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News Coverage

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.

Magic Leap sees a bright future in AR healthcare Fast Company 9/5/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: Venture Beat

Stanford CHARIOT uses virtual and augmented reality to improve pediatric patient experience Immersive Learning News 9/4/19
Packard Children’s physicians are working to change the outcome of hospital visits for pediatric patients using virtual and augmented reality via the Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology (CHARIOT) program. Thomas Caruso, MD, is quoted; Sam Rodriguez, MD, is mentioned.

The case for a course of virtual reality U.S. News & World Report 9/4/19 Researchers and clinicians are investigating how VR can be applied to health care, from treating phobias to physical rehabilitation. The hospital’s CHARIOT program, which uses VR to help alleviate anxiety for children undergoing medical procedures, is highlighted. Thomas Caruso, MD, is quoted.

Can artificial intelligence help pediatric radiologist burnout? Imaging Technology News 9/4/19 A new study reveals high levels of job dissatisfaction among pediatric radiologists, and some suggest AI can help streamline workflow to alleviate workload burdens. Safwan Halabi, MD, is quoted.

Podcast: Just-In-Time Cafe, Episode 58 – Stanford Children’s Health cures HR bureaucracy with lean, featuring Ekta Vyas GoLeanSixSigma.com September 2019 Etka Vyas, director of human resources, discusses tips for transforming an organization’s HR.

Ambassadors of Health Nob Hill Gazette September 2019 The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Packard Children’s welcomes a clinical psychologist, thanks to efforts by the hospital’s affiliated Ambassadors organization. Richard Shaw, MD, is quoted.

CDC warns of ‘alarming’ strain of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella: What you need to know Yahoo.com 8/23/19 The CDC is sounding an alarm about increasing cases drug-resistant Salmonella which has infected at least 255 people across the country. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the outbreak and how to protect yourself from infection.

Unlicensed marijuana vaping products eyed in 21 lung disease cases in California San Francisco Chronicle 8/21/19 California public health authorities are investigating 21 cases of severe lung disease that appear to be connected to vaping unlicensed cannabis products and may be part of a larger outbreak that has sickened at least 150 people around the United States since June. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use CNN 8/20/19 A new study shows changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, temporarily impacting blood vessel function in healthy people. Robert Jackler, MD, who was not part of the research, provides comment.

Global pharmacy repackaging systems market overview 2019 Medgadget 8/20/19 The hospital is mentioned.

DVHS teen closing in on $10K fundraising effort for sick kids Patch 8/20/19 A greeting card company created in 2017 benefits patients at Packard Children’s.

A peanut allergy cure? Big news on new treatments for 6 million kids NBC Today Show 8/19/19
Promising new treatments are being tested for people who suffer from food allergies, especially children. At Stanford, research is currently being conducted on peanut pills and powder that gradually increase tolerance to peanuts. Kari Nadeau, MD, is featured.

105 physician leaders to know Becker’s Hospital Review 8/18/19 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, is included on Becker’s latest list of physician leaders to know.

Joe Camel was forced out of ads. So why is Juul allowed on TV? Healthline 8/19/19
This story discusses the e-cigarette company Juul’s advertising methods and quotes Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and Robert Jackler, MD.

Also see: Healthline

Tech helping to alleviate nurse shortage, experience gaps Modern Healthcare 8/17/19
Hospitals are revamping recruitment strategies and restructuring workflows for nurses, who are projected to be in steep demand in key markets and specialties within the next decade. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted.

Scientists seek better guidelines for editing genes in human embryos Scientific American 8/15/19 The International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing met in Washington, D.C., in August in an effort to develop a framework for assessing the scientific, medical and ethical considerations for any experiments to edit the genomes of human cells that can be passed on to future generations. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

Op-ed: Let’s call this youth vaping crisis what it is: A Juuling epidemic Los Angeles Times 8/15/19 This opinion piece, written by Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses the e-cigarette company, Juul, and its role in the youth vaping epidemic.

British Airways testing VR headsets for first-class passengers this year ARS Tecnica 8/14/19 Article mentions the hospital’s use of VR to relieve anxiety among pediatric patients.

Formerly conjoined Sacramento Co. twins start kindergarten NBC Sacramento (KCRA-TV) 8/13/19 An update on formerly conjoined twin sisters Erika and Eva Sandoval, who were separated at Packard Children’s in 2016. The twins recently turned five, started kindergarten, and are each walking with the help of a prosthetic and a walker.

How to reduce air exposure to pollution New York Times 8/13/19 This piece discusses ways to reduce exposure to air pollution. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Brentwood’s John Muir urgent care, outpatient center expand Mercury News 8/8/19 Stanford Children’s Health’s partnership with John Muir for pediatric cardiology is mentioned.

New gel may prevent scarring after cardiac surgery UPI 8/8/19 Applying a gel to internal tissues of animals after cardiac surgery significantly limits the formation of adhesions, a problematic form of scar tissue, Stanford researchers have found. Co-senior author Joseph Woo, MD, is quoted.

Another food is primed to join the 'big eight' allergens Popular Science 8/6/19 Sesame allergies are more common than previously thought. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Why parents are turning to a controversial treatment for food allergies Undark 8/5/19 Debate continues to surround the use of oral immunotherapy to treat food allergies. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Creating places to heal for children Marin Independent Journal 8/2/19 The hospital is mentioned in this article about the volunteer organization “Dec My Room,” which works to decorate the hospital rooms of children who are hospitalized for at least three weeks.

Silicon Valley is eyeing the giant market for infant formula CNBC 8/2/19 Segment discusses the use of formula compared to breastmilk and features several Bay Area-based companies working to create new formulas. Susan Crowe, MD, is quoted.

Expanding care in the Tri-Valley San Francisco Business Times 8/2/19 Article highlights the presence of Stanford Children’s Health within the Tri-Valley area. Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is quoted.

New study launched to evaluate experimental treatment for food allergy News Medical 8/2/19 Though food allergies affect more than 4.8 million children in the United States, no approved preventative treatments currently exist. Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, provides comment. 

Lucile Packard Children's improves finances: 4 things to know Becker’s Hospital Review 8/1/19 The hospital’s improved operating performance is reviewed.

Best Pediatricians in the Bay Area Bay Area Parent August 2019 Bay Area Parent readers have named Silicon Valley pediatricians at Stanford Children’s Health as the Bay Area’s 2019 “Best of the Best.”

Reloaded: The Blaine Baxter story Amazon Prime August 2019 Arash Momeni, MD, and Elliot Krane, MD, are interviewed in this documentary film about a former Packard Children’s patient who is pursuing a career in race car driving.

