Notable awards, new autism initiatives, and a novel approach to managing sickle cell disease are all part of this week's roundup of research news. As Children's Hospital of Philadelphia experts made waves at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference in Chicago, our local Philadelphia Eagles launched a new commitment to support autism research at CHOP and neighboring institutions
The digital world moves fast. When the digital realm in question is the use of mobile devices, social media, and related technologies in medical research (mHealth), it isn't always easy for researchers who use these tools to keep pace.
The research team concluded that early detection and gene therapy may offer the best results among infants diagnosed with Canavan disease. Canavan disease is a rare inherited neurological disorder with devastating effect. The lack of a specific enzyme, called aspartoacylase, causes the body's central nervous system to break down. The disease is usually fatal before a child reaches the teenage years.