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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. 

Day after final chemo treatment, 7-year-old cancer patient asks to return to hospital to cheer up fellow patients NBC Bay Area 11/1/18 NBC’s “Bay Area Proud” put its spotlight on exuberant Packard Children’s patient Claire Noland, who navigated chemotherapy with a contagious smile and effusive positive energy. Now in remission, Claire is determined to give back by encouraging other young patients.

Lax state gun laws linked to more child, teen gun deaths, Stanford study finds Science Magazine 11/1/18 Compared with U.S. states with the strictest gun control legislation, gun deaths among children and teenagers are twice as common in states with the most lax gun laws, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. Senior study author Stephanie Chao, MD, provides comment; co-author Kristan Staudenmayer, MD, is mentioned.

Community welcomes home 11-year-old girl after lung transplant Fox26 News 11/1/18 The hospital is mentioned.

New virtual reality brings pediatric heart defects to life Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin blog 11/1/18 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Herma Heart Institute is currently one of more than 20 children’s hospitals to have The Stanford Virtual Heart, created by David Axelrod, MD.

CDC's handling of polio-like illness criticized by its own advisers CNN 10/29/18 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's own medical advisers are criticizing the federal health agency for being slow to respond to a polio-like disease that's struck hundreds of children over the past six years. Keith Van Haren, MD, provides comment.

Also see: HealthDay News, WebMD

Here’s a look at the 11 propositions California voters will weigh on Nov. 6 Los Angeles Times; San Diego Union Tribune 10/29/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Opinion: Prop. 4 will bolster care at California’s children’s hospitals Mercury News; East Bay Times 10/26/18 Funding would help Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital refurbish its 74-bed neonatal intensive care unit.

Also see: San Francisco Examiner, Idyllwild Town Crier

Children’s garden honors Christopher Dawes, former Lucile Packard CEO Stanford News 10/24/18 A children’s garden located at the new main building’s entrance has been named in honor of Christopher Dawes, who recently retired as the hospital’s president and CEO. In addition, an endowed hospital directorship in quality and safety has also been established to honor Dawes’ 30 years of service.

Hospitals look to innovation to inspire design HealthTech Magazine 10/22/18 The hospital’s cutting-edge technology and family-friendly environment are highlighted. Natalie Pageler, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, is interviewed.

Physicians battle pediatric diseases of ear, nose, throat in Zimbabwe Stanford Medicine News Center 10/22/18 Peter Koltai, MD, who is participating in an effort to advance much-needed ENT care for children in Zimbabwe, is quoted.

Youth Sports Leagues Admit to Dodging Concussion Safety Laws NBC Bay Area 10/21/18 An NBC Bay Area investigation reveals a lack of enforcement and accountability across children's club sports in California, which could be putting thousands of children at higher risk for brain injuries. Gerald Grant, MD, provides comment.

Name Dropping: NICU reunion a reason to celebrate Santa Cruz Sentinel 10/20/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Many young Juul users may not know they're addicted US News 10/19/18 Teens are struggling to recognize the addictive potential of Juul e-cigarettes, a product that appeals to youth, according to a team of Stanford researchers. Senior author Bonnie Halper-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: Today, Business Insider, Daily Mail, KTVU, San Francisco Chronicle, Seeker, Stanford Medicine News Center

California youth are failing to recognize dangers of Juul e-cigarettes KQED 10/19/18 Teens are struggling to recognize the addictive potential of Juul e-cigarettes, a product that appeals to youth, according to a team of Stanford researchers. Senior author Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is interviewed.

Also see: Buzzfeed, Science News; Bioengineer.org

Pop Warner football is offering 'crash course' on concussion conundrum USA Today 10/18/18
An interactive concussion-awareness raising initiative called CrashCourse, developed by Stanford University researchers in medicine, engineering and education in collaboration with nonprofit TeachAids, is being implemented by Pop Warner, the country’s largest youth football program.

Also see: Associated Press, Sport Techie, Physical Therapy Products OnlineStanford Daily

Concussions: Stanford researchers use high-tech mouth guards to study head trauma in young athletes Mercury News 10/18/18
A Stanford research project is the nation’s first study in youth to measure rotation and full motion of the head during impacts. Using high-tech mouth guards that collect real-time data, researchers hope to learn what impacts are most damaging and which positions are most vulnerable for younger football players. Jamshid Ghajar, MD, is mentioned.

Build Me Up: Perkins + Will talk health Architonic 10/18/18 The hospital is mentioned. 

Beyond Prescriptions: How Organizations Are Tackling All Aspects of Opioid Abuse HealthSystemCIO.com 10/18/18 During the recent CHIME Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, a bill aimed at curbing opioid abuse was passed by the Senate. Presenters including Ed Kopetsky, CIO, offered advice and guidelines aimed at curbing opioid abuse; Kopetsky is quoted.

AI reveals more variation in free-text than standardized radiology reports Health Imaging 10/17/18 According to new research, variability on radiology reports may hinder effective communication in radiology departments and hospitals and negatively impact patient care. Lead author Lane Donnelly, MD, Chief Qualify Officer, is quoted.

Also see: Radiology Business

The fight against non-communicable disease in emerging economies Nature 10/17/18 Article explores the rise of chronic disease in low-and middle-income countries and the international response. Shuchi Anand, MD, provides comment about her study of non-conventional risk factors for kidney disease.

XRDX Speak Q&A: Thomas Jon Caruso on the power of VR therapy Gamasutra 10/17/18 Chariot program director Tom Caruso, MD, reflects on the state of medical VR and explains how other VR developers can create software that helps younger and older hospital patients. 

Starlight Children’s Foundation, Disney and Google Unveil Starlight Xperience VR Program The Walt Disney Company 10/16/18 Packard Children’s CHARIOT program co-founder Sam Rodriguez, MD, and others from the program, lent expertise to the Starlight Children’s Foundation for the development of a new VR headset designed specifically for use in a children’s hospital setting.

Concussion researchers study head motion in high school football hits Stanford Medicine News Center 10/15/18 Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine are collaborating with football teams at three Bay Area high schools to understand how hits to the head cause concussions by outfitting the players with mouthguards that measure the motion of the head during impacts sustained in practices and games. Gerald Grant, MD, is quoted.

Here’s what you need to know about using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding Self Magazine online 10/12/18 Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted.

"Doctor detectives" help diagnose mysterious illnesses with DNA analysis CBS This Morning 10/11/18 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. Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, is interviewed.

Also see: San Francisco ChronicleABC Bay Area (KGO-TV)
Original press release: Stanford Medicine

Starlight Children's Foundation, The Walt Disney Company and Google unveil 'Starlight Xperience,' an innovative new virtual reality program designed to transform the hospital experience for children Starlight Children’s Foundation-issued press release 10/11/18 Packard Children’s CHARIOT program co-founder Sam Rodriguez, MD, and others from the program, lent expertise to the Starlight Children’s Foundation for the development of a new VR headset designed specifically for use in a children’s hospital setting. The CHARIOT program is highlighted in this press release.

Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases US News 10/10/18 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 School of Medicine scientists and collaborating institutes. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network now has 12 clinics nationwide, including one at Stanford.  

California bond would raise $1.5 billion for children’s hospitals San Francisco Chronicle 10/10/18 If passed, Prop 4 would provide $135 million for the eight private, nonprofit children’s hospitals in California. At Packard Children’s, these funds would be applied to upgrading the NICU. Dennis Lund, MD, interim CEO and chief medical officer, is mentioned.

Also see: San Francisco Examiner; ABC Los Angeles (KABC-TV); ABC Fresno (KFSN-TV)Press Banner

Children’s hospital appeals to FDA for permission to perform unusual surgery to save a 12-year-old girl Packard Children’s-issued press release 10/9/18 After undergoing surgery on August 12, Lizneidy Serratos became the youngest and smallest person in the country to receive the HeartMate 3 LVAD. She was saved by heroic behind-the-scenes work by her doctors and nurses, who petitioned the US FDA for compassionate use permission to use a medical device that had not yet been approved for children. Katsuhide Maeda, MD, and Christopher Almond, MD, are quoted. David Rosenthal, MD, and Jenna Murray, NP, are mentioned.

Studies show potential of virtual reality to reduce children’s anxiety, pain American Society of Anesthesiologists-issued press release 10/8/18 Tom Caruso, MD, and Sam Rodriguez, MD, are quoted in this press release that discusses the work of the Packard Children’s CHARIOT program.

Parenting: The endless battle over kids and screen time The Mercury News 10/7/18 David Wanderman, MD, is quoted.

Childhood autoimmune diseases: Doctors divided Enid News & Eagle 10/7/18 Article discusses the autoimmune disease PANS and PANDAS, and mentions the hospital.

