New measure calls for life-saving food allergy medicine in every school
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) November 2013 – In an effort to protect millions of school children from allergic reactions from severe food allergies, President Obama has signed the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. Epinephrine is a life-saving medicine that can reverse the effects of a severe allergic reactions to food and other allergens, but only if it’s injected into patients within the first few minutes. This new measure offers incentives to schools who keep epinephrine on hand and train their staffs how to use the injectors.. . . read more
Researchers buy and test milk - find wide range of dangerous bacteria
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) October 2013 – After noticing more women offering to buy and sell human breast milk over the Internet, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital launched a study to see just how safe that milk really is. What they found was shocking.
“We found three quarters of the milk that we studied was contaminated either with high levels of bacteria or certain disease-causing bacteria, like the kind found in human waste,” said Sarah Keim, PhD, author of the study and principal investigator of the Center for Biobehavioral Health.. . . read more
Virus is altered in lab, then injected into tumors to help kill cancer cells
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) September 2013 – Parents will go to great lengths to help their kids avoid viruses, but a new approach to battling cancer is based on children getting a certain virus, not avoiding it.
“The idea behind viral therapy is to take a virus that normally infects healthy tissue, and alter it so it lodges inside of tumors instead, and kills them,” said Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “There are a number of groups studying the use of virus therapies in adults, we’re one of the few that are actually studying virus therapy in kids,” he said.. . . read more
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The number of people on gluten-free diets is at an all time high in the U.S. Some people choose to avoid gluten, which is found in grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats, but for others it is a medical must. Today the number of people with celiac disease, or an intolerance of gluten, has surged to nearly one in every one-hundred thirty-three people, quadruple the number of people just five decades ago.
“Celiac disease is being diagnosed at a much higher rate than it ever was before,” said Mary Kay Sharrett, SM, RD, LD, CNSD, from the Celiac Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Even trace amounts of gluten can cause damage and painful inflammation in a patient’s digestive tract.”. . . read more
Printable, portable chart makes sure kids get proper insulin each meal
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) June 2013 – Each time 11-year old Isaac Hedrick sits down to eat, he makes sure a calculator is nearby. He has to. Isaac has diabetes, so at every meal, he must add up the amount of carbohydrates he will eat and balance that with precisely the right amount of insulin he needs.
If he doesn’t, his blood sugar levels can fluctuate and, over time, can wreak damage on his system.. . . read more