Pediatrics

The latest pediatrics news from the N.C. Children's Hospital, UNC Health Care, and the UNC School of Medicine.

N.C. Children’s Promise becomes the Office of External Affairs

After a decade of making a difference in the lives of critically ill patients and their families, the N.C. Children’s Promise adopts a name more reflective of its mission and functions.

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Sock Monkeys and Fiberglass Cows: One Volunteer's Commitment to Service

Sock Monkeys and Fiberglass Cows: One Volunteer's Commitment to Service

After decades crafting sock monkeys for pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals, Nidia Scharlock was honored in November with a ceremony at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and the dedication of a cow named Mookie.

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Researchers expand the known clinical spectrum of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome

Researchers expand the known clinical spectrum of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome

A new study led by third-year medical student Christopher Bennett is the first to describe the development of massive hemoptysis in patients with Loeys-Dietz syndrome. The finding has immediate and broad clinical implications that will be useful for both patients and providers.

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UNC Children's joins Tar Heal Tuesday movement

UNC Children's joins Tar Heal Tuesday movement

Today UNC Children's joins the UNC School of Medicine and the entire Carolina community in promoting the spirit of giving and generosity encompassed in #TarHealTuesday, a homegrown version of Giving Tuesday, the global day for supporting one’s favorite charitable causes.

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Invention enables immune suppressed children to “play dirty” in the hospital

Invention enables immune suppressed children to “play dirty” in the hospital

UNC Children’s welcomes the debut of WonderSphere, a first-of-its-kind, portable apparatus that allows hospitalized children hands-on experience with nature, working with plants and dirt. The airtight, transparent chamber is the brainchild of Wonder Connection, a program bringing the wonders of science to the bedsides of hospitalized children, and was born of a collaboration among Wonder Connection, UNC Hospitals Epidemiology Department, N.C. State University engineering students, and a product design firm.

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Living life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest

Dane was just an infant when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes—among the youngest diabetic children his pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Nina Jain, has ever treated. Now a thriving 4-year-old, Dane doesn’t let his diagnosis define him or deter him from childhood’s greatest pursuits.

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Ronald McDonald House opens expansion

Ronald McDonald House opens expansion

A major expansion of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill doubles its capacity, making room for many more patients and families as well as innovative support programs.

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Seventy UNC Children’s physicians named to prestigious 2015-2016 Best Doctors In America® list

Seventy UNC Children’s physicians named to prestigious 2015-2016 Best Doctors In America® list

Best Doctors, Inc. honors a wealth of talent and expertise in the pediatric health arena on the peer-reviewed list, which recognizes providers with the most advanced medical expertise across the country.

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Award recognizes “angels” in the NICU

Award recognizes “angels” in the NICU

Megan Hall, founder and CEO of Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation, recently returned to N.C. Children’s Hospital to present the organization’s Award of Excellence to members of her late son, Avery’s, Newborn Critical Care Center team.

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Team Science for Turner Syndrome

Team Science for Turner Syndrome

With seed money from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC and a Translational Team Science Award from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC collaborators uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that could be the cause of painful chronic ear infections that plague people with chromosomal and genetic conditions.

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Meet Dr. Elizabeth Estrada, UNC Children’s endocrinology chief

Meet Dr. Elizabeth Estrada, UNC Children’s endocrinology chief

Dr. Elizabeth Estrada joined UNC Children's as chief of pediatric endocrinology in May 2015. She recently spoke with the editors of CARE about the road that led her to UNC and the passion she’s found in combatting the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.

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UNC researchers find new way to force stem cells to become bone cells

UNC researchers find new way to force stem cells to become bone cells

Potential therapies based on this discovery could help people heal bone injuries or set hardware, such as replacement knees and hips.

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Sexually assaulted adolescents often receive suboptimal emergency care

Sexually assaulted adolescents often receive suboptimal emergency care

A new study reveals vast disparities in the treatment of adolescent sexual assault victims by emergency departments across the country, with many victims leaving the ER without recommended tests and preventive treatments. The findings of the study, led by UNC Children’s Dr. Samantha Schilling, were published in the Nov. 2 edition of the journal Pediatrics.

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UNC Children's initiates visitor restrictions for children under 12 in critical care units

UNC Children's initiates visitor restrictions for children under 12 in critical care units

Reported cases of pediatric respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have triggered visitor restrictions for children under 12. Children age 11 years old and younger will not be permitted to visit UNC Children's Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), or the Cancer Hospital's Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU), beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

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UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

The award, made possible through a donation from Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang, recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty.

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Leveraging simulation to improve patient safety

Leveraging simulation to improve patient safety

A recent Carolina Week feature highlights how UNC Children's is leveraging simulation training and Team STEPPS to improve care team communications and help prevent medical errors.

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Krispy Kreme Challenge announces renaming of UNC Children’s clinic

Krispy Kreme Challenge announces renaming of UNC Children’s clinic

Since its inception as a charity race in 2006, the Krispy Kreme Challenge has raised nearly $1 million for UNC Children’s and its clinical home, N.C. Children’s Hospital. On Oct. 14, the organization announced the renaming of the N.C. Children’s Specialty Clinic to the Krispy Kreme Challenge Children’s Specialty Clinic, along with its commitment to raise an additional $1 million for UNC Children’s.

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Healthy hearts reunite with caregivers

Healthy hearts reunite with caregivers

September’s Heart Reunion provided patients and their families an opportunity to reconnect with one another and members of their care team.

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UNC Hospital School turns 50: Education and Something More

UNC Hospital School turns 50: Education and Something More

For 50 years, the UNC Hospital School has provided students with the help they need to stay on track with their studies while they are patients at UNC Hospitals.

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