Formerly limited, patient portals offer more online options Hospital Access Management August 2019

Article discusses the integration of electronic medical records (EMRs) and revenue cycle systems. Andrew Ray, director of physician revenue cycle, is quoted.

E-cigarettes could lead to lung irritation: Study ABC-Good Morning America 7/31/19 Researchers looked at Juul e-cigarettes and found chemicals they say can irritate airways and prompt the respiratory system to become inflamed. Segment includes Robert Jackler, MD.

Also see: NPR

The Gilroy shooting and what the Democratic candidates should remember about Justice John Paul Stevens The New Yorker 7/30/19 Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted in this article about the efficacy of gun control.

Mired in traffic, Stanford Children’s ramps up telehealth, remote work San Francisco Business Times 7/29/19 Paul King, president and CEO, is interviewed in this article that highlights the hospital’s expansion of telehealth services, along with other technology-based efforts to improve delivery of care to patients. 

Tips for getting the most out of payer negotiations Becker’s Hospital Review 7/29/19  Gary May, VP of managed care and payer relations, is among healthcare leaders who share their tips for getting the most out of payer negotiations.

Racial disparity in care starts with youngest, frailest patients US News & World Report; HealthDay News 7/29/19 Racial disparities in perinatal care persist in neonatal intensive care units. Jochen Profit, MD, is quoted.

Also see: MedPage Today, Romper

Virtual reality program distracts and entertains pediatric patients ahead of surgery Texas Medical Center News 7/29/19 The Packard Children’s Chariot program is mentioned.

Crowded shelves and melting skulls: Why so many vape stores look the same Vox 7/26/19 E-juice brands and the stores that carry them often share a dark, cartoonish aesthetic. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Juul targeted schools, camps and youth programs, House panel claims New York Times 7/25/19 Robert Jackler, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, are among the tobacco experts testifying before Congress as it scrutinizes the e-cigarette company Juul. 

Also see: CNBC , Yahoo Finance, CNN, Roll Call, Courthouse News

7 symptoms of endometriosis every woman should know, according to gynecologists Prevention 7/24/19 Article highlights symptoms of endometriosis, a painful condition where the tissue from inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted.

Ekta Vyas finds fulfillment through being a lifelong learner Profile Magazine 7/22/19 Ekta Vyas, PhD, human resources director, discusses leading organizations through transformational change, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and how technology impacts recruiting and employer branding.

Inside Stanford's new $2 billion hospital, a decade in the making San Francisco Business Times 7/19/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Optimum’s John Muir Health provides a new model for health system collaboration Med City News 7/18/19 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Vaporized: America’s e-cigarette addiction CNBC 7/17/19 In this documentary segment about e-cigarette addiction, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, discusses her work studying teens‘ e-cigarette use.

Google Glass may have an afterlife as a device to teach autistic children New York Times 7/17/19 Google Glass could help autistic children learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact. Dennis Wall, PhD, led the work and is quoted in this article.

VR helps young patients say goodbye to pain medication Voice of America 7/17/19 Segment highlights ways Packard Children’s is using virtual reality to help lessen pain and anxiety among pediatric patients in the hospital. Sam Rodriguez, MD, is featured.

Death of 9-year-old Milpitas boy to common virus perplexes doctors San Francisco Chronicle 7/14/19 This article discusses the mysterious death of a 9-year old boy with an infection from a virus most often associated with the common cold. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, was not involved with this case but provides comment. 

Babies born prematurely less likely to have romantic partners, sex, or be parents as adults Newsweek 7/12/19 Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD, provides comment on the need for continued research into the effects of preterm birth.

The maddeningly inscrutable world of IVF costs Washington Post 7/11/19 Lusine Aghajanova, MD, is quoted in this article about the costs of IVF treatments.

Recreational marijuana legalization tied to decline in teens using pot, study says CNN.com 7/8/19 A recent paper suggests that in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, marijuana use among youth may actually be falling. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, who was not involved with the paper, is quoted.

Young 'patient hero' teaches classmates about his heart condition Los Altos Town Crier 7/3/19 Article profiles Packard Children’s patient Drew Yasutake who is helping to spread awareness about congenital heart disease, and is supporting families whose children are currently receiving care at the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Packard Children’s. Drew was a 2019 Summer Scamper Patient Hero.

#Juul: Study makes the case for stricter regulation on e-cigarette marketing CNN.com 7/3/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Also see: NPR

Christopher Dawes, former CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, dies Palo Alto Weekly; Mountain View Voice 7/2/19 Obituary honors Christopher Dawes, who passed away on June 29 after a courageous battle with ALS. Chris served 30 years at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, including 18 years as CEO of the hospital.

New guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care STAT 7/1/19 Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Zipper boy returns Bleacher Report July 2019 In 2018, a rare heart condition nearly cost Shareef O'Neal his life. Now, after open-heart surgery, the UCLA basketball player making a comeback. Frank Hanley, MD, who performed the surgery, is quoted.

Journal Club: New protein structure reveals hotspot for cystic fibrosis drug binding Journal Club (PNAS) 6/29/19 The newly revealed structure of a cystic fibrosis drug, captured in tandem with its target channel protein, could help scientists design better medications for the condition. Richard Moss, MD, who was not involved with the research, provides comment in this blog post.

ACIP endorses catch-up hepatitis A vaccinations MDEdge 6/28/19 Grace Lee, MD, is a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and is quoted in this article.

At what age should kids be making their own medical decisions? Healthline 6/27/19 Alyssa Burgart, MD, provides comment in this article exploring what the appropriate age is for children to make their own medical decisions.

‘The Dinner’ inspires, entertains Nob Hill Gazette 6/27/19 The hospital is mentioned in this article about a fundraiser hosted by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

San Francisco's e-cigarette sales ban is an unprecedented health experiment CNN.com 6/26/19 Seeking to "curb the epidemic of youth vaping," San Francisco officials voted on Tuesday to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Food allergy answer? Today Show (NBC) 6/25/19 More than six million children in the U.S. suffer from food allergies. The first of a two-part series looks at the reasons behind the dramatic rise in food allergies, and how researchers are trying to counteract that trend. Kari Nadeau, MD, is interviewed about the mystery surrounding the uptick, and how parents can help prevent allergies.

New research is focusing on treating teens' suicidal thoughts with support of friends, family TIME.com 6/24/19 Michele Berk, PhD, provides comment in this article on suicide prevention.

A boy who had spinal surgery in the womb stands on his own two feet New York Times 6/24/19 The hospital is mentioned.

New research is focusing on treating teens' suicidal thoughts with support of friends, family TIME 6/24/19 Michele Berk, PhD, provides comment in this article on suicide prevention.

How parents can talk to teens about marijuana legalization Healthline 6/24/19 Marijuana use among U.S. teens has risen since the early 1990s, even as alcohol and tobacco use has fallen. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, provides comment.

