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2021

Four leading children’s hospitals announce IPCHiP, a collaborative to develop new treatments for pediatric diseases

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Study of MIS-C vs. severe COVID in children suggests a continuum of illness, but flags key differences that could guide care

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Boston Children’s Hospital Launches Digital Wellness Lab as Global Resource for Families, Educators and Clinicians

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MIS-C patient

Many Children With Serious Inflammatory Syndrome Had No Covid Symptoms

The New York Times reports on a new study that discovered many children and teens who developed MIS-C may not have had any COVID-19 symptoms during their initial infection. Boston Children’s Jennifer Blumenthal, MD, weighs in on the findings. 
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Baby

A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

The New York Times reports on new research initiatives that aim to study the impact of economic hardships on young, developing brains. Boston Children’s Charles Nelson, PhD, is highlighted for his research on brain and cognitive development among children who grew up in poverty. 
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Family travel

The Complicated Calculus of Traveling With Kids During Covid

Bloomberg reports on the expensive challenges of travelling with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, provides some travel safety tips for families.
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Dr. Michael Rich interview

How families can navigate the ever-changing digital landscape

ABC7 (Washington) interviews Boston Children’s Michael Rich, MD, MPH, about the launch of Boston Children’s Digital Wellness Lab and the increase in technology usage among kids and teens during the pandemic.
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Data system

Data sharing ventures try to make patient data more useful and safe

Modern Healthcare reports on healthcare providers saving and sharing patient data. Boston Children’s Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, weighs in on the future of electronic systems to analyze patient data.
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Child with a mask

Many children with serious inflammatory disease did not show COVID-19 symptoms

The Hill reports on a new study that discovered many children and teens who developed MIS-C may not have had any COVID-19 symptoms during their initial infection. Boston Children’s Jennifer Blumenthal, MD, weighs in on the findings.
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Coronavirus

COVID Triggers Novel Infectious Skin Condition in Teen

MedPage Today reports on a new study that finds a connection between COVID-19 infection and Mucocutaneous Eruption, a rare skin condition. The author of the study, Boston Children's Zachary Holcomb, MD, weighs in on the findings.
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STAT interview with Dr. John Brownstein

A conversation on how to find that elusive Covid-19 vaccine

Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, participated in a STAT+ virtual discussion on locating COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. Brownstein discussed the launch of VaccineFinder.org, a site founded by Boston Children’s HealthMap team to help the public find COVID-19 vaccination sites.
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School bus

Most Mass Elementary School Students Return to Class Monday

NBC10 reports that the majority of Massachusetts' students will return to in-person learning today. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, discusses the importance of a safe return to the classroom.
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COVID-19 vaccination cards may eventually be used to prove immunization status for travel and other activities.

COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Could Be Required for Travel and Other Activities

People reports that COVID-19 vaccination cards may eventually be used to prove immunization status for travel and other activities. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, weighs in on the importance of these cards.

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Mirai Nagasu plans to stay in Boston Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) hip surgery at Boston Children’s.

Former Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu looks to move to Boston

The Boston Globe reports that two-time Olympic figure skater, Mirai Nagasu, will stay in Boston to jumpstart her career following her Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) hip surgery at Boston Children’s. Boston Children’s Ellen Geminiani, MD, Michael Millis, MD, and Eduardo Novais, MD, are highlighted for their role in Nagasu’s treatment.

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Experts discuss tips to ease children safely back into sports following the pandemic.

How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

Wired reports on the need to ease children safely back into sports following the pandemic to avoid injuries. Boston Children’s William Meehan, MD, provides his expertise. 

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Researchers are beginning COVID-19 vaccines trials for children and pregnant women.

Johnson and Johnson has planned trials of its vaccine that will include infants

The New York Times reports that Johnson & Johnson will test its coronavirus vaccine in infants, newborns, pregnant women and people who have compromised immune systems. Boston Children’s Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) and the Director of the Precision Vaccines Program, explains the benefits of this extensive testing.

