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  • Annual Chadwick Conference to Draw International Experts on Child Abuse
    International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment Conference From Jan 28 31 nearly 2 000 professionals from across the United States and 30 nations from around the world will be part of the annual conference at the Town and Country Resort Convention Center in Mission Valley Professionals will participate in more than 200 workshops on various topics of child abuse and family maltreatment Workshops topics include medicine criminal investigation mental health treatment trauma therapy child welfare prevention domestic violence forensic interviewing research child abduction child sexual exploitation and internet crimes against children This conference seeks to find and spread the very best scientifically supported practice in San Diego and around the globe said Charles Wilson Senior Director Chadwick Center for Children and Families San and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection Rady Children s Hospital San Diego We have some of the brightest minds from around the world gathered in San Diego to share and inspire one another That will translate into improved outcomes of abused and traumatized children and their families on six continents and in our own backyard On Tuesday Jan 29 at from 10 a m to 11 30 a m Richard Gelles Dean of the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the plenary speaker and present on the Estimated Annual Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect The week long conference focuses on multi disciplinary best practice efforts to prevent investigate treat and prosecute child and family maltreatment including child abduction The objective is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention recognition investigation assessment prosecution and treatment of all forms of maltreatment Leadership and policy making and translating the latest research into action are also addressed In fiscal year 2012 the Chadwick Center served almost 9 300 children families and professionals The

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/annual-chadwick-conference-to-draw-international-experts-on-child-abuse/ (2015-03-26)
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  • New Phone App is Now Available for Eczema Patients
    with Mom Central Consulting announced findings from a recent survey indicating that three quarters 76 percent of moms whose children suffer from the skin condition eczema do not feel knowledgeable about the condition Further while almost all had discussed it with their children s doctor nearly 40 percent were unsatisfied with those conversations To help bridge this information gap and improve patient physician dialogue about the condition the Dermatology Unit of Bayer HealthCare today launched a new app called The Eczema App It can be downloaded for free at www theeczemaapp com the App Store and Google Play The Eczema App enables patients to record and track their flare ups over time store photos of affected areas and keep notes on their flare ups and treatment Patients and parents can then use this information to have more informed discussions with their doctor or their children s doctor Additionally the app provides news from the National Eczema Association www nationaleczema org and access to comprehensive information about the condition which is categorized by age including infant 3 months 2 years toddler 2 4 years kid 4 12 years teen 13 18 years and adult 18 years Pediatric eczema is oftentimes an emotional challenge for moms especially new moms because they may feel uninformed and helpless said Dr Lawrence Eichenfield chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego The Eczema App is a supportive tool that moms can use in coordination with their child s doctor to help better manage their child s condition and make informed decisions The survey which was conducted online among 583 members of the Mom Central Consulting Testing Panel found that moms are looking online for help 93 percent of moms said they already spend time online searching for general information about

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/new-phone-app-is-now-available-for-eczema-patients/ (2015-03-26)
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  • National Campaign Aimed at Educating Parents About the Dangers of TVs
    Dangers of TVs Newsroom National Campaign Aimed at Educating Parents About the Dangers of TVs About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications National Campaign Aimed at Educating Parents About the Dangers of TVs San Diego CA A new report released by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks a child dies from a television tipping over and nearly 13 000 more children are injured each year in the U S This represents a 31 percent increase in TV tip over related injuries over the last ten years The results of the report A Report to the Nation on Home Safety The Dangers of TV Tip Overs include data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC and new findings from Safe Kids Worldwide primary research According to the CPSC from 2000 2010 on average a child dies every three weeks The report shows that young children are at greatest risk of TV tip overs According to the research 7 out of 10 children injured by TV tip overs are 5 years old or younger This age group also accounts for 9 out of 10 serious injuries requiring hospitalization including head injuries which are among the most severe Every 45 minutes or less than the length of a Sesame Street episode a child visits the ER because of a TV tipping over said Sue Cox Director of Trauma Services Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Many TV tip overs are a result of unsteady TVs that are not secured to the wall Flat screen TVs that are top heavy with narrow bases can be easily pulled off an entertainment center or table Large and heavy old style cathode ray tube CRT TVs placed on dressers or