Berry mix being recalled over hepatitis A fears Healthline 6/24/19 The FDA issued a public health alert in light of a recall of frozen berries that may be contaminated with hepatitis A. Amanda Cheung, MD, comments on the serious health risk of hep A.

Teen patient uses 'Wish' to pay it forward NBC Bay Area 6/21/19 Packard Children’s patient Justin Wang, who received a heart transplant at Packard Children’s, is helping others with his new heart-healthy cookbook.

Wearable tech supports home therapy for kids with autism AMA News 6/21/19 A team of Stanford researchers has found that children with autism improved measurably on a test of socialization and learning when their therapy included an at-home intervention with Google Glass. Dennis Wall, MD, led the work and is quoted.

UCSF Benioff Children’s, Packard Children’s hospitals ranked among best in nation Mercury News 6/20/29 U.S. News’ annual survey recognizes Packard Children’s once again for excellence in pediatric care.

Frozen avocados recalled after listeria detected Healthline 6/20/19 A brand of frozen avocados is being voluntarily recalled due to possible listeria contamination. Yvonne Maldonaldo, MD, is interviewed about symptoms and health risks.

When children get worse on antidepressants: Activation or bipolar?
Psychiatric Times 6/19/19 There are many reasons why symptoms worsen in younger patients who are prescribed antidepressants. Manpreet Singh, MD, discusses the five possible scenarios in this podcast.

Debate: Should San Francisco ban the sale of e-cigarettes? KPFA Radio 6/18/19 Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured in this discussion.

Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet. Science 6/17/19 The hospital is mentioned.

First Lady of Poland at Packard Children’s Hospital Official website of the President of the Republic of Poland 6/17/19 The First Lady of Poland visited Packard Children’s Hospital in June (article in Polish, with images.)

Golf’s longest drives are creeping up and changing the sport WIRED 6/14/19 In this video, Jessica Rose, PhD, director, Motion & Gait Analysis Lab, discusses how a professional golfer’s swing differs from an amateur golfer’s swing; the Motion and Sports Performance Laboratory team uses motion capture analysis to compare swings.

Fix the health of your work environment and retain nurses HealthLeaders 6/14/19 Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, is featured in this article. Johnson discusses Stanford Children’s Health’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment and a culture that supports nurses in delivering optimal patient care.

Margin for error 'almost zero' in testing pediatric devices MedTechDive 6/14/19 Through FDA-backed partnerships, regulators, researchers and companies are rethinking how to overcome development barriers and commercialize pediatric medical devices in a limited market. James Wall, MD, is interviewed.

Congressman is latest to announce probe into leading vaping company Juul CNN 6/13/19 A House committee is launching an investigation into e-cigarette manufacturer Juul, seeking a host of information about whether the company has actively marketed its product to youth. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Fentanyl overdose deaths: Why was this doctor allowed to study and practice medicine? USA Today 6/12/19 This op-ed, co-written by Alyssa Burgart, MD, argues that applicants with serious criminal histories should not be admitted to medical school.

Stanford hospitals reverified as Level I trauma center Stanford Medicine News Center 6/12/19 The American College of Surgeons has reverified Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford as an adult and pediatric Level I trauma center, the highest possible ranking for trauma centers. David Spain, MD, and Stephanie Chao, MD, are quoted.

Senators seek drop-in centers for youth in mental health crisis California Health Report 6/11/19 A bill making its way through the California legislature seeks to establish 100 youth drop-in centers across the state to support young people with mental health, substance use and physical health issues. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

In wake of East Bay child’s death, dental group releases new guidance on anesthesia San Jose Mercury News 6/10/19 In newly released guidelines, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends that two people credentialed to administer anesthesia be present in the room any time a child is deeply sedated. Rita Agarwal, MD, provides comment.

Palo Alto to consider one of the Bay Area’s strictest bans of plastic straws, produce bags San Jose Mercury News 6/9/19 Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is mentioned.

Also see: The Daily Post; Palo Alto Online

As the care continuum expands, patient-matching remains a problem without a single solution Modern Healthcare 6/8/19 Brendan Watkins, administrative director of enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, provides commentary in this article about EHR patient-matching.

2-year-old with rare prune belly syndrome gets kidney from a mom of 3 who followed his story on Facebook Good Morning America (ABC) 6/6/19 A stranger gives a Packard Children’s patient a second chance at life by donating her kidney.

The iPhone's new dark mode: Why you should care CNN.com 6/5/19 Euna Koo, MD, is quoted.

T1D Exchange names Glooko as data management partner in Quality Improvement Collaborative Third party press release 6/4/19 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is one of 11 U.S. hospitals that make up the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC), which comprises a robust data platform and a learning collaborative to study Type 1 diabetes in an effort to advance treatment for the disease.

That weird leg jerk as you're falling asleep? Here's what it's called and why it happens Popsugar 6/4/19 Hypnic jerks are normal and not a sign of any major sleep issue, but you should take them as a sign that it's time to go to sleep. Rafael Pelayo, MD, is quoted.

App may help reduce migraine attacks by nearly 30% Healthline 6/4/19 A new study found relaxation techniques can help cut monthly migraine attacks. Robert Cowan, MD, is quoted.

When to see a fertility specialist New York Times 6/3/19 At least one in seven couples has trouble conceiving. Fertility experts provide advice on when and how to reach out for help. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

61 hospital and health system CISOs to know Becker's Hospital Review 6/3/19 Auston Davis, chief information security officer  is included on this list.

Here’s why you might get nightmares if you sleep in this one position – and how to fix it PopSugar.com 6/3/19 Sleeping in a certain position may make you prone to nightmares. Rafael Pelayo, MD, explains how it has to do with breathing.

Neoadjuvant immune checkpoint inhibitor combo promising for NSCLC Cancer Network 6/2/19 Article discusses results from an immunotherapy clinical trial for non-small cell lung cancer. Maximilian Diehn, MD, is quoted.

The Future of Everything with Russ Altman: Got food allergies? Here's what you need to know with guest Kari Nadeau Stanford Radio 6/3/19 (originally aired on SiriusXM 6/1/19) In this podcast, Kari Nadeau, MD, explains the difference between food allergies and sensitivities, and discusses effective treatments for both.

More than the bottom line PenTV 5/31/19 Sherri Sager, chief government and community relations officer, is featured in this interview. Sager discusses the new hospital and the role of Stanford Children’s Health within the community.

Morgan Hill teen gets creative to teach children kindness NBC Bay Area (KNTV) 5/31/19 The hospital is mentioned.

