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2021

Firearms injuries involving young children in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with a surge in firearm injuries in young children and inflicted by young children. The findings, led by Children’s National Hospital experts, show that the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with a surge in fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries both in young children and inflicted by young children.

Critical need for electrophysiology devices to treat pediatric heart patients is focus of medical device pitch competition with $150K in awards

Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects six out of 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year and is often complicated by arrhythmias, a condition where the heart beats too rapidly, too slowly or irregularly due to a misfiring of the body’s electrical impulses. While the last decade brought great advances in technologies that improve the care of adult arrhythmias, pediatric patients have been left behind, with only five devices approved for use in children in the same period. As a result, pediatric specialists are often using off-label or improvised devices to treat pediatric arrhythmias, including in the smallest newborns.

New study examines promising approach to treating attention and working memory difficulties in children with sickle cell disease

An adaptive cognitive training program could help treat attention and working memory difficulties in children with sickle cell disease (SCD), a new study published in the of Journal of Pediatric Psychology shows. These neurocognitive difficulties have practical implications for the 100,000 individuals in the U.S. with SCD, as 20-40% of youth with SCD repeat a grade in school and fewer than half of adults with SCD are employed. Interventions to prevent and treat neurocognitive difficulties caused by SCD have the potential to significantly improve academic outcomes, vocational attainment and quality of life.

Intentional youth firearm injuries linked to sociodemographic factors

A new study led by researchers at Children’s National Hospital, finds that sociodemographic factors related to intent of injury by firearm may be useful in guiding policy and informing tailored interventions for the prevention of firearm injuries in at-risk youth.
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Children’s National Hospital joins 10 other leading children’s hospitals and Phlow Corp. to form coalition to address pediatric drug shortages

Children’s National Hospital joins in announcing the launch of a groundbreaking Children’s Hospital Coalition: Powered by Phlow (CHC). This first-in-kind coalition brings together some of the top children’s hospitals across the nation, in collaboration with Phlow, to provide certainty in availability and access for key medicines necessary to sustain life and conquer disease and to address the nation’s broken essential medicines supply chain.

Children’s National Hospital researchers find premature birth disrupts Purkinje cell function, resulting in locomotor learning deficits

Children’s National Hospital researchers explored how preterm birth disrupts Purkinje cell function, resulting in locomotor learning deficits. The study brought together a cross-disciplinary team of neuroscientists and neonatologists to devise a unique and novel method of analyzing neural circuitry of mice while they underwent movement exercises.