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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
April 8, 2014
Children’s National Researchers Receive Nearly $2 Million NIH Grant for Pediatric Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Treatment Innovations
A $1.92 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was awarded to a research team that focuses on new approaches for treatment of relapsed pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), led by Yang Liu, PhD, Bosworth Chair and Director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR) at Children’s Research Institute of Children’s National Health System, and Reuven Schore, MD, member of CCIR and attending physician in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Program of the Division of Oncology of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
April 3, 2014
Children’s National in Partnership to Distribute Hearing Aids for Kids
Children’s National Health System is included in a network of hospitals distributing hearing aids through a partnership with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) for patients with brain tumors and other forms of childhood cancer.
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