How the Seattle Seahawks have been keeping in touch with Baby Lockett ABC Redding (KRCR-TV) 10/4/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Link lends insight on progress, challenges in pediatric cancer OncLive 10/3/18 Q&A features Michael Link, MD.

Stanford University endowment ends year with 11.3% gain Pensions and Investments 10/4/18 The hospital is mentioned.

High tech play may help hospitalized children heal Ivanhoe Broadcast News 10/2/18 Broadcast segment and article profile the hospital’s new interactive center, which includes a story corner, touch-free digital wall and broadcast studio, and illuminates how it provides a haven for families, where kids can just be kids.

Also see: WCTV (Tallahassee, FL), Wink-TV/CBS (Fort Meyers, FL), WTAJ (Altoona, PA)

ENR California Best Projects 2018 Health Care: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Engineering News-Record 10/2/18 The hospital has garnered an Award of Merit from Engineering-News Record.

What do doctors know about transgender healthcare? Not enough. NPR-KALW 10/2/18 Article and broadcast explore how health professionals are learning about the medical care of transgender kids. The segment is reported by Christine Nguyen, MD and Tandy Aye, MD, is featured.

TeenzTalk helps teenagers share mental health resources CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 10/2/18 The hospital and the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing are mentioned.

Maui boy battling eye cancer is home again The Maui News 10/2/18 After spending a year at Packard Children’s’ undergoing chemotherapy for bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, a two-year-old Maui boy has returned home. Now in stable condition, he will throw the first pitch at a Maui Police and Fire Department softball game.

In CMMI-funded Project, Children's Hospitals Improve Medicaid for Children with Complex Medical Conditions, Simultaneously Reducing Spending Third party press release 10/2/18 David Bergman, MD, is quoted.

Eight scientists awarded NIH grants for high-risk, high-reward research Stanford Medicine News Center 10/1/18 Eight School of Medicine researchers will receive $32 million over five years to fund explorations of cancer, the brain, the aging process, chromosomes and the development of cells. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is a Pioneer Award recipient.

Stanford CAPE Video Talks on Simulation Debriefing, Care of Debriefly HealthySimulation.com October 2018 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

An encounter 28 years in the making MSN.com 9/29/18 The reunion-gone-viral between NICU nurse Wilma Wong and her former patient, now pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore, MD, who first met in the Packard Children’s NICU 28 years ago, receives continued coverage.

Also see: TheThings.com

The unexpected role of histones in childhood brain cancer Nature 9/26/18 This article explores how brain tumors in children and adults differ, and what this could mean for treatment. Research by Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is highlighted.

Specifically speaking with Jeff Smith Security Systems News 9/26/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Editorial: Chronicle recommends Yes on Prop. 4, for children's hospitals San Francisco Chronicle 9/25/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), The Press Democrat

Pesticides putting Payaro Valley schools at risk, teachers say Good Times 9/25/18 Paul Fisher, MD, is quoted.

Special report: High-nicotine e-cigarettes flood market despite FDA rule Reuters 9/24/18 A new wave of lower-priced Juul knock-offs is showing up at convenience stores, vape shops and online — despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule banning the sale of new e-cigarette products after August 2016 without regulatory approval. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment. 

Magic magnets help lengthen spine for scoliosis patients ABC San Antonio, TX (KSAT-TV) 9/24/18 Broadcast tells the story of an 8-year-old Packard Children’s patient who has had early onset scoliosis since birth. Her orthopedic treatment, overseen by Lawrence Rinsky, MD, uses a new technology that significantly reduces surgeries and allows her a normal childhood.

Also see: WCTV-CBS Tallahasee, FL, Becker’s Spine Review

Why are so many more children being diagnosed with ADHD today? Self 9/24/18 John Leikauf, MD, is quoted.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels presents Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford with $300,000 Hyundai Hope Scholar Grant to support pediatric cancer research Hyundai-issued press release 9/21/18 To celebrate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels awarded the $300,000 Hyundai Hope Scholar Grant to Kathleen Sakamoto, MD.

Gov. Brown nixes California mandate for later school start time San Francisco Chronicle 9/20/18 Rafael Pelayo, MD, provides comment.

Also see: Los Angeles Times

Raising kids with life-threatening food allergies Family Minded 9/20/18 Chitra Dinakar, MD, is quoted throughout this article.

New building caters to young children and their families Silicon Valley Business Journal 9/20/18 Packard Children’s new building was designed with the help of families of previous patients to increase the comfort of family members, young and old, while they stay in the hospital and spend time with their children.

Marfan syndrome: Interview with Dr. Selamet Tierney Pediheart: Pediatric Cardiology Today 9/20/18 This podcast explores Marfan syndrome with Elif Seda Sealamet Tierney, MD, who reviews work she has authored from the Pediatric Heart Network and shares clinical insights.

Human skeletal stem cell found The Scientist 9/20/18 Identification of the human skeletal stem cell by Stanford scientists could pave the way for regenerative treatments for bone fractures, arthritis and joint injuries. Michael Longaker, MD, senior author of the study, is quoted.

Also see: Science Mag, Science News, Fierce Biotech, Stanford Medicine News Center

32 hospital and health system CISOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 9/19/18 Auston Davis, chief information security officer for Stanford Children’s Health, is included on the list.

Bill Gates on how blood will soon tell us everything Wired 9/18/18 Bill Gates discusses a groundbreaking Stanford Medicine study that shows a blood test can estimate a baby’s due date and predict premature birth. Stephen Quake, PhD, who co-authored the study, is mentioned.  

Buster and Kristen Posey raise $700K at gala to battle pediatric cancer San Francisco Chronicle 9/18/18 The hospital is mentioned.

This hyper-real robot will cry and bleed on med students International Society for Presence Research 9/18/18 Marc Berg, MD, is quoted.

The secret life of fat cells Chemical and Engineering News 9/17/18 Article discusses how leptin — hormones secreted by fat — might one day lead to therapeutics for numerous conditions. Brian Feldman, MD, PhD, is quoted.

New high-tech surgery center opens at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Healthcare Construction + Operations News 9/11/18 Article features the hospital’s newly opened surgical center.

The health consequences of early school start times Goop October 2018 Interview with Rafael Playo, MD, who explains why adolescents need to reap the benefits of sleep.

Identifying and treating mental illness in our schools Stanford Radio Summer 2018 Shashank Joshi, MD, discusses ways schools are addressing mental health issues, including ways teachers and school staff are being trained to identify at risk students.

For kids with concussions, less time alone in a dark room New York Times 9/17/18 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children. Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, is first author of the guideline and is quoted in this article.

Here's how many U.S. kids are vaping marijuana Science News 9/17/18 A new study indicates that 1 in 11 middle and high school students in the U.S. have vaped marijuana. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, who was not involved in the research, is quoted in this article.

Why are California’s children’s hospitals so much nicer than other services for kids? Zocalo Public Square 9/17/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Buster and Kristen Posey raise $700K at gala to battle pediatric cancer San Francisco Chronicle 9/17/18 The hospital is mentioned.

The new, improved world of infant care Wall Street Journal 9/16/18 A wave of innovation in newborn care is giving infants a better start in life – the long-term impact could be profound.  Article highlights Stanford research showing that a new blood test for pregnant women can detect with 75% to 80% accuracy whether a baby will be born prematurely. David Stevenson, MD, and James Dunn, MD, are quoted; James Wall, MD, is mentioned.

Stanford doctors lead national effort to stop gun violence San Jose Mercury News 9/15/18 Over 2,500 medical students and health care professionals at Stanford and other leading medical centers are holding events to treat firearm violence as a public health crisis. David Spain, MD, is interviewed.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford celebrates new surgical center Healthcare Design Magazine 9/13/18 Article features the hospital’s newly opened surgical center.

Also see: San Francisco Business Times, Radiology Business, Becker’s Spine Review, Becker’s ASC Review, Healthcare Design, Next Reality

Why early-morning school start times and the adolescent brain don't mix  Los Angeles Times 9/12/18  Rafael Pelayo, MD, helps pen an op-ed piece on how later school start times are beneficial for students, both academically and physically.

Also see: KRON TV

New AI outperforms in Stanford medical study Third party press release 9/10/18 A "Hive Mind" of doctors, moderated by AI algorithms, makes more accurate diagnoses than the doctors or machine learning alone, according to a new study from Stanford and Unanimous AI. Matthew Lungren, MD, and Safwan Halabi, MD, are quoted.

While he awaits heart transplant, patches from police, fire departments offer boy comfort Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 9/7/17 This broadcast and article highlight the story of a Packard Children’s patient awaiting a heart transplant, who is collecting patches from police and fire departments and receiving visits from first responders.

Early detection to faster treatment & care, how AI is helping us fight against deadly diseases India Times 9/7/18 Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, is interviewed on how machine learning implementation at Packard Children’s is helping enhance MRI scan quality and leading to speedier diagnosis. 

