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Improving children's health through care and research in the nation's capital
Improving children's health through care and research in the nation's capital

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“It’s a beautiful way to capture the child’s experience. Every yellow bead was a night in the hospital, every black bead was a needle poke,” said Heather Langlois, a social worker who manages the Beads of Courage program at Children’s National. “Kids who are born with congenital heart disease have a lifelong condition, and some of our kids are so young that this is a way to remember and a tangible way to tell their story.” Learn more about our Cardiac ICU’s Beads of Courage program.

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Ryan was born with a serious congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic right heart syndrome and a rare condition where his heart developed outside his body. Ryan continues to defy the odds and is celebrating his sixth birthday today. Watch this video interview with Ryan's parents and join us in wishing him a happy birthday! http://ow.ly/JbKXJ
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Did you know snowboarding accounts for one-quarter of all sports injury-related emergency department visits in the winter? Our sports medicine pediatrician, Dr. Nailah Coleman, offers tips on how to keep children safe during winter activities.

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The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National uses telemedicine to reach and treat children with diabetes from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Dr. Fran Cogen, pediatric endocrinologist and Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program, says, “It became very clear that we could, indeed, deliver quality care and develop a personal relationship without actually being physically present in the exam room."

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The CDC recently issued a new warning about a potentially “large outbreak” of measles. How can you protect your children? Pediatrician Dr. Linda Fu says the measles vaccine is “safe, effective, and long-lasting.”

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Dr. Marshall Summar, a rare disease expert and Chief of Genetics and Metabolism at Children's National, discusses the importance of involving patients in the rare disease community through patient registries. Registries can enhance clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of comorbid conditions and the long-term consequences of rare diseases, as well as help them develop better therapies.

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Medical Daily spoke with experts to dispel common flu myths that circulate each flu season. Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. David Hyun helped debunk several myths about flu vaccine safety and what causes the flu.

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Children's National's Division of Neonatology has partnered with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center to provide NICU coverage and extend our expert neonatal care to the Woodbridge, Va., area.

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Researchers are using advanced imaging techniques to study the fetal brain. Dr. Catherine Limperopoulos, Director of MRI Research of the Developing Brain and Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology/Fetal and Transitional Medicine, says the research will eventually play a role in developing diagnosis and treatments for brain disorders during pregnancy.

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Congratulations to our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Patient Care Services, Kathleen Gorman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who was recently named to the Becker's Hospital Review list of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”
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