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/national-campaign-aimed-at-educating-parents-about-the-dangers-of-tvs/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Cancer Patient Jose Montano To Kick-Off Fantasy on Ice Opening Night
    Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care About Us Newsroom Press Releases Cancer Patient Jose Montano To Kick Off Fantasy on Ice Opening Night Newsroom Cancer Patient Jose Montano To Kick Off Fantasy on Ice Opening Night About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Cancer Patient Jose Montano To Kick Off Fantasy on Ice Opening Night San Diego CA Get ready to ice skate in beautiful downtown San Diego at Horton Square this winter season Children and families are once again invited to lace up their skates and support the 16th Annual Rady Children s Hospital s Fantasy on Ice presented by Sycuan It was a record year at the rink in 2011 with more than 40 000 people skating Last year the event raised about 130 000 for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Rady Children s Hospital San Diego This year Jose Montano a brain tumor patient and 2012 Fantasy on Ice Miracle Patient will participate in the opening night ceremony on Nov 15th at 5 30 p m The rink will remain open through the holidays until Jan 6 2013 operating seven days a week from 10 a m to 10 p m and will only close on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day Admission which includes the rental of the skates is 14 for adults and 12 for children under 12 The Peckham Center is the largest pediatric hematology oncology program serving San Diego Imperial and Riverside counties and is the only facility in San Diego County for pediatric bone marrow transplants For the second year in a row the Center was ranked among the nation s best pediatric cancer program by U S News World Report Every year

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/cancer-patient-jose-montano-to-kick-off-fantasy-on-ice-opening-night/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Bridgepoint Education Executive Joins Hospital Board
    Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Bridgepoint Education Executive Joins Hospital Board San Diego CA September 19 2012 Andrew S Clark Bridgepoint Education Founder Chief Executive Officer and President was recently appointed to a three year term on the board of Rady Children s Hospital San Diego As a lifelong advocate for learning I am excited to help guide an institution that not only provides excellent care for our region s children and families but also is seeking cures to childhood diseases and training the next generation of physicians Clark said I am looking forward to sharing the story of Rady Children s in our community and building even more support for this much loved San Diego treasure Clark began his higher education career in 1995 with the University of Phoenix a division of Apollo Group From 1996 to 1999 he served as the youngest Vice President and Campus Director From 1999 to 2001 Clark was responsible for opening the Midwest and Northeast regions and creating nine campuses in seven states Clark also served as Chief Operating Officer of American Continental University a division of Career Education Corporation CEC and Vice President Operations of the University Division of CEC Clark also serves in leadership positions in numerous local businesses including The San Diego Symphony The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and Francis Parker School In addition Clark has supported the following organizations American Red Cross Big Brother Big Sisters of San Diego County Boys and Girls Club Freedom Station Make A Wish Foundation and Promises2Kids Clark earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a B A in Communication Art from Pacific Lutheran University About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is a 464 bed pediatric care

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/bridgepoint-education-executive-joins-hospital-board/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Nutritional Supplement Offers Promise in Treatment of Unique Form of Autism
    physicians diagnose this particular form of autism earlier and treat sooner The researchers focused on a specific type of amino acid known as branched chain amino acids or BCAAs BCAAs are not produced naturally in the human body and must be acquired through diet During periods of starvation humans have evolved a means to turn off the metabolism of these amino acids It is this ability to shut down that metabolic activity that researchers have found to be defective in some autism patients It was very surprising to find mutations in a potentially treatable metabolic pathway specific for autism said senior author Joseph G Gleeson MD professor in the UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Gleeson is also a physician at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego What was most exciting was that the potential treatment is obvious and simple Just give affected patients the naturally occurring amino acids their bodies lack Gleeson and colleagues used the emerging technology of exome sequencing to study two closely related families that have children with autism spectrum disorder These children also had a history of seizures or abnormal electrical brain wave activity as well as a mutation in the gene that regulates BCAAs In exome sequencing researchers analyze all of the elements in the genome involved in making proteins In addition the scientists examined cultured neural stem cells from these patients and found they behaved normally in the presence of BCAAs suggesting the condition might be treatable with nutritional supplementation They also studied a line of mice engineered with a mutation in the same gene which showed the condition was both inducible by lowering the dietary intake of the BCAAs and reversible by raising the dietary intake Mice treated with BCAA supplementation displayed improved neurobehavioral symptoms reinforcing the idea that the approach could work in humans as well Studying the animals was key to our discovery said first author Gaia Novarino PhD a staff scientist in Gleeson s lab We found that the mice displayed a condition very similar to our patients and also had spontaneous epileptic seizures just like our patients Once we found that we could treat the condition in mice the pressing question was whether we could effectively treat our patients Using a nutritional supplement purchased at a health food store at a specific dose the scientists reported that they could correct BCAA levels in the study patients with no ill effect The next step said Gleeson is to determine if the supplement helps reduce the symptoms of epilepsy and or autism in humans We think this work will establish a basis for future screening of all patients with autism and or epilepsy for this or related genetic mutations which could be an early predictor of the disease he said What we don t know is how many patients with autism and or epilepsy have mutations in this gene and could benefit from treatment but we think it is an extremely rare condition Co

