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Pediatric and obstetric health leaders from Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are frequently highlighted in local and national media for providing world-class, extraordinary care to children and expectant mothers. Following is a sampling of these media appearances.

March 2021

How to manage your anger as a parent WebMD March 2021 For many, parenting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased stress and anxiety in families. Mari Kurahashi, MD, is interviewed about ways parents can manage anger during these difficult times.

How to prepare kids to return to school in the Bay Area after a year out of classrooms San Francisco Chronicle 3/18/21 Barbara Bentley, MD, is quoted.

Video: Doctor Q&A ABC News 3/17/21 Segment discusses the emergence of a third wave of COVID-19 in Ontario, Canada, and the importance of vaccinating children against the virus. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.
Also see: KRON-TV

Kids will be the last to be vaccinated. When will it be safe to go on family vacations? NBC News; MSN 3/16/21 Seven health experts are asked to weigh in, including Grace Lee, MD.

Nearly half of parents said teens face new or worsening mental health issues during pandemic, poll says CNN 3/16/21 A recent survey of parents with children ages 13 to 18 analyzed teen mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior during the pandemic, and looked at how parents were helping teens cope and whether they believed their strategies were successful. Stephanie Clarke, PhD, is quoted in this article.

COVID-19 meant a year without the flu. That’s not all good news Wired 3/16/21 The most recent flu season was essentially non-existent. What does that mean for future flu seasons? Grace Lee, MD, provides comment.

COVID: Moderna begins testing vaccine on children CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 3/16/21 Pharmaceutical company Moderna has begun its next phase to test the COVID-19 vaccine on children as young as 6 months old. Roughly 6,700 kids from 6 months to 11 years are part of the clinical trial. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.
Also see: San Francisco Chronicle

Trans girls belong on girls’ sports teams Scientific American 3/16/21 Opinion article, written by fellow Jack Turban, MD, supports the inclusion of transgender girls on female sports teams, and suggests there is no scientific evidence for excluding them.

How parents can best support their transgender child: Research study Where Parents Talk 3/15/21 Tandy Aye, MD, discusses her latest research that showed for teens exploring their gender identity, simple acts of caring from their parents were what they valued most.

Why the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can make you feel lousy Mercury News 3/15/21 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.
Also see: BGR

First case of Brazilian coronavirus variant P.1 detected in California Los Angeles Times 3/15/21 A San Bernardino County resident is the first in California to test positive for a COVID-19 variant from Brazil, which is believed to be more contagious than the most common strain of the virus. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Mercury News

nView s1 completes first 25 cases at leading pediatric hospitals nView Medical-issued press release 3/15/21 The hospital is mentioned.
Also see: Becker’s Spine Review

When will we declare victory over COVID-19? Mercury News 3/13/21 Article discusses the possibility of completely eradicating COVID-19. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

People are keeping their vaccines secret The Atlantic 3/11/21 In the past three months, many Americans have delighted in sharing photo evidence of their receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine. Others have opted to keep their vaccine a secret. This article explores possible reasons for this, and includes comment from Grace Lee, MD.

We have COVID-19 vaccines, so how long will they protect you? CNET 3/11/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, addresses questions about how long the COVID-19 vaccines’ protection lasts, how protection may differ among individuals, and steps to take to maintain safety even after being vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens are coming, experts say Los Angeles Times 3/10/21 Infectious disease experts project that high school students will likely be able to be vaccinated by the fall. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses next steps for clinical trials in teens and children.

Navigating this fragile and hopeful moment in the COVID-19 pandemic KQED 3/10/2021 Segment features Yvonne Maldonado, MD, who offers insight into the current moment in the pandemic's trajectory.

Why doctors are concerned about injuries — not just COVID — upon prep sports return to California Mercury News 3/10/21 As California high school sports quickly ramp up for the spring season after a months-long layoff due to the pandemic, students are facing increased risk of sports-related injuries. Kevin Shea, MD, is interviewed.

Follow these pediatrician-approved tips to make sure your child is getting enough sleep PopSugar (sponsored content) 3/10/21 Joelle McConlogue, MD, is featured.