ATHENA honors go to health advocate, architect Palo Alto Online 9/7/18 The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has selected Packard Children’s Chief Government and Community Relations Officer Sherri Sager as an Athena Award honoree. Sager, who will receive the Athena Leadership Award for her national advocacy work for the hospital and for patient health, is quoted.

Also see: Patch.com

Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt Associated Press 9/5/18 Early, partial results from a gene editing study of two patients with the genetic disorder Hunter syndrome indicate the treatment may be safe and have some effect. Matthew Porteus, MD, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.

Also see: U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek

THC from marijuana stays in breast milk for up to 6 days Healthline 9/5/18 Women who breastfeed and use marijuana should know the potential health consequences of the drug on their babies. Seth Ammerman, MD, co-author of a new American Academy of Pediatrics report recommending against pot use while pregnant or nursing, is quoted.

Five ways to improve the patient experience Managed Healthcare Executive 9/5/18 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is quoted.

How California learned to keep pregnant women, new moms from dying San Francisco Chronicle 9/4/18 Since 2006, California has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by more than half, in part due to the efforts of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder organization based at Stanford. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Also see: The Guardian (UK)

Pediatric device consortium celebrates future innovations with $6.7M FDA grant UCSF-issued press release 9/4/18 Press release announces a $6.7 million grant from the FDA given to the newly named UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, a partnership between the two organizations that will enable the development of new medical devices for pediatric conditions. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

Magnetic magnets for spinal lengthening Ivanhoe Broadcast News 9/2/18 Broadcast tells the story of an 8-year-old Packard Children’s patient who has had early onset scoliosis since birth. Her orthopedic treatment, overseen by Lawrence Rinsky, MD, uses a new technology that significantly reduces surgeries and allows her a traditional childhood.

Also see: WJMN-TV CBS Esconaba/Marquette, WI; WFRV CBS Green Bay-Appleton

Nurse Vilma Wong reconnects with former NICU patient at Packard Children’s CBS This Morning 9/1/13 National broadcast highlighting the reunion-gone-viral between NICU nurse Wilma Wong and her former patient, now pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore, MD, who first met in the Packard Children’s NICU 28 years ago under very different circumstances.

More Coverage: The chance encounter between Vilma Wong and Brandon Seminatore has reached more than 1.7 million people on social media, and garnered hundreds of stories from national and local media outlets, including: ABC News online, ABC Good Morning America, ABC Radio, NBC Nightly News, Today.com, CNN, CBS News Online, Fox News Online, BBC Radio, Associated Press, USA Today, New York Post, Buzzfeed, The Independent (UK), Daily Mail (UK), People Magazine online, Mercury News, East Bay Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel, SF Gate, ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV), Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV), Scope

He cries, bleeds and coughs: Stanford program trains hospital staff with new lifelike robotic “patient” NBC Bay Area; NBC Los Angeles 8/31/18 Segment and accompanying article spotlight the Revive Initiative for Resuscitation Excellence at Stanford Children’s Health and Packard Children’s pediatric resuscitation team in action with a hyper-real robot simulation device that being used for training in a hospital setting for the first time. Marc Berg, MD, and Loren Sacks, MD, are interviewed.

Also see: WIRED, Tech Times, Express Digest, Health Medicine Network

Doctor saves man’s life with CPR on their first date NBC Today Show 8/31/18 Andrea Traynor, MD, who performed CPR on a first date last year and helped her boyfriend survive a heart attack, is interviewed.  

Also see: Washington Post

10 ways to make an organizational constitution more effective Forbes 8/31/18 Ekta Vyas, PhD, is quoted.

The signs of autism parents can look for in babies Fatherly 8/31/18 Awareness of autism has increased exponentially in recent years. But detection can be tricky, especially in very young children. Grace Gengoux, PhD, is quoted.

Giving spotlight… Susan Ford Dorsey Nob Hill Gazette 8/31/18 Susan Ford Dorsey, Packard Children’s board member, is profiled.

Returning to work after stomach cancer treatment – what you need to know HealthCentral.com 8/30/18 James Ford, MD, is quoted.

Is hypnosis real? Here’s what science says TIME 8/29/18 David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question Associated Press 8/27/18 Article discusses a small study that detected THC — the psychoactive chemical that causes marijuana's high — in nursing mothers’ breastmilk. Seth Ammerman, MD and co-author of a new American Academy of Pediatrics report recommending against pot use while pregnant or nursing, is quoted.

Also see: Los Angeles Times, Live Science

Senator Portantino’s suicide prevention legislation heads to the governor East County Today 8/27/18 The hospital is mentioned.

NICU nurse stunned to learn she’s working alongside one of her patients, 28 years later Babble 8/24/18  NICU nurse Wilma Wong and pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore discuss their chance encounter and heart-warming reunion at the hospital, 28 years after Wong cared for a then 29-week old Seminatore in the NICU. 

Radio interview with Dr. Steven Adelsheim KCBS-FM Radio 8/24/18 In this interview, Steven Adelsheim, MD, discusses California’s approval of $15 million for youth mental health centers throughout Santa Clara County.

2018 Silicon Valley Structures award winners announced Silicon Valley Business Journal 8/24/18 Packard Children’s received the 2018 Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures award Healthcare Project of the year.

Becoming a digitally empowered health network Healthcare Tech Outlook 8/23/18 In this opinion piece, Ed Kopetsky, CIO, details how advances within digital health, virtual care and telehealth are revolutionizing the way in which Stanford Children’s Health is providing care for its patients.

Teen intensive outpatient program to expand Palo Alto Weekly 8/23/18 An intensive outpatient program run by Stanford Children's Health and the non-profit Children's Health Council is expected to double its capacity. Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted. Michele Berk, PhD, co-leader of the program, and Stephanie Clarke, PhD, one of the program’s primary clinicians, are mentioned in the article.

Also see: Effective treatment offers hope to lower the rate of teen suicides Healthy, Happier Lives Blog

“Superpower glass” helps kids with autism understand emotions Smithsonian.com 8/21/18 Children with autism were able to improve their social skills by using a smartphone app paired with Google Glass to help them understand the emotions conveyed in people’s facial expressions, according to a pilot study by Stanford researchers. Senior author Dennis Wall, PhD, is quoted.

When Kids Focus on 1 Sport, Overuse Injuries Rise Health Day 8/22/18 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Haylie Duff's newborn daughter has a 'witching hour' — what causes it? Yahoo! Lifestyle 8/21/18 Ambreen Syed, MD, advises new parents on ways to make the fussy evening period experienced by newborns easier.

Top 4 ways data governance can positively impact patient care Health IT Analytics 8/21/18 Article discusses how robust data governance can directly support improvements in patient care. Lisa Grisim, RN, MSN, Associate Chief Information Officer, is quoted.

How a Grand Rapids doctor helped win STAR Act OK Crains Detroit Business 8/19/18 The federal STAR Act will help coordinate childhood cancer research, especially for children with rare diseases. Michael Link, MD, is mentioned.

ADORABLE: Superhero Day at Packard Children's Hospital Patch.com 8/17/18 The hospital’s event is featured.

Making MRI scans safer for kids MedicalXpress 8/17/18 In this article, Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, discusses how his MRI equipment, designed specifically for kids, helps young patients receive faster MRIs with less anesthesia.

Awards praise family-focused healthcare facilities Healthcare Facilities Today 8/16/18 Packard Children’s has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as one of seven recipients of its AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards. The awards showcase the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research.

Editorial: Prop. 4 provides sound spending on 13 children's hospitals Mercury News; East Bay Times 8/16/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: The Daily Californian

Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care Reuters 8/15/18 Cancer patients who used alternative, non-medical therapies may be more likely to forgo recommended medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, according to a new study. David Spiegel, MD, was not involved with the research and provides comment.

People taking HIV prevention pill may get more primary care Reuters; NBC News 8/15/18 A U.S. study has found that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV, and patients taking this daily pill may get more primary care. Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD, is quoted.

Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide. Chicago Tribune 8/14/18 Mental-health challenges are a serious – and growing – problem for teenagers. This piece examines how parents can recognize if their behavior is normal or something more serious. Steven Adelsheim, MD, is quoted.

The complicated truth about the biological clock Al Jazeera+ 8/12/18 This broadcast story is an in-depth look at the anxiety and guilt surrounding a woman’s fertility choices. Lynn Westphal, MD, is interviewed about the comparison of women’s fertility to that of men, and the latest research.

Free summer camp for kids with arthritis provides community, fun ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 8/11/18 Imelda Balboni, MD, is interviewed in this broadcast about children with juvenile arthritis attending summer camp for kids with life-altering illnesses.

In California, a glimpse at the future of elite children’s hospitals Boston Globe 8/11/18 Article features Packard Children’s in a story about the evolution of children’s hospitals. Dennis Lund, MD, interim CEO and chief medical officer; Mary Leonard, MD; and Frank Hanley, MD, are featured.

