Surgeon James Betts, MD, answers questions during a media interview.
News Coverage 2006 - January 2007
“Reducing Power Struggles with your Kids”
January 14, 2007
Childhood Matters (KISS-FM radio), San Francisco, CA
Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, with the Early Childhood Mental Health Program offered ideas on how to reduce battles between children and parents. Topics included everything from temper tantrums to eating vegetables and getting kids to brush their teeth.
“Support for California Health Plan”
(NACHRI Townhall Meeting)
January 11, 2007
KCBS-AM Radio, KPIX-TV, San Francisco, CA
East Bay Business Times, Pleasanton, CA
Children’s Hospital Oakland was featured for being a part of a national townhall meeting
on Children's Health Coverage. Sharon Love, the mother of one of our longtime patients, 13-year-old Kayah, praised the hospital for saving her daughter's life. Sharon relied upon the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover the costs of Kayah's care.
“Twisting Stomach boy”
January 7, 2007
SF Chronicle Sunday Magazine, San Francisco, CA
Fadi Haddad, MD of Gastroenterology is featured in this article about his patient, one-and-a-half year old Peter Simonetti, who had a rare twisting stomach condition. Dr. Haddad diagnosed the baby’s mysterious illness and Dr. Oaljire Idowu performed a rare surgical procedure that cured Peter of his painful symptoms.
“FORUM: Dr. Bruce Ames”
January 3, 2007
KQED-FM radio, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Ames, PhD, is senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Insitute (CHORI). He was a guest on this one-hour live radio program for his long, distinguished science career and his theory about why we over eat. Dr. Ames believes that a lack of nutrients may be the cause.
“Structure of Iron Regulatory Protein-RNA Complex Solved”
December 28, 2006
Huliq.com, Medicalnewstoday.com, Medilexicon.com, Hospitalsworldwide.com
Elizabeth Theil, PhD, senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is featured for her study, which discovered a surprising new structure of the iron regulatory protein, called IRP1. The discovery is incredibly important to researchers who design medications based on the specific characteristics of a disease.
“Cellular Nutrition: The Hunt to Fix Hidden Hunger”
December 17, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine
Bruce Ames, PhD, is a senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Research Institute (CHORI). He was featured for his long distinguished science career and his theory about why we over eat. Dr. Ames believes that a lack of nutrients may be the cause. Over eating often leads to obesity and diabetes. Fernando Viteri, MD, is another CHORI scientist who was quoted in this article.
“When to Worry About Your Preteen”
December 17, 20006
Childhood Matters (KISS-FM radio), San Francisco, CA
Lisa Hardy, MD, of Psychiatry was a guest on this one-hour live radio program discussing parenting & preteen issues. What’s normal, what’s not, and when should parents be concerned about mood swings and troubles in school.
“Baking soda can break down cells”
December 15, 2006
Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA
The Contra Costa Times interviewed Elizabeth Gleghorn, MD, of Gastroenterology about the dangerous consequences of consuming large amounts of baking soda, and exactly how it affects the body. More than a teaspoon of baking soda can cause a condition called hypernatremia, which can be fatal for young children and the elderly.
“Banking on a Cure”
Bertram Lubin, MD, of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is featured in this article, which discusses the benefits of public cord blood banking vs. private banking. It also highlights our cord blood transplant program, which is the first and only sibling donor cord blood program ever funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"East Bay Top Docs"
Oakland Magazine, Oakland, CA
Peter Sun, MD, of Neurosurgery, Elizabeth Gleghorn, MD, of Gastroenterology, Tom Collins of Child Life, and volunteer Cornell Mayer, were all highlighted in this magazine for their generous services at the hospital. The magazine featured Drs. Sun & Gleghorn, who were voted “Top Docs” among East Bay physicians, while Collins & Mayer were photographed and interviewed about their holiday shopping spree. Each year Collins & Mayer handout toys to patients at our hospital for Christmas.
November 23, 2006
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA
This broadcast featured Paul Harmatz, MD, of Gastroenterology and several of our patients regarding the announcement of a medical breakthrough for patients with Hunter’s disease or MPS II. The drug, elaprase, is an enzyme replacement therapy that allows patients to move better and live longer. The FDA recently approved the use of this treatment following a three-year clinical trial, which was conducted at our hospital and others across the country.
“New Research Identifies Human Enzyme that Could Be Programmed to Kill Cancer Cells”
November 22, 2006
Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA
KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA
Medicalnewstoday.com, Medilexicon.com, Hospitalsworldwide.com
Julie Saba, MD, PhD, at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) was featured for her research that identifies a human enzyme that could help kill cancer cells. Dr. Saba’s study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Eight-year-old patient, Noah Vieira of Stockton, who’s recovering from brain cancer was also featured in this report.
“Life and death balances on family’s bid for U.S. visas”
“Ailing Girl’s Family Faces a conundrum”
November 8, 2006
Alameda Times Star, Alameda, CA
San Ramon Valley Times, Danville, CA
Paul Harmatz, MD of Gastroenterology was featured in this article about a patient this condition lack the enzyme that breaks down sugar, causing short stature, joint stiffness and breathing problems. Eleven-year-old, Isabel Bueso, comes to our hospital for enzyme replacement therapy. She hopes to continue her treatment and excellent care at Children’s because such therapy is unavailable in her homeland.
“More pediatricians are at home in the hospital”
November 3, 2006
East Bay Business Times, Pleasanton, CA
Ted Chaconas, MD, Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program, was interviewed about the growth of hospital-based pediatricians. The article highlights our Pediatric
Residency Training Program, which is the third largest program on the West Coast.
Broadcast - 2006
“Enzyme May Stop Growth of Cancer”
Julie Saba, MD, PhD, was interviewed on KGO-TV about her cancer study, which identified a human enzyme that could help kill cancer cells. Her research found that when the enzyme is activated or turned on, cancer cells become more vulnerable to chemotherapy. Her study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Elaprase Breakthrough Drug”
Paul Harmatz, MD & Marcy Humphrey, RN, were featured on KGO-TV in two separate reports about a breakthrough drug that helps patients with Hunter’s disease or MPS II. The drug, Elaprase, is an enzyme replacement therapy that allows patients to move better and live longer. The FDA recently approved the use of this treatment following a clinical trial conducted at our hospital.
