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  • Chadwick Center Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month with Dramatic Display
    Abuse Prevention Month with Dramatic Display San Diego April 4 2014 In an effort to draw attention to National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the plight of thousands of abused and neglected children in San Diego County 10 empty pairs of children s shoes in various shapes and sizes were displayed during a media event at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego The shoes represent the children who die every year in San Diego County due to abuse or neglect According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner an average of 10 children die in the county every year from child abuse or neglect Charles Wilson Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children Families and Wendy Wright the Inpatient Medical Director addressed what the community can do to prevent child abuse and neglect Child abuse experts also discussed the help available to the thousands of local children and families who are victims Child abuse and neglect can have devastating and often lifelong consequences on a victim that can lead to substance abuse mental illness and even depression said Wilson This is a huge problem in our community that s why it s important for parents to know who their caregivers are understand the risks of the Internet and educate children to talk to an adult if they are being victimized In 2012 2013 38 199 abuse and neglect reports were made to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Child Abuse Hotline representing nearly 70 000 children in San Diego County To contact the Chadwick Center call 858 966 5803 or email ChadwickCenter rchsd org To report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect contact the Child Abuse Hotline at 858 560 2191 Click here to watch a video from the news conference Media Contact Carlos

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/chadwick-center-marks-child-abuse-prevention-month-with-dramatic-display/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Researchers Evaluate Kawasaki Disease Therapy
    death in one in 1 000 children Between 10 and 20 percent of patients with KD experience fever relapse following the standard therapy with a single infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin IVIG and aspirin It is known that IVIG resistance increases the risk of heart damage most commonly a ballooning of the coronary arteries called aneurysms These children require additional therapy to interrupt the inflammatory process that can lead to damage of the coronary arteries A study led by physicians at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children s Hospital San Diego looked at intensification of initial therapy for all children with KD in order to prevent IVIG resistance and associated coronary artery abnormalities by assessing the addition of the medication infliximab to current standard therapy The results of their study were published in the February 24 2014 online issue of the medical journal Lancet Tumor necrosis factor α TNFα is a molecule made by the body that plays a role in the development of inflammation in KD therefore treatment with a TNFα antagonist is a logical therapeutic intervention according to the researchers Early experience with infliximab a monoclonal antibody that binds TNFα showed promising results A Phase 1 trial in children with KD and persistent fever following standard therapy found no infusion reactions or serious adverse events and subsequent studies suggested that infliximab led to faster resolution of fever and fewer days of hospitalization than a second IVIG infusion The UC San Diego researchers conducted a trial of 196 subjects at two centers Rady Children s Hospital San Diego a research affiliate of UC San Diego School of Medicine and Nationwide Children s Hospital in Columbus Ohio to assess whether infliximab could reduce IVIG treatment resistance While the addition of infliximab to primary treatment in

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-researchers-evaluate-kawasaki-disease-therapy/ (2015-03-26)
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  • President & CEO Kathleen Sellick to Retire
    as a result of several complications and upon the advice of her physicians she began a medical leave During her tenure as President and CEO and under her leadership and guidance Rady Children s Achieved top rankings year after year in US News World Report Established a Medical Practice Foundation helping to align and improve the quality and delivery of care and enhance research Expanded community partnerships and collaborations to better serve families in the neighborhoods where they live Led the construction and opening of the Acute Care Pavilion in 2010 a state of the art patient care facility Established an alliance with Children s Hospital Orange County to share and enhance best practices with the goal of achieving the best clinical outcomes for patients Expanded services into Southern Riverside County Opened a specialized cardiac unit and created infrastructure for a new heart transplant program Maintained financial stability across the organization Guided the implementation of EPIC an advanced electronic medical record system that has dramatically improved efficiency convenience and safety In addition to these accomplishments in 2011 Kathleen was named Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine Kathleen has shown a tireless commitment to Rady Children s mission to restore sustain and enhance the health and developmental potential of children through excellence in care education research and advocacy With the unwavering support of my family medical team colleagues and our wonderful community I have made great progress in my recovery Kathleen said While I had hoped to continue in my role at Rady Children s for years to come my doctors now feel it is best for me to retire My family and I are very grateful for the love and concern expressed by everyone regarding my health and I appreciate that everyone has been understanding of my wish

