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How much “screen time” is too much? How young is too young for TV and iPads? Are those educational apps actually any good? Michael Rich, MD, aka “The Mediatrician,” weighs in on these questions and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new media use guidelines: http://on.bchil.org/2h77fnD

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Identifying high blood pressure in children is challenging. Age, height, weight, method of measurement and nerves can all play a role. To top it off, there’s evidence that high blood pressure is increasingly common in pediatric patients around the United States. Here's how to tell when it's really a problem, and what to do if that reading really is concerning: http://on.bchil.org/2gYSo1C

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Our COO and EVP of Health Affairs, Kevin Churchwell, MD, talked to Forbes about the digital future in healthcare. Churchwell explains that patients and families are increasingly hearing about Boston Children’s via social media and are creating their own groups for particular illnesses to support each other:
http://on.bchil.org/2gG4Ss3


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Cryptorchidism, or undescended testes, is the most common genital abnormality in boys and affects one-in-100 male infants. According to Boston Children’s Hospital urologist, Michael Kurtz, MD, MPH, because testes are constantly on the move, it becomes a challenge to definitively diagnose the common urological condition. Learn why it’s important to treat the condition early, common misconceptions, and when to refer to a pediatric urologist: http://on.bchil.org/2furpL2

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Nusinersen (aka Spinraza), an antisense drug for spinal muscular atrophy, is on the fast track to FDA approval. Boston Children's Basil Darras, MD, comments on why the phase III data are generating so much excitement and what the drug could mean for patients: http://on.bchil.org/2gBtsgs

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Forbes interviews leading CFOs in financial services, manufacturing and healthcare to discuss how the digital world has helped drive success. Boston Children’s Chief Financial Officer, Doug Vanderslice, provides his expertise as a leading CFO in the healthcare space. Vanderslice explains that one profound way digital has been transformative at Boston Children’s is in our enhanced tele-medicine capabilities, providing easier and better access to specialists for second opinions and advice on rare and complex conditions: http://on.bchil.org/2fi6HZM

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Medical emergencies such choking, aspiration and cardiac arrest can leave the body without enough oxygen to survive for very long. But what if there was a way to inject oxygen intravenously, and in a matter of seconds, adjust the body’s blood oxygen levels? A dedicated lab at Boston Children’s Hospital is well on its way to making this therapy a reality, thanks to specially engineered microparticles. Learn more: http://on.bchil.org/2gojrmL

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Harvard University has recently completed a license agreement with Magenta Therapeutics for a portfolio of technologies with the potential to transform blood stem cell transplants from a “treatment of last resort” into a safer, more efficient therapy for patients with blood diseases and immune disorders. The license agreement grants Magenta access to a platform of stem cell technologies developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more on the Harvard Gazette: http://on.bchil.org/2g3WsdJ

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Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital found that stronger firearm laws are associated with decreased homicides due to firearms. We discuss these findings and gun safety with lead author, Lois Lee, MD, MPH. Read more: http://on.bchil.org/2gkIsiN
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Placebos are key in clinical drug trials and increasingly used as a treatment, since they often work. But what about in kids? A survey of 1,000 parents explored their views: http://on.bchil.org/2f0zQZn
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