How America’s vaccine system makes people with health problems fight for a place in line New York Times 3/9/21 At least 37 states now allow people with certain health conditions to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but there is variation by state over which health conditions are prioritized. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.
Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), Becker’s Hospital Review

CDC: Here’s what vaccinated people can do: gather, give hugs and more Mercury News 3/8/21 Article discusses the CDC’s guidelines for vaccinated people and quotes Yvonne Maldonado, MD.

Long-term repercussions of postponing care due to COVID-19 Infectious Disease Advisor 3/8/21 The hospital is mentioned.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects: What's normal and what to look out for CNET 3/7/21 Roshni Mathew, MD, is featured.

Stanford infectious disease expert touts vaccine safety The Stanford Daily 3/7/21 The coronavirus vaccine is safe, effective and could be available to college students by summer, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, told Stanford students during a COVID-19 vaccine Q&A hosted by the Senior Class Cabinet.

‘We’re vaccinated. Everyone wants to visit. Now what?’ Wired 3/5/21 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

COVID vaccines: East San Jose roller rink transformed into mass vaccination site CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 3/5/21 Stanford Health Care and the County of Santa Clara are partnering to further expand access to vaccination for people in areas disproportionately affected by COVID-19 through a new mass vaccination clinic at Eastridge Mall in East San Jose. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, delivered remarks during a press conference.
Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV), Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV), KTSF-TV, KCBS Radio, Telemundo, Mercury News and Mountain View Voice

9 recent donations to health care organizations Becker’s Hospital Review 3/5/21 The transformational gift from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie to support a new labor and delivery unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and further the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program at Stanford Medicine, is mentioned in this article.

Once-cautious Bay Area counties moving swiftly to reopen. What's going on? San Francisco Chronicle 3/4/2021 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment on how new variants of the virus are appearing at a more rapid pace.

Mercedian at Fresno State earns top community service scholarship Merced County Times 3/3/21 Packard Children’s Hospital patient and former Summer Scamper Patient Hero Lucca Lorenzi is featured.
Also see: Fresno State News

2021 Asia Game Changer West Awards Virtual Gala Asia Society The Asia Game Changer West Awards recognize individuals, organizations, and movements that have inspired, enlightened, and shown leadership in areas that reflect Asia Society’s core pillars of policy and business, arts and culture, and education. Grace Lee, MD, is one of four recipients of this year’s awards. She will be recognized in a virtual gala on April 8, 2021.

Heart transplant survivor, 16, uses $5K Make-A-Wish to give back to hospital that saved her life People.com 3/3/21 When 16-year-old heart transplant recipient, Athena Tran, received a Make-A-Wish, she decided to pay it forward, literally. Athena used her Wish to donate $5,000 to the Hospital School at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where she spent months receiving support with her studies while being hospitalized for treatment for restrictive cardiomyopathy, and eventually, a heart transplant.

Single shot of two-dose COVID-19 vaccine can prevent serious illness and death Los Angeles Times 3/3/21 A first look at the potential effect of stretching limited COVID-19 vaccine supplies has found that just one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 60% to 70% effective at preventing symptomatic disease in people age 70 and older. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.
Also see: AAP News

Saving Isabella’s brain—and her spirit The Washington Post (sponsored content) 3/2/21 When specialists at Stanford Children’s Health found a tumor in Isabella’s pituitary stalk, and later a rare type of brain cancer called a germinoma, they kick-started a years-long process to treat her tumor, while at the same time helping her navigate a complex health process ensuring that, no matter what treatment she received, she would be comfortable—and would not lose her spark. Laura Bachrach, MD, Sonia Partap, MD, Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, are quoted, and Susan Hiniker, MD, is mentioned.

Bay Area coronavirus deaths fall 33% in February vs. January San Francisco Chronicle 3/2/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine conducts over half a million COVID-19 tests The Stanford Daily 3/2/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses how the pandemic has evolved, cutting edge testing, and how his lab is targeting future forms of COVID-19.