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/president-ceo-kathleen-sellick-to-retire/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Teams Up with Scripps Health to Offer Proton Therapy
    specific types of tumors proton therapy is particularly effective because it is very targeted and spares healthy developing tissue from further damage It has been found to be particularly effective in brain tumors where secondary radiation can lead to learning disabilities reduced IQ scores and other potential lifelong side effects Proton therapy can also reduce the long term likelihood of secondary radiation induced tumors said Donald B Kearns M D acting president of Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Because of its exceptional accuracy proton therapy can in some cases enable doctors to safely deliver a higher daily dose of radiation to the tumor than is possible with X rays This technique known as hypofractionation can translate to faster cancer control and fewer treatment sessions Painting radiation onto tumors Today most proton therapy is delivered using the traditional passive scatter approach in which the beam is shaped to match the tumor after exiting the treatment nozzle With passive scatter the beam passes through specially manufactured devices to form the beam s height width and penetrating depth before entering the patient The Scripps center will be the nation s first to exclusively treat patients with pencil beam scanning which is more precise and versatile than passive scatter Instead of using physical devices outside of the treatment nozzle pencil beam technology electromagnetically shapes the beam inside the nozzle via computerized data files developed from 3 D models of patients tumors Pencil beam technology sweeps the beam across the tumor in fine strokes building up the radiation dose onto the tumor layer by layer The penetrating depth of the beam is controlled digitally by an energy selection system which varies the energy of the protons According to Dr Rossi using pencil beam technology to treat tumors is like using a very fine paint brush to apply the radiation whereas earlier proton technology is more like using a can of spray paint We re essentially breaking down each tumor into thousands of tiny cubes and then painting each individual cube with radiation said Dr Rossi who has treated more than 9 000 prostate cancer patients with proton therapy This approach spares even more normal tissue and enables us to treat larger and more irregularly shaped tumors than possible before It also produces far fewer neutrons than passive scatter which further reduces the probability of secondary malignancies And it allows us to adapt treatment plans more quickly as tumors change size during the course of treatments Powerhouse technology behind proton The center s proton delivery system is both refined and powerful Its technological centerpiece is a 95 ton superconducting cyclotron where the proton beam is generated using hydrogen and oxygen to create a plasma stream Protons are extracted and accelerated to roughly 100 000 miles per second They are then delivered to a beam transport system which uses a series of high powered electromagnets to steer and transport the beam to one treatment room at a time using a vacuum line Certain cancers best candidates

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-teams-up-with-scripps-health-to-offer-proton-therapy/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Heart Patients to Share Inspiring Stories During 30th Annual Heart Party
    Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care About Us Newsroom Press Releases Heart Patients to Share Inspiring Stories During 30th Annual Heart Party Newsroom Heart Patients to Share Inspiring Stories During 30th Annual Heart Party About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Heart Patients to Share Inspiring Stories During 30th Annual Heart Party The staff at the Heart Institute at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is celebrating American Heart Month with its 30th Annual Heart Party About 250 current and former heart patients many of whom have undergone open heart surgery or suffer from a heart condition are expected to attend and share their inspiring stories The event reunites patients and their families with doctors nurses and clinical staff The party which includes games and entertainment in a carnival like setting is from 11 a m to 2 p m on Saturday February 8th at Rady Children s The Heart Institute is ranked among the nation s best pediatric heart programs in the country by U S News World Report The Institute is the

