"Parents of Twins with Rare Disease Fight for FDA Approval of Treatment"
(USA Today © 3/6/2012)
Children's oncologist Caroline Hastings, MD, secured groundbreaking FDA approval to treat twins with Niemann Pick Type C (known as "childhood Alzheimer's") with a sugar compound called cyclodextrin. The treatment has been promising, but Dr. Hastings and the twins' devoted parents Chris and Hugh Hempel are petitioning for further FDA approval to deliver the drug directly into the brain for even better results.
"Children's Hospital Oakland Rethinks Seismic Plans, Plans a $425M Rebuild and Retrofit"
(San Francisco Business Times © 2/23/2012)
Children's is planning on upgrading the medical center with a rebuild and retrofit to modernize the existing hospital and meet seismic guidelines.
"Drug Shortage May Put Kids in Danger"
(NBC Nightly News, New York, NY © 2/13/2012)
Children's oncologist Jacob Garcia, MD, and cancer patient Sonali are featured in this NBC Nightly News report about a national shortage of a crucial drug that treats a rare but curable leukemia.
"Raiders Participate in Basket of Hope"
(Raiders online © 2/14/2012)
Current Raiders' players and NFL alumni visited Children's patients to deliver special baskets and pose for photos. Child Life Manager Mary Kelly, MA, CCLS, is quoted in the article.
"At Children's Hospital, Experts Work to Prevent Injury, Improve Performance in Young Athletes"
(Oakland North © 1/26/2012)
Children's new Athlete Development Program is focused on preventing injury in young athletes and improving their skills and performance on the field.
"Jefferson Award Brings Joy of Music to Hospitalized Children"
(KPIX-TV/CBS-5, San Francisco, CA © 1/25/2012)
The Jefferson Award was presented to Kelly Porter whose AIDAAN.ORG donates iPods to cancer patients at Children's Hospital Oakland. Music Therapist Maya Charlton, MA, MT-BC; Oncology social workers Tracy Jones, MSW, and Wendy Murphy, LCSW; and patient Darby are featured in this piece.
"Iron Protein in Legumes Could Tackle Iron Deficiency Diseases"
(International Business Times © 1/23/2012)
CHORI Senior Scientist Elizabeth Theil, PhD, is the first to discover a new iron source that could be the key to solving the #1 nurtrient deficiency worldwid. About 2 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and women and young children are most at risk.