“Childhood obesity & diabetes”
Roxanna Martinez, MD, was interviewed on KQED's Nuestros Ninos radio program about childhood obesity and diabetes. According to our Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Clinic, 30% of children in Oakland are overweight. Dr. Martinez offered tips on healthy nutrition and exercise.
“KFC Eliminating Trans Fats with Healthier Cooking Oil”
Ronald Krauss, MD, was featured in a KTVU-TV news report about Kentucky Fried Chicken’s decision to switch to zero trans fat soybean oil. Trans fat has been linked to higher cholesterol levels. Dr. Krauss, whose research focuses on cholesterol levels, supports KFC’s decision to eliminate trans fat in its cooking oil.
"FACES Summer Academy"
Tomas Magana, MD of our FACES for the Future program was interviewed by KCBS radio, Univision (Ch. 14) and Telemundo (Ch. 48) about the hospital’s FACES Summer Medical Academy. This two-week program includes a cultural competency class that examines how to care for America's growing immigrant population. The FACES program has successfully prepared Bay Area youth for careers in medicine for the past six years.
Bert Lubin, MD, President of CHORI was featured in a newspronet.com report about the research institute's Sibling Donor Cord Blood program. This program is the first of its kind to provide an unique treatment option for children with cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. Dr. Lubin advises parents to bank their newborn's cord blood if they already have an existing child that might be helped by their sibling's cord blood. He also encourages non-profit public banking of cord blood rather than private, for-profit banking.
“American Red Cross Truck Unveiled”
Keith Quirolo, MD, and 6-year-old sickle cell patient, Aaron Seals, were featured in this report on KPIX-TV and KTVU-TV about the American Red Cross’ new bloodmobile van. The van was presented in a special ceremony. A photo of Dr. Quirolo and Aaron is on both sides of the bloodmobile to dramatize the need for blood donors. Aaron received life-saving surgery at our hospital following a nationwide search for donors who matched his extremely rare blood type. Children’s Hospital Oakland has one of the largest sickle cell programs in the western United States.
"Creating Confident People Camp”
Shelley Hamilton and Susan Murray of Center for Child Protection were interviewed by KCBS Radio, KPIX-TV and NBC 11 about the center's "Creating Confident People Camp." This innovative, weeklong, summer camp helps abused children learn to be confident, emotionally strong and happy kids again. Children ages 5 to 11 participated in confidence-building activities such as gardening and art. This unique program is intended to provide the benefits of intensive group psychotherapy through play.
Laura McVittie of Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Hall of Health appeared as a special guest on a Comcast Cable 26 show that features young poets in the area. Laura was interviewed about Hall of Health’s role in the community and Children’s Hospital Oakland. The museum is a hands-on community heath-education museum and science center dedicated to promoting wellness and individual responsibility for health.
Ronald Krauss, MD, of CHORI was featured on CNN Television in a special one-hour program that examined America's growing health problems related to obesity. The program interviewed people nationwide, including those at major universities and challenged Americans to move more and eat less.
“California Exit Exam”
Vassi Jori, a clinical social worker and therapist at our Chappell Hayes teen clinic at McClymond’s High school, was a guest speaker on a KPFA radio one-hour live talk show discussing the California Exit Exam and the psychological effects on students who live in neighborhoods plagued by violence, crime and unemployment.
Ronald Krauss, MD, a CHORI researcher, was interviewed by KLP radio in Salt Lake City about a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Krauss confirms that cholesterol levels can be improved by cutting back on carbohydrates, even if a person doesn't lose weight. Media organizations from around the world are reporting the results of his study.
“Blue Cross Talks”
Children’s Hospital Oakland was featured in reports by KRON-TV and KTVU-TV about the hospital's successful negotiations for adequate reimbursement rates with Blue Cross State Sponsored programs.
“Denny Hamlin visits Children’s Hospital Oakland”
KGO-TV covered NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin's visit to Children’s Hospital Oakland. Eight-year old oncology patient Kurtis Meek presented Denny with a racing helmet featuring his artwork. Denny presented CEO & President, Frank Tiedemann with a $25,000 check from FedEx to support our Child Life programs such as our school program and arts and crafts activities.
David Durand, MD, of Neonatology, was featured in a KTVU-TV report about the "cool cap" device. Children's Hospital Oakland is one of several institutions around the world that has conducted clinical trials to confirm the benefits of the cool cap, which circulates cool water through a special cap on the heads of newborns. Studies have shown that this procedure can reduce brain injuries suffered by babies who were oxygen deprived during delivery. This report shows that the hospital continues to be on the cutting edge of medical technology.
“Berkeley turns focus to youth violence”
Barbara Staggers, MD, of Adolescent Medicine was interviewed by KPIX-TV and KTVU-TV about how parents can talk to their children about community violence. Dr. Staggers is profiled as a leading expert in adolescent health issues. She spoke at a town hall meeting to help residents curb violence in their community.
Ronald Krauss, MD, of CHORI was by KTVU-TV interviewed about the benefits of Omega 3’s for people who have heart disease. Dr. Krauss discussed how Omega 3’s could also help those with other health conditions.
Golden State Warrior, Troy Murphy visits with our patients and hands out gifts in this KGO-TV video clip that enhances Children's Hospital’s reputation for being kid-friendly and offering fun activities for our patients.
James Betts, MD, was interviewed by the Weather Channel about lightening strikes. His interview was part of a news magazine report about a boy in the Midwest who was hit by lightening and survived.
“What does it take to raise happy, healthy, and emotionally sound young men?”
Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, of the early childhood Mental Health Program was a guest speaker on KISS-FM's Childhood Matters weekly radio program for parents. Mary Jayne provided advice and resources for parents on how to deal with some of the many negative issues that boys and young men face in today’s society.
Horst Fischer, PhD, and Beate Illek, PhD, of CHORI were featured on KGO-TV in Dr. Dean Edel's segment about their study that confirms a chemical found in cocoa beans can limit the development of fluids that cause diarrhea. Dark chocolate contains high concentrations of cocoa and may offer mild relief.
Lydia Tinajero-Deck, MD, was interviewed live in this KCBS radio report about childhood obesity and the hospital's Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) Clinic. She addressed the issues and provided expert advice to parents on how to encourage children to eat healthy and stay physically fit. This report enhances the hospital's reputation for being a leader in pediatric medicine.