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New research findings show that children who have sipped alcohol to have more favorable expectations about drinking compared to children who have never tried it.

Kids allowed to sip alcohol start to see booze more favorably

NBC’s “Today Show” reports on new researching findings that show children who have sipped alcohol may have more favorable expectations about drinking compared to children who have never tried it. Boston Children’s Claire McCarthy, MD, stresses the importance of having healthy conversations with children about the dangers and safe usage of alcohol.

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Experts weigh in on the rise of adolescents hospitalized for suicidal ideation or attempts over the past several months.

Psychiatrists Concerned About Increase In Suicidal Thoughts Among Adolescents

WBUR’s “All Things Considered” reports on the rise of adolescents hospitalized for suicidal ideation or attempts over the past several months. Boston Children’s Patricia Ibeziako, MD, provides insight into these alarming statistics

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Researchers have found no evidence that gene therapy treatment caused leukemia in the patient participating in the BlueBird Bio clinical trials.

Sickle Cell Treatment Not Linked to Cancer

The New York Times reports that researchers have found no evidence that gene therapy treatment caused leukemia in the patient participating in the BlueBird Bio clinical trials. The article highlights the sickle cell trial conducted by Boston Children's David Williams, MD, that safely utilizes disabled lentivirus to deliver a gene to patients.

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Dr. Ofer Levy spoke to CNBC about the latest developments on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Unusual for US health officials to call out a sponsor like AstraZeneca

Boston Children’s Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, discusses the latest developments on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on CNBC.

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Man receives his COVID-19 vaccine as the new administration evaluates the nation

Uptick in available Covid vaccine doses tests White House distribution system

NBC News reports on the nation's vaccine distribution plan following the approval of the third coronavirus vaccine. The article highlights the critical role of VaccineFinder.org, a CDC-supported website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team to help the public locate nearby vaccination sites.

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Passenger receiving a drive-thru COVID-19 test.

15 states are experiencing alarming upticks in COVID-19 infections

The Hill reports that cases of COVID-19 are rising in 15 states across the U.S. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, is quoted in the article.
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Mother comforting child.

Anti-Asian hashtags soared after Donald Trump first tied COVID to China on Twitter

USA Today reports on the increase of Anti-Asian online content following former President Donald Trump’s tweets about the coronavirus. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, explains the data that correlates these incidents.
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Apple iPhone

Apple Maps will now display where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

USA Today reports that Apple Maps will partner with VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, to display nearby COVID-19 vaccination sites to all app users.
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Vaccine vials

AstraZenca pauses rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Europe

ABC News reports that AstraZeneca paused the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine in Europe amid reports of blood clots in patients. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the segment.
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Benign Bone Tumor Chart

Asymptomatic children had a percentage of benign bone tumors

Boston Children’s Megan Anderson, MD, provides a perspective in this Orthopedics Today story on the prevalence of benign bone tumors in children.
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Cross country runners

Being A Runner Saved Me

Boston Children’s Ellis Barrera wrote an article for WBUR’s Cognoscenti that sheds light on the importance of sports for transgender children. 
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Green vaccine sign

Biden admin looks to get it right for vaccine

NBC News reports that VaccineFinder.gov, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, will go live as a nationwide vaccine availability website on May 1, 2021. The founder of the site, Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, weighs in on the website development process.
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President Joe Biden speech

Biden sets nation on seven-week sprint to near-universal vaccine access

The Washington Post reports on President Biden’s plan to achieve universal COVID-19 vaccine access across the U.S. In his prime-time address on Thursday, President Biden highlighted the importance of VaccineFinder.org, a CDC-supported website created by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team to help the public locate nearby COVID-19 vaccination sites
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Vaccine line

Booking a Covid-19 Vaccine?