New way to patch hearts at Sutter leads to faster healing The Mercury News 8/11/18 Naruhito Watanabe, MD, is quoted in this article about a minimally-invasive technique to correct congenital defects in the heart.

Early onset type 1 diabetes linked to heart disease, shorter life HealthDay News; U.S. News & World Report 8/10/18 People with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research from Sweden suggests. Marina Basina, MD, and David Maahs, MD, PhD wrote an accompanying editorial in The Lancet, and are quoted.

E-cigs addicting the masses: 'We are experimenting on teenagers' lungs,' warns Stanford professor Forbes.com 8/10/18 Article discusses the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and quotes Robert Jackler, MD.     

Google Glass app helps kids with autism read facial expressions Medscape (free registration may be required) 8/10/18 Children with autism were able to improve their social skills by using a smartphone app paired with Google Glass to help them understand the emotions conveyed in people’s facial expressions, according to a pilot study by Stanford researchers. Senior author Dennis Wall, PhD, provides comment.

Dr. Gerry Grant discusses concussion study with high school athletes KCBS-FM 8/9/18 Segment highlights a new study that will use VR headsets to track eye movements to better identify concussions among high school students. Gerry Grant, MD, is interviewed.

How California cut its maternal death rate in half Self Magazine 8/9/18 Since 2006, California has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by more than half, in part due to the efforts of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder organization based at Stanford. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

14 leadership books to add to your reading list Forbes.com 8/9/18 Article includes comment from Ekta Vyas, Director, Human Resources.

Palo Alto man donates over 100,000 meals to Bay Area families SF Gate 8/9/18 The hospital is mentioned in this article about a local philanthropist who provides meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

IDSA names 25 hospitals Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Becker’s Hospital Review 8/9/18 Packard Children’s is among the recipients of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation.

AIA recognizes seven projects with healthcare design awards Retrofit 8/9/18 The hospital is mentioned.

How California became the only state to lower its infant mortality rate Huffington Post 8/8/18 According to a recent report from the CDC, the U.S. has exceptionally high rates of perinatal deaths compared to other developed countries. The report also reveals that California is the only state to show a decrease in perinatal deaths from 2014 to 2016. This is attributed in part to the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, for which the Stanford University School of Medicine serves as the coordinating center. Jeffrey Gould, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Daily Mail (UK)

Superhero Day at Packard Children’s NBC Bay Area (link unavailable) 8/8/18 Patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford celebrated Superhero Day on Wednesday, August 8, complete with a cape-making station where patients received custom garb emblazoned with their initials from the organization Capes4Heroes.

2018 Silicon Valley Structures award winners announced Silicon Valley Business Journal 8/7/18 Packard Children’s has won the Healthcare award for the 2018 Silicon Valley Structures of the Year.

Stanford researchers start concussion study with high school athletes San Francisco Chronicle 8/6/18 Article highlights a new study that will use VR headsets to track eye movements to better spot concussions among high school students. Jamshid Ghajar, MD, is quoted, and Gerry Grant, MD, is mentioned.

25 institutions receive the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Designation ISDA-issued press release 8/6/18 Packard Children’s is among the recipients of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation.

Also see: EurekAlert!

Technologies started at Stanford Biodesign have reached more than 1.5 million patients Stanford Medicine News Center 8/6/18 Stanford Biodesign trainees have developed new medical devices and diagnostics that have been used to help care for more than 1.5 million patients so far. Bronwyn Harris, MD, is featured.

Google Glass offers hope to kids with autism NBC News 8/2/18 Children with autism were able to improve their social skills by using a smartphone app paired with Google Glass to help them understand the emotions conveyed in people’s facial expressions, according to a pilot study by Stanford researchers. Senior author Dennis Wall, MD, is quoted.

Also see: ABC News, UPI, Newsweek, Yahoo, Daily Mail, Evening StandardMashable
Original press release: Stanford Medicine News Center

Merchants of hope San Francisco Chronicle 8/2/18 This feature article explores for-profit clinics where unproven and unregulated stem cell treatments are being offered. It is the second article of a four-part series exploring the hope and reality of the revolutionary science of stem cell therapy. Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, and David Spiegel, MD, are quoted.

Improving mental health in schools is key to successful learning Scope 8/2/18 This School's In podcast features Shashank Joshi, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who discusses initiatives to identify at-risk students and to address mental health issues in schools.

What we know about the effect of psychotropic drugs on migrant kids TIME 7/31/18 A federal judge has ruled that the government must obtain parental or guardian consent before administering psychotropic drugs to migrant children in its care. Manpreet Singh, MD, provides comment.

Sisters gain new independence at Shriners Hospital Shriners Hospital-issued press release 7/31/18 The progress of formerly conjoined twin sisters Eva and Erika Sandoval, surgically separated in December 2016 at Packard Children's, is profiled.

Transcutaneous bilirubin estimated in ELBW infants LabMedica 7/31/18 The hospital is mentioned.

E-cigarette maker Juul targeted teens with false claims of safety, lawsuit says Washington Post 7/30/18 A growing number of people, particularly young people, are using and becoming addicted to e-cigarettes, prompting concerns from health officials and parents and sparking a class action lawsuit against JUUL. Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Also see: MedPage Today

New documentary film is scathing indictment of FDA's regulation of medical devices Forbes 7/30/18 Article previews a new Netflix documentary that offers a harsh critique of the FDA. William Kuo, MD, is quoted.

2018 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards American Institute of Architects-issued press release 7/30/18 Packard Children’s has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as one of seven recipients of its AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards. The awards showcase the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research.

Also see: The Construction Specifier

Why are more women having heart attacks during and after pregnancy? Healthline 7/30/18 This article discusses how, despite improvements in treatment, the number of women having heart attacks during pregnancy and shortly after giving birth is on the rise. Katherine Bianco, MD, is quoted.

To keep women from dying in childbirth, look to California NPR 7/29/18 Since 2006, California has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by more than half, in part due to the efforts of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder organization based at Stanford. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Are your nutritional habits why you are injured? Running for Real 7/27/18 In this podcast, Emily Kraus, MD, discusses sports and medicine topics, including the importance of adequate nutrition to support training.

Rising stars: 90 healthcare leaders under 40 Becker’s Hospital Review 7/26/18 Cameron D'Alpe, Chief Administrative Officer of Physician Practices and CEO of Packard Children's Health Alliance, is recognized as a rising star healthcare leader.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital scores Platinum LEED certification Triple Pundit 7/26/18 Article highlights Packard Children’s receipt of LEED Platinum certification. The hospital is the second children’s hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

College health checklist: 10 things to do before your student leaves home Make it Better Media 7/26/18 Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD, is featured.

Also see: Between Us Parents

#SFGiants Community stories to brighten your Tuesday SF Giants blog 7/24/18 A Packard Children’s patient met Buster and Kristen Posey during a hospital visit, and was invited to the ballpark for a Giants game.

Why your child's next painkiller may be a VR headset San Francisco Business Times 7/23/18 Stanford’s CHARIOT program is profiled. Co-founder Tom Caruso, MD, is quoted, and Sam Rodriguez, MD, is mentioned.

Pediatric cardiologist uses VR to visualize heart defects Stanford Daily 7/23/18 Article spotlights the Stanford Virtual Heart, used for instruction of heart anatomy and congenital heart defects, and as an educational tool for patients and families. David Axelrod, MD, is quoted.

Also see: VR/focus

Sequoia Hospital, Birth Center named among 'Best of the BestPatch.com 7/23/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Scientists search for causes of preterm birth and better ways to test for risk NPR 7/22/18 Two new predictive tests for preterm birth developed at Stanford, including one that analyzes cell-free RNA circulating in the mother’s blood, have shown promising results. David Stevenson, MD, is interviewed.

Young, homeless and sick Mountain View VoicePalo Alto Online 7/20/18 Seth Ammerman, MD, is quoted in this feature on homelessness in Santa Clara County and the impact this may have on the health of young people

Healthcare digital transformation maps the new patient journey Tech Target 7/18/18 Article discusses digital transformation in healthcare. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is quoted.

Teen suicide risk may be lower with intense team-based therapy Reuters 7/17/18 New research suggests that adolescents who have harmed themselves or tried to commit suicide may be less likely to do it again when they participate programs that use dialectical behavior therapy and include both individual and family treatment. Co-author Michele Berk, PhD, provides comment.

Young boy’s battle with cancer inspires dad to run hundreds of miles CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV) 7/17/18 The hospital is mentioned.

AlloSource awards Dr. Kevin Shea the Annual Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award Third party press release 7/17/18 Kevin Shea, MD, director, Stanford Children’s Health Sports Medicine Program, was awarded the Dr. Steven Gitelis Inspiration Award for his work in treating patients with allografts.