Controlled burns not only help forest health but human health, study finds San Francisco Chronicle 5/30/19 Article reports on new Stanford research that suggests immune markers and pollutant levels in the blood indicate wildfire smoke may be more harmful to children’s health than smoke from a controlled burn. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is senior author of the study.

Also see: Earth.com

Original press release: Wildfire smoke worse for kids’ health than smoke from controlled burns

Simulation: A lab of human behavior and cognition CIO Applications 5/30/19 Lillian Su, MD, authored this opinion article about the impact of simulation training on healthcare.

Opioids in court & war crime prisoner HBO—VICE News 5/28/19 Alyssa Burgart, MD, provides commentary on the first major opioid trial against drug manufacturers in Oklahoma.

Prescription stimulant abuse in youth rising again Medscape 5/28/19 A new survey suggests that teens misusing prescription stimulants to treat ADHD is on the rise again. John Leikauf, MD, is quoted.

Scientists wanted: Recruited by Juul, many researchers say no New York Times 5/27/19 Juul has reached out to numerous researchers with offers to pay for studies on its products. Many have said no. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Also see: Yahoo! Finance

How virtual reality technology revolutionizes education on congenital heart disease Z6 Mag 5/27/19 Article discusses the Stanford Virtual Heart, a virtual reality experience used for instruction of heart anatomy and congenital heart defects, and as an educational tool for patients and families.

Managing the measles KCBS Radio 5/24/19 In this episode of In Depth, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the United States’ current measles outbreak, reasons it has made a comeback, and what can be done to help stop it.

Why virtual office visits can be a parent’s best friend PopSugar 5/21/19 Sponsored article highlights how Stanford Children’s Health is using virtual visits to make it easier than ever to access medical care for kids. Jennifer Kaufman, MD, is featured.

This year's Bay Area pollen season is really bad. Here's why KQED 5/20/19 Heavy rain, climate change and a pollen season that is starting earlier and lasting longer may be contributing to the Bay Area’s severe allergy season. Kari Nadeau, MD, provides commentary.

Are kids who own tobacco promotional materials more likely to start products like Juul? MedicalResearch.com 5/19/19 Many teens own e-cigarette samples, coupons or branded promotional items, and these teens are more likely to try the products, a Stanford study found. Senior author, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: Stanford Medicine News Center

Trans dads tell doctors: 'You can be a man and have a baby' NBC News 5/18/19 Transgender men say they face misinformation, bias and a lack of understanding from the medical establishment when they decide to start a family. Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, provides comment.

Redefining family San Francisco Chronicle 5/17/19 Genetic testing can reveal unexpected results about families, but many people may not be prepared for what they learn. Lynn Westphal, MD, is quoted.

The most powerful women in healthcare IT for 2019—CIOs and IT execs Health Data Management 5/15/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, CMIO, has been named to Health Data Management’s list of Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT in 2019.

Mallory Smith’s ’14 posthumous memoir ‘Salt in My Soul’ to come to campus Stanford Daily 5/15/19 In her memoir released in March, “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life,” Stanford graduate Mallory Smith detailed her account of living with and combating cystic fibrosis from age 3 to 25. Her parents and David Cornfield, MD, spoke about Mallory story and impact.

Stanford ER tech's artistic creations providing smiles to patients, money to charity NBC Bay Area 5/14/19 “Bay Area Proud” segment profiles Stanford Health Care ER technician Jack DeWees, who creates animals and other figures out of compression bandages to keep kids distracted or entertained while they are in the ER.

The impact of early sexual initiation on boys New York Times 5/13/19 A survey finds that most boys who had sex before age 13 had not yet had comprehensive sex education in school. Lee Sanders, MD, is quoted.

Study finds that routine pediatrician-administered screenings could flag autism earlier than other methods Everyday Health 5/13/19 A failure to hit key developmental milestones could signal risk for autism sooner. Antonio Hardan, MD, who was not involved in the research, is quoted.

The story of Cash California Live/NBC Los Angeles 5/10/19 The parents of a three-year-old California boy look to Stanford after their son suffers a stroke. Dr. Gary Steinberg, chair of Neurosurgery, describes the life-saving surgery he performed on the young boy, and how Virtual Reality played a main role in the procedure.

How quality nursing care impacts patient satisfaction, experience PatientEngagementHIT 5/9/19 Article explores how nurses are key to driving patient satisfaction, quality patient communication and patient safety efforts. Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer, provides comment.

Study examines how premature babies develop brain injuries U.S. News & World Report 5/8/19 Low oxygen levels during brain development may cause particular cells to differentiate too soon, a Stanford-led study found. The work was co-led by Anca Pasca, MD.

Original press release: Common brain injury in premature babies may be tied to specific cells

Infections and drugs to treat them tied to eating disorders in teens Scientific American 5/8/19 A new study adds to growing evidence that immune system dysfunction and altered gut microbes may contribute to the development of eating disorders. Neville Golden, MD, who was not involved with the research, is quoted.

'The new secondhand smoke': Adults more likely to vape if they live with kids, study says CNN 5/6/19 Adults living with children are more likely to vape than those without, putting kids at risk for what the authors of a new study describe as "the 'new' secondhand smoke." Robert Jackler, MD, who was not involved with the research, provides comment.

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid Kaiser Health News 5/6/19 Article that discusses the limited access to psychiatrists and therapists for children and adolescents. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Medicine receives $6 million for pediatric cancer research Philanthropy News Digest 5/5/19 Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer.

Experimental autism drugs aim to improve social communication Scientific American 5/2/19 In a Stanford study of 30 children with autism, intranasal vasopressin improved social skills more than a placebo, suggesting that the hormone may treat core features of the disorder. Antonio Hardan, MD, senior author, is quoted.

Also see: Cosmos Magazine, Gizmodo, Telegraph UK, Healthday, Medscape, Science Mag, The Scientist; Scope

Original press release: Hormone reduces social impairment in kids with autism

Role of technology in transforming the HR space CIO Applications May 2019 Ekta Vyas, PhD, human resources director, answers questions about leveraging technology to support HR. To make a workplace digital, says Vyas, you first have to make its workforce and culture digitally agile.

Also see: HR Exchange Network

Teen heart transplant recipient celebrates launch of new heart-healthy cookbook Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 4/30/19 When Justin Wang was two-years-old, he was diagnosed with Loeffler’s syndrome, a rare disease of the heart lining. At age four he underwent his first open heart surgery at Packard Children’s, and last April he received a heart transplant. One-year post-transplant Justin is celebrating with his wish from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to publish a cookbook with heart healthy recipes. The cookbook was unveiled at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford this week.

NBC Bay Area & AACI celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Dr. Stephanie Chao NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 4/30/19 Stephanie Chao, MD, has been nominated as an honoree by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) organization for her work in children’s health and in the Asian community, and will be recognized at a ceremony at NBC Bay Area in May.