"Pakistani girl cured of disease"
Children's Hospital Oakland was included in this KCBS radio report about a 6-year-old girl from Pakistan who was cured of thalassemia at our hospital through our Sibling Donor Cord Blood program. This report shows that our doctors are at the forefront of finding cures for children with deadly blood disorders.
"Sickle cell study & blood transfusions"
Keith Quirolo, MD, was featured on KTVU-TV news about the latest sickle cell study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Our hospital was one of 25 sites nationwide that took part in the study, which found monthly blood transfusions could reduce a sickle cell patient's risk for stroke by 90%.
"Enzyme May Stop Growth of Cancer"
The Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and articles around the world are highlighted Julie Saba, MD, PhD, and her cancer study, which identified a human enzyme that could help kill cancer cells. Her research found that when the enzyme is activated or turned on, cancer cells become more vulnerable to chemotherapy. Her study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"What Grandma had for dinner could explain a lot"
David Martin, MD and Kenneth Beckman, PhD, are featured in articles around the world including CBS News Health Watch website, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, New Scientist, Health Day, and WebMD, about their maternal diet study. Their study suggests that a mother's diet during pregnancy could have an impact, e.g. obesity, diabetes & cancer, on her offspring for generations. Their findings appeared in the November issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Chlamydia evolving faster than thought"
Deborah Dean, MD, is being featured in articles around the world including SpiritIndia.com, Irish Health, Innovations Report Germany, about her study that shows Chlamydia trachomatis is evolving at a rate faster than scientists first thought or imagined, and that newly identified strains could produce new diseases. Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterium that is the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases and the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Dr. Dean's study appears in the November issue of Genome Research.
"Drink more water, loose more weight"
USA Today interviewed Jodi Stookey, PhD, for her research about water and weight loss. Her study found that women who replaced water with sugary drinks lost an average of 3 pounds or more compared to dieters who continued to drink surgary beverages.
"Ailing Girl's Famiyl Faces a Conundrum"
Contra Costa Times interviewed Paul Harmatz, MD, about a patient from Guatemala, who suffers from Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome (MPS). Children with this condition lack the enzyme that breaks down sugar, causing short stature, joint stiffness and breathing problems. Eleven-year-old, Isabel, comes to our hospital for enzyme replacement therapy. She hopes to continue her treatment and excellent care at Children’s because such therapy is unavailable in her homeland.
“Antibiotics No Match for Blinding Eye Infection”
Forbes.com, Medical News Today, Alameda Times Star, New Scientist, Health Day News, interviewed Deborah Dean, MD, Senior Scientist of CHORI about her study which discovered the limitations of antibiotics when treating trachoma. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is the second leading cause of blindness after cataract. Dr. Dean warns that antibiotics alone offer no effective treatment. The disease is most common in children.
“Oakland Children’s hospital scores knockout with NIH project”
San Francisco Business Times, Daily Republic, and Enterprise featured Pieter De Jong, PhD of CHORI about the hospital’s role in the Knockout Mouse Project (KOMP). The National Institutes of Health awarded CHORI a grant to lead one of two teams in an international effort to produce thousands of genetically altered mice for a study to understand the role of individual genes in human health.
“Be assertive in broaching topic of pediatric obesity”
Medical Ethics Advisor featured Kelley Meade, MD and Lydia Tinajero-Deck, MD of our HEAL Clinic in this national physicians journal on effective ways for broaching the topic of pediatric obesity to patients and parents. A statewide survey of 240 healthcare providers in California found almost all - more than 90% - said they need training in strategies and skills for communicating with parents about their children's weight problems. Drs. Meade and Tinajero-Deck advise communicating the message of hope and realizing that overweight children often have self-esteem issues.
“Mills graduate students conduct research at children’s hospital”
The Weekly Mills College newspaper highlighted graduate students, Elizabeth Hawley and Liz Samuels for their work in Mark Shigenaga’s lab at CHORI. The women described their diabetes and nutrient deficiency research as valuable experience in achieving their ultimate career goals.
“Varanasi to host Historic Genetic Disorder Symposium”
Ashutosh Lal, MD and Bertram Lubin, MD of CHORI were interviewed in the India-West Business Magazine about an historic symposium scheduled for Varanasi, India in late October 2006. The symposium brought researchers together to discuss the increasing incidents of thalassemia and other genetic blood disorders in the Bay Area and South Asian countries. Our hospital has the largest comprehensive Thalassemia Center on the West Coast, treating about 300 patients.
“This science exhibit is cool – really”
Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Hall of Health Museum was featured in the Piedmonter and Alameda & El Cerrito Journals for our new stem cells exhibit. The traveling exhibit addresses the science, medical applications, and issues relating to the use of stem cells for research and medical treatments. The museum is a hands-on community health-education and science center dedicated to promoting wellness and individual responsibility for health.
“Noel uses voice to aid others”
Candida Brown, MD of Neurology was interviewed in the Contra Costa Sun and Pleasanton Valley Times about her close ties to the hospital’s Teens for Kids program. This program encourages teenagers to give their time in philanthropic ways. In this case, singers dressed in famous Disney characters performed on stage for children at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill to benefit the hospital.
“FACES Summer Academy”
Tomas Magana, MD, of FACES for the Future was interviewed by Ming Pao Daily, China Press and World Journal about the hospital’s FACES Summer Medical Academy. This two-week program includes a cultural competency class that examines how to care for America's growing immigrant population. The FACES program has successfully prepared Bay Area youth for careers in medicine for the past six years.
“Brad Barber named senior VP & chief development officer, Children’s Hospital”
Brad Barber, the new senior vice president and chief development officer, was featured in the East Bay Business Times for his move from the University of California to oversee the Foundation's fundraising campaigns for the hospital. Brad said when he told his colleagues that he was leaving to join Children's Hospital Oakland, everyone congratulated him on his excellent choice.
“Early entrance onto fast lane suits rookie Hamlin”
USA Today profiled NASCAR’s new star, Denny Hamlin as he paid a special visit to the Children's Hospital. The young racecar driver spent the morning with our patients and their families. He also presented a $25,000 check to the hospital to support our Child Life programs such as our arts and craft programs.
“Doctors Buck the Insurance System”
Leonard Kutnik, MD, Director of Children First Medical Group at Children’s Hospital Oakland, was interviewed by EastBay Express about the switch in healthcare insurance from Pacific Care to United Healthcare for physicians and patients.