The Wall Street Journal reports that tech giants, Facebook, Google and Apple, will partner with VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, to help the public locate available COVID-19 vaccination sites
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Vaccine vile

COVID vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool

The Verge reports on the role of VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, in President Biden’s nationwide vaccine rollout plan. The site’s founder, Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, discusses the innovative tool.
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Digital wellness graphic

Digital Lab studies tech effects on child wellbeing

Becker’s Hospital Review reports on the launch of the Digital Wellness Lab developed by Boston Children’s Michael Rich, MD, MPH. The lab will work with supporters such as Optum, Instagram and TikTok, to study the physical and mental health effects that digital technology has on children.
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Dr. Kristin Moffitt interview

Dr. Kristin Moffitt on travel changes and variants

In her weekly segment with WCVB-TV channel 5, Boston Children’s Kristin Moffitt, MD, discusses the changes in travel restrictions and the emergence of the new COVID-19 variants.
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Patient receiving vaccine.

Equity Metrics Should Be An Essential Component Of Hospital Rankings

Boston Children’s Valerie Ward, MD, MPH, Katherine Peeler, MD, and Grace Chan, MD, MPH, PhD, contributed to a Health Affairs Blog that emphasizes the importance of including health equity as a major factor of the U.S. News and World Report’s top hospital rankings. 
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VaccineFinder app

Facebook debuts new features to help people find COVID-19 vaccines

CNN reports on the collaboration between Facebook and VaccineFinder.org, a website founded by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, to help the public track nearby COVID-19 vaccination sites through the Facebook platform.
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Mark Zuckerberg Facebook

Facebook partners with VaccineFinder

FOX Business News reports on the partnership between Facebook and VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team. The founder of the site, Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, explains how the collaboration will allow more people to find available vaccines.

 

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Girl receiving hand sanitizer.

I Am Vaccinated Against COVID-19 But My Kids Are Not

Time reports on strategies for parents to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with non-vaccinated children. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, provides his expertise.
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Vacant entertainment venue

Live entertainment venues hungry for financial relief after year of pandemic closures

ABC News reports on the impact of the pandemic on live entertainment venues. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, weighs in on venue closures across the nation.
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Boat on the ocean

Many Deep-Sea Microbes Invisible to Mammalian Immune System

The Scientist reports on new research findings about the mammalian immune system. Boston Children’s Johnathan Kagan, PhD, is quoted in the article.
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Elderly man receives COVID-19 vaccine.

Nearly 37 million Americans have been fully vaccinated

Good Morning America reports on the nation’s concerns that spring break parties and travel could lead to potential superspreader events. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, discusses the potential for COVID-19 transmission during spring break.

 

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Social media app

Nearly half of parents report more arguments with kids over screen time during pandemic

KFOR4 (Oklahoma) reports on the increase of arguments between parents and kids over screen time during the pandemic. Boston Children’s Michael Rich, MD, MPH, provides his expertise. 
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Dr. John Brownstein on the phone

Offering new way to find COVID shots

The Boston Globe reports on the collaboration between Facebook and VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team. The founder of the site, Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, explains how this partnership will allow more of the population to locate COVID-19 vaccination sites
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Eiffel Tower

Paris sewage is helping in the fight against COVID

ABC News reports that Paris is working to detect the coronavirus by testing the city’s raw sewage. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, weighs in on the possibility of utilizing this type of surveillance in the U.S.
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Clinical drug trial

Pediatric hospitals and startup drugmaker partner

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Boston Children’s will join the Phlow Children’s Hospital Coalition along with 10 other pediatric hospitals to combat pediatric drug shortages.
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Spoons and forks

Six Useful Tips for Combating Food Guilt and Shame

Self reports on some strategies for combating food guilt and shame. Boston Children’s Laura Moretti Reece, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, provides her expertise. 

 

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Girl with long-term COVID-19 symptoms stands beside her mother.