43 people, projects, and organizations awarded for driving sustainability efforts Third party press release 7/17/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Opioids given too easily to children: Study 7/16/18 HealthDay News 7/16/18 Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study from Vanderbilt University shows. Elliot Krane, MD, provides

Rare disease inspires team to develop new test for aldehyde levels in blood Stanford Medicine News Center 7/16/18 Fanconi anemia is a rare but deadly disease thought to be the result of aldehyde-induced DNA damage. Stanford researchers are developing a test that could help kids with the disease and millions more with related conditions. Kenneth Weinberg, MD, is quoted.

Could brain stimulation slow cancer? Scientific American 7/13/18 Article discusses new research that suggests activating the brain’s reward system boosts anti-tumor immunity in mice. David Spiegel, MD, was not involved with the study, but provides comment.

New and advanced children's hospitals are necessary, but expensive The Hill 7/13/18 The hospital is mentioned.

A 'Mother's Vision': Building And Scaling A Premier Children's Hospital Forbes 7/10/18 Forbes highlights the hospital’s history, evolution and medical innovation, and the impact of Susan Packard Orr and Christopher Dawes on the organization’s growth.

The ‘chicken and egg’ reason why polio outbreaks still happen CNN 7/10/18 The wild poliovirus is near eradication, but vaccine-derived polioviruses can trigger very rare outbreaks in certain regions of the world. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, provides comment.

Opinion: Separating children from parents harms their development Mercury News 7/10/18 Opinion piece authored by Jaime Peterson, MD, explores the impact of familial separation on children’s brains.

Coach helped trapped Thai boys survive inside flooded cave – by teaching them Buddhist meditation Insider 7/10/18 The coach of the Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave taught the boys mindful meditation, keeping them calm before and during their rescue. David Spiegel, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Voice of America

Stephen Luczo joins Board of Directors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Press release 7/10/18 Steven “Steve” Luczo, Executive Chairman of the Board of Seagate Technology, has joined Packard Children’s Board of Directors, effective July 1. Luczo will bring technology vision and leadership to the organization at a time of rapid healthcare innovation.

Physician burnout, depression can lead to major medical errors: Study ABC News 7/9/18 The epidemic of physician burnout may be the source of even more medical errors than unsafe medical workplace conditions, a new study led by Stanford researchers has found. Lead author Daniel Tawfik, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Fox News, Forbes, Fortune, U.S. News & World Report, Medscape, Health Exec, Medical Daily, Nature World News, Tech Times

Original press release: Stanford Medicine News Center

Trump stance on breastfeeding and formula criticized by medical experts New York Times 7/9/18 Global health experts say breast milk is especially important for babies in poor countries, where unsafe water supplies can make powdered infant formula dangerous. Michele Barry, MD, is quoted.

Dr. Link on Nelarabine in Newly Diagnosed T-Cell Malignancies OncLive 7/9/18 Michael Link, MD, is featured.

Chronic Opioid Use Increasingly Common in Younger IBD Patients Healio 7/9/18 Ana Vanessa Wren, PhD, is quoted.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford automates medication management to reduce adverse drug events Healthcare IT News 7/6/18 After initiating various safety interventions for medication administration, Packard Children’s has seen a 21 percent decrease in missed doses, a 66 percent reduction in wasted doses and zero reportable adverse events in the past 11 months. Melanie Chan, assistant director of pharmacy services, is interviewed.

The biggest warning signs of the 3 major types of eating disorders Prevention 7/6/18 The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders recognizes three main eating disorders. Article highlights the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for each. Jennifer Derenne, MD, provides comment.

Creating new realities for patient outcomes: Virtual reality in healthcare part I Forbes 7/5/18 Article discusses the growth of virtual reality in healthcare and highlights the hospital’s CHARIOT program.

Can fertility monitors for men and women help couples get pregnant? CNET 7/5/18 A growing number of designated wearables and monitors are aiming to help couples get pregnant. Jennifer Conti, MD, and Michael Eisenberg, MD, are quoted.

Firework fun, swimming, sun: Stanford Children's smart tips Patch.com 7/3/18 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Navigating the talent acquisition challenges of a major hospital expansion People Scout 7/2/18 In this article and podcast, Etka Vyas, PhD, director of human resources, talks about how Stanford Children’s Health approached hiring for the hospital expansion. 

Who needs painkillers when you have virtual reality? Hackernoon July 2018 The hospital is mentioned.

Climate change and human health ABC Fresno (KFSN-TV) 7/2/18 Sharon Chinthrajah, MD, is interviewed.

After implementation of electronic health records, design rises TechTarget 6/30/18 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is quoted.

How this Merced student paid back the doctors who saved his life Merced Sun-Star 6/28/18 A Packard Children’s patient is featured.

Hospital foundation announces new CEO Palo Alto Online; The Almanac 6/28/18 Article highlights the appointment of Cynthia Brandt Stover as the new president and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, effective September 4.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Their daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks later, their son was too Los Angeles Times; San Diego Union-Tribune 6/28/18 Sonia Partap, MD, who was not involved in the patients’ cases, is quoted.

Thousands 'Scamper' for Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Patch.com 6/28/18 Article highlights the 8th annual Summer Scamper hosted by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which brought in nearly $550,000 in support of children and expectant mothers receiving care at Packard Children's.

How Children’s Hospital of Richmond incorporated the patient voice into its redesigned behavioral health center FierceHealthcare 6/26/18 Article mentions the new hospital.

U.S. News & World Report: Top 25 hospitals for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery Becker’s Hospital Review 6/26/18 The hospital is included among the top 25 children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings.

Most doctors would give HIV prevention drugs to teens Reuters 6/25/18 Last month, the FDA approved a pill that helps prevent infection with HIV and is safe for use by adolescents. A new study suggests most physicians would be willing to prescribe this medicine to teens. Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD, provides comment.

Fitbits, specially-stocked iPads may improve quality of life for young people with cancer MobiHealthNews 6/25/18 The hospital is mentioned.

Treating genetic disease: Is a cure a cut away? Mercury News 6/24/18 This piece explores CRISPR and how genetic editing may offer new hope to those suffering from debilitating disorders. Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Investigational patch-pump artificial pancreas safe, effective under free-living conditions Healio 6/24/18 Bruce Buckingham, MD, is quoted.

Buster Posey visits Packard Children's Hospital cancer patients Patch.com 6/22/18 San Francisco Giants baseball catcher Buster Posey visited young patients undergoing treatment for cancer at Packard Children’s.

How border separations can traumatize children Inside Stanford Medicine 6/25/18 Unplanned separation from parents is among the most damaging events a young child can experience, according to trauma research. Victor Carrion, MD, explains how separation from parents can hurt kids’ development. 

Unparalleled leadership: Lessons from the CEO of a top children’s hospital Forbes 6/21/18 Christopher Dawes, former President and CEO of Packard Children’s, was interviewed about his leadership philosophy, management style and accomplishments at Stanford Children’s Health.

Opinion: Homeless youth deserve upgrade in quality health care Mercury News 6/21/18 In this opinion piece, Seth Ammerman, MD, discusses his work with the Teen Van and comments on SB-275, which requires the state to develop standards for publicly funded youth treatment programs.

New operating suites to bring advanced technology to surgery patients Stanford Medicine News Center 6/21/18 At Packard Children’s, new surgical and imaging suites opened this week. Dennis Lund, MD, interim CEO and chief medical officer, is quoted. 

Genetic variation in progesterone receptor tied to prematurity risk Stanford Medicine press release 6/21/18 A key hormone receptor evolved quickly as early humans migrated from Africa, producing localized gene changes that may affect modern women’s risk of preterm birth, according to a Stanford-led study. David Stevenson, MD, is a senior author. 

Single liver donor benefits two patients – one young, one old Medical Xpress 6/21/18 A split liver transplant saved the lives of two patients, baby Noah and James Howell, MD, who were both facing life-threatening health conditions caused by liver disorders.

Sunscreen: A user’s guide to everything you need to know about sun protection Mercury News 6/20/18 Silvina Pugliese, MD, is quoted.

Using virtual reality, Stanford opens up a complicated organ to doctors and patient families San Francisco Business Times 6/20/18 Article and accompanying video highlight the ways Packard Children’s is helping advance pediatric health innovation, and features the Stanford Virtual Heart. David Axelrod, MD, is interviewed.

How e-cigarettes like the Juul are co-opting the language of wellness THINK (NBCNews.com) 6/19/18 In the last few years, Juul has rapidly expanded its market share for e-cigarettes, now accounting for 60 percent of the market. In this video, Robert Jackler, MD, weighs in on the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people.

With tantalizing early results, Sarepta’s gene therapy for Duchenne raises hopes for ‘real change’ STAT News 6/19/18 Article discusses preliminary clinical trial data for an experimental gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. John Day, MD, PhD, was not part of the trial, but provides comment.