“Oakland Camp Offers Sanctuary to Abused Kids”
Shelley Hamilton and Susan Murray of the Center for Child Protection were interviewed by KCBS.com and China Press about the center's "Creating Confident People Camp." This innovative summer camp helps abused children learn to be confident, emotionally strong and happy kids again. Children ages 5 to 11 participated in confidence-building activities such as gardening and art. This unique program is intended to provide the benefits of intensive group psychotherapy through play.
“Hamlin wearing special helmet at Infineon”
“NASCAR report: Petty’s royal return; Lester wants full-time ride”
“Hamlin to Make Special Delivery...and Special Pickup in Oakland”
Children’s Hospital Oakland received wide coverage following a high profile visit by NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. Eight-year old patient Kurtis Meek also presented Denny with a racing helmet featuring his artwork. Denny presented CEO & President, Frank Tiedemann with a $25,000 check from FedEx to support our Child Life programs such as our school program.
“Iron Content in Formula and Parkinson’s Disease”
Fernando Viteri, MD, is a scientist in the hospital’s research institute (CHORI). His new research, featured on www.ivanhoe.com, finds that women who are not anemic should take iron supplements weekly rather than daily to avoid birth complications for their newborns, such as premature birth and low birth weight. This new research conflicts with recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is hoped that the results of Dr. Viteri’s study will lead to new recommendations from both organizations.
Nancy Curtis, MD, of the International Adoption Clinic receives rave reviews in the Monterey Herald from a writer who adopted a child from India. The hospital’s International Adoption Clinic is one of only three sites on the West Coast that evaluates and treats hundreds of foreign-born adopted children. It is estimated that 60 percent of the children adopted from third world countries have serious medical problems.
“Rubber ducky race sets sail June 25”
Children’s Hospital Oakland was featured in multiple articles highlighting the preparations for the 15th annual Rubber Ducky Derby fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit numerous programs such as the hospital’s comprehensive pediatric HIV/AIDS program, which is the only program of its kind in the Bay Area.
“Jack William Tupper, MD”
Jack William Tupper, MD, former director of the Hand Surgery Clinic at Children’s Hospital Oakland was remembered in an Oakland Tribune obituary for his dedication to children. Dr. Tupper specialized in many pediatric hand problems, including a disease that causes the webbing of children’s fingers.
“Iron Overdose could lead to birth complications”
“Iron Overload Risks for Pregnant Women”
“Healthy Pregnant Women’s Iron Intake Advice Too High”
“Recommended Iron Levels for Pregnant Women found to be too high”
“Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute new study on pregnant women & iron”
Fernando Viteri, MD, of CHORI received international attention for his study published in the Archives of Medical Research. His findings suggest pregnant women who are not anemic should take weekly rather than daily doses of iron supplements to avoid birth complications for their babies, such as premature birth and low birth weight. Media organizations from around the world are reporting the results of his study.
“Physicians Nervous to Talk to Patients with Weight Issues”
“Doctors want training to talk to parents”
Newswise.com and United Press International spotlighted Lydia Tinajero-Deck, M.D., and the H.E.A.L clinic, who are offering workshops to teach physicians how to talk to parents about their child’s obesity-related health problems. A new statewide survey found that over 90 percent of healthcare providers admit they need training in strategies and skills for communicating with parents about their child’s weight problems.
East Bay Daily News featured Lauren Au and Laura McVittie and the hospital’s Hall of Health museum. The museum is a hands-on community health-education and science center dedicated to promoting wellness and individual responsibility for health.
“Small, Unorthodox School has Big Results”
Perla Cantu, 18, is one of the hospital’s FACES for the Future students, who aside from her life as a high school student, spends her days enthusiastically studying medicine. She shared with the San Francisco Chronicle how her work as a hospital intern helps her personal growth. The FACES program is a three-year internship program that is designed to introduce minority high school students to the health profession.
“Growing Crisis in ER Care”
Children’s Hospital Oakland is briefly mentioned in a Stockton Record article about the growing crisis among hospital emergency rooms throughout the nation. The report highlights the fact that our hospital’s emergency department is recognized for specializing in pediatric emergency medicine and is in collaboration with other hospitals to provide care to children in the Stockton area.
“Boy battles diabetes head on”
Children’s Hospital Oakland is highlighted on Recordnet.com for diagnosing and treating 12-year old Ray Harbin III. The hospital was the first to diagnose Ray with juvenile diabetes and helped his parents understand his illness and how to manage living with his disease.
In this Alameda Times Star article and photo, Susan Martinez, director of patient advocacy and guest relations, is presented with a blanket knitted by Alameda’s Longfellow Elementary School.
“How al-Zarqawi May Have Briefly Survived Airstrike”
James Betts, MD, was interviewed by ABC News Medical Unit, offering an explanation of how al-Zarqawi survived briefly after having been hit by two 500-pound bombs.
Lane Tanner, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, was featured on Parent.com explaining why children, even at the age of 8, may have bladder-control issues while sleeping. Dr. Tanner explained that the brain doesn’t receive the message that the child has a full bladder. He urged parents to be consistent in getting their child to the bathroom and that repetition could be the key to success.
“Cutting Carbs Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides”
Ronald Krauss, MD, a senior scientist at the hospital’s research institute (CHORI) was featured in Epoch Times about his new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Krauss confirms that cholesterol levels can be improved by cutting back on carbohydrates, even if a person doesn't lose weight. Media organizations from around the world are reporting the results of his study.
“Study: Low-Carb ‘Beneficial’ for Cholesterol”
Ronald Krauss, MD, and CHORI researchers received attention international in reports about their study of high carbohydrate diets and its effect on overweight men with high cholesterol. The study shows that trimming carbohydrate intake results in healthy improvements in blood fat levels, even if the person doesn’t lose an ounce.
“School lunch lightens up”
Children’s Hospital Oakland was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com for its collaboration with Berkeley Unified School District, the Chez Panisse Foundation, and the Center for Ecoliteracy. The hospital is partnering with these organizations to offer more healthy foods to students and to reduce diabetes and childhood obesity rates. This is a pilot program that includes developing “kitchen gardens” at ten local schools.
