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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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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.

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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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April 2, 2014

Children’s National SCORE Program Director Strengthens Advocacy for Youth Sports Safety, Concussion Awareness

As an advocate for improved concussion education and training nationwide, Gerard Gioia, PhD, Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program at Children’s National, testified before Congress this month and has other speaking engagements  in his effort to improve awareness of, and action on, concussions.

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March 19, 2014

Children’s Leader Named Key Advisor to National Brain Tumor Society Initiative

Roger Packer, MD, Senior VP at Children’s National, named key advisor to National Brain Tumor Society initiative that seeks to carry out research and drug development to overcome barriers to better treatments for children with pediatric brain cancer.

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