Immigrant families face new threat to children’s health: Uncertainty Salon 6/18/18. Researchers from Stanford University’s Immigration Lab have studied how children’s health changes when their undocumented parents are protected from possible deportation. Fernando Mendoza, MD, is quoted.

When erratic teenage behavior means something more Salon 6/17/18. Steven Adelsheim, MD, provides comment.

Four year old cancer survivor inspires others to give back ABC Bakersfield (KERO-TV) 6/16/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Doctors have a love/hate thing for digital records Digital Commerce 6/15/18. A Stanford Medicine survey illustrates the gap between potential and current document technology. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Our epic playdate with Stanford Children’s Health at Kids Gym Berkeley 510 families 6/15/18. Katya Gerwein, MD, is mentioned.

Buhlmann Labs gets FDA clearance for calprotectin inflammatory IBD assay 360 DX (free registration may be required) 6/14/18. KT Park, MD, is quoted.

New wing of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital augments clinical scanning Stanford Daily 6/13/18. Article highlights the new Main building’s imaging center. Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Natural progression for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Healthcare Design 6/12/18. Feature article provides an in-depth look at the planning, design, building, sustainability features and inspiration behind the new Main building.

Also see: Synergy is in the air

A charitable legacy, ensured National Center for Family Philanthropy 6/11/18. Article features Susan Packard Orr, former vice chair of Packard Children’s Board of Directors, and daughter of the hospital’s founder, Lucile Salter Packard.

More Missouri babies being born in painful withdrawal; supporting mothers is key Kansas City Star 6/9/18. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Blood test might predict pregnancy due date and preterm birth New York Times 6/7/18. A Stanford-led team has developed an inexpensive blood test that can predict with 75 to 80 percent accuracy whether a pregnancy will result in premature birth. Senior study author Stephen Quake, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: ABC News, CNN, USA Today, BBC, The Guardian, The Independent,Time, National Geographic,Scientific American, Science, The Scientist, STAT News,HealthDay News, Vox, Buzzfeed, Mercury News

VR childbirth is now a thing CNET 6/7/18. A virtual reality film offers insight into what to expect during childbirth. The hospital is mentioned.

150 hospital and health system CFOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 6/5/18. Dana Haering, CFO, is recognized.

‘I have definitely hit the jackpot.’ Advanced breast cancer disappears after new immunotherapy Los Angeles Times 6/4/18. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have reported a new approach to immunotherapy treatment that eliminated all evidence of advanced-stage breast cancer in a 49-year-old woman who had run out of other options. Crystal Mackall, MD, who was not involved with the work, is quoted.

CD63 ratio may predict allergic reaction severity in peanut food challenge Pulmonary Advisor 6/4/18. Research led by Rebecca Chinthrajah, MD, has shown that a decision rule in a placebo-controlled peanut oral food challenge may help predict the risk for severe allergic reaction. 

Easier medical record access is key to ideal patient journey TechTarget (free registration may be required) June 2018. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, discusses the impact of giving patients easier access to their medical records on the patient experience.

Conceiving of technology(article appears in print only) CNET Magazine Summer 2018. Article looks at the growing field of fertility technology to help couples get pregnant. Jennifer Conti, MD, and Michael Eisenberg, MD, are interviewed about the effectiveness of the latest fertility wearables and monitors.

Charlevoix woman deals with loss of husband after miraculous cure The Detroit News 6/5/18. Elliot Krane, MD, is quoted.

Should I test myself for BRCA gene mutations? U.S. News & World Report 6/1/18. As at-home DNA-testing kits become increasingly popular, some genetic counselors and physicians have concerns that the information provided may leave consumers without a thorough understanding of their risks or alternatives. Louanne Hudgins, MD, provides comment.

Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America's crackdown on opioids Washington Post 5/31/18. Sean Mackey, MD, is quoted.

12 highly effective treatments for lower back pain Prevention 5/29/18. Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, provides tips for managing lower back pain.

The operating room of the future Wall Street Journal 5/28/18. Frandics Chan, MD, is quoted in this article about new technologies that are improving surgical capabilities. Specifically, Chan describes the integration of augmented reality within the new ORs at Packard Children’s, which will convert MRI, CT and ultrasound scans into 3D images to be viewed during surgery.

For children in the hospital, VR may be the cure for anxiety Wall Street Journal 5/28/18. Article authored by Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, discusses how virtual reality is being used to calm children and teens undergoing potentially frightening and painful medical procedures.

Do doctors and nurses skip hand washing? Cue the video anxiety The Wall Street Journal  5/28/18. In a pilot program, researchers have installed a technology called computer vision in hospitals, including Packard Children’s, to allow continuous monitoring of staff and improve hand hygiene compliance.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Packard Children’s Hospital expands services NBC Bay Area 5/27/18. Matias Bruzoni, MD, appeared on KNTV’s public affairs show, Comunidad Del Valle, to talk about the new hospital, with a focus on the new ORs.

Also see: Telemundo Bay Area

Children’s hospital at Stanford distracts and comforts young patients CBS News 5/26/18. CBS News goes behind the scenes with some of our patients to showcase the healing powers of our new hospital. Christopher Dawes, former president and CEO, is featured.

BHS grad, transplant recipient will make NCAA history Bakersfield.com 5/26/18. The hospital is mentioned.

San Diegan to run from Seattle to San Diego in support of children battling cancer San Diego Entertainer 5/25/18. A San Diego native will run over 1,700 miles with the aim to raise $250,000 to help low-income families facing the hardships of childhood cancer. Stops will include Packard Children’s.

Ultrasound fires up the auditory cortex – even though animals can’t hear it The Scientist 5/24/18. New research suggests that using ultrasound to control neuronal activity in the brain may have an unanticipated effect: it also activates the auditory cortex, even when not directly targeted. Raag Airan, MD, who was not involved in the research, provides comment.

Dominican Hospital’s rehabilitation garden provides healing for patients Santa Cruz Sentinel 5/24/18. The hospital is mentioned as a model for the healing potential of gardens for patients.

Lecture on healthcare, computing integration Gulf Times 5/23/18. Thomas Krummel, MD, delivered a lecture during the Weill-Cornell Medicine-Qatar Grand Rounds proposing that the integration of information technology into medicine will revolutionize medical education and patient care.

Nurses play a critical role in EHR optimization, data governance HealthITAnalytics 5/23/18. Lisa Grisim, RN, associate chief information officer, discusses developing pediatric-specific content and clinic decision support tools as part of Stanford Children’s Health’s health electronic records optimization.

Unsilenced Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2018. Article features one way technology is helping a Packard Children’s patient find her voice.

A toxic lifesaver, reconstructed Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2018. Article explores efforts to fix a widely used antibiotic’s tendency to cause hearing loss. Alan Cheng, MD, is featured.

Every cell in your body has the same DNA. Except it doesn’t. New York Times 5/21/18. James Priest, MD, provides comment in this piece about mosaicism, a condition in which an individual has cells that are genetically different. Stephen Quake, PhD, is referenced. 

Leading evolutionary change with emotional intelligence Forbes 5/21/18. Article is authored by Ekta Vyas, director of Human Resources.

Compound in citrus oil could reduce dry mouth in head, neck cancer patients Stanford Medicine-issued press release 5/21/18 . A compound found in citrus oils could help alleviate dry mouth caused by radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients, according to new Stanford research. Senior authors Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, and Quynh-Thu Le, MD, are quoted. 

How virtual reality is changing healthcare Ever Widening Circles 5/21/18. Article features the Stanford Virtual Heart, a virtual reality experience from the Moore Children’s Heart Center.

A charitable legacy, ensured Palo Alto Weekly 5/18/18. Article features Susan Packard Orr, former vice chair of Packard Children’s Board of Directors, and daughter of the hospital’s founder, Lucile Salter Packard.

Young adults, adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia fare better with pediatric care Healio 5/18/18. According to new research, young adults and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who received treatment in pediatric settings survived longer than those treated in adult centers. Author Lori Muffly, MD, is quoted. 

Rocket Pharmaceuticals announces strategic research collaboration Third party press release 5/17/18. Press release announces the launch of a collaboration between Rocket Pharmaceuticals and Stanford University School of Medicine to support the advancement of Fanconi Anemia (FA) and Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD) gene therapy research. Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD, is mentioned.

Nordstrom delivers surprise gift to Bay Area boy in nearby hospital Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 5/16/18. Article features a patient at Packard Children’s.

Asking hard questions to reduce maternal mortality Scope 5/16/18. Blog post highlights a new paper authored by Edward Riley, MD, and Brendan Carvalho, MD, about treating malignant hyperthermia, a rare and fatal complication of general anesthesia. 

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. continues to expand its database of top doctors across the U.S. Third party press release 5/15/18. Matias Bruzoni, MD, is mentioned.