Bay Area families cope with ‘epidemic’ in food allergies Mercury News 4/29/19 With food allergies on the rise, doctors are struggling to understand what causes them. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, explains some of the possible reasons behind the epidemic and the treatment available.

Steve Young: Football needs ‘sea change’ in approach to concussions The Mercury News 4/28/19 This article highlights the recent Stanford Sports Concussion Summit which included a panel discussion with former 49ers quarterback Steve Young and Gary Steinberg, MD (the 49ers’ team neurosurgeon during the 1990s), and William Maloney, MD (team physician for the 49ers and the Golden State Warriors). The talk was moderated by Jamshid Ghajar, MD.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (video), NBC Bay Area (online article); CBS Bay Area

Teen Cancer America announces new advisory council Third-party press release 4/25/19 Gerald Grant, MD, is a member of the Teen Cancer America Board of Directors and is mentioned in this press release.

Why aren’t men talking about fertility? Glamour Magazine online 4/22/19 Studies show that about a third of all cases of infertility is attributed to male issues. The article describes why the burden of fertility challenges falls disproportionally on women. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is interviewed.

Peer networks drive software decisions among hospital CIOs Modern Healthcare 4/20/19 Article discusses the ways rankings and peer reviews are used to drive EHR software decisions for hospitals. Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, is interviewed.

This care bundle cut pediatric cardiac surgical site infections by 74% HealthLeaders 4/19/19 Thomas Caruso, MD, is featured.

Women getting C-sections best judge of own pain medication needs Stanford Medicine News Center 4/19/19 New Stanford-led research tested an approach that allowed women to choose the level of pain management they wanted during a cesarean section. Brendan Carvalho, MD, is lead author of the study and is quoted in the press release, and Pamela Flood, MD, is senior author of the study.

Tad and Dianne Taube Commit $6 Million to the Stanford University School of Medicine for pediatric cancer research Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Press Release 4/18/19 Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer. Mary Leonard, MD, is quoted in the press release.

Media coverage of violent events is found to fuel a cycle of stress Los Angeles Times 4/18/19 A new study has found viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, provides comment on how our brains process images of traumatic events.

Orygen and The Jed Foundation launch #chatsafe in the U.S., first evidence-based guidelines to help young people talk safely online about suicide Third-party press release 4/17/19 Orygen, in collaboration with the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and The Jed Foundation (JED), announced the U.S. launch of #chatsafe: A young person's guide for communicating safely online about suicide. Originally launched in Australia, the guidelines are now available in the U.S.

Workshop explores the future of artificial intelligence in medical imaging News Medical Life Sciences 4/17/19 A National Institutes of Health workshop explored the future of AI in medical imaging. Curtis Langlotz, MD, is quoted.

Risky AEDs still prescribed to women of childbearing age Medscape 4/17/19 Hyunmi Kim, MD, is quoted.

Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients Stanford Medicine News Center 4/17/19 Some viruses sequester antibiotics in the lungs of CF patients, possibly helping drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the face of large antibiotic doses, a Stanford-led study has shown. Elizabeth Burgener, MD, is lead author, and Carlos Milla, MD, is a co-senior author.

Gene therapy advances to better treat ‘bubble boy’ disease All Things Considered (NPR) 4/17/19 This segment discussed the latest gene therapy advances for treating severe combined immunodeficiency disease, or SCID. Matthew Porteus, MD, is interviewed.

Physicians exploring new approaches to glioblastoma Clinical Oncology News 4/12/19 One major challenge thwarting efforts to improve treatments for the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma is developing drugs that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Gerald Grant, MD, is quoted.

You’ve apparently been lying to yourself every time you get a “sugar rush” SoYummy.com 4/11/19 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

CRISPR yields new potential “bubble boy” gene therapy Stanford Medicine News Center 4/10/19 Stanford scientists and collaborators have harnessed CRISPR to replace the mutated gene underpinning the immune disease, SCID-X1, in mice. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

What is pediatric and adolescent gynecology? Contemporary OB/GYN 4/9/19 In this opinion piece, Paula Hillard, MD, discusses her role in providing care to girls, adolescents, and young adult women at the Stanford Program for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Prenatal testing can ease minds or heighten anxieties NPR 4/8/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides comment on how Stanford Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

How Juul took a page from big tobacco's playbook Wall Street Journal 4/3/19 Some experts say in its early days Juul mirrored the tobacco industry’s promotional playbook in an effort to hook young people. Robert Jackler, MD, is featured in this video about Juul use.

Fertility services are becoming the hottest, new employee benefit. Here's why Fortune 4/3/19 Jennifer Conti, MD, MS, MSc, is mentioned.

You missed a spot! Patchy sunscreen application leaves skin vulnerable to cancer NPR 4/3/19 Skin on eyelids can be particularly susceptible to sunburns. Andrea Kossler, MD, is quoted.

Improving patient outcomes from the bedside to the journals  Children’s Hospitals Today 4/3/19 Article profiles nurse-scientist Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, PhD, RN, CNS, her research exploring how teen and young adult patients make treatment decisions about genomic cancer treatments, and her to motivation improve outcomes for this patient population.

Ralph Greco, pioneering advocate of work-life balance for surgery trainees, dies at 76 Stanford Medicine News Center 4/3/19 Claudia Mueller, MD, and Bryan Bohman, MD, are quoted in this obituary of Ralph Greco, MD, who created the first program to promote well-being among general surgery residents in the United States.

Stanford Children’s Health, UCSF team up to fund innovation in pediatric care San Francisco Business Times 4/2/19 Article shares highlights from the Pediatric Innovation Showcase held at Stanford on Friday, March 29. It focuses on the collaboration between Stanford Children’s Health and UCSF and the growth of the pediatric device market. Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, is featured.

How can doctors be sure a self-taught computer is making the right diagnosis? All Things Considered (NPR) 4/1/19 This segment discussed the promises and pitfalls of applying artificial intelligence (AI) to medical care. Matthew Lungren, MD, is featured.

Clearing the air about e-cigarettes, vaping, nicotine and health Washington Post 4/1/19 This article discusses how people under the age of 25 are more susceptible to becoming addicted to nicotine. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, provides comment.

Ask the doctor: Risky business Bay Area Parent April 2019 Katherine Hill, MD, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, authored this article, which addresses questions related to teen health, including weight control, drug and tobacco use, and sexual health.

Teens need Zs Bay Area Parent April 2019 Caroline Okorie, MD, is quoted in this article about teen sleep.

