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2012-05-31 06:26:20

Discovery opens doors to targeted therapeutic development and to understanding other, similar disorders BOSTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using advanced technologies for rapidly sequencing and analyzing DNA from clinical and pathologic samples, a multidisciplinary research team consisting of geneticists, pathologists and surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital has identified the genetic basis for CLOVES syndrome, a rare congenital malformation and overgrowth disorder. The...

2012-05-23 06:26:17

Findings offer a fresh look at developmental and degenerative brain diseases BOSTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We're born with our brains prewired, but as information comes in from our environment, this circuitry is updated. A study from Boston Children's Hospital provides a new glimpse of how this happens: Brain cells known as microglia, tuned into the crosstalk between neurons, literally engulf unnecessary connections, known as synapses, and prune them away. The study,...

2012-05-21 10:23:32

Findings in mice suggests hope for patients with glaucoma, optic nerve damage BOSTON, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have long tried to get the optic nerve to regenerate when injured, with some success, but no one has been able to demonstrate recovery of vision. A team at Boston Children's Hospital reports a three-pronged intervention that not only got optic nerve fibers to grow the full length of the visual pathway (from retina to the visual areas of the brain), but...

2012-05-17 02:25:45

BOSTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Children's Hospital Boston received a $25,000 donation from Brian Palmer, president and CEO, Measurement & Control for GE Oil & Gas. Palmer provided the charitable gift to Children's after receiving GE's highly coveted Chairman's Award. GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt recognized Palmer for his outstanding leadership with the award and a $25,000 donation to a charity of his choice. Palmer chose Children's Hospital Boston as a result of...

2012-05-09 10:25:56

HOUSTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) announced the arrival of Dr. Jordan Orange to lead a newly merged section and service of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology. An internationally recognized leader in studying and treating primary immunodeficiency disorders in children, Orange serves as chief of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology and director of a new Center for Human Immunobiology at Texas Children's and...

2012-05-08 10:26:21

Overweight adolescent girls who feel better about their bodies are less likely to gain unhealthy weight or binge eat BOSTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a study that examined the relationship between body dissatisfaction, body mass index (BMI) and binge eating in overweight and obese adolescent girls, Kendrin R. Sonneville, ScD, RD, researcher at Boston Children's Hospital, discovered that the less satisfied a girl is with her body, the more unhealthy weight she is likely...

2012-05-04 10:25:28

Multidisciplinary effort to save babies' hearts before birth brings families hope HOUSTON, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The team at Texas Children's Fetal Center, a national leader for treating fetal anomalies, has successfully completed two in-utero fetal cardiac interventions to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart defect that is one of the most complex heart defects to treat. The first center in the Southwest to create a program to treat this...

2012-05-02 10:28:03

Basis for the epilepsy-autism connection is found - and may be reversible with an existing drug BOSTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early-life seizures are known to be associated with autism, and studies indicate that about 40 percent of patients with autism also have epilepsy. A study from Boston Children's Hospital finds a reason for the link, and suggests that an existing drug, already shown to be safe in children, could help prevent autism from developing in...

2012-04-28 18:20:12

Boston Children's Hospital releases a medical education curriculum for transitioning care BOSTON, April 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new patient safety and medical education initiative, standardizing and improving how patient care is "handed off" during hospital shift changes, can reduce medical errors by as much as 40 percent, report physicians at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. The initiative, called I-PASS, was developed at Boston Children's...

2012-04-25 10:23:26

Excess brain electrical activity at night can impair learning and development, even in children without known epilepsy BOSTON, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children with developmental delay or autism may have unrecognized epilepsy-like brain activity during sleep, report researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. These nighttime electrical spikes, detectable only on EEGs, occur even in some children without known epilepsy and appear to result from early strokes or other...