The push to reverse America's rising maternal mortality rates Wisconsin Public Radio 5/14/18. Segment discusses the push to reverse America’s rising maternal mortality rates. Elliott Main, MD, is interviewed.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford becomes west coast’s 1st LEED Platinum children’s hospital Medical Construction and Design 5/11/18. Article highlights Packard Children’s receipt of LEED Platinum certification. The hospital is the second children’s hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

CSF vasopressin a first autism biomarker? Medscape (free registration may be required) 5/9/18. New research suggests that low levels of arginine vasopressin, a hormone in cerebrospinal fluid, may be a biomarker for autism. Lead author Karen Parker, PhD, is quoted. 

Doctors call CPS on Indiana parents for using cannabis oil treatment on ailing daughter People Magazine online 5/2/18. Courtney Wusthoff, MD, is quoted in this article about the use of pharmacologic and alternative treatment options for epilepsy.

14 early signs of pregnancy The Bump May 2018. Kimberly Harney, MD, is quoted.

How can we stop new mothers from dying? Medscape (Free registration may be required) 5/8/18. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted on rising maternal death rates.

5 helpful strategies for children with speech disorders CafeMom 5/07/18. Article offers advice for managing speech sound disorders in children. April Johnson, a speech-language pathologist at the hospital, is quoted.

Trying to get pregnant? Eating fast food may delay conception, study says Everyday Health 5/4/18. A new study suggests that a healthy diet can aid women’s fertility. Lynn Westphal, MD, who was not involved in the research, is quoted.

Scientists find possible autism biomarker in cerebrospinal fluid Los Angeles Times 5/2/18. In the fluid around the brain, low levels of a hormone called vasopressin are linked to low social ability in monkeys and to autism in children, Stanford scientists have found. Lead author Karen Parker, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: CBS News, UPI, The Telegraph, STAT News, Scientific American, Health Canal, Stanford Medicine News Center

New CDC report finds that the autism rate in the US is increasing Everyday Health 5/1/18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism in the United States. Experts suggest the rise may be due to better recognition and reporting among minority populations. Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted.

Sound awake: “Noisy” neurons may repeatedly disrupt your sleep Scientific American 5/1/18. Rafael Pelayo, MD, provides comment.

Return to restorative roots: The impact of quality acoustic design in a healthcare setting Healthcare Facilities Today 5/1/18. The new hospital is featured.

GetWellNetwork recognizes 12 organizations for Precision Engagement Innovation Third party press release 5/1/18. Packard Children’s has received a Precision Engagement Award in Innovation for its commitment to delivering a collaborative patient and family experience.

Misconceptions disrupt breast-feeding mothers Medscape (Free registration may be required) 4/28/18. As breastfeeding rates rise in the United States, physicians can actively support mothers and correct the many misconceptions about breast-feeding. Susan Crowe, MD, addressed this topic at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2018 Annual Meeting and is quoted in this article.

U.S. Congressional tribute to Christopher Dawes Congressional Record 4/27/18. U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo honored Packard Children’s former president and CEO, Christopher Dawes, with a tribute in the Congressional Record for his leadership and accomplishments.

Childrens hospitals engage employees and communities in public policy Children’s Hospitals Today 4/27/18. Article highlights how two Packard Children’s residents, Jennifer DeCoste-Lopez, MD, and Lee Trope, MD, helped launch a coalition of pediatric advocates.

Cedar-Sinai, Stanford Children’s Health join forces to improve care for patients with congenital heart defects Fierce Healthcare 4/26/18. Physicians from Cedars-Sinai and Stanford Children’s Health are teaming up to offer the newest treatments and surgical techniques to patients born with heart defects.

Also see: Park LaBrea News Beverly Press

Gestational diabetes tied to hypoglycemia even in low-risk neonates Medscape (Free registration may be required) 4/26/18. New research suggests that babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are at higher risk of hypoglycemia and should undergo routine blood glucose screening within the first 12 hours of life. Jeffrey Faig, MD, who was not involved in the study, provides comment.

The US government is cracking down on a wildly popular vape pen with 'scary' nicotine levels, which experts say targets teens Business Insider 4/24/18. The FDA is cracking down on the popular JUUL vape pen, which contains twice the nicotine of comparable devices and may pose a risk to teens, whose brains are still developing. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Coverage also appeared on CBS Radio (link not available)

What if we didn’t advertise food to children? Mic 4/24/18. The hospital is mentioned.

LEED Platinum children’s hospital is first on West Coast Facility Executive 4/23/18. Article highlights Packard Children’s receipt of LEED Platinum certification. The hospital is the second children’s hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Also see: The Construction Specifier, Perkins+Will press release

Childhood obesity, depression may be driven by shared brain abnormalities Psych Central April 2018. Stanford researchers have found that reward centers in the brains of children and teenagers who are obese and depressed show abnormalities that suggest the two conditions are neurologically connected. Lead study author Manpreet Singh, MD, and senior author Natalie Rasgon, MD, PhD, are quoted.

Cedars-Sinai and Stanford Children’s Health collaborate on heart care Cedars Sinai-issued press release 4/24/18. Physicians from Cedars-Sinai and Stanford Children’s Health are teaming up to offer the newest treatments and surgical techniques to patients born with heart defects.

Childhood obesity and depression are both driven by the same brain abnormalities, study finds Daily Mail 4/23/18. Stanford researchers have found that reward centers in the brains of children and teenagers who are obese and depressed show abnormalities that suggest the two conditions are neurologically connected. Lead study author Manpreet Singh, MD, and senior author Natalie Rasgon, MD, PhD, are quoted.

Original press release: Stanford Medicine News Center

Could AI, computer vision help modify—and improve—physician behavior? Clinical Innovation + Technology 4/23/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit KCBS Radio 4/22/18. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is interviewed about the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit.

Q&A with Stanford Dean Dr. Lloyd Minor on harnessing technology for future physicians Modern Healthcare 4/21/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Stanford ChildX 2018: Big ideas for little patients PLOS - Speaking of Medicine Blog 4/20/18. Article shares highlights from the Childx symposium, including research developments and opportunities for improving pediatric care. John Day, MD, PhD, and Thomas Robinson, MD, are among the experts featured.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford becomes the West’s Coast first LEED Platinum children’s hospital Press release 4/19/18. Packard Children’s is the second children’s hospital in the world to earn LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Health informaticians weave medicine, tech and science SearchHealthIT 4/19/18. In this Q&A, Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, discusses the Stanford Children’s Health clinical informatics program.

What you need to know about drinking alcohol when you’re trying to get pregnant Well+Good 4/19/18. Melanie Manning, MD, is quoted.

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile Associated Press 4/18/18. In this article and accompanying video, Louanne Hudgins, MD, is interviewed about the future of conceiving children and the ethics associated with gene editing of embryos.  

Young girl meets with care team that saved her life exactly two years ago Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 4/18/18. Ten-year-old Sofia Montoya and her family returned to Packard Children’s for a reunion with her care team two years after she experienced cardiac arrest on a school playground.

6-year-old south bay girl at center of potential cancer breakthrough NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 4/17/18. Stanford researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against a rare and fatal form of childhood cancer. A Gilroy family has played a crucial role in the findings. Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is interviewed.

How will the CMO role change during the next decade? 3 experts weigh in Becker’s Hospital Review 4/16/18. Dennis Lund, interim CEO and chief medical officer, is quoted.

Designing for Health: Thoughts on the Spiritual in Healthcare Contract 4/16/18. The new hospital is featured.

80 new genes identified in hunt for depression’s DNA roots Inverse 4/16/18. Douglas Levinson, MD, provides comment. 

Altered immune cells clear childhood brain tumor in mice Stanford Medicine News Center 4/16/18. A Stanford discovery that engineered human immune cells can vanquish a fatal pediatric brain tumor in mice is moving to human trials. Senior study authors Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, and Crystal Mackall, MD, are featured.

St. Baldrick's Foundation commits $8 million to support pediatric cancer dream team with Stand Up To Cancer Third party press release 4/15/18. Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted.

Safety violations hit compounding pharmacy, worsening hospital painkiller shortfalls Los Angeles Times; Kaiser Health News 4/13/18. California’s Board of Pharmacy has barred the distribution of medications — including lidocaine and other local anesthetics — from a Texas factory belonging to a company that supplies medications to about 77 percent of hospitals nationwide. Rita Agarwal, MD, is quoted.

Pediatric pain program announced by U.S. Pain Foundation National Pain Report 4/13/18. U.S. Pain Foundation has launched Pediatric Pain Warriors, a new program aimed at identifying and treating pediatric pain. Elliot Krane, MD, is quoted.