Small doses Stanford Magazine 3/2021 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, discusses transforming the treatment of food allergies; one method is by conducting clinical trials to desensitize people to multiple food allergies at once and another is applying multi-allergen oral therapies.

Diagnosing autism in the pandemic The New York Times 3/1/21 Autism spectrum disorder is often suspected when young children stand out as being different from their peers. That can be much harder in this isolated time. Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Vaccinating by age groups is unfair, particularly to minorities, advisory panel tells CDC USA Today 3/1/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses how equity has to be as important as efficiency when it comes to dispersing the vaccine.
Also see: ProPublica, The Stanford Daily

With ACIP vote, J&J Covid-19 vaccine is ready to roll Physicians Weekly 3/1/20 ACIP and Dr. Anthony Fauci urge people to take whatever shot they can get and adhere to mitigation efforts. Insufficient evidence exists to support any strategy where patients either delay their second dose or only receive one dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.
Also see: MedPageToday

February 2021

Do coronavirus tests work on variants? San Francisco Chronicle 2/28/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.
Also see: The Stanford Daily

Bay Area Children’s Hospital is new home to American Heart Association hands-only CPR training kiosk KCBS 2/27/21 (scroll 00:43:25-00:44:43) Lynda Knight, MSN, RN, nurse-educator and program director of the Revive Initiative for Resuscitation Excellence, is quoted.
Also see: Bay Area CBS (KPIX 5), Bay Area FOX (KTVU 2)

At-home COVID testing is here The New York Times 2/26/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses different types of at-home COVID testing kits, turnaround time and why results of these tests should always be confirmed by a clinical test.

Doctor says Johnson & Johnson vaccine could get Californians closer to immunity Bay Area ABC (KGO 7) 2/26/21 Hayley Gans, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Bay Area ABC (KGO 7), KRON 4, Bay Area ABC (KGO 7) (Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.)

How food traditions nourish new moms New York Times 2/25/21 Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted.

Golf without Woods? Battered leg brings it closer to reality Associated Press 2/24/21 Michael Gardner, MD, discusses the likelihood of Tiger Woods returning to professional golf.
Also see: USA Today

How a Facebook group for people who can’t smell handled the COVID rush Mashable 2/24/21 Zara Patel, MD, is mentioned.

‘We’re risking our lives’: California’s slow vaccine rollout leaves essential workers exposed The Guardian 2/23/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Univision (scroll: 06:09:22-:06:11:30)

As trials ramp up, doctors stress need to vaccinate kids against COVID-19 Science Magazine 2/23/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the importance of vaccinating kids against COVID-19, when it may happen, and how necessary vaccines will be to reopen schools safely.
Also see: Bay Area Parent, Medscape

Santa Clara County unveils plans for a $233M psychiatric hospital serving kids and adults Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Online 2/23/21 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Discussing COVID-19 variants Bay Area CBS (KPIX 5) 2/22/21 Anne Liu, MD, discusses the COVID-19 variants that originated in the U.S., and the new CDC guidelines allowing those who are fully vaccinated to skip quarantine if they're exposed.

Stanford Children’s new CNO advocates holistic healthcare HealthLeaders 2/22/21 Jesus Cepero, PhD, chief nursing officer, suggests nurse leaders can integrate holistic care by assessing their organization's awareness of the holistic approaches that consumers demand.

Air pollution puts children at higher risk of disease in adulthood, according to Stanford researchers and others Stanford News 2/22/21 A new Stanford-led study reveals evidence that early exposure to dirty air alters genes in a way that could lead to adult heart disease, among other ailments. The findings could change the way medical experts and parents think about the air children breathe and inform clinical interventions. Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, and Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, are quoted.

More children suffer ailment linked to virus after Bay Area’s winter surge in infections San Francisco Chronicle 2/20/21 Alan Schroeder, MD, discusses the latest national and local surge in the coronavirus-linked multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in kids.

Sacramento newborn survives rare heart transplant NBC Sacramento (KCRA 4) 2/19/21 Packard Children’s patient Barbarita Acosta celebrated her first birthday with a new heart. The infant was born with neonatal lupus, a rare condition that attacked her heart. Seth Hollander, MD, is featured.

