Dr. Jacob Neufeld, director of pediatric rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Oakland talks to reporters about 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez. Christopher was shot by a stray bullet while taking piano lessons on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. The bullet damaged his spinal cord and other internal organs.
"Mysterious birth defect: gastroschisis on the rise"
(KTVU-TV, Oakland, CA © 2/4/08, no link available)
Ed Lammer, MD, of CHORI, and one of our former NICU patients were featured about a mysterious birth defect called gastroschisis, which is increasing nationwide, particularly in the Central Valley. Babies with this condition are born with their intestines outside the wall of their stomach. Children's Hospital Oakland treats most if not all of these cases in the region. Dr. Lammer received a grant last year to further study the defect and understand why these cases are on the rise.
“Teen over-the-counter & prescription drug abuse”
(KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA © 2/3/08, no link available)
Andrew Giammona, MD, of Psychiatry was featured on Beyond the Headlines, a half hour Sunday morning show, which looked at the issue of teenage drug abuse, particularly over-the-counter and prescription medication. Dr. Giammona explained the possibilities why teens are increasingly abusing these drugs. He also offered advice to parents.
"Diet helps tame seizures"
(Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA © 1/29/08)
Karen Amorde-Spalding, MS, RD, of Clinical Nutrition, and Daniel Birnbaum, MD, of Neurology are featured in a front-page report of the Contra Costa Times about the Ketogenic diet. This high fat, low carb diet has successfully helped some epileptic patients become seizure free. Dr. Birnbaum said we have the most experienced ketogenic diet experts in the Bay Area.
“Mattie Jones: North Oakland's sidewalk saint ”
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA © 1/24/08)
Eighty-year-old Mattie Jones, a long time and dedicated Children's Hospital Oakland volunteer, is featured for her generous community service helping those in need. She brings food and other necessities to people, cooks for the elderly and teaches youngsters how to paint and color.
"$30,000 pours in for injured boy"
(Oakland Tribune, Chronicle, KGO-TV, KPIX-TV, KCBS radio, etc. © 1/16 & 17)
Jacob Neufeld, MD, MSPH, of Pediatric Rehabilitation was interviewed at a hospital news conference about 10-year-old Christopher Rodriguez's injury and planned rehabilitation. Christopher was shot by a stray bullet during a robbery across the street from his music school where he was taking a piano lesson. The family has created a website that updates his condition and has trust fund information: christopherrodriguez.blogspot.com
“An unwanted family trait”
(Tri-City Voice, Fremont, CA © 1/16/08)
Laurice Levine, Thalassemia Outreach Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology was featured in an article about thalassemia, which is a genetic blood disorder. The World Health Organization predicts the number of trait carriers will double in the next few decades.
“Multiple Species of Bacteria May Cause Trachoma: Implications for Treatment”
(ScienceDaily.com © 1/4/08)
This on-line report discusses CHORI's Dr. Deborah Dean’s latest study which revealed that there are more than one species of the Chlamydiceae family of bacteria that may be causing the infectious eye disease trachoma. Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. Her finding, conducted in partnership with UCSF, appeared in Public Library of Science Medicine Journal.