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Working together for children with cancer – from diagnosis to survivorship
Working together for children with cancer – from diagnosis to survivorship

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Screens are ever-present in young people’s lives. They are used for education, communication and entertainment. It is estimated that tweens and adolescents spend between six and nine hours a day with media and about 92 percent of youth are online every day. Michael Rich, MD, director of Boston Children's Center on Media and Child Health, discusses mobile media use, its negative impact on children, and shares a suite of practical tools to assist those who treat young people with media-related health issues: http://on.bchil.org/2qlcfgL
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After 90% success in C. difficile, Boston Children’s is now teaming with OpenBiome to test fecal microbiota transplant in kids with severe inflammatory bowel disease. Read more on Vector: http://on.bchil.org/2qkoCJW
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After 20 years of research, scientists have successfully created human blood stem cells. Boston Children's stem cell biologist, George Daley, M.D., believes the discovery could one day be used to treat people who have blood diseases and leukemia with their own cells, rather than bone marrow transplants from a donor, New Scientist reports:
http://on.bchil.org/2qgUF8N
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By analyzing anonymized data from an integrated wearable and online fever educational tool, a Boston Children’s team discovered that influenza outbreaks can be detected in real time. Could this improve the way we track disease?
http://on.bchil.org/2qBYoS3
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May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. The most recent government statistics indicate that brain tumors have overtaken leukemia as the leading cause of death from pediatric cancer. Here’s a round-up of the progress that’s been made, and the progress that lies on the horizon:
http://on.bchil.org/2qBhxDG
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Ending a 20+ year quest, George Daley, Rio Sugimura and colleagues in Boston Children’s Stem Cell Research program successfully make blood stem cells in the lab. This scientific tour-de-force will enable researchers to model blood disorders in a dish and potentially generate patient-matched blood cells for bone marrow transplant: http://on.bchil.org/2rvP6Fd
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The way physicians view epilepsy is changing, from terminology to diagnosis. Phillip Pearl, MD, director of Boston Children's Epilepsy Center shares his expert insight into four recent trends in the field:
http://on.bchil.org/2pUmUKP
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A team of physicians from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s recently joined 1,100 peers at the annual ASPHO meeting for pediatric hematologists and oncologists. Based on what they learned, here are some of their predictions for the future of the field: http://on.bchil.org/2pPkk8i
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Recently retired as the Associate Chief of Nursing, Susan Shaw leaves a legacy of partnering with parents to improve the patient and family experience. Read and share her lessons learned from 42 years at Boston Children’s Hospital.
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Move over DNA, RNA--proteins are back. The Institute for Protein innovation (IPI), launching next week, aims to accelerate drug development with synthetic, open-source antibodies. It’s the brainchild of 7-time entrepreneur Tim Springer: http://on.bchil.org/2p4SRUJ
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