“You’re the One”
Children’s Hospital Oakland is featured on the front page of both the Alameda Times Star and the Oakland Tribune to highlight preparations that were underway for the 15th annual Rubber Ducky Derby fundraiser. Proceeds from the event are used to support numerous programs such as the hospital’s fully accredited K-12 school program and the Bay Area’s only comprehensive pediatric HIV/AIDS program.
“Children’s Hospital and Blue Cross settle on services”
“Children’s Hospital reaches deal with Blue Cross insurer”
“Hospitals OKs care contract”
“Children’s Hospital Oakland approves contract”
Doug Myers, Chief Financial Officer, was interviewed by regional papers regarding the hospital's successful negotiations with Blue Cross State Sponsored programs. He assured patients that they could continue to receive the best care at our hospital. The preliminary agreement was met the day before the contract was set to terminate.
10-year-old Annie Choy was pictured in a large photo on the front page of the Alameda Times Star and Oakland Tribune newspapers. She threw out the first pitch at the Oakland A’s baseball game. Children’s Hospital Oakland was recognized as the medical center that was the first to identify and treat Annie’s rare adrenal condition, which affects only one in ten million people.
“Hope, Questions Surround Cervical Cancer Vaccine”
“Vaccine brings hope, questions surround cervical cancer vaccine”
Adekemi Oguntala, MD, an adolescent medicine physician, was interviewed by ANG newspapers and the San Mateo Co. Times about the new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, which is pending FDA approval. The vaccine is shown to protect against cervical cancer. Dr. Oguntala encourages parents to talk to their teens about their sexual health.
“CHORI expands cord blood deal”
“Children’s Hospital institute expands cord blood deal”
“ViaCell and Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute Expand Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program”
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute was featured in articles by PRNewswire.com and SanFrancisco.bizjournals.com announcing the new agreement with biotech firm, ViaCell to manage, process and store cord blood for our Sibling Donor Cord Blood program. Our Sibling Donor Cord Blood program is the first of its kind in the world and provides a unique treatment option for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders.
Fernando Viteri, M.D., of CHORI is featured in this NBC5.com article about his study published in the Archives of Medical Research. His findings suggest pregnant women who are not anemic should take weekly rather than daily doses of iron supplements to avoid birth complications for their babies such as premature birth and low birth weight. Media organizations from around the world are reporting on his study.
“The New Children’s Hospital”
Children’s Hospital Oakland is recognized in the East Bay's Diablo Magazine for its dedication and commitment to children. The article also mentions that the hospital plans to bring programs and services to families east of the Caldecott Tunnel, which is projected to have the largest population growth of children under age 18.
“Children’s Hospital Warns that 17,000 Youths May Lose Coverage”
“Children’s, Blue Cross dig in heels over contract”
“Blue Cross, Children’s Hospital face deadline”
“Hospital may cut services for poor”
Doug Myers, Chief Financial Officer, was interviewed by area papers about the hospital's negotiations for adequate reimbursement rates with Blue Cross State Sponsored programs. The hospital eventually reached an acceptable agreement.
“People in Science”
Bamidele Kammen, MD, of radiology is featured in the Houghton Mifflin Science second grade science textbook explaining the job of a radiologist. The goal is to educate and encourage students to pursue jobs in the healthcare industry. The photo and short article reinforces the hospital’s reputation as being a leader in hospital technology and pediatric care.
“Dangers of Drug Use Dramatized”
James Crawford, MD, was featured in an East Bay Daily News article about his participation in the “Drug Store,” an anti-drug education program organized by several law enforcement groups, including the Oakland Police. The program uses dramatization to show what can happen when a youngster overdoses on drugs and ends up in the emergency room. Dr. Crawford’s role was to help youngsters see the potential consequences of bad decisions.
“We must address youth violence”
Barbara Staggers, MD, director of adolescent medicine was quoted about what the city of Oakland can do to reduce gun violence.
“Cord Blood Banking”
Bertram Lubin, MD, was interviewed in a Tampabays10.com article that discusses the benefits of cord blood banking, and highlights our Sibling Donor Cord Blood program. Our Sibling Donor Cord Blood program is the first of its kind in the world and provides a unique treatment option for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders.
“Stem cell fellows chase spots”
CHORI was mentioned by MSNBC.com as one of the Bay Area institutions that received stem cell training grants, along with UC Berkeley stem Cell center. Children’s Hospital Oakland will have funding for 10 positions. The grant provides funding for stem cell research training for a new generation of scientists.
“Global school lunch lessons”
CHORI was recognized by Sfgate.com for its efforts to reduce obesity and other diet-related diseases in children through the School Lunch Initiative Program. The program is designed to demonstrate to children the benefits of eating fresh and whole foods that are produced locally. The hospital is partnering with several organizations to offer more healthy foods to students and to reduce diabetes and childhood obesity rates. This is a pilot program that includes developing “kitchen gardens” at ten local schools.
“Tiny Infants Breathe Easier, Grow Well on Caffeine, study says”
David Durand, MD, Director of Neonatology, was interviewed by Bloomberg.com about a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine about the use of caffeine to improve the breathing of premature babies. Dr. Durand explains that Children’s Hospital Oakland has used this method for decades and confirms the positive results of the study. This report was released nationally and supports the hospital’s image as a national leader in pediatric services.
“Healthy Concern for Kids”
Insidebayarea.com discusses the most serious health problems for children in Alameda County including obesity, asthma and tooth decay. President and CEO, Frank Tiedemann was mentioned in this article about the hospital’s plans to expand its services to address these health problems in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
“Workday Devil Mountain Run draws 1,800”
“Running for a Good Cause”
“Popular race to benefit Children’s Hospital Oakland"
“Devil Mountain Run sign- ups continue”
“Devil Mountain Run Volunteers Needed”
“Workday Devil Mountain Run”
“Billionaire keeps Devil on the run”
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. This year’s race was in jeopardy due to the loss of sponsors. The hospital’s Media Relations office worked with the Foundation to secure regional media coverage about our search to find new sponsors. Major sponsors were obtained after a newspaper report in the Contra Costa Times. This year’s Devil Mountain Run charity event attracted nearly two thousand participants and raised between $35,000-$40,000 for the hospital.