How to deal with a cancer diagnosis Huffington Post 3/29/19 In this piece, experts share what patients and families can do to manage anxiety after a cancer diagnosis. David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

Want to keep nurses at the bedside? Here’s how. HealthLeaders 3/27/19 Kelly Johnson, PhD, RN, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, discusses the importance of fostering a healthy work environment and offering professional development programs in this feature article about recruiting and retaining nurses.

The risks to babies of older fathers New York Times 3/25/19 Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

Cancer therapy's impact on cognitive function The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio) 3/25/19 In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, discussed immunotherapy as a promising new approach to the treatment of brain cancer in children.

In Juul crackdown, some see ‘double standard’ for SF smoking rules San Francisco Chronicle 3/24/19 Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Low adoption of telemedicine may spur patient migration away from traditional providers Modern Healthcare 3/23/19 Stanford Children’s Health is featured in this article about the increased integration of telehealth in medical practice. The article highlights the increase in virtual visits at Stanford Children’s Health, which rose from just 192 in 2017 to more than 1,100 in 2018, and more than 1,500 already in the first few months of 2019. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is interviewed.

Reducing C-section rates doesn't harm mother or baby Medscape 3/22/19 An almost 25 percent reduction in cesarean deliveries for low-risk pregnancies in a California hospital quality improvement initiative did not result in worse maternal or neonatal outcomes, according to a new study. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Impact Pediatric Health announces results of startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 3/22/19 Stanford Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

Pioneering pediatric transplant surgeon Oscar Salvatierra dies The Almanac 3/21/19 Oscar Salvatierra Jr., MD, professor emeritus of surgery and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a leader in the effort to enact national legislation regulating organ donation, died March 16 at his home in Menlo Park, California. Waldo Concepcion, MD, is quoted in this obituary.

Music therapy may benefit children on hemodialysis Healio 3/21/19 The hospital’s music therapist, Rebekah Martin, is mentioned.

Touching gift from nurse brings teen awaiting transplant to tears NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 3/21/19 Colin James, RN, a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, gave a guitar signed by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to a 15-year-old patient awaiting a kidney transplant. James and music therapist Rebekah Martin are featured in this segment.

This company wants to help women hack their fertility Medium.com 3/20/19 Lynn Westphal, MD, is interviewed in this article about the validity of at-home fertility testing products.

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students CNN 3/18/19 Teen vaping is on the rise and schools are searching for solutions. This segment highlights a pilot program designed to teach middle and high schoolers about the potential dangers of vaping and how to deliver that message to their fellow students and resist peer pressure that experts say has contributed to students' vaping. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is featured.

Inspirational athlete with Nathalie Morales from North Salinas Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/17/19 Segment profiles a teen patient who was treated for a rare type of sarcoma at Packard Children’s. Allison Pribnow, MD, is interviewed.

Opinion: Teens with anti-vax parents should have right to be vaccinated Mercury NewsEast Bay Times 3/17/19 Recent outbreaks of measles raise the issue of whether teens should have the right to be vaccinated even if their parents are opposed. This op-ed, written by Alyssa Burgart, MD, argues that teens should be able to make that decision.

Boy, 15, receives Ed Sheeran autographed guitar from nurse while awaiting kidney transplant Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 3/15/19 Awaiting a kidney transplant, 15-year-old aspiring musician and Ed Sheeran fan, Kayano Lizardo-Bristow, received a surprising gift from Colin James, RN, at Packard Children’s Hospital.

Also see: ABC RadioAppeal Democrat

Original press release: Nurse gifts guitar inscribed by Ed Sheeran to teen undergoing kidney dialysis

Becker’s 10th Annual Meeting Speaker Series Questions with Dennis Lund, Chief Medical Officer for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Becker’s Hospital Review 3/13/19 Dennis Lund, MD, is interviewed.

A voice for families in need Our Health California 3/12/19 Article spotlights the hospital’s Family Advisory Council, a group of parents and caregivers, and outlines how families’ experiences helped shape the new hospital building design.

With metabolic profiles of children, new center hopes to head off disease early Stanford News 3/12/19 Researchers from throughout Stanford Medicine are planning to study thousands of metabolites in babies, children and pregnant women to understand the origins of disease. Karl Sylvester, MD, is co-director of the new Metabolic Health Center alongside Michael Snyder, PhD, and is quoted in this press release.

Just say no: Scrutinizing the harms of overly intense medical care for kids Scope 3/12/19 Pediatricians can improve the risk-benefit profile of many common interventions by scaling back what they do, according to a new review article. Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted in this article.

Treating children with scoliosis US News & World Report 3/9/19 Most kids who have scoliosis never require treatment. For those who do, it ranges from bracing to surgery. Article profiles the experience of a Packard Children’s patient being treated with an innovative magnetic technology. Lawrence Rinsky, MD, is quoted.

Disease detectives Ivanhoe Broadcast News 3/9/19 Some patients have medical symptoms so rare that doctors are left baffled; misdiagnosis often follows. Segment profiles two patients who were misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy before undergoing whole genome sequencing at the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, is interviewed.

International Women’s Day: 3 women to know in health IT HealthTech Magazine 3/8/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is featured.

U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer mass shootings Newsweek 3/6/19 U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer reported mass shootings, and states with higher levels of gun ownership also see more mass shootings. Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.  

Virtual reality hypnosis cuts post-op pain, anxiety in kids Medscape 3/6/19 Virtual reality hypnosis can reduce the need for postoperative opioids and anti-anxiety medication, and lead to improved outcomes in children, new research suggests. David Spiegel, MD, who was not involved with the study, is quoted.

New study confirms measles vaccine does not cause autism KQED Forum 3/5/19 Amid an outbreak of measles and other preventable diseases, a new study of more than 650,000 children supports prior research asserting that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine does not increase the risk for autism. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the issue on the radio program.

Also see: USA Today

Inspirational athlete with Robby Cleveland from Liberty Basketball Cal-Hi Sports 3/3/19 The story of a high school athlete who collapsed without warning during basketball practice. Airlifted to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, he was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM). After undergoing two surgeries to repair the ruptured blood vessel, he made a rapid recovery and within two months was back on the court. Gerald Grant, MD, provides comment.

Healthcare leaders' top advice for hospitals considering clinical partnerships Becker’s Hospital Review 2/28/19 Charlette Stallworth, VP of strategic partnerships, provides comment.

Impact Pediatric Health announces twelve finalists for startup pitch competition at SXSW 2019 Press Release 2/27/19 Stanford Children’s Health, one of seven children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned.

Stanford Children’s Health looks beyond numbers to propel telehealth mHealthIntelligence 2/25/19 Stanford Children’s Health aims to double its telehealth visits in 2019; its providers are looking to create a connected care network that highlights access and convenience rather than numbers. Vandna Mittal, director of digital health, provides comment.