What gene editing can do for humankind Wall Street Journal 2/19/21 CRISPR offers the prospect of defeating lethal viruses and curing genetic diseases. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

4 things I loved about Stanford’s popular online nutrition and cooking class – and why it’s worth signing up for Business Insider 2/19/21 Article describes “Introduction to Food and Health,” an online course taught by Maya Adam, MD.

Research finds link between hair loss drug finasteride and depression Healthline 2/18/21 Recent reports suggest a link between use of the hair loss medication Propecia and the incidence of depression, including suicidal ideation and other negative health effects among users. Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine gets $80M gift to support maternal Palo Alto Online 2/17/21 Transformational gift from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie to support a new labor and delivery unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and further the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program at Stanford Medicine. Yasser El-Sayed, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Silicon Valley Business Journal, InMenlo, The Stanford Daily (quotes Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health), Climate Online, Bay Area FOX (KTVU 2)

You’ve been vaccinated, now what? Half Moon Bay Review, 2/17/21 Grace Lee, MD, emphasizes there are many things we still do not know about the vaccine, and it is important to stay vigilant, to continue practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and exercising caution.

Babies born too early likely to face educational and lifelong behavioral setbacks Stanford News 2/16/21 Lee Sanders, MD, and his Stanford colleagues found that after adjusting for socioeconomic status and compared with full-term births, moderate and late preterm births are associated with increased risk of low performance in mathematics and English language arts, as well as chronic absenteeism and suspension from school.

COVID-19 vaccine trial to begin on children as young as 6, youngest group yet to be tested ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 2/16/21 A coronavirus vaccine trial for youth ages 6 to 17 is starting this month in the UK, marking the first time a coronavirus vaccine has been tested on anyone younger than 12. Alan Schroeder, MD, is interviewed.

8-year-old Kaiya Mack using music to raise $15k for Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area ABC (KGO-TV) 2/16/21 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Stanford Medicine gets $80M gift to support maternal, pediatric care Becker’s Hospital Review 2/16/21 Additional media coverage of the transformational gift from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie. Yasser El-Sayed, MD, is quoted.
Also see: Philanthropy Digest, Mountain View Post

Remote cardiological care in children with Drs. Seda Tierney and Scott Ceresnak HCPLive 2/16/21 Podcast episode features Seda Tierney, MD, and Scott Ceresnak, MD, who discuss the potential of remote monitoring among pediatric populations as well as the role of telehealth in cardiology, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccine distribution not equitable for Blacks, Latinos in California, preliminary data shows ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 2/15/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you probably don’t need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 Healthline 2/15/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed.

California urgently needs to ramp up genomic sequencing to look for coronavirus variants. But it won’t be easy. San Francisco Chronicle 2/15/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses the urgent need to detect mutations to the coronavirus that may hinder efforts to control the pandemic.

Relief as California expands vaccine eligibility Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 2/13/21 State officials announced that they are expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to people with certain health conditions between ages of 16 and 64 starting March 15. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed.
Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV)

Sore after getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how to manage the side effects TODAY.com 2/12/21 This piece discusses COVID-19 vaccine side effects and quotes Yvonne Maldonado, MD.

A more equitable vaccine line Los Angeles Times 2/12/21 Health experts discuss some of the ethical implications of California’s expanded vaccination program, which starting next month will include Californians age 16 or older who are disabled or at high risk for sickness and death from COVID-19. Alyssa Burgart, MD, is quoted.

State issues new plan for reopening schools KRON-TV 2/12/21 Anne Liu, MD, is interviewed.

Strep A and tic worsening: Final word? Medscape 2/12/21 Exposure to Group A streptococcus (GAS) does not appear to worsen symptoms of Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders (CTDs) in children and adolescents, new research suggests. Margo Thienemann, MD, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.

The next phase for COVID vaccines? Vaccines for children KFI-AM (Los Angeles) 2/10/21 Roshni Mathew, MD, is featured in this interview about pediatric vaccine trials and when a viable vaccine for children under 16 may be available.

