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WASHINGTON – A new study suggests many more pediatricians would make mental health screenings an integral part of a child’s annual checkup if they received training and support through a proven and powerful method used to improve health care processes and outcomes. Results of the multidisciplinary study led by Children’s National Health System and published
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WASHINGTON – A new study suggests many more pediatricians would make mental health screenings an integral part of a child’s annual checkup if they received training and support through a proven and powerful method used to improve health care processes and outcomes. Results of the multidisciplinary study led by Children’s National Health System and published
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WASHINGTON – Children’s National Health System and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have been awarded $4.8 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to study the use of T-cell therapy to prevent and fight dangerous viral infections in immunocompromised patients. This grant establishes the largest multi-center pediatric clinical trial studying anti-viral T-cell therapy. 
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Ten-week-old babies can learn from practising walking months before they begin walking themselves say researchers. They gave the infants experience at “reflex walking” which is a primitive instinct in babies which disappears around 12 weeks of age. When held by an adult at a slightly forward angle, and with the soles of their feet touching
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In remote Italian villages nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains lives a group of several hundred citizens over the age of 90. Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified common psychological traits in members of this group. The study, publishing in International
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WASHINGTON –Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has allowed researchers to map the memory functions that are often impaired within the brains of children with epilepsy. Additionally, a separate study of a novel application of resting-state fMRI, where the patient does not have to complete tasks, demonstrated the potential for clinicians to use non-invasive fMRI for
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Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data, have been responsible for the most impressive recent advances in artificial intelligence, including speech-recognition and automatic-translation systems. During training, however, a neural net continually adjusts its internal settings in ways that even its creators can’t interpret. Much recent work in
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A study conducted at the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia, a specific reading disability, predict their future reading speed in secondary school. The longitudinal study looked at the electrical
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WASHINGTON – The world’s leaders in pediatric cardiac intensive care, including experts from Children’s National Health System, are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week to exchange ideas and best practices in research and care delivery for children and teens with congenital heart disease. The event is chaired by Darren Klugman, M.D., medical director of the
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It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. After surveying parents about their kids’ technology and sleep habits, researchers found that using technology before
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WASHINGTON – First Lady Melania Trump Visited Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., today to spread holiday cheer to patients, families and staff members. Mrs. Trump began her visit by touring the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, where she greeted patients and their families, as well as doctors, nurses and other Children’s National
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WASHINGTON – Three leaders from Children’s National Health System are among the investigators of a new FDA-funded program created to launch a global clinical trials network. The initial $1 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establishes a network among the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT for Children), the National
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Children’s National Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking today at Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden, Md., the future site of a comprehensive pediatric outpatient and specialty care center slated to open in 2020. The planned 60,000 square foot facility is the latest effort to ensure kids and their families can easily and conveniently access Children’s
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Cerebral blood flow (CBF) of key regions of newborns’ brains is altered in very premature infants and may provide an early warning sign of disturbed brain maturation well before such injury is visible on conventional imaging, according to a prospective, observational study published Dec. 4, 2017 in The Journal of Pediatrics. “During the third trimester
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When a parent and infant interact, various aspects of their behaviour can synchronise, including their gaze, emotions and heartrate, but little is known about whether their brain activity also synchronises — and what the consequences of this might be. Brainwaves reflect the group-level activity of millions of neurons and are involved in information transfer between
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The amount of close and comforting contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level, an effect detectable four years later, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. The study showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had
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