These kids had COVID and now they have long-haul symptoms

The Washington Post reports on the rare long-term COVID-19 symptoms found in children. Boston Children’s Adrienne Randolph, MD, MSc, and Jane Newburger, MD, MPH, explain the growing research on COVID-19 "long haulers."
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Vaccines and the American flag

Why America should help vaccinate the world against COVID-19

ABC News reports on the need for global access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, is quoted in the article. 
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Mother and child on computer

Psychologist Says Virtual Learning Has Left Many Kids Anxious and Overwhelmed

WBZ-TV channel 4 reports on the impact of at-home virtual learning on children’s mental health. Boston Children’s Erica Lee, PhD, is interviewed for the segment.
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Moderna sign

Moderna Starts COVID Vaccine Study For Children

Boston Children's Richard Malley, MD, speaks to WBZ-TV channel 4 about the start of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trials in children.
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Dr. John Brownstein

CDC is expected to release new COVID guidelines soon

Boston Children's Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, talks to Good Morning America about the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and the new soon-to-be-released safety guidelines from the CDC.
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Researching a vaccine

CDC releases new guidance for those who are fully vaccinated

In an interview with ABC News, Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, discusses the latest CDC guidance and the newly approved COVID-19 relief bill.
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Parent and child wearing masks

COVID One Year Later- What Have We Learned

Healthline reports on the lessons learned from the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Children’s Maimuna Majumder, PhD, is quoted in the article.
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Researchers testing vaccines

Covid-19 Vaccines Targeting Multiple Strains Are in the Works

The Wall Street Journal reports that drug makers are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that would target more than one strain of the virus. Boston Children’s Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, is quoted in the article.
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Dr. John Brownstein

Dr John Brownstein answers your questions about COVID vaccines

Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, speaks to ABC News’ Nightline about the COVID-19 vaccines.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci Weighs in on Massachusetts School Reopening Plan

NBC10 reports on a virtual panel event with guest speaker Dr. Anthony Fauci that addressed the re-opening of Massachusetts schools and the timeline to vaccinate children against COVID-19. Boston Children’s Kristin Moffitt, MD, weighs in on the COVID-19 vaccine trial plan for children.
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Building

Five things to know about Gen Z patients and workers

Becker’s Hospital Review reports on the behavioral patterns of patients and employees from Generation Z, those born between 1995 and 2012. Boston Children’s is recognized for supporting Generation Z patients by incorporating engaging technology throughout the hospital.
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Elderly man receives a COVID-19 vaccine

Hunting for a Leftover Vaccine

The New York Times reports on the new web platforms designed to help people find their COVID-19 vaccine. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, highlights VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team to help the public locate COVID-19 vaccination sites.
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Child using a smartwatch

Researchers studying how smartwatches might help children with autism

Boston25 reports on a collaboration between researchers at Boston Children’s and Northeastern University to develop a smartwatch to help children with autism complete their daily activities and tasks.

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Restaurant

Texas cities in turmoil as governor lifts mask mandate

Good Morning America reports on the removal of the COVID-19 safety restrictions in Texas as more of the public continues to search for available COVID-19 vaccines. VaccineFinder.org, a system developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team, is recognized for helping the public locate vaccination sites.

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Doctor and patient in a mask

These symptoms and risk factors may predict whether you could become a 'COVID long hauler,' study suggests

USA Today reports on new research that suggests coronavirus symptoms felt within the first week of infection may predict how long the virus will remain active. The co-author of the study, Boston Children’s Christina Astley, MD, ScD, explains the symptoms found in "COVID-19 long haulers."

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Baby sleeping

When Do Babies Start Dreaming

Fatherly reports on the early stages of dreaming for babies. Boston Children’s Maile Moore, RN, PNP, weighs in on the REM sleeping state for infants.
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Dr. Lisa Maragakis

Women play an essential role in coronavirus battle

The Washington Post reports on the women doctors and researchers who have greatly contributed to the fight against the coronavirus. Boston Children’s Maimuna Majumder, PhD, is recognized for her work as a computational epidemiologist.
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Woman receives vaccine from a nurse.