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/heart-patients-to-share-inspiring-stories-during-30th-annual-heart-party/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Chadwick Conference Draws World Experts in Child Abuse and Family Violence
    at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego The work these individuals are doing translates into improved outcomes that will help abused and traumatized children and their families Close to 2 000 professionals from 30 countries will attend the conference which is sponsored by the Chadwick Center at Rady Children s Its programs include more than 150 workshops and presentations on topics that include child abduction teen bullying school shootings sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children Speakers at the Chadwick Conference which will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina include Carrie Epstein from the Yale University School of Medicine who will analyze the Tragedy in Newtown and how professionals respond in the aftermath of a school shooting Wednesday Jan 29 from 8 to 9 30 a m David Finkelhor from the University of New Hampshire who will moderate a symposium on peer victimization topics include teen bullying dating and violence Wednesday Jan 29 from 1 to 2 30 p m Anna Salter with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections who will give a presentation on the topic of Children Who Kill Thursday Jan 30 from 3 to 4 30 p m Stephen Cozza with the F Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland who will coordinate two sessions The first is on Risks and Resilience in Military Families Thursday Jan 30 from 3 to 4 30 p m The second is on meeting the parenting challenges in Military Families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Friday Jan 31 from 8 to 9 30 a m Eric Elbogen with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine who will present on the topic of Aggression in Combat Veterans Friday Jan 31 from 1 to 2 30 p m The Chadwick Center is a recognized leader

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/chadwick-conference-draws-world-experts-in-child-abuse-and-family-violence/ (2015-03-26)
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  • San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Brings a World of Animals to Every Patient
    Funded by a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T Denny Sanford Rady Children s Hospital San Diego and San Diego Zoo Global announced the launch of San Diego Zoo Kids a television broadcast channel that features programming about unique and endangered animal species and is available in every patient room and in waiting areas Caring for sick and injured children goes beyond providing excellent medical care said Donald B Kearns MD Acting President of Rady Children s With programming that is both entertaining and educational San Diego Zoo Kids enhances our patients experience and contributes to an environment that promotes healing Rady Children s is thrilled to be the first children s hospital in the nation to launch the new channel which will soon be made available to other children s hospitals across the country The channel features video from the Zoo s famous panda cams as well as other live cameras fun and educational pieces about unique species and up close video encounters of popular animals with the Zoo s national spokesperson Rick Schwartz We have always believed in the importance of putting people in touch with animals as a way to conserve species said Doug Myers President for San Diego Zoo Global What we have heard from medical care professionals is that animal interaction and animal stories can also help promote well being San Diego Zoo Global has a wealth of animal stories and through the generosity of Denny Sanford we are able to make these stories available to the families at Rady Children s Hospital About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is a 475 bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego Southern Riverside and Imperial counties Rady Children s is

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/san-diego-zoo-kids-channel-brings-a-world-of-animals-to-every-patient/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Study Finds Acupuncture Effective in Treating Pain after Tonsillectomy Surgery
    James Ochi a San Diego pediatric ear nose and throat ENT surgeon who has been in private practice for more than 20 years conducted a study using acupuncture instead of codeine for pain relief for his tonsillectomy patients The study was published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology a medical journal exclusively devoted to the subspecialty of pediatric otolaryngology I ve been using medical acupuncture for years to help my patients suffer less pain after surgery Now that it is unsafe to use codeine for these kids I wanted to see if acupuncture without the use of narcotics was helpful for my patients said Dr Ochi Acupuncture in general has been shown to be effective in reducing pain is safe and can be done quickly at minimal cost Dr Ochi performed all tonsillectomies at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego and the acupuncture treatments at the El Centro Regional Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in El Centro CA and his office in Encinitas CA In this novel study 31 patients ranging from 2 to 17 years old received acupuncture after tonsillectomy Prior to acupuncture treatment patients or their parents reported a mean pain level of 5 52 out of 10 After about 15 minutes of acupuncture the pain level dropped to 1 92 a statistically significant difference Furthermore parents on average estimated the duration of benefit from the acupuncture to last about 2 days No adverse effects were reported as a result of the drug free treatments Since the FDA ban on the use of codeine patients must rely on over the counter drugs such as Tylenol and ibuprofen which also have risks and adverse effects especially in young patients and may not be effective Narcotics have long been the mainstay of therapy for children suffering pain after having their

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/study-finds-acupuncture-effective-in-treating-pain-after-tonsillectomy-surgery/ (2015-03-26)
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