Pediatrics

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

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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Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant aids childhood cancer research

Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant aids childhood cancer research

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded pediatric oncologist Dr. Ian Davis a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar of Hope grant to fund his Ewing sarcoma research.

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Curtis Media expands partnership with UNC Children’s

Curtis Media Group executive vice president, Trip Savery, says the evolution of UNC Children’s and its strategic priorities since the debut of Radiothon in 2002 has his team looking at new and innovative ways to support patients and families year round.

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Children with severe obesity may be at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes

Children with severe obesity may be at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes

A new study led by researchers in the UNC Department of Pediatrics identifies a direct correlation between more severe forms of obesity in children and elevations in related risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes—particularly in boys. The study was published in the October 2015 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pediatric Audiology receives international honor

Pediatric Audiology receives international honor

A trio of adolescent audiology patients helped herald UNC Pediatric Audiology’s receipt of the Hear the World Foundation’s Richard Seewald Award on Sept. 17. Their unique successes — one a member of his school marching band, another an accomplished dancer, and the third a standout soccer player — illustrate the critical importance of early identification followed by early intervention for children born with hearing loss.

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Summer project ends up a winner for the Bandz Boyz

Summer project ends up a winner for the Bandz Boyz

What started out as a summer pastime for the “Bandz Boyz” has grown into a multi-year project supporting patient activities at N.C. Children’s Hospital.

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Grant supports study of long-term effects of cancer treatment in children

Grant supports study of long-term effects of cancer treatment in children

Childhood cancer patients are surviving in greater numbers but often suffer later complications related to their treatments. A grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is enabling pediatric oncology fellow, Dr. Andrew Smitherman, to study how doctors can best care for survivors.

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Philip's hope

Philip's hope

Diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing sarcoma on Labor Day of 2013, 14-year-old Philip Rawls’ life was turned upside down. Two years later—and nearly 18 months in remission—he sees hope in the research of pediatric oncologist, Dr. Ian Davis.

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All Things Palliative at UNC

The Pediatric Palliative Care Committee has teamed up with the UNC Adult Palliative Care Service and the Perinatal Palliative Care Team for an “All Things Palliative at UNC” education, awareness and recognition exposition to be held on Oct. 20.

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Trilon Turns Five

Trilon Turns Five

On Oct. 5, 2010, Trilon Estes was born with esophageal atresia, a rare congenital condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach. Five major surgeries later, the boy from Wake Forest, North Carolina, is healthy and thriving.

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Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from Norway visited the cancer center last week to learn firsthand about UNCseq, a clinical trial launched in 2011 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In the trial, researchers use a profile of the genetic and molecular alterations in patients' tumors to try to identify targeted treatments for them.

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Rallying for Research

Rallying for Research

UNC School of Medicine faculty head to Washington to support research cause.

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