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Glucocorticoids, a class of steroid hormone medications often prescribed to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, offer long-term benefits for this disease, including longer preservation of muscle strength and function and decreased risk of death. These findings support the standard prescribing practices in many clinics and could help sway parents who are on the fence about their children receiving these therapies, say authors of a study published online Nov. 22, 2017 in The Lancet.
With a $2 million gift from James A. “Jim” MacCutcheon and his family, Children’s National Health System has established the MacCutcheon Family Professorship in Cardiac Critical Care Medicine to ensure world-class care for children in the cardiac intensive care unit.
Today Children’s National Health System became the first pediatric medical institution in the United States to receive accreditations for both immune effector cells and more than minimal manipulation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Considered the threshold for excellence in cellular therapy, FACT establishes standards for high-quality medical and laboratory practice in the field.
The fingertips are among the body’s most sensitive areas and have the ability to detect very subtle changes to the surface of an object. For this reason, inspectors looking for defects in lead aprons that are used to shield patients’ vital organs from radiation exposure have run their fingers over the aprons, relying on tactile inspection combined with visual inspection to find defects.
A particularly aggressive form of pediatric cancer can be spotted reliably by the genetic fragments it leaves behind in children’s biofluids, opening the door to non-surgical biopsies and providing a way to gauge whether such tumors respond to treatment, according to an abstract presented by Children’s National Health System researchers.
Children’s National Health System announces that Adelaide Sherwood Robb, M.D., will become the chief of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within The Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine.
Washingtonian magazine’s annual list of the region’s “Top Doctors” recognized 57 Children’s National Health System physicians from a wide-array of specialties including Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Surgery and Urology.
Continuously recording the brain’s electrical signals and examining how those impulses evolve over time is a more reliable way to identify infants at risk for brain injury, compared with doing snapshot evaluations, according to a prospective cohort study led by Children’s National Health System research-clinicians.
A novel tool developed by researchers at Children’s National Health System — with critical input from transgender youth and their parents — assesses the level of interest or concern these teens and their families have regarding the impacts of medical gender treatments on long-term fertility.
Children’s National received the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for outstanding achievement in improving the lives of children through the use of health information technology.