect patient access to lifesaving treatments MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national drug shortage has been linked to a higher rate of relapse among children, teenagers and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma enrolled in a national clinical trial, according to research led by St. Jude...

2012-12-26 16:20:44

A combination of three blood-borne proteins may bolster efforts to prevent graft loss years after transplant BOSTON, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have found a combination of biomarkers related to blood vessel and tissue injury that, when measured together, could signal when a transplanted heart is becoming damaged to the point of failure, a process that is often undetected. The markers would give doctors an opportunity to intervene...

2012-12-20 12:26:43

Proteins found in urine may enable diagnosis of Kawasaki disease BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A set of proteins detected in urine by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital may prove to be the first biomarkers for Kawasaki disease, an uncommon but increasingly prevalent disease which causes inflammation of blood vessels that can lead to enlarged coronary arteries and even heart attacks in some children. If validated in more patients with Kawasaki disease, the...

2012-12-11 12:27:53

Proof-of-concept animal study selected as one of the best presentations at 54(th) American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition BOSTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) have taken the first preliminary steps toward developing a form of gene therapy for sickle cell disease. In an abstract presented on Dec. 10 at the 54(th) annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, the research...

2012-12-04 12:26:00

BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston Children's Hospital announced today that it will receive a $1.7M grant through the Biomarkers of Gut Function and Health program within the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. This initiative was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to overcome persistent bottlenecks preventing the creation of new and better health solutions for the developing world. Christopher Duggan, MD, MPH , director of Boston Children's...

2012-11-29 04:22:04

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of Boston Children's Hospital announced today the selection of Sandra L. Fenwick, President and Chief Operating Officer of Boston Children's Hospital, as the hospital's next Chief Executive Officer and President. Fenwick will step into the role currently held by CEO James Mandell, MD, who is retiring at the end of September 2013 after 13 years as the hospital's chief executive and a 35-year association with Boston...

2012-11-20 08:26:44

LEXINGTON, Massachusetts, November 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) and Boston Children's Hospital today announced a three-year, broad research collaboration in rare diseases. The goal of the collaboration is to develop novel therapies to treat a number of rare pediatric diseases with high unmet medical need, thereby leveraging Boston Children's research expertise and Shire's development and commercialization capabilities. The partnership underscores...

2012-11-13 12:30:43

BOSTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sport-related concussion in child and adolescent athletes is a public health problem, with rising numbers of high-school athletes in the U.S. diagnosed with the condition. Twenty-nine states now have legislation applicable to the condition in youth extracurricular activities. Clinicians from Boston Children's Hospital authored a series of review articles published Nov. 13 in the December 2012 edition of Current Opinion in Pediatrics to help...