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Our second annual Innovators Showcase last week highlighted many great inventions and technologies: infant-sized EKG leads, a "hearing test" that measures intracranial pressure, engineered tissues made from silk, a ventricular assist device that wraps around and squeezes a failing heart, a mobile system for verifying drug doses and much more: http://on.bchil.org/1aP9AyI


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From seizure trackers to a non-electric baby warmer to a bedside video consult system, inventions and technologies from Boston Children's will be on view April 15 in the main hospital. Here's a preview of what will be featured: http://on.bchil.org/1ye05EK


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Meet Kezia Fitzgerald, the mom inventor who wanted a way to comfortably secure her baby's central lines during her cancer treatment. Her quest took her to Austin, Texas, last week where she won a three awards and a nod from ABC Shark Tank's Mark Cuban. http://on.bchil.org/1HOtGEq

Kezia Fitzgerald tells how her quest to produce comfy wraps and sleeves to secure central catheters and PICC lines brought her to pitch at SXSW 2015.
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The Impact Pediatric Health Startup Pitch Competition at SXSW drew in some tough competition, but it in the end it was CareAline, that secured the win with their innovative way to protect IV lines and or catheters connected to babies. Learn more about the products they pitched and how they could lead to improved patient care in this BetaBoston feature: http://on.bchil.org/1HZBQu6
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Palliative care teams help seriously ill adult patients manage pain, treat symptoms and ensure that they have the best possible quality of life. Now medical centers are creating teams that specialize in a more challenging task: delivering palliative care for young children. Joanne Wolfe, MD, and Richard Goldstein, MD, of the Dana Farber/Boston Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team provide their insight on the topic in this Wall Street Journal feature:
http://on.bchil.org/19BJXSe
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This zebrafish animation captures how blood stem cells are born and raised and how they engraft in the body. Each step could give clues to better bone marrow transplants for cancer and blood disorders. Learn more here: http://on.bchil.org/1IIkS46


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Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) has come a long way since the "bubble boy days." Pediatric hematologist and oncologist Sung-Yun Pai, MD, outlines advances in treatment for this conditions and discusses what's known to date about these therapies: http://on.bchil.org/1awFhwB

Child hematologist/oncologist Sung-Yun Pai, MD, reviews results of gene therapy and stem cell transplant in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
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A hospital can be a very scary and lonely place for a sick child. But what if a toy could talk with these young patients and respond to how they are feeling? That's what Huggable, a "social robot" teddy bear, is designed to do. Learn how a team from Boston Children's Hospital, the MIT Media Lab, and Northeastern University are using technology to enhance playtime: http://on.bchil.org/1Fe9N9u


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The Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is among the first in the nation to use new technology that better matches blood donors with blood recipients. Learn more about this innovation and its overall benefits in this WCVB-TV feature story: http://on.bchil.org/1EyJfQe
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The FDA is still formulating its approach to direct-to-consumer genetic tests & personalized medicine. Many companies have already jumped into the ring, especially for cancer. Are the tests they offer any good? Learn more here: http://on.bchil.org/1G7lNZE


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Not every breast cancer cell has the ability to metastasize. But those that can are able to turn on that ability in those that can't, by giving them molecular orders in the form of microRNA: http://on.bchil.org/1uknOLT


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From a genetic standpoint, pediatric tumors have turned out to remarkably "quiet," in that they harbor few druggable mutations. Is it time, then, for researchers to look beyond these cancers' genomes? http://on.bchil.org/1Bl50CE 
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The Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides the combined strengths of two internationally renowned Harvard teaching hospitals. Since the 1940s, when Sidney Farber achieved the first remissions of acute lymphocytic leukemia in children, pioneering physician researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s have been at the forefront of life-saving breakthroughs in the fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders. A single team of experts delivers care at a Boston campus connected by pedestrian bridges, with inpatients treated at Boston Children's Hospital and outpatients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.