Rare pulmonary defect prompts parents’ nationwide search for answers Stanford Medicine News Center 2/21/19 With no blood flow to his right lung, infant Carter Johnson was diagnosed with a rare condition called absent right pulmonary artery. His parents turned to Stanford Children’s Health for help.

Surgeries filmed for virtual reality now available on Oculus headsets MedGadget 2/20/19 The hospital is mentioned.

For parents of ill children, a growing recognition of PTSD Wall Street Journal 2/19/19 Article discusses post-traumatic stress among parents of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The work of Richard Shaw, MD, is mentioned.

First pediatrician elected to Congress prioritizes health care, gun safety
American Academy of Pediatrics 2/19/19 Newly elected congresswoman Kim Schrier, MD, who completed her residency at Packard Children’s, represents Washington state’s 8th district and will prioritize children’s issues.

Trustees address Stanford’s national, regional and global engagement Stanford Daily 2/19/19 Stanford’s off-campus engagement was a central theme of its Board of Trustees’ February 11-12 meetings, which included a presentation from Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health and Packard Children’s Hospital.

Stanford Children’s Health share key takeaways from WSJ Tech Health. LinkedIn 2/15/19 Stanford Children’s Health executives and physicians comment on highlights from the recent Wall Street Journal Tech Health event. Matthew Lungren, MD, Grace Lee, MD, Vanda Mittal, director of digital health, and Anshul Pande, chief technology officer, are quoted. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, and Charlette Stallworth, VP strategic partnerships, are mentioned.

Bloodless open-heart surgery benefits tiny pediatric patient Children’s Hospitals Today 2/13/19 Weighing 7 pounds, Lola was less than half the weight usually considered for bloodless heart surgery. For Lola's cardiothoracic surgical care team at Packard Children's, this meant her case required a novel approach.          

Why combining nurse perspective with scientific approach improves care Becker’s Hospital Review 2/12/19 A nurse-scientist at Packard Children's is using her experience as a pediatric oncology nurse to examine how teens and young adults with cancer make decisions.

Kopetsky receives 2018 CIO of the Year award Health Data Management 2/12/19 CIO Ed Kopetsky received the 2018 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award at the 2019 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum.

CDC: PCPs must help curb growing youth tobacco ‘crisis’ Healio 2/11/19 The CDC has recently urged primary care physicians to step up their efforts to identify smokers among their patients who are younger than 18. Research by Robert Jackler, MD, is mentioned.

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/11/19
CIO Ed Kopetsky is included in Becker’s 2019 annual CIO list.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

5 Questions: Robert Jackler says Juul spurs ‘nicotine arms race’ Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Robert Jackler, MD, discusses the rapid rise of e-cigarettes among youth and the impact of Juul, a high-nicotine vaping device. Jackler has found that the high nicotine content of Juul has prompted other e-cigarette manufacturers to increase their nicotine levels, spurring a "nicotine arms race."

Stanford releases 2017–18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 In 2017–18, gifts to Stanford provided $1.1 billion for financial aid, interdisciplinary research, faculty support and patient care. Funds raised for key priorities across the university included $99.3 million for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, which includes Packard Children’s and the new Stanford Hospital.

Dance Marathon surpasses previous fundraising by $12,000 Stanford Daily 2/11/19 Stanford University Dance Marathon has raised over $75,000 for Packard Children’s, surpassing its fundraising total from last year.

19 trends, technologies and techniques that will change the way children's hospitals deliver care Children’s Hospitals Today 2/1/19 Article spotlights trends and innovations in pediatric healthcare, including virtual reality, organ donor compatibility, NICU MRI advances and gene editing research at Stanford. Stanford Children’s Health is featured; David Axelrod, MD, John Dykes, MD, and Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, provide comment.

The quandary of genetic testing when you’re pregnant KQED Science 2/11/19 Segment and article explore the growth of the prenatal genetic testing industry, including the more extensive “expanded carrier screening” for inherited genetic risks. Meg Homeyer, genetic counseling supervisor, provides commentary on how Stanford Children’s Health’s genetic counseling program helps prospective parents make sense of complex genetic test results, implications and risk.

Packard nurse aims to advance patient care through research Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Article profiles Kimberly Pyke-Grimm, a nurse-scientist at Packard Children’s, who’s discovered a passion for science and advocates for bringing the nursing perspective into clinical research.

Stanford, UCSF consortium fosters innovation in pediatric medical devices Stanford Medicine News Center 2/11/19 Few medical devices are approved specifically for babies and children. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco are working to develop new medical devices through the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, established last year with an award of $6.7 million from the FDA. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

Stanford releases 2017-18 fundraising results Stanford News 2/11/19 Stanford Children’s Health and the hospital are mentioned.

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, study says, and competitors followed CNN 2/7/19 Segment and article discuss concerns over increased nicotine concentrations in e-cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, senior author of a study that asserts Juul has sparked nicotine one-upmanship in the e-cigarette industry, is interviewed.

Also see: Fortune, boingboing.net, Stanford Medicine News Center

102 women in health IT to know | 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 2/7/19 Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, is included in this list of women who are making significant contributions to health IT.

Children at risk for cancer find hope with new preventive treatment Stanford Daily 2/6/19 Article highlights the research of Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, who is working on a preventive, gene therapy solution to help children born with diseases, such as certain types of anemia, accept healthy stem cells and avoid radiation and other toxic treatments that are currently necessary. Harvey Cohen, MD, is also quoted.

Some states allow parents to get out of vaccinations CNN 1/29/19 Article and segment examine the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and Oregon. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment on vaccine exemptions that allow parents to opt out if they have religious, personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations.

What does screen time do to toddler brains? San Jose Mercury News 1/29/19 A new study has found that, when used in excess, screen time can have consequences for children’s development. David Wanderman, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children’s Health who was not involved with the study, provides comment.

Balancing the risks and benefits of opioids for children New York Times 1/28/19 Prescribing opioids to children raises a host of questions. Pediatric pain specialists including Elliot Krane, MD, offer their perspectives.

The vape company Juul said it doesn’t target teens. Its early ads tell a different story. Vox 1/25/19 A new analysis of Juul’s marketing campaign suggests it targeted youth from its inception. Robert Jackler, MD, led the research and is quoted.

A roadmap of Stanford Children's telehealth program: 6 questions with Dr. Dennis Lund Becker’s Hospital Review 1/25/19 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, discusses how Stanford Children's telehealth program works, how Stanford supports its clinicians with telehealth and what makes the program unique.

How to stop rogue gene editing of human embryos New York Times 1/23 Some U.S. researchers knew of a Chinese scientist’s intentions to implant edited embryos but were unable to stop him. Matthew Porteus, MD, was among those scientists who expressed strong opposition to the experiment. Now scientific institutions are trying to devise global safeguards.