Leading on innovation and quality care in a pandemic with CIO of Stanford Children’s Health This Week in HealthIT 2/12/21 Podcast features Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer for Stanford Children’s Health, who discusses the role of digital health during the pandemic, the biggest challenges facing pediatric health in California today, the 21st Century Cures Act, and more.

Taxing our lungs: What wildfire smoke is doing to our bodies Bay Area NBC (KNTV-TV) 2/11/21 Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Despite blood supplies critically low, some gay men still cannot donate plasma NPR 2/11/21 Suchi Pandey, MD, provides comment.

Six best baby cribs for every style, space, and budget Fatherly 2/11/21 Sumit Bhargava, MD, discusses safe sleep spaces for babies.

WHO: Both COVID-19 vaccines OK if you’re pregnant VeryWell Health 2/10/21 An overview of recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant women. Ronald Gibbs, MD, is quoted.

South Africa coronavirus variant that reduces vaccine efficacy found in two Bay Area counties San Francisco Chronicle 2/10/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, heads the Stanford lab that found the variants through a process that screened positive coronavirus samples for specific mutations, and is quoted in the article.
Also see: Mercury News, Palo Alto Weekly

Ask an expert: Dr. Yvonne Maldonado KCBS Radio 2/9/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the latest updates on COVID-19, the new variants, and how the ramp up of vaccinations is going.

Parents grapple with reality that young children won’t be vaccinated soon Washington Post 2/6/21 While COVID-19 vaccine trials are recruiting or already underway for children 12 and older, companies have yet to enroll younger children in the U.S. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted in this article.
Also see: NBC Nightly News, ProPublica

Valentine’s Day is coming. Is indoor dining safe right now? TODAY.com 2/5/21 Experts caution that directly linking restaurant reopenings to major holidays and events could lead to more COVID-19 cases just as the cases associated with holiday gatherings are starting to go down. Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

A voice of science: Dr. Grace Lee California Teachers Association 2/5/21 Grace Lee, MD, is featured in this Q&A about California’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, safety, and the impact for educators.

Youth learn more about theatre careers in TheatreWorks’ OPENING THE CURTAIN Broadway World 2/5/21 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is mentioned.

A rocky road on the way to herd immunity for COVID-19 NPR 2/3/21 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Kids suiciding by intentional overdose Psychology Today 2/3/21 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Inside the California lab tracking coronavirus variants NBC Nightly News 2/3/21 Stanford researchers are leading the way in screening and diagnosing samples of COVID-19 variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is featured in this segment.
Also see: Associated Press, MSNBC, TODAY Show (NBC), Univision, CalMatters, Jewish News of Northern California, WXYZ (Detroit)

Here’s what Bay Area experts say you should and shouldn’t do after getting vaccinated San Francisco Chronicle 2/3/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.

The match and COVID: Stolen interviews, swag bags, and stress Medscape 2/3/21 Article describes differences in the medical school match process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate Shaw, MD, is interviewed.

Helping Mathias breathe The Washington Post (sponsored content) 2/2/21 A multidisciplinary team of doctors from the hospital’s Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD program (CRIB) created a comprehensive, personalized plan to save a young boy born prematurely and with severe health issues. Rachel Hopper, MD, and Shazia Bhombal, MD, are quoted, and Michael Tracy, MD, and Doug Sidell, MD, are mentioned.

Dr. Anne Liu on various questions surrounding COVID vaccines KSRO-FM 2/2/21 Anne Liu, MD, is interviewed.

California’s vaccine rollout still patchy despite Biden’s expansion Newsweek 2/2/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the need for more vaccine supply in order to rollout Governor Newsom’s revamped vaccine delivery system and President Joe Biden’s distribution expansion.
Also see: Newsweek (features Yvonne Maldonado, MD)

California faces ‘real’ chance of another surge as coronavirus variants spread San Francisco Chronicle 2/2/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, discusses the need to remain vigilant and monitor these variants to know when they are becoming more common.
Also see: KCBS Radio

Study dose of AstraZeneca vaccine cuts down transmission KRON 2/2/21 Anne Liu, MD, is featured.

