Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) nurse Gracie Speth, RN, was interviewed by Spanish-language station Univision (channel 14) at the annual ICN reunion picnic.
"Placentas Found to be Rich in Stem Cells"
(San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA © 7/18/2009)
CHORI's Frans Kuypers, PhD, senior scientist, Vladimir Serikov, PhD, their team of researchers were featured in this story about their study published in the July issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine. The team studied the discarded placentas of healthy newborns and found that there are significantly more stem cells--in comparison to umbilical cord blood--that can be extracted for transplantaion. More than 100 patients with chronic blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and leukemia have been cured via Children's blood and marrow transplantation program.
"Oakland Doctor Helps Students Face a Future in Medicine"
(Oakland Trinune, Oakland, CA © 7/6/2009)
Tomás Magaña, MD, of Adolescent Medicine, was featured in the media throughout the month, including this Oakland Tribune article. In early June, Dr. Magaña was awarded the prestigious Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award by The California Wellness Foundation. He was honored for his work promoting diversity in healthcare and helping youth empower themselves to pursue careers in healthcare. Dr. Magaña is co-founder and medical director of Children's FACES for the Future, a three-year internship program for minority high school students from disadvantaged areas.
"A Mom's Quest: Saving Her Twin Daughter's Lives"
(Dateline NBC, New York, NY © 6/28/2009)
Caroline Hastings, MD, of Hematology/Oncology was featured on Dateline. Dr. Hastings won FDA approval to use a sugar compound to treat a rare neuro-degenerative condition called Niemann Pick Type C Disorder, also known as "Childhood Alzheimer's." Five-year-old twins Addi and Cassi Hempel of Reno are the first in the United States to receive infusions of the compound (please note, story appears in 3 parts).
"Antipsychotic drugs for kids raise hope, worry"
(San Francisco Chronicle, San Francsico, CA © 6/22/09)
Media Relations secured a front-page article in the Chronicle featuring Andrew Giammona, MD, director of Psychiatry. The story is about mental disorders in children and the use of medications pending FDA approval. Dr. Giammona said children, whose minds and bodies are still developing, need to be carefully monitored to determine the best treatment options.
"Placentas could be an important source of stem cells to fight disease"
(Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek CA © 6/15/09)
Media Relations secured a host of local, national and international coverage featuring Frans Kuypers, PhD, senior scientist, Vladimir Serikov, PhD, their team of researchers, and Bert Lubin, MD, senior vice president, research. The stories highlight Dr. Kuypers' placenta stem cell research, published in the July issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine. The team studied the discarded placentas of healthy newborns and found that there are significantly more stem cells--in comparison to umbilical cord blood--that can be extracted for transplantaion. More than 100 patients with chronic blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and leukemia have been cured via Children's blood and marrow transplantation program.
Intensive Care Nursery 2009 reunion
(KGO-TV and Univision, San Francisco, CA © 6/14/2009)
Media Relations secured coverage of the Intensive Care Nursery's (ICN) 31st annual reunion picnic on Sunday, June 14 in the hospital Courtyard. Over a hundred families came to reunite with ICN doctors and nurses and celebrate with a clown, balloon animals, BBQ, prizes, and a huge inflatable slide.
Bone Marrow Transplant Gift
(KTVU Televison, San Francisco, CA © 6/11/09)
Media Relations secured two news stories featuring our single largest gift donation yet. Bert Lubin, MD, senior vice president, research, explained the significance of this $9.8 million gift, which is dedicated to researching cellular therapies, such as bone marrow transplantation. Mrs. Dolores Jordan made the sizable donation on behalf of her late husband and brother-in-law.
"Family turns disease into support for others"
(KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA © 6/1/09)
Suzanne Davis, MD, of Neurology was featured in a news report about a rare form of epilepsy. Dr. Davis diagnosed 18-year-old Chelsea Gerber as having Lafora disease, a debilitating form of epilepsy that usually strikes in adolescence. Lafora is so rare that Dr. Davis has only seen this one case in 30 years of practice.
"Bad economy could be cause of spike in child abuse"
(KTVU, Oakland, CA © 5/15/2009)
Shelley Hamilton, LCSW, director of the Center for Child Protection, was featured in a news report about the current spike in child abuse that many experts believe is caused by the poor economy.
"Celebrity adoptions and the real world"
(The New York Times (online) © 5/10/2009)
Marguerite Wright, EdD, senior clinical psychologist at the Center for the Vulnerable Child, was featured on this New York Times Editor's blog. A panel of experts was asked to comment on celebrity and international adoption. Dr. Wright discussed the importance of being conscious of race in trans-racial international adoptions.