“Gala benefit honors children born with defects”
“Families to help hospital that has served them well”
“Children’s Hospital Reunites doctors with ‘miracle Kids'”
“Grateful Families raise funds to aid Children’s Hospital”
James Feusner, MD, of Oncology and Bette Flushman of Neonatology are featured in the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News regarding the Foundation’s Grateful Families Gala. This event is held to honor extraordinary physicians and staff at Children’s Hospital Oakland. The articles profile three of our former patients who received life-saving care at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Adriana Aboumrad was successfully treated for cancer at Children’s Hospital Oakland. This article focuses on her fight against a rare form of cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and her participation in the Foundation’s Grateful Families Gala. This event is held to honor extraordinary physicians and staff at Children’s Hospital Oakland. The article reinforces the hospital’s reputation for providing superior pediatric services.
“Annie Choy’s Story”
Suruchi Bhatia, MD, of Endocrinology was interviewed for a Chronicle Sunday Magazine article about how she helped to solve the mysterious health problems of 7-year-old Annie Choy. Dr. Bhatia diagnosed Annie with a condition that is found in only one in ten million people.
“Teens Get Jangled on Java- Caffeine can over stimulate already hyped up youth”
Kelly Meade, MD, of primary care was featured in a Daily Republic article about the effects of caffeine on adolescents, particularly teenagers. Dr. Meade said caffeine could cause kids to have anxiety and insomnia. It also means consuming less calcium and water, which could cause dehydration and hamper bone development.
“Art of Appreciation - Ideas for Nurses Week”
Linda Armstrong, RN, and Nancy Shibata, Vice President of Nursing, represented Children’s Hospital Oakland in a Nursing Spectrum Magazine article about National Nurses Week. Gifts were handed out to nurses during their shifts, special lectures were given, and large posters were displayed throughout the hospital in appreciation and recognition of their work.
“Your Question Is….”
Health Leaders Magazine featured Doug Myers, Children's CFO, in an article about communication among hospital administrators. He was one of many senior leaders from various hospitals offering advice on how to keep the lines of communication open, particularly with chief executive officers.
“Mental health training deadline approaching”
Union Democrat announced that Herbert Schreier, MD, of psychiatry, and a Tuolumne county psychiatrist were preparing to present a mental health-training seminar. The training was held for doctors, nurses and other Sonora health care providers.
San Francisco Chronicle profiles Children’s Hospital Oakland in this article about our accredited in-house school program, which serves all hospitalized school-age children from kindergarten through 12th grade.
“Playing it safe”
Michelle Cappello, PT, of our Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes offers advice in the Press Democrat about limiting sports injuries for youth. This report includes tips for preventing injuries. This article demonstrates that we provide a wide range of medical programs to assist parents in raising strong and healthy children.
“Experiencing a brand new sense”
Danielle Knowlton of Audiology, Katrina Stidham, MD, of Otolaryngology, and speech therapist, Molly Walker, were featured in the Record Bee's report about their 3-year-old patient, Alexandra (Ali) Solgat, who had a successful cochlear implant procedure. This story promotes the hospital’s medical technology and enhances our reputation for excellent pediatric care.
“The Fragile Ones”
The East Bay Express highlighted Children’s Hospital Oakland in an article about 8-year old Lucas Clark whose condition could not be diagnosed until he came to Children’s Hospital. His parents had feared that he had a hearing problem, but tests at the hospital confirmed that Lucas had Fragile X syndrome, which is the most common cause of mental impairment.
“Berkeley turns focus to youth violence”
Barbara Staggers, MD, of adolescent medicine, spoke with the Oakland Tribune and Alameda Times Star about what parents can do to steer their teenagers away from violence. Dr. Staggers spoke at a Berkeley town hall meeting, which was organized following a spike in youth violence.
"Sick Oakland boy gets special day in the sky”
Heather Fox, MSW, of Social Services, was interviewed by Oakland Tribune and Alameda Times Star the about a terminally ill cancer patient and the community effort to help make his last wish come true. 15-year-old Irving Perez rode in an Oakland Police helicopter over the Bay Area. Children’s Hospital Oakland employees and the members of the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts organization organized the effort. This article highlights the passion and commitment of our staff to serve our patients.
“Whatever happened to … ?”Sunday Chronicle readers wanted an update about Saleh Khalaf, the Iraqi child who received life-saving medical care at Children’s Hospital Oakland. The article talks about the four-hour surgery he had at our hospital to remove shrapnel from his brain and how quickly he has learned to navigate an American culture of camera phones and BART trains.
“Gladstone Institutes receives funding for training grant from stem cell institute”
Eurekalert.org confirms that the first round of grant funding has been allocated to train the next generation of stem cell scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and other research laboratories. CHORI is mentioned as one of the recipients and participants in the development of a core curriculum.
“Children’s Oakland ponders shift”
President and CEO, Frank Tiedemann is featured in report by the San Francisco Business Times, Sanfrancisco.buzjournals.com, Piedmonter, Montclarion and the Journal about the hospital’s plans to build an additional facility and our commitment to stay in Oakland.
“Young athletes at risk for injuries”
Articles by Asbury Park Press and Healthday.com include tips from Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Sports Medicine Center to help young athletes reduce their risk of suffering sports injuries during the upcoming spring and summer sports seasons. This article demonstrates that we provide a wide range of medical programs to assist parents in raising strong and healthy children.
“Duffields to the rescue”
“Former PeopleSoft CEO steps in to help save Devil Mountain Run”
“Duffields to sponsor annual run”
“Danville’s annual aid run may still be held after all”
Many regional newspapers featured two corporate sponsors who rescued the Devil Mountain Run charity race, which was on the verge of cancellation. This fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Oakland is a 28-year tradition that is held in Danville, CA. The donors include PeopleSoft’s founder David Duffield and Fremont Bank.
“Welcome new hospital”
An editorial that ran in the Contra Costa Times newspapers praises the hospital’s future plans to build an additional facility east. It also stresses the hospital’s commitment to stay in Oakland. This editorial was written by the newspaper’s editor in response to an earlier front-page report about the hospital’s expansion and retrofit plans.
“Youths turn to cutting to ease the pain”
“Self-mutilation now commonplace”
Herbert Schreier, MD, of Psychiatry, is featured in reports by the Contra Costa News Group and the Monterey Co. Herald exploring why teenagers use self-mutilation to cope with stress and emotional pain. Dr. Schreier explains that some children will pass through this phase, but for others it can become a serious psychological problem.