Vaccine facts for pregnant and nursing women Bay Area Parent 2/1/21 Ronald Gibbs, MD, provides the latest recommendations, risks, and expectations about pregnant women getting the vaccine.

Virtual reality could soon be part of your IBD care Everyday Health 2/1/21 VR-based mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and pain in IBD patients, potentially helping them manage flares and tackle anxiety. Ana Wren, MD, is quoted.

‘So angry, so scared’: California COVID-19 vaccine rollout change leaves disabled people behind, say advocates KQED 2/1/21 Alyssa Burgart, MD, discusses the need for more data and to balance equity and efficiency to protect and vaccinate high risk disabled patients.
Also see: Los Angeles Times

Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine may lead to most of the side effects KCBS Radio 2/1/21 Anne Liu, MD, is featured.

Essential workers get lost in the vaccine scrum as states prioritize the elderly The Washington Post 2/1/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the need to have both efficiency and equity to “ensure that we are accountable for how we’re delivering vaccine.”

Kids and the coronavirus vaccine Bay Area Parent 2/1/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the latest on the vaccine for children, and how necessary will vaccines be to reopen schools safely.

Virtual reality could soon be part of your IBD care Everyday Health 2/1/21 VR-based mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and pain in IBD patients, potentially helping them manage flares and tackle anxiety. Ana Wren, PhD, is quoted.

Bariatric surgery viable choice for younger adolescents MedPage Today 2/1/21 Janey Pratt, MD, discusses the latest study from a NIH funded Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) that shows adolescents with extreme obesity can benefit from bariatric surgery.

Building a resilient supply chain The Journal of Healthcare Contracting February 2021 This cover story profiles Amanda Chawla, vice president of supply chain, who describes how the supply chain developed and implemented unique solutions to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 2021

The hunt for COVID variants ABC News 1/30/21 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, discusses the two strains that were discovered among hundreds of samples collected in the Bay Area.
Also see: Los Angeles Times, Bay Area ABC (KGO), Bay Area NBC (KNTV), KRON 4, The Mercury News, The Stanford Daily, Popular Science, Stanford Medicine News Center

Johnson & Johnson says its one-shot COVID vaccine is 85% effective Bay Area CBS (KPIX) 1/30/21 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

U.S. State of California reports second highest number of COVID-19 deaths ABC News (Australia) 1/29/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed.

Why kids matter in the quest to stamp out Covid-19 WIRED 1/29/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses the need to vaccinate children and how the inoculation can protect an entire population.

Children’s hospitals battle COVID-19, surging mental health needs U.S. News and World Report 1/29/21 Dennis Lund, MD, discusses the insufficient resources to deal with mental and behavioral health challenges that young people are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 and how children’s hospitals are doubling down on improving equitable care.

January 29, 2021: The challenges of distributing the Covid-19 vaccine equitably, Black identity in the White House and beyond, and our weekly roundtable unpacks the first set of Biden-Harris executive orders. Our Body Politic! 1/29/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses what must be done to distribute vaccines equitably.

Don’t call it a comeback: School districts that never opened are having trouble now NPR 1/27/21 Grace Lee, MD, discusses that with multiple layers of precautions, including masking, distancing, handwashing and ventilation, schools can be relatively safe; the vaccine is one more layer.

3 questions with Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children's Health Becker’s Hospital Review 1/26/21 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, discusses ways to support people across the health care industry, including patients, by embracing technology to close care gaps, improve the patient experience and help reduce variability.

Coronavirus variants will prolong the pandemic. But here’s how it could end San Francisco Chronicle 1/24/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how eventually the virus will either mutate to become less severe and/or the population will develop some degree of immunity to the coronavirus.

Stanford Children’s Health: A comprehensive approach to care for a child with a neurological condition Neurology Live 1/23/21 Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, and Paul Fisher, MD, provide tips on successful pediatric neuroscience practices—from fostering collaboration across departments, to optimizing the patient experience with technology.

‘Connect with one another’: Stanford medical professionals moonlight as performers amid COVID-19 pandemic Bay Area ABC (KGO) 1/22/21 Matias Bruzoni, MD, and Raji Koppolu, NP, are among a group of Stanford health care professionals partaking in virtual performances known as the Stuck@Home Concert series.