How mRNA vaccines can keep up with an ever-changing coronavirus

ABC News reports on the future of the mRNA vaccines as the coronavirus continues to mutate into different variants. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, explains how the mRNA vaccines can be updated.
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Dr. Kristi Moffitt interview

Dr Kristin Moffitt on vaccines for teachers

In her weekly segment with WCVB-TV channel 5, Boston Children’s Kristin Moffitt, MD, discusses the safety measures across the state to protect students and staff against COVID-19 when they return to the classroom.
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VaccineFinder

VaccineFinder makes it easy to figure out where to get a COVID vaccination

TechRepublic reports on VaccineFinder.org, a website developed by the Boston Children’s HealthMap team to help the public locate COVID-19 vaccination sites and track doses of the approved vaccines. 
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Google office

Google and Northeastern partner with Global Health

Boston Business Journal reports on the launch of the Global Health website, a platform developed by Boston Children’s and Google to track COVID-19.
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Child on a swing

What Parents Should Know About Rare But Scary COVID19 Illness

HealthDay News (via American Heart Association News) reports on the severe symptoms of MIS-C found in children. Boston Children’s Jane Newburger, MD, MPH, a lead author of a nationwide study on the long-term impacts of MIS-C, discusses the rarity of the COVID-linked syndrome. 

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Holding a sign

How England Became an Alarming Outlier in Its Treatment of Trans Children

VICE reports on the medical care for trans children in England. Boston Children’s Amy Tishelman, PhD, is quoted in the article.
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MIS-C patient

Mom shares MIS-C experience

Today.com reports on MIS-C in children. Boston Children’s Mary Beth Son, MD, explains the symptoms of the rare COVID-linked syndrome.
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MIS-C patient with doctor

Surge in COVID-Linked Inflammatory Condition

MedPage Today reports on the surge of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) found in children following the winter wave of COVID-19. Boston Children’s Adrienne Randolph, MD, MSc, explains the complexities of the syndrome. 
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Man receiving a vaccine

38 million Americans have received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine

ABC News reports on the race to vaccinate the public against COVID-19 as new variants of the virus continue to emerge across the U.S. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, is interviewed for the segment.
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Holding hands

Community and Mental Health Needs Intensify and Hospitals Pivot

U.S.Newsand World Report hosted its “Healthcare of Tomorrow” virtual series event focusing on how children's hospitals can better serve the pediatric population during the pandemic. Boston Children’s Shari Nethersole, MD, was a speaker at the virtual event. 
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Vaccine testing kid

COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens are coming

Los Angeles Times reports on the timeline to vaccinate children and teenagers against COVID-19. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, explains the vaccine trial process for children.
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New study using video games to improve mental health

Parentology.com reports on the launch of a study conducted by Mightier, a spin-out of Boston Children’s, to determine if their video game can teach children emotional regulation and improve mental health.

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Researcher holding vaccine vial

Oxford-AstraZeneca begins a vaccine trial for children

The Washington Post reports that Oxford University and AstraZeneca will expand their coronavirus vaccine trials to children ages 6 to 17. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, weighs in on the timeline to vaccinate children against COVID-19.
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Cartoon tantrum

Why do kids throw tantrums and how do you calm them down

The Independent reports on the psychology behind meltdowns and tantrums among children. Boston Children’s Carol Weitzman, MD, and Charles Nelson, PhD, provide their expertise.
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Kids at school tables

Everything You Need to Know about schools and COVID-19

The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing research related to coronavirus transmission in schools. Boston Children’s Richard Malley, MD, provides insight into COVID-19 transmission among children.
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December

Channel 7 Boston Pops

Boston Pops put on holiday show at Children’s Hospital

WHDH-TV channel 7 reports that the Boston Pops visited Boston Children’s on Tuesday for their annual holiday concert. Former Patriots tackle Max Lane helped lead the musicians, and after a quick lesson from Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, 10-year-old patient Vivian Liedtke from Millville got a chance to conduct.
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WSJ Vaping

Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses Appear to Have Peaked

The Wall Street Journal reports the rate of new hospital admissions for vaping-related illnesses has dropped in the past several weeks, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggesting that the outbreak is on the decline. Boston Children’s Yulin Hswen, PhD, is quoted in the story.
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Celtics holiday visit

Celtics — Including Tacko Fall As An Elf — Spread Holiday Cheer At Boston Children’s Hospital

WBZ-TV channel 4 reports on the Celtic’s holiday visit to Boston Children’s where they spent time with patients and their families while decked out in the usual Christmas attire.

Gene therapy is facing its biggest challenge yet

Nature examines how gene therapy has started to tackle the challenge of sickle-cell disease after finally gaining traction as a potential treatment for certain genetic disorders. Boston Children's David Williams, MD, and the clinic trial that he is currently leading with Erica Esrick, MD, is featured in the piece.
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Rob Gronkowski builds gingerbread houses with kids at Boston Children’s

WHDH-TV channel 7 reports on former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s holiday visit to Boston Children’s Hospital. Gronkowski and girlfriend Camille Kostek helped patients construct gingerbread houses.
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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel | Sidelined: Youth Sports Injuries

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel spotlights the increased occurrence of youth sports injuries – particularly in younger athletes. The story features Boston Children’s Chief of Sports Medicine Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, and three of his patients – Emily, Quinn and Mia.
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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel | Sidelined: Youth Sports Injuries

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel spotlights the increased occurrence of youth sports injuries – particularly in younger athletes. The story features Boston Children’s Chief of Sports Medicine Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, and three of his patients – Emily, Quinn and Mia.
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November

It’s Time to #FixGirlsSports. Here’s How We Start.

Runner’s World reports on women in sports and how no woman should ever have to experience abuse or be treated differently than her male counterpart. Boston Children’s Kate Ackerman, MD, MPH, is one of four experts who weighs in on the topic.
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Special Procedure: Tooth Fairy visits patient at Boston Children's Hospital

WHDH-TV channel 7 reports that the tooth fairy made a special visit to Boston Children’s patient Evalyn Carella who had a loose tooth removed ahead of a long heart surgery. When she woke up from surgery, she discovered her tooth and two dollars that were left from the tooth fairy.
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When 'Friendly' Probiotic Bacteria Turn Into Foes In The ICU

WBUR reports on a new study from Boston Children’s researchers that finds ICU patients on probiotics were about 120 times more likely to develop a lactobacillus infection than those not on probiotics. It is not clear exactly how ICU patients get bloodstream infections from probiotics, but it's likely that the bacteria leak out of the gut because it loses its normal barriers.
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A gateway to eating disorders

The Harvard Gazette reports on a new study from Boston Children’s S. Bryn Austin, ScD, that finds young women who use diet pills and laxatives for weight control have a higher risk of being diagnosed with an eating disorder than their peers who do not.
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Bio-innovation center will aim to protect state’s preeminence

The Boston Globe reports that a group of leading Boston-area universities, hospitals, and corporations – including Boston Children’s Hospital - will create a new center for bio-manufacturing and innovation and hopes to have the facility up and running by 2022 or even 2021 in an effort to protect the area’s leadership in the life sciences.
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Four Boston-area employers are taking on the wage and representation gaps

The Boston Globe reports on four Boston companies, including Boston Children’s, that were chosen for implementing initiatives that have made measurable improvements for female employees, which could be replicated by other companies. The article highlights Inside Track, Boston Children’s program aimed at retaining employees by making the path to advancement clearer.
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Why It Is So Hard to Figure Out What to Eat

The New York Times shares an op-ed from Boston Children’s David Ludwig, MD, PhD and Steven B. Heymsfield, MD, whose recent study finds that most diet trials, even in the best journals, fail even the most basic of quality control measures.
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High Number of Youths Using Rx Opioids

