Children’s in the news

by Tripp Underwood on February 12, 2011

Susanah Huh, MD, MPH

Children’s Susanna Huh, MD, MPH, speaks with ABC News about a new study she co-authored that published in Pediatrics that found infants raised on formula who are fed solid foods before they are 4 months old have a six times higher risk of becoming obese by age 3 than those starting later. The study found no association between the timing of solid-food introduction and obesity in breast-fed infants. Star Telegram, The Washington Post’s “The CheckUp” BlogNPRCBSNews.com and The Los Angeles Times also reported on Huh’s findings.

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Restaurant Nutrition Draws Focus of First Lady

The New York Times reports that a team of advisors for First Lady Michelle Obama has been holding private talks over the past year with the National Restaurant Association in a bid to get restaurants to adopt her goals of smaller portions and children’s meals that include healthy offerings like carrots, apple slices and milk instead of French fries and soda. Children’s David Ludwig, MD, PhD, speaks about the importance of being vigilant when forming partnerships with the food industry and whether the food industry can play a responsible role in the obesity epidemic.

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Stem cells ride research roller coaster

An article in USA Today looks at induced pluripotent stem cells and research that has recently shown these cells may or may not be suitable substitutes for embryonic cells in modeling or treating disease, including research by Children’s Derrick Rossi, PhD.

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A growing danger for athletes

Children’s Lyle Micheli, MD, speaks with The New York Times for an article about rhabdomyolysis, a condition caused by physical overexertion.

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Family Dance-Off competition to raise money and fight obesity

Fox 25 reports that Primrose School of Boston has created a local competition to help fight against childhood obesity. The “Family Dance-off” competition will benefit Children’s and get kids to become more active.

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Success of Spina Bifida Study Opens Fetal Surgery Door

The New York Times reports on a new clinical trial that finds fetal surgery can help babies with a form of spina bifida have a better quality of life early on. Babies with this debilitating abnormality were more likely to walk and experience fewer neurological problems if operated on before being born rather than afterward. Children’s Terry Buchmiller, MD, provides a fetal surgeon’s perspective on the findings of the study. Additionally, Children’s Joseph Madsen, MD, spoke to MedPage Today and Myhealthnewsdaily.com about what this means for the future of spina bifida treatment.

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If you want lasting vision, eat those omega 3s

MSNBC.com (via Myhealthnewsdaily.com) reports on a study led by Children’s Lois Smith, MD, PhD, that found further evidence that Omega 3 fats may protect against two leading forms of human blindness.

1 comment

  • AWike78

    I love that the first lady is putting such effort into making our nation, especially our children, healthier.

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