Getting answers: Questions about COVID-19, vaccines? Bay Area ABC (KGO) 1/22/21 Grace Lee, MD, responds to live interview questions about the latest on COVID-19, different variants, and vaccines.
Also see: TBS Seoul, Korea, TBS YouTube

Growing number of children getting infected with COVID-19: Report Bay Area NBC (KNTV), Bay Area Telemundo 1/22/21 Claire del Signore, MD, discusses the need for more medical research to determine next steps for administering the coronavirus vaccine to children.

Data from twins suggests that gut bacteria are important in food allergies Scope 1/22/21 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is featured.

President Biden addresses coronavirus pandemic on first day of presidency Bay Area NBC (KNTV) 1/21/21 Grace Lee, MD, is featured.

Stanford Health Care opens COVID-19 vaccines to patients over 65 The Stanford Daily 1/20/21 Dennis Lund, MD, is mentioned.

Biden’s COVID plan will define his presidency Wired 1/20/21 In this article, Grace Lee, MD, advocates for a thoughtful approach to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, to ensure an equitable implementation.
Also see: The New Republic

How a collaborative medical effort saved a baby’s liver—and her life Washington Post 1/19/21 This sponsored article from the Washington Post tells the story of the way gastroenterologists, rheumatologists and other specialists at Stanford Children’s Health came together to provide a first-ever treatment for one young infant’s rare condition. Christy Sandborg, MD; Sohail Husain, MD; and Noelle Ebel, MD, are featured.

California braces for troubling new variant as U.S. nears 400,000 deaths San Francisco Chronicle 1/19/21 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Investors eye U.S. stimulus Bloomberg “Surveillance” Podcast 1/19/21 Podcast features Grace Lee, MD, who discusses Covid-19 vaccine safety, efficacy and trials for children.

Hospital capacity in the Cupertino area: See latest numbers Patch.com 1/19/21 The hospital is mentioned.

Allergic reactions to Moderna vaccine batch cause a pause from health officials Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 1/18/21 California has stopped administering one batch of the Moderna vaccine after state officials say a higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported in Southern California. Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.
Also see: KRON-TV (Hayley Gans, MD, is quoted)

Children are the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials Southern California Newsgroup; East Bay Times 1/17/21 Experts discuss the importance of including children in clinical trials for the COVID vaccine. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

‘Let them Play’ rallies urge reopening of schools, sports in Bay Area Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 1/15/21 Community members have organized “Let them Play” rallies at more than a dozen Bay Area sites in the hopes of allowing young people to resume sports and school this year. Erin Grieb, MD, is quoted.

Stanford tries to get ahead of growing frustration over vaccines NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 1/15/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

COVID-19 vaccines: Experts answer commonly asked questions about availability, timeline Yahoo! 1/14/21 In this piece, experts weigh in on some of the common questions people have about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Chutes & Ladders—YouTube nabs former CVS exec; Highmark appoints chief inclusion officer FierceHealthcare 1/14/21 Article highlights the appointment of physician-scientist and clinician Lawrence (Lance) S. Prince, MD, PhD, as Chief of the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as Professor of Pediatrics.

Sex education outside U.S. cities more apt to lack facts about HIV MedScape 1/13/21 Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD, discusses the need for clinicians to discuss sexual health in general, and HIV prevention and screening with young patients.

Amid surges, teachers line up for their vaccines NPR 1/13/21 Experts discuss the importance of vaccinating teachers and other educators to help reopen schools safely. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Moderna needs at least 3,000 adolescent volunteers for its COVID-19 vaccine trial. They’re struggling to find them. USA Today 1/13/21 Not enough adolescents are signing up for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, a federal official said this week, potentially delaying vaccine authorization for this age group. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

COVID-19 shutdown results in fewer cases of other diseases this winter KCBS Radio 1/13/21 Amidst the COVID-19 shutdowns, doctors have seen fewer cases of other common viruses, such as colds, flu and gastrointestinal problems. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is featured.

