Children's VP and Legal Counsel, Jackie Garman, discusses her involovement in Children's 4th annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving fundraiser. As the top fundraiser, Jackie shaved her head for the first time and raised more than $11,000 for pediatric cancer research..
"Medical Home for Foster Children: the Family Outreach Support Clinic”
(California Healthcare News © May 2011)
The Family Outreach Support Clinic (FOSC), a collaboration of the Primary Care clinic and the Center for the Vulnerable Child (CVC) at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, is featured in this article by marriage and family therapist, Peggy Pearson. Pearson writes this collaboration was prompted by Children’s Hospital's recognition that foster children require a multi-disciplinary approach to address their vast array of needs. In the FOSC clinic, the doctors work together with case managers to provide comprehensive pediatric care and case management to foster families.
"Optimal Selenium Intake Wards off Disease"
(Behavioral Medicine Report (online) 4/13/2011)
CHORI scientists Joyce McCann, PhD, and Bruce Ames, PhD, conducted an analysis that determiend adequate intake of the mineral selenium may prevent age-related conditions such as immune dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The analysis, which supports Dr. Ames' "triage theory," is published in the March 2011 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal.
"5 Best Pediatricians in the Bay Area"
(Parents' Press, Oakland, CA, © April 2011)
Infectious Disease pediatrician Ann Petru, MD, is interviewed in this article about what she loves about her work and why she chose her specialty. Dr. Petru directs Children's Pediatric HIV/AIDS program and treated the first pediatric HIV/AIDS patient in the Bay Area. Dr. Petru joins 65 other members of Children's Medical Staff on the annual "Best Doctors" list.
"Helping Her Son, Helping Others"
(Stockton Record, Stockton, CA © 4/5/2011)
Neurosurgeon Peter Sun, MD, is featured in this article about patient mom Kim Ruiz who has become an advocate for hydrocephalus, the buildup of fluid in the skull that leads to brain swelling. Dr. Sun says that people with hydrocephalus can live normal lives, but they are dependent on medical devices such as shunts which divert the fluid away from the brain. Kim's 8-year-old son, Joey, has undergone 9 brain surgeries to treat the condition.
"Unhealthy Diet Raises Heart Risk for Obese Teens"
(WebMD (online) © 3/22/2011)
Pediatric hematologist Ashutosh Lal, MD, is the lead author of a study that determined obese teens with poor diets are already exhibiting signs of developing heart disease. The findings suggest that obese teens are not eating enough fruits and vegetables which provide antioxidants, and they need not only eat less, but also eat better.
Children's St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Fundraiser
(NTDTV, New York, NY © 3/21/2011)
International Chinese news (NTDTV) coverage of St. Baldrick's event includes interviews--in English--with top fundraiser and Children's Legal Counsel, Jackie Garman; cancer patient Ariel, and her mom, Crystal; cancer patient Kate; and Oakland Firefighter, Tracey, who shaved for the fundraising event.
"Siblings Go Bald in Support of Sister, Who Has Cancer"
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA © 3/17/2011)
This article features hematologist/oncologist Caroline Hastings, MD, and Crystal Gariano, a Children's employee, St. Baldrick's event organizer, and mother of cancer patient Ariel. Ariel's brother and twin sister will shave in her honor on March 19. Dr. Hastings discusses the fundraising event that supports pediatric cancer research
"Mutant Antigen May Improve Meningitis Vaccine Development"
(Vaccine News Daily (online) © 3/10/2011)
CHORI scientists Dan Granoff, MD, and Peter Beernink, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center identified a new mutant vaccine antigen for meningococcus that has the potential to improve vaccine development against dangerous bacterial infections including meningitis.