13 of the best virtual reality uses in industry to date Forbes 1/23/18 The Forbes Technology Council shares the best uses of VR and reasons why these cases are so effective. Packard Children’s use of virtual 3D imaging software for surgery is highlighted in the medical treatment and diagnosis category.

Advice to healthcare CIOs: Be willing to share wins and losses Tech Target January 2019 Being a successful CIO means building relationships across the healthcare industry and establishing a good team within an organization, says CIO of the Year Ed Kopetsky. In this Q & A, Kopetsky talks about the challenges healthcare CIOs face and why networking is key to success.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Paul King appointed president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health Stanford Daily 1/23/19 On November 2, Packard Children’s and Stanford Children’s Health appointed Paul King the organization’s new president and CEO.  Jeff Chambers, board chair, is interviewed about the appointment; Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of Stanford School of Medicine, is quoted.

The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping CNN 1/18/19 The FDA is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a recent public hearing on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth.  Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: CNN 1/11/19

Engineered immune cells target broad range of pediatric solid tumors in mice Stanford Medicine News Center 1/17/19 In mouse studies, a Stanford-led team including Robbie Majzner, MD, and Crystal Mackall, MD, has developed an engineered immune cell that eliminates several types of childhood tumors. The innovation may help patients with relapsed or metastatic disease.

Also see: Science Daily

To lead well, think hard about the legacy that you'll leave Forbes 1/16/19 Forbes recaps the legacy-defining insights of social sector leaders, including Chris Dawes, former president and CEO of Packard Children’s and Stanford Children's Health. Like the other profiled leaders, Dawes left behind a powerful engine of impact that will drive positive change beyond his tenure; in his case, that includes a focus on mission and vision.

New food allergy tests hold hope for reliable results Allergic Living 1/16/19 New diagnostic tests are being developed that aim to more accurately diagnose a patient’s food allergy. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

This artificial heart can save the youngest patients CNET 1/15/19 This magazine piece discusses medical advances in ventricular assist device systems, which help the youngest patients survive until a new heart becomes available. David Rosenthal, MD, provides comment.  

For children with cancer, hope for new treatment Wall Street Journal  1/15/19 Federal legislation that takes effect in 2020 requires pharmaceutical companies to test potential cancer treatments on children as well as adults. Crystal Mackall, MD, and Norman Lacayo, MD, provide context.

Also see: BioSpace

Stanford Health launches an online program for second opinions Digital Commerce 360 1/14/19 Research says that one in five patients learns they had been misdiagnosed after getting another take on their medical condition by a new doctor; Stanford Medicine is looking to rectify this through digital healthcare. Packard Children’s and Stanford Children Health are mentioned.

Expanding care for kids through telehealth Healthier, Happy Lives Blog 1/14/10 This year, Stanford Children’s Health plans to more than double its telehealth services – from 1,100 visits in 2018 to 2,500 visits in 2019. The pediatric medical network is also offering patients and their families better access to Stanford Medicine pediatric experts through digital health technology.

Also see: PatientEngagementHIT, Healthcare Informatics, Becker’s Hospital Review, Nurse.org, Stanford Medicine News Center, Stanford Daily

Pain relief during labor varies across U.S. Reuters 1/11/19 Access to pain relief during childbirth in the U.S. may vary depending on where women live, a study suggests. Alexander Butwick, MD, provides comment.

Q&A: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital CIO Ed Kopetsky on Embracing Health IT Innovation HealthTech 1/11/19 Named Healthcare CIO of the year, Ed Kopetsky speaks to the pitfalls and promise of working in health technology.

Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Stanford News
Original press release:
Stanford Children’s Health Chief Information Officer receives Healthcare CIO of the Year Award

‘Why is there not something better?’ Teen creates DNA test for food allergies San Francisco Chronicle 1/10/19 A local high-school student is hoping to develop a test that looks for genetic markers that a person is allergic — not just sensitive — to certain foods. The teen has been working with Joseph Hernandez, MD, is quoted.

JUUL’s answer to its PR crisis? The millennial Marlboro Man Wired 1/8/19 The e-cigarette company JUUL, fighting accusations of targeting an addictive product to young people, is planning a national TV ad campaign featuring adults who used the product to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. Robert Jackler, MD, provides insights.

Stanford doctor finds strict gun regulations linked to lower adolescent firearm deaths Stanford Daily 1/8/19 States with strict gun laws have lower rates of gun deaths among children and teenagers, and laws to keep guns away from minors are linked with fewer gun suicides in this age group, a Stanford study has found. Senior author Stephanie Chao, MD, is quoted.

When the illness is a mystery, patients turn to these detectives New York Times 1/7/19 More than 100 patients afflicted by mysterious illnesses have been diagnosed through a network of detective-doctors who investigate unidentified diseases, reports a study conducted by scientists at the School of Medicine and multiple collaborating institutes. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network — a program created by the National Institutes of Health — now has 12 clinics nationwide, including one at Stanford. Euan Ashley, MD, the network’s co-chair, is quoted in this piece.

This Stanford Children's Health executive was just named CIO of the Year by HIMSS, CHIME FierceHealthcare 1/7/19 Article highlights CIO Ed Kopetsky’s career, his contributions to healthcare IT and his leadership in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Also see: Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, Becker’s Hospital Review

New treatments for peanut allergies sound promising, but questions remain Washington Post 1/5/19 Tina Sindher, MD, provides comment on new treatments for peanut allergies.

Controversy grows over teens ‘juuling’ at school KTVA-Alaska/Ivanhoe newswire 1/3/19 More than 3.5 million teens used e-cigarettes last year; the U.S. Surgeon General is calling vaping an epidemic among adolescents. According to Stanford research, most kids don’t realize the serious health risks vaping engenders. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is interviewed.

Related content: New York Times, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle

Virtual reality transforms hospital stay for kids WNDU-South Bend, IN 1/3/19 Segment explores how Packard Children’s Chariot program helps alleviate anxiety for children undergoing medical procedures. Tom Caruso, MD, Sam Rodriguez, MD, and Molly Pearson, child life specialist, are interviewed.

Related content: Becker’s Hospital Review

Using nurse leader rounding to improve patient experience PatientEngagementHIT 1/2/19 Kelly Johnson, VP of patient care services and chief nursing officer, is interviewed on transforming the patient experience through nurse leader rounding, personalized care and other key patient experience drivers.

VR in healthcare is changing the patient care game TechTarget January 2019 Healthcare professionals are using virtual reality to provide better care for patients and better training for doctors. David Axelrod, MD, comments on the Stanford Virtual Heart; Christine Be, child life specialist, comments on the Chariot program’s use of VR.