“Children’s Hospital plans move east”
President and CEO Frank Tiedemann is featured in a Contra Costa News Group report about the hospital’s plans to build an additional facility and our commitment to stay in Oakland. The article includes quotes from John Muir’s chairman who supports the hospital-planned expansion.
“Blood Pressures: The Controversy over cord blood”
Bertram Lubin, MD, president and director of medical research at CHORI, is highlighted in a Parents Magazine article about whether parents should bank their child’s cord blood. Dr. Lubin explains that many private banks are playing on the fears of parents by providing inaccurate information about the need and benefits of cord blood banking when, in many cases, there is no medical reason for doing so.
“Babies in Therapy”
Child Magazine featured Sara Grunstein and Bette Flushman from our Early Childhood Mental Health program and the Gentle Hands Program in our Intensive Care Unit (ICN). The April 2006 article looks at the emotional and psychological needs of infants and babies, and how both programs teach parents to bond with their medically fragile infants to ensure a baby’s good health and well being.
“Chan Names Dr. Staggers “Woman of the Year”
“Chan honors Children’s Hospital Chief”
Barbara Staggers, MD, was featured throughout the area for receiving the Woman of the Year award from Assemblymember Wilma Chan’s office. Dr. Staggers is noted for her many contributions as an advocate for children. This report reinforces the hospital’s reputation for having renowned physicians and scientists who care about their communities.
“Annual Devil’s Mountain Run canceled”
Belinda George of the Branches and Cathy Meyer of the Foundation are quoted in area articles about the Devil Mountain Run fundraising event, which was in jeopardy of being canceled due to a lack of corporate sponsors. The article draws attention to the event’s plight and the hospital programs it benefits. This article also prompted the last minute rescue effort mentioned in the above articles.
“Amazing Recoveries: She survived the wreck that killed her parents”
Elaine Pico, MD, was featured in People Magazine about 16-year old Marcella Gomez who made a miraculous recovery at Children's Hospital Oakland. Marcella suffered serious injuries in a car accident in 2001 that killed her parents and injured her twin sister. Dr. Pico and the great staff in our Pediatric Rehabilitation department helped Marcella learn how to walk, talk and eat again after several months of rehabilitation.
“Spreading some cheer”
A Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland oncology patient is featured in an Alameda Times Star photo with a caption that briefly mentions a visit by the American Cancer Society, and the donation of some stuffed animals.
“Unhealthy Kids can’t learn”
Barbara Staggers, M.D., Lisa Hardy, M.D., and Su Park, Ph.D., are quoted in the Chronicle editorial section of the San Francisco Chronicle about our school-based teen clinics for students at McClymond's and Castlemont High Schools. The article looks at the critical role our health centers play in keeping students in school, and the important link between health care and education.
“Cheers & Jeers”
Children’s Hospital is briefly featured in this ANG News column and is praised for our future plans to remain in Oakland.
“Oakland center gets money for cord-blood project”
SF Business Times features Bert Lubin, MD, of CHORI, in this article about the institute securing $500,000 for our cord-blood program. The story also explains the need for such a program and how it has already saved many young lives.
“Teenage Violence: A Community Challenge”
Barbara Staggers, MD, director of Adolescent Medicine, is quoted in the Berkeley Daily Planet about adolescent development. She explains that young people are often incapable of comprehending the consequences of their actions. Dr. Staggers emphasizes that children need good role models and offers some insight on how parents can get their teens to listen.
“Clues to Alzheimer’s puzzle”
Hani Atamna, PhD, of CHORI, is highlighted in the East Bay Business Times for his new study on Alzheimer’s disease. His study is the first to explain how brain cells die in-patients with Alzheimer’s disease, which is an important step toward prevention and treatment. Hani’s study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in February 2006.
“Making the cut”
A photo of Golden State Warrior, Troy Murphy and one of our patients is featured on the front-page of the metro section of the Oakland Tribune and the Alameda Times Star. The Golden state Warriors’ brief visit with patients in the schoolroom is captured in a small photograph. The short article shows the hospital is more than just a hospital, providing patients with celebrity visits, interesting activities and compassionate care.
“Children’s Hospital CEO quashes relocation rumors”
“Children’s Hospital will stay put”
“Hospital CEO: We’re staying”
President and CEO Frank Tiedemann is featured in ANG News reports about the hospital’s agreement to lease additional beds at Alta Bates Summit campus in Oakland. The article explains that these additional beds could be used for the hospital’s new specialty pediatric clinic.
“Excessive peroxidase of amyloid-beta- understanding Alzheimer’s”
Hani Atamna, PhD, of CHORI, is highlighted on RxPGnews.com and Eurekalert.com for his new study on Alzheimer’s disease. His study is the first to explain how brain cells die in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, which is an important step toward prevention and treatment.
“Sickle Cell Symposium”
Marsha Treadwell, Ph.D., was interviewed by Ming Pao Daily about the Sickle Cell Symposium held in March. The article explains what the disease is, how many people has it, how the disease is treated, and the need for more blood donors.
“Just saying ‘no’ is no-no for parents”
The SF Chronicle featured Barbara Staggers, MD, director of Adolescent Medicine, offering advice to parents who are concerned about their teenagers abusing alcohol. Dr. Staggers was the featured speaker at a community meeting after a young man died during an unsupervised party in Berkeley Hills.
“Oh boy – oh no, a boy?”
The hospital’s International Adoption Clinic operated by Nancy Curtis, M.D. is mentioned in The Herald in Monterey County. A Herald reporter who used the clinic in her attempt to adopt a child from India writes the article. The reporter refers to the clinic's service as "wonderful”.
“Structural Biology: Architectural Options for a Fatty Acid Synthase”
Stuart Smith, PhD, of CHORI wrote a perspective in Science Magazine on a study that confirms a theory he has touted for ten years. He correctly believed that the accepted structure of FAS was flawed. FAS is the primary enzyme involved in the conversion of dietary carbohydrates into fat or energy.
Women’s Health Magazine highlighted CHORI researcher Dr. Horst Fischer's study on dark chocolate and how it can help curb diarrhea symptoms.
“Extra-special education at public expense”
Herbert Schreier, M.D. of Psychiatry is quoted in the SF Chronicle about the behavior of a boy with Tourette’s syndrome. This article demonstrates that Children’s Hospital Oakland has experts in a wide range of specialties.