Some Bay Area health care workers declining COVID vaccine; some are changing their minds Mercury News 1/13/21 Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Creative eating with toddlers Life Your Way 1/13/21 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

States told to vaccinate everyone 65 and over as deaths surge New York Times 1/12/21 The Trump administration instructed states last week to immediately begin vaccinating every American 65 and older, as well as adults with medical conditions that put them at higher risk of dying from coronavirus infection. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

California promises a million immunizations in ten days KQED Forum 1/11/21 California announced plans earlier this month to administer the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a million people in the course of only ten days. The decision came as the state continues to see a surge in cases, and as it faces criticism over a slow vaccine rollout for health care workers and nursing home residents. Grace Lee, MD, is featured on the panel.
Also see: San Francisco Chronicle (features Yvonne Maldonado, MD)

‘Everywhere you look, people are infected’: COVID’s toll on California Latinos The Guardian 1/11/21 Article discusses how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Latinx population, particularly in California. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Meet Jalen, the first baby born in 2021 at Stanford Palo Alto Online 1/9/21 The story of the first of seven babies born at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on the first day of 2021.

Here’s how the U.S. can jump-start its sluggish COVID-19 vaccine rollout NPR 1/8/21 U.S. COVID-19 vaccination programs are off to a slow start, but with more funding, better coordination and public awareness campaigns, things could speed up, experts say. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

COVID surge: Sonoma County prepares for worst with ‘mobile morgue’ trailer CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 1/8/21 Roshni Matthew, MD, is quoted.
Also see: KCBS Radio

COVID-19 town hall panelists field questions about school safety, virus mutations AAP News 1/8/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Was the Capitol siege a COVID super-spreader event? Here’s what experts say San Francisco Chronicle 1/7/21 Experts warn that the invasion on the U.S. Capitol contained elements of a COVID-19 super-spreader event: hundreds of people congregated together from all over the country, mostly maskless, yelling for prolonged periods of time, many of whom would be traveling back to their communities, increasing the risk of multiple surges. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Sleep reset 2021: Getting your sleep back to normal MSN 1/6/21 Children and parents alike are experiencing pandemic-related sleep issues. Caroline Okorie, MD, shares tips to help revitalize sleep time and put sleep disruption to rest.

Sleep reset 2021: Getting your sleep back to normal U.S. News and World Report 1/6/21 Children and parents alike are experiencing pandemic-related sleep issues. Caroline Okorie, MD, shares tips to help revitalize sleep time and put sleep disruption to rest.

New chief of the division of neonatology and developmental medicine appointed by Stanford Children’s Health PR Newswire, Stanford Children’s Health News Center 1/6/21 Physician-scientist and clinician Lawrence (Lance) S. Prince, MD, PhD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as Professor of Pediatrics. He will also serve as Co-director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, together with Co-director Yasser El-Sayed, MD, Obstetrician in Chief.

CA dentists given emergency waiver to distribute COVID-19 vaccine KCBS Radio 1/5/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

What’s happening to the flu? Doctors explain impact of COVID-19 precautions in California Bay Area ABC (KGO 7) 1/5/21 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses possible reasons why we are not seeing an increase in flu cases this year and why it is still important to get the flu shot.

Telehealth offers way to deliver PrEP to HIV patients Managed Healthcare Executive 1/5/21 Article features the Stanford Virtual PrEP Program, designed to expand access to HIV prevention for adolescents using telehealth to connect youth with trained sexual health providers.
Also see: POZ.com

Young transplant survivor uses her new heart of gold to give back NBC California Live 1/4/21 Segment profiles a Packard Children’s heart transplant patient who used her Make-A-Wish to give back to the Hospital School, which had a profound effect on her while she was an inpatient.

What drove the drop in kids’ asthma ER visits at a Boston hospital during lockdown? NPR 1/4/21 Alan Schroeder, MD, discusses possible trends, such as environmental and behavioral changes, as to reasons why hospitals are seeing a decrease in asthma ER visits since the pandemic started.

How Taiwan plans to stay (mostly) Covid-free New York Times 1/2/21 C. Jason Wang, MD, is quoted.

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