June 2013

“As we mark this important milestone, it’s an opportunity to renew our commitment to improve the health of the children who enter our doors, as well as those across the country or the world whom we may never meet.”- Steven M. Altschuler, MD

CHOP Earns #1 Ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital List

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We’re pleased to announce that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia earned the number one ranking in the recently released 2013-14 U.S.News & World Report Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals. In addition to the Honor Roll ranking, CHOP programs ranked in the top four in each of the ten specialty areas evaluated in the U.S. News survey. The annual rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospi …

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Experts Call for “Human Vaccines Project” to Accelerate Vaccine Development

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A group of prominent vaccine researchers, including the Research Institute’s chief scientific officer, Philip R. Johnson, MD, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Stanley Plotkin, MD, recently called for a “human vaccines project” to accelerate the development of vaccines to prevent “major global killers such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases.” In a recently published S …

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Antibiotic Usage Education, Interventions Improve Prescription Practices

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As disease-causing microbes continue their worrisome trend of developing resistance to commonly used antibiotics, public health experts have called for more selective use of those medicines. A new study suggests that educating pediatricians in their offices, and auditing their prescription patterns, encourages them to choose more appropriate antibiotics for children with common respiratory infecti …

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Study Finds Lowering BMI Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Teens

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A new study involving Children’s Hospital investigators found obese teenagers who reduced their body mass index (BMI) by 8 percent or more had improvements in insulin sensitivity, an important metabolic factor related to the later development of type 2 diabetes. To achieve the reduction in BMI, the teens followed a family-based, lifestyle-modification weight loss program that offers the potential  …

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Celebrating the Birth of CHOP’s 1,000th Fetal Surgery Patient

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Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the birth of its 1,000th fetal surgery patient. Audrey Rose Oberio was born May 28 to Jackie and Gideon Oberio. The Oberios traveled to CHOP from Maryland so Audrey could be treated for myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, at the Hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. When she was born, Audrey Rose weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces …

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Examining the “Sense and Nonsense” of Alternative Therapies

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Paul Offit, MD, chief of Children’s Hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has long been a magnet for controversy. A co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine Rotateq, Dr. Offit’s willingness to speak his mind, question popular (and at times ill-informed) wisdom, and to defend science against its detractors has earned him many vocal critics over the years. For example, he has received hate mail and …

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Children’s Hospital Researcher Named 2013 Pew Scholar

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By being named a 2013 Pew Scholar, Children’s Hospital investigator Claudio Giraudo, PhD, joins a “prestigious community of Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award winners, and hundred of other pioneers who earned Pew grants at the start of their careers.” The Pew Scholars are each awarded $240,000 over four years to conduct their research, and Dr. Giraudo is …

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Center for Injury Research & Prevention Awarded for Teen Driving Initiative

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, with teen drivers ages 16 to 19 three times more likely than drivers ages 20 and older to be in a fatal crash per mile driven. For several years, the Teen Driver Safety Research team at the Center for Injury Research & Prevention (CIRP) has strived to reduce the frequency and severity of teens’ motor vehicle crashes, in …

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Designing a More Accessible, Easier to Install Safety Seat

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According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a properly installed child safety seat (CSS) shouldn’t be able to move more than an inch from front to back or from side to side. But, as anyone who has ever installed a CSS knows, this can be much more difficult to achieve than it sounds. In addition to the physical demands of installing a CSS, many are accompanied by …

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Chief Scientific Officer Highlights CHOP Research Institute Achievements

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute recently announced its position as the top-ranked independent pediatric hospital in the United States in funding from the National Institutes of Health. CHOP received more than $125 million in NIH funds in FY2012, placing it not only at the top of the list of pediatric hospitals but also fourth among all independent hospitals in the countr …

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GlaxoSmithKline Launches Program to Partner with PIs in Early Drug Discovery

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced an innovative competitive program aimed at translating novel science into new medicines. The Discovery Fast Track Competition is an opportunity for investigators at academic institutions to submit innovative concepts, discoveries, and research to GSK that may lead to a partnership in early drug discovery. An expert panel of judges at GSK will evaluate each submi …

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