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April 24, 2014

Children’s National Epilepsy Program Recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children’s National Health System has been named a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 epilepsy centers are reserved for those programs that are fully comprehensive in the services that they provide.

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April 24, 2014

Children’s National Studies May Lead To Improved Diagnosis of Appendicitis

While the purpose of the appendix is largely unknown, Steven L. Zeichner, MD, PhD,  of Children’s National Health System’s Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at Children’s Research Institute, and other researchers from Children’s National and the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified potential links between microbes found in the appendix of patients with appendicitis and those found in the rectum in the appendicitis patients. The findings may help guide treatment and lead to the development of new, faster, less expensive and safer tests to diagnose appendicitis.

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April 23, 2014

Changing School Start Times: Children’s National Sleep Medicine Team Provides a Way Forward to Improving the Health of Fairfax County Teens

At a Fairfax County School Board work session, a team organized by Children’s National presented four potential transportation scenarios as the best of many options to delaying high school start times and improving the health, safety, and academic success of students in the district. Each scenario provided a rationale for the specific changes in start time windows, including the pros and cons, and the approximate cost associated with the changes.

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April 22, 2014

Life Stressors Trigger Neurological Disorders, Researchers Find

When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism.

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April 16, 2014

Unmanaged Asthma Takes Its Toll on Low-Income DC Children and Families

Healthcare providers, schools, government officials, and policymakers must undertake a powerful, coordinated response to overcome challenges faced by growing numbers of low-income children in Washington, DC suffering with unmanaged asthma.  Eighteen percent of children in DC are reported to have asthma, with a national rate of 9.5 percent.  Asthma is three times as common in African-Americans than whites.  Additionally, visits to Emergency Departments (ED) for uncontrolled asthma occur ten times more frequently in DC’s low-income neighborhoods than the more affluent.

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April 14, 2014

New Method of Screening Children for Autism Spectrum Disorders Works at 9 Months Old, Year Sooner than Average Screening Age

Researchers, including a team from Children’s National Health System, have identified head circumference and head tilting reflex as two reliable biomarkers in the identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children that are between 9 and 12 months of age.

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April 9, 2014

Children’s National Intervention Found Effective in Treating Growing Population of Children with Autism

Nearly half, or 46 percent, of children identified with autism spectrum disorders had above average or average intellectual disability compared to just 33 percent a decade ago, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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