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2018

Childrens National named Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation partner site

Children’s National Health System announced today that it has been named the newest partner site of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). As a result of this new partnership, families of brain and spinal cord tumor patients treated at Children’s National will now be eligible to receive emergency financial assistance from the PBTF’s Butterfly Fund.
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New study reveals widespread use of dietary supplements in children with Down syndrome

There is a widespread practice of parents giving dietary supplements to children with Down syndrome in the hope of improving intelligence or function, according to a new survey by Children’s National Health System. The research, published in the July 2018 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, was conducted by experts at Children’s National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI) to determine the prevalence, perceived impact, cost and other factors related to dietary supplement use in children with Down syndrome.

Fluid infusion rates and sodium concentration levels don’t impact neurological damage observed in pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis episodes

Brain injuries that happen during episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)—where the body converts fat instead of sugar into energy, and where the pancreas is unable to process insulin, such as in type 1 diabetes—are rare, and happen in less than 1 percent of DKA episodes, but these injuries can carry lasting consequences—including mild to severe neurological damage.