Welcome back to another weekly roundup of research news from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia! Exciting and important pediatric research spans everything from conditions that are common and treatable, such as ear infections, to others more rare and deadly, such as cancer.
By Rebecca Ganetzky, MD
Editor's Note: While the medical community has made great strides in establishing medicine as a field that is inviting and welcoming to women, our guest blogger points out that more work is needed to improve gender equality in the medical community.
No teenager wants to trade the sweaty palms and fluttering heartbeats that come with a first date or romantic relationship for real dread, fear, or even injury from dating violence. But it is a sad fact that emotional abuse, physical violence, and sexual violence do occur among some teen dating couples.
Although growth failure in children is a sensitive sign that an underlying health problem may be occurring, short stature itself is not a disease. So researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia wanted to identify the factors that influence families to seek medical care for short stature, which in some cases includes giving a child nightly injections of human growth hormone.