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/nutritional-supplement-offers-promise-in-treatment-of-unique-form-of-autism/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Two Proteins Offer a “Clearer” Way to Treat Huntington’s Disease
    just for Huntington s disease but also for similar neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson s disease and maybe even Alzheimer s disease In HD an inherited mutation in the huntingtin htt gene results in misfolded htt proteins accumulating in certain central nervous system cells leading to progressive deterioration of involuntary movement control cognitive decline and psychological problems More than 30 000 Americans have HD There are no effective treatments currently to either cure the disease or slow its progression La Spada and colleagues focused on a protein called PGC 1alpha which helps regulate the creation and operation of mitochondria the tiny organelles that generate the fuel required for every cell to function It s all about energy La Spada said Neurons have a constant high demand for it They re always on the edge for maintaining adequate levels of energy production PGC 1alpha regulates the function of transcription factors that promote the creation of mitochondria and allow them to run at full capacity Previous studies by La Spada and others discovered that the mutant form of the htt gene interfered with normal levels and functioning of PGC 1alpha This study confirms that La Spada said More surprising was the discovery that elevated levels of PGC 1alpha in a mouse model of HD virtually eliminated the problematic misfolded proteins Specifically PGC 1alpha influenced expression of another protein vital to autophagy the process in which healthy cells degrade and recycle old unneeded or dangerous parts and products including oxidative damaging molecules generated by metabolism For neurons which must last a lifetime the self renewal is essential to survival Mitochondria get beat up and need to be recycled La Spada said PGC 1alpha drives this pathway through another protein called transcription factor EB or TFEB We were unaware of this connection before because TFEB

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/two-proteins-offer-a-clearer-way-to-treat-huntingtons-disease/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The Campaign for Rady Children’s Reaches $220 Million Goal Six Months Early
    an anonymous donor Gifts of 10 million from the Peckham family to create the Peckham Center for Cancer Blood Disorders Gifts of 10 million from the Warren family to create the Warren Family Surgical Center 6 million from the Viterbi family to create the Viterbi Family Outpatient Clinic for Cancer Blood Disorders 6 million from Rady Children s Auxiliary to fund a variety of programs and to create the Auxiliary Garden at the entrance to the Acute Care Pavilion Rady Children s began the Campaign in 2007 when it urgently needed to raise funds to construct the Acute Care Pavilion a 279 000 square foot facility that is now home to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders the Warren Family Surgical Center the Viterbi Outpatient Clinic The Carlson Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit East and Carley s Magical Gardens The Acute Care Pavilion opened its doors on October 10 2010 In September 2011 Rady Children s launched a new phase of The Campaign for Rady Children s focused on three core components Care Technology and Discovery The Hospital asked San Diego to help it provide the most comprehensive care and advanced technology and discover cures to childhood diseases Thanks to generous donors Rady Children s has Constructed the 260 million Acute Care Pavilion Funded Patient Care including the Child Life program which helps patients and their families understand the Hospital experience Purchased Technology such as a kid friendly MRI the first MRI ever installed on the Rady Children s campus that allows children to watch a movie or listen to music while being scanned Expanded Discovery by funding innovative research such as Dr John Crawford s research into the causes of pediatric brain tumors and development of targeted treatments The success of The Campaign for Rady Children s is a tribute San Diego s enduring commitment to the health and well being of children said Kathleen Sellick President and CEO of Rady Children s Thanks to your generosity we constructed the Acute Care Pavilion an amazing facility that that blends high technology with a healing environment We purchased vital technology strengthened patient care and funded important research As we celebrate this accomplishment we are inspired to reach higher and to do more for the children of our community It s clear that San Diego not only takes great pride in Rady Children s the community trusts us to make the highest and best use of its philanthropic support said William B Sailer Esq Chair of Rady Children s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Achieving this 220 million goal allows Rady Children s to bring even more important research from the laboratory to the bedside and has made The Campaign for Rady Children s the second largest completed campaign in the history of San Diego It s inspiring to know that so many San Diegans have joined me in supporting the important mission of Rady Children s said Ernest Rady Honorary Chair of Rady Children s Board of Trustees

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