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Article ID: 691914

Epilepsy in Young Children Should Be Treated as Urgently as Cancer

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Survival of childhood cancers dramatically improved through national cooperative group research and care protocols; specialists call for the same model to improve outcomes of early life epilepsies.

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28-Mar-2018 5:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691521

Immunotherapy Trials for Food Allergy Hold Strong Appeal for Parents

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Two-thirds of surveyed caregivers felt that their child’s food allergy affected their own daily lives very much or extremely, according to a report in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Two-thirds of caregivers also expressed significant fear that their child would have an allergic reaction to food. Despite this fear, the majority of caregivers were eager to enroll their child in a clinical trial for immunotherapy, which involves giving the child a gradually increasing dose of the food allergen under close supervision in order to train the immune system to not react to that food. Only 8 percent of caregivers responded that they would not enroll their child in this type of clinical trial.

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21-Mar-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691231

New Direction for Precision Medicine in Epilepsy

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

In a new approach to precision medicine research, scientists used bioinformatics tools to identify common features of genes associated with infantile spasms compared to other forms of early life epilepsy. Their analysis, published in PLOS ONE, reveals that infantile spasms are not only unique clinically, but also biologically. Focus on specific biological mechanisms underlying the genes that cause infantile spasms could help find new targets for treatment.

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Article ID: 691027

One-Third of School Nurses Report at Least One Severe Food Allergic Reaction in School

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Nearly all school nurses participating in a national survey (96 percent) reported that staff at their school received training on handling severe allergic reactions to food. Over 80 percent asserted that their school had an emergency epinephrine auto-injector on hand to stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. The study findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, also underscore the dire need for these policies, with over one-third of the school nurses reporting at least one severe allergic reaction to food at their school in the last academic year.

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13-Mar-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 689608

Why Do Healthy Children Die from the Flu? Study Offers New Insights

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

With this year’s severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults who die from the flu, on the other hand, typically had a medical condition that increased their risk of mortality. A new study published in the Journal of Immunology offers new insights as to why healthy children are much more vulnerable. It also opens new opportunities for treatment.

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Which Commonly Prescribed Drug is More Effective for Infants with Epilepsy?

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Comparison of two of the most commonly prescribed drugs for infants with nonsyndromic epilepsy revealed that levetiracetam was more effective than phenobarbital, according a multicenter, observational study published in JAMA Pediatrics. After six months of single-drug treatment, 40 percent of infants who received levetiracetam met criteria for successful outcome – they did not require a second anti-epileptic drug to control their seizures and they became seizure-free within three months of starting treatment. Only 16 percent of infants treated with phenobarbital achieved the same outcome.

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Article ID: 687734

Brain Imaging Predicts Language Learning in Deaf Children

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

In a new international collaborative study between The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, researchers created a machine learning algorithm that uses brain scans to predict language ability in deaf children after they receive a cochlear implant. This study’s novel use of artificial intelligence to understand brain structure underlying language development has broad reaching implications for children with developmental challenges. It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

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10-Jan-2018 9:05 AM EST
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How to Handle Anxious Kids. Is It Normal or Should You Be Concerned?

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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How to Survive a Visit to Santa if Your Child Feels Anxious

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Feature article quoting child psychologist on ways to survive a Santa visit if your child feels overwhelmed or anxious.

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13-Dec-2017 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 686302

Medical Marijuana for Children with Cancer? What Providers Think

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A study published in Pediatrics examined interdisciplinary provider perspectives on legal medical marijuana use in children with cancer. It found that 92 percent of providers were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana. However, providers who are legally eligible to certify for medical marijuana were less open to endorsing its use. While nearly a third of providers received one or more requests for medical marijuana, the lack of standards on formulations, dosing and potency was identified as the greatest barrier to recommending it. These findings reflect survey responses from 288 providers in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington.

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