Pain News Network reports on a large new analysis of drug use by teenagers and young adults in the U.S. that finds a surprisingly high level of prescription opioid use. Boston Children’s Joel Hudgins, MD, first author of the study, says given these rates of opioid use and misuse, strong consideration should be given to screening adolescents and young adults for opioid use when they receive care.
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Child patients face off against Celtics’ Gordon Hayward in video game marathon for charity

7 News Boston reports on Boston Celtics’ star Gordon Hayward's visit to Boston Children’s where he faced off against patients in a video game marathon. The Extra Life event raised money to help patients pay for services not covered by insurance.
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CNN Juul

Juul stops selling mint ahead of anticipated federal ban on most e-cigarette flavors

NBC News reports that Juul has stopped selling its mint-flavored pods on its website, leaving only menthol and tobacco flavors as a national ban on sales of most e-cigarette flavors is expected any day. Boston Children’s Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, weighs in.
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October

Greater Boston Sharon Levy

Debating The Public Health Impact Of Baker’s Vaping Ban

Boston Children’s Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, joins WGBH’s “Greater Boston” to discuss the vaping ban and why she believes it is the right move to protect consumers, particularly young people.
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CBS Bruins Halloween Visit

Bruins Don Toy Story Costumes For Halloween Visit To Boston Children’s Hospital

CBS Boston reports on the Boston Bruins ninth annual Halloween visit to Boston Children’s. Players were dressed up as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Forky and other favorites from Toy Story 4, as they spent time visiting with children at the hospital.
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Digital Health Podcast John Brownstein

An Epidemiology Journey From Vectors and Movies to Hospital Innovation

The Digital Health Podcast interviews Boston Children’s Hospital’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, about his early days on the field as an epidemiologist, his foray into academia and some of the cool things he’s doing at Boston Children’s.
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WSJ vaping

Vaping-Related Illnesses Rise to 1,604, CDC Says

The Wall Street Journal reports there are now 1,604 cases of the vaping-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal officials are still looking for the definitive cause of the illnesses but have flagged illicit THC products and oils as a major factor. Boston Children’s Chief Innovation Officer, John Brownstein, PhD, and Yulin Hswen, PhD, are both interviewed for the article.
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NIH Director Blog Mila

One Little Girl’s Story Highlights the Promise of Precision Medicine

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins devotes his Director’s Blog to the story of Mila Makovec, an 8-year-old Boston Children’s patient suffering from Batten’s disease, a rapidly progressing neurological disorder. Timothy Yu, MD, PhD, and his team found her highly unusual mutation, designed an oligonucleotide drug to bypass it, engaged industry partners and launched an FDA-approved treatment trial — just for her.
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NYTimes vaping

Helping Teenagers Quit Vaping

The New York Times column “The Checkup” reports as vaping deaths rise, quitting has a new urgency. What can we do to help an adolescent or a young adult shake a nicotine habit? Boston Children’s Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, weighs in on the topic.
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NYTimes Milasen

Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

The New York Times reports on Mila Makovec, an 8-year-old Boston Children’s patient suffering from Batten’s disease. Boston Children’s Timothy Yu, MD, PhD, and his team found her highly unusual mutation, designed an oligonucleotide drug to bypass it, engaged industry partners and launched a treatment trial — just for her.
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WBUR Vaping

Just How Hard Is It To Quit Vaping?

Boston Children’s Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, joins WBUR’s “On Point” to discuss vaping and the difficulties that come with trying to quit.
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Babygaga

How We Talk To Babies Can Have Long-Lasting Benefits For Their Brain Development

Babygaga reports that language development in babies is one of the most important milestones they can reach. A study led by Boston Children’s Rachel Romeo, PhD, finds that it is the number of direct conversations a child has in which proper language use is present that makes a difference.
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