“Social worker says agency failed toddler slain in 2003”
James Crawford, MD, Center for Child Protection, is quoted in an ANG Newsgroup article about a toddler who was beaten to death in 2003. Children’s Hospital Oakland has the Bay Area’s only hospital operated pediatric forensic program that evaluates some of the most severe cases of suspected child abuse in the region.
“They’re all heart”
“Kids, families celebrate their healed hearts”
Children’s Hospital Oakland is mentioned in these articles by the Daily Review and the Tri-Valley Herald for treating a child with congenital heart disease. The child is featured in a report celebrating Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day on Valentine’s Day at a Livermore elementary school. This article helps to promote the excellent work of staff in the hospital’s cardiology department.
“Second child diagnosed with cancer”
The Union Democrat in Sonora, CA mentioned Children’s Hospital Oakland in this article about a 4-year-old cancer patient. Our physicians removed his tumor and provided the chemotherapy he needed for his recovery. This news report promotes the hospital’s oncology department and the specialized care our patients receive.
"Youths see bright path through East Oakland center"
This Oakland Tribune article highlights the importance of the hospital's school-based teen clinic at Youth Uprising, which is a community center for teens at Castlemont High School. The article explains how the teen center and teen clinic are working together to help young adults live healthy and productive lives.
"Childhood dental problems epidemic"
Ed Rothman, DDS, director of La Clinica de La Raza dental clinic at Children's Hospital Oakland, is quoted the San Francisco Chronicle about a study that shows most of the state's third graders suffered from tooth decay and a large number of children have untreated cavities. This report also looks at why tooth decay is so prevalent in California.
"Flu season in the Bay Area looks like it's winding down"
Lily Guardia-LaBar, RN, of infectious disease, was interviewed by the Oakland Tribune about this year's seemingly mild flu season. Initially, the flu season started off strong, but the numbers have since tapered off. However, flu experts warn the season is not over.
"Fund honors child's giving nature"
"Annie's fund honors child's giving nature"
Daniel Birnbaum, MD, director of neurology was interviewed by the Contra Costa Times and the Valley Times about febrile seizures in children. This report confirms that Children's Hospital Oakland experts are routinely asked to offer their insight as pediatric specialists, reinforcing the hospital's reputation for providing superior care to our patients.
"Law Annoys Private Cord Banks"
Bertram Lubin, MD, was featured in Wired magazine (and in an online article) about the pressure new parents are feeling about whether they should bank their child's cord blood. Dr. Lubin explains that parents are increasingly being misinformed about the need and benefits of banking their children's cord blood especially since, in many cases, there is no medical reason for doing so.
"Beads help kids cope with cancer"
Philippa Doyle, RN, social worker, Heather Fox, MSW, and several cancer patients in our Beads of Courage program were interviewed by the Redding Record-Searchlight and the San Francisco Chronicle. Colorful beads are given to our oncology patients for every treatment and/or procedure they endure. The beads are then made into necklaces or bracelets to celebrate and symbolize their courage. These reports enhance the hospital's reputation for providing compassionate and expert care.
"Live, Fast, Die Old"
Bruce Ames, PhD, is featured in an East Bay Express article about anti-aging and how multivitamins and a well-balanced diet could delay the aging process.
"When to leave kids alone?"
Lisa Hardy, MD, spoke to Southbendtribune.com and explained what age is appropriate to leave a child home alone. She provided tips and guidelines for parents to follow after a San Ramon couple was arrested for leaving their young sons' home alone while they went on vacation. This article enhances the hospital's reputation for having highly regarded pediatric behavioral and psychiatric experts.
"Professors emeritus feeling squeezed out by campus space crunch"
Bruce Ames, PhD, is featured in a Fortwayne.com article about U.C. Berkeley's aging faculty and space issues for professors. The report highlights the fact that Dr. Ames does a lot of his research at CHORI and has no desire to retire.
"Dublin blood drive to help 9-year old"
"Sheriff organizes blood drive in girl's honor"
Children's Hospital Oakland is mentioned in ANG newspaper articles about Adrianna Tucker, a 9-year-old Dublin girl who is undergoing treatment for leukemia at our hospital. The article includes a description of our specially designed BMT unit, which purifies the air so our patients can freely move around the unit instead of being isolated in their patient rooms.
"Cured of Deadly Disease, Child to Return to Pakistan"
Mark Walters, MD, was interviewed by India West about Mahi Taban, a 6-year-old girl from Pakistan who was born with thalassemia major, a genetic blood disorder. This disease affects an estimated seven- percent of the world's population, mostly in India and Pakistan. This article highlights our hospital as one of the nation's best thalassemia research facilities.
"Mobile medical unit visits shelters"
"Clinic offers health care on the go"
"Bringing Aid to Children in Need"
Bradley Zerwick, MD, a first-year resident at the hospital is shown in the Piedmonter, Contra Costa Times and Montclarion volunteering in a mobile medical unit that helps disadvantaged children in the East Bay. The program, which includes other Oakland hospital doctors, was named Kerry's Kids to remember the late Kerry Spooner Dean who worked at Children's Hospital Oakland.
"Teen has his eyes on science prize"
ANG Newspapers featured a high school student who has been conducting scientific research at CHORI under his mentor, biochemist, Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Ph.D. His research on cardiovascular disease was named a semi-finalist in a national science competition. This article shows that CHORI not only conducts important scientific research, it inspires young people to pursue careers to become scientists.
"The Culinary Institute of America Collaborates with Harvard School of Public Health to Stage Second Annual Worlds of Healthy Flavors Leadership Retreat"
Janet King, PhD, and Ronald Krauss, MD, of CHORI, are mentioned in this Businesswire.com report about a continuing joint initiative to broaden the scope of healthy menu choices for consumers. King and Krauss are part of the effort led by The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public Health-Department of Nutrition.
"Soy Ferritin May Boost Iron Levels"
Naturalproductsinsider.com reports that CHORI researchers worked with UC Davis on a study that found purified soybean ferritin, a plant-based form of iron, might help people with low levels of iron.
"At what age can kids be left to hold the fort?"
"How old should your kids be to stay home alone?"
"How young is too young to be alone?"
Lane Tanner, MD, was asked by area papers to discussed how to determine whether a child is mature enough to stay home alone. This news report was published after a San Ramon couple was arrested for leaving their two children, ages 5 and 9, home alone while they vacationed in Las Vegas.