Ads for e-cigarettes today hearken back to the banned tricks of big tobacco Smithsonian Magazine 4/11/18. Robert Jackler, MD, is featured.
Also see: MedPage Today

Bay Area companies turn to Stanford trauma training in wake of mass shootings Silicon Valley Business Journal 4/10/18. David Spain, MD, is quoted.

How accessible 3D printing can improve quality of life
Healthcare Global 4/10/18. The Innovation Pop-up Space at Packard Children’s is mentioned.

Students with autism excel in working with data, helping scientists KQED (NPR) 4/9/18. Antonio Hardan, MD, is quoted.

What doctors can do to improve health literacy Children’s Hospitals Today 4/3/18. At Stanford’s Childx, experts discussed how providers can help patients and families understand health information.

Fixing the code: Genetically engineering your DNA to cure disease Retro Report; STAT News April 2018. Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, is interviewed about the use of genome editing via CRISPR to repair disease-causing genes.

A boy died after suffering from a disease that made his skin as delicate as butterfly wings Insider April 2018. A 17-year-old boy died recently after suffering complications associated with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin disease that causes severe blisters and scars comparable to third-degree burns. Joyce Teng, MD, is quoted.

Growing up with school lockdowns and active shooter drills Stanford Magazine April 2018. Victor Carrion, MD, is interviewed about how families and communities can work together to cope with the concerns about school shootings and give their kids the tools to stay safe.

Health IT roundup-How AI could help improve patient safety Fierce Healthcare 4/9/28. The hospital is mentioned.

WHIT Board announces new leadership team Third party press release 4/9/18. Lisa Grisim, RN, associate chief information officer, is featured.

Heart transplant patient pushes for new bill recognizing organ donors ABC Eugene, OR (KEZI-TV) 4/8/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Tall Tree awardees unveiled Palo Alto Online 4/6/18. Shashank Joshi, MD, was awarded a 2018 Tall Tree award for Outstanding Professional for his work addressing mental health issues in Palo Alto schools.

Facebook is used to promote tobacco, despite policies against it, study finds CBS News 4/5/18. New Stanford research finds that tobacco products are being marketed and sold through unpaid content on Facebook despite policies that bar tobacco sales and promotion on the social media platform. Lead study author Robert Jackler, MD, provides comment.

Also see: CNBC, US News, Buzzfeed, The Telegraph, The Sun,Daily Mail, Stanford Medicine News Center

Stanford Children’s Health CMIO on utilizing tech in a pediatric setting MedCity News 4/5/18. Article features Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical innovation officer

How to prep your home for allergy season NBC News 4/4/18. Efren Rael, MD, provides comment.

Growing voice against gun violence: Trauma surgeons San Francisco Chronicle; SF Gate 4/4/18. Article spotlights trauma physicians who are speaking out about gun violence as a public health issue. David Spain, MD, provides comment.

Health in your hands; how accessible 3D printing can improve quality of life Practice Business 4/4/18. Article highlights the benefits of “maker therapy” for hospitalized children. The Innovation Pop-up Space at Packard Children’s is mentioned.

Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer joins Lucile Packard Children's board Becker’s Hospital Review 4/3/18. Article highlights Mayer’s appointment to the hospital’s board of directors.

Also see: Silicon Valley Daily, Medical Dealer

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford opens first family-centered Makerspace ABC News Bay Area (KGO-TV) 4/2/18. The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford introduced its first family-centered Makerspace for Packard Children’s patients and their families.

JUUL craze getting teens hooked on high levels of nicotine, health officials fear The Washington Times 4/1/18. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: The Panther

Future leaders with Ben Thornton from Maria Carrillo Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area 4/1/18. At age three, Ben Thornton underwent a heart transplant at Packard Children’s to treat a dangerous type of cardiomyopathy. Then one of the youngest patients to be placed on a Berlin Heart while awaiting surgery, Ben is thriving today as an active, adaptive sports athlete. Daniel Bernstein, MD, is interviewed.

Stanford Children’s Health: 5 questions with VP Charlette Stallworth BrandChannel 3/30/18. Article highlights Stanford Children’s Health involvement with Impact Pediatric Health, and discusses the integration of innovative technologies within the hospital.

4 tips to design a patient-centric virtual reality program Health Tech Magazine 3/29/18. Article authored by Samuel Rodriguez, MD, discusses how deploying VR technology can contribute to a more positive patient experience, and highlights Packard Children’s CHARIOT program.

Also see: Extreme Tech

QI initiative reduces antibiotic use in chorioamnionitis-exposed newborns Family Practice News 3/29/18. Article highlights new research conducted at Packard Children’s, which reduced antibiotic use in babies born after 34 weeks of pregnancy by 55 percent. Adam Frymoyer, MD, was the lead author of the study.

Also see: PM360, Scope

Stanford Medicine leaders introduce integrated strategic plan Stanford Medicine News Center 3/29/18. During a recent town hall meeting, Dean Lloyd Minor and David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, introduced an integrated strategic plan for the medical school and the hospitals that constitute Stanford Medicine. The creation of this plan was a joint effort by Minor, Entwistle and Christopher Dawes, who recently announced his retirement as president and CEO of Packard Children’s.

Architectural Design Showcase: March 2018 Advisory Board 3/29/18. The new hospital is featured.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Now Open Healthcare Construction and Operations News 3/28/18. Article highlights the hospital’s new Main building, including its sustainability features.

Multimillion donation will support Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Palo Alto Weekly 3/27/18. Packard Children’s south pavilion has been renamed in honor of Tad and Dianne Taube, who recently committed $20 million to support continued expansion. With gifts totaling over $35 million, the Taubes now rank among the top five donors in the hospital’s history. Dennis Lund, interim president and CEO, is quoted.

Also see:  Bloomberg, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Becker’s Hospital Review, Philanthropy News Digest, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Daily

Tackling tough teen mental health issues Bay Area Parent April 2018. Shashank Joshi, MD, is featured in a Q&A offering advice to local parents about mental health topics that teens may face.

La realidad virtual podría ser tu mejor analgésico CNET 3/25/18. Spanish-language article highlights Packard Children’s CHARIOT program, which uses virtual reality to reduce anxiety and pain in pediatric patients, and as well as help them understand their illness and how their physicians plan to treat them. Sam Rodriguez, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Health Thoroughfare

Lucile Packard’s expansion adds patient-centric design to children’s hospital) San Francisco Business Times 3/22/18. Article and accompanying video feature the new hospital. Jill Sullivan, VP of hospital transformation, is quoted.

Family in ‘disbelief’ after lab loses frozen embryos Healthline 3/22/18. Barry Behr, PhD, who was not involved in the recent fertility clinic freezer malfunctions, discusses the storage tanks’ functionalities.

Was a tiny mummy in the Atacama an alien? No, but the real story is almost as strange New York Times 3/22/18. An analysis of the remains of a fetus found in Chile has revealed new insights into the genetics of some bone diseases, according to a new study led by Stanford and University of California, San Francisco researchers. Ralph Lachman, MD, who was involved in the genomic analysis, is mentioned.

Also see: Washington Post, IB Times, Stanford Medicine News Center

Christopher Dawes, CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, retires Silicon Valley Business Journal; San Francisco Business Times 3/20/18. Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, announced his retirement on March 20 after nearly three decades with the organization. Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer and interim CEO, is quoted.

Also see: Palo Alto Weekly, Becker's Hospital Review, Health Exec, HealthLeaders Media,Inside Stanford Medicine

The trauma of having a newborn in the NICU The Atlantic 3/19/18. After premature births or other health struggles with newborns, parents can experience trauma. This piece discusses how peer networks are beginning to help. Richard Shaw, MD, is quoted.

Also see: WOSU Public Media

CVS Health launches year three of Be the First, its $50 million initiative to help deliver a tobacco-free generation Third party press release 3/19/18. The CVS Health Foundation has provided a $500,000 grant to support Stanford’s Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, founder of the Toolkit, is quoted.

Also see: Drug Store News

Secrets to achieving quality improvement Diagnostic Imaging 03/16/18. David Larson, MD, is quoted.

Vaping and teens with asthma: Are e-cigarettes safer than tobacco? Allergic Living 03/14/18. While US smoking rates may be declining, “vaping” is rapidly growing among adolescents and young adults. Research into the efficacy and potential health impact of e-cigarettes is mixed, but experts agree that they are harmful. Chitra Dinakar, MD, provides comment. 

100 hospital & health system CMOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 3/13/18. Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer and interim CEO, is mentioned.

The lean journey American Healthcare Leader Spring 2018. Greg Souza, chief human resources officer, was interviewed about Stanford Children’s Health’s implementation of a lean management system, which has encouraged organizational cultural shift, and helped transform the patient and family experience.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Hospital School and HEAL Program Inside California Education on PBS Sacramento (KVIE) 3/14/18. Program highlights the Packard Children’s hospital school and HEAL program. Christian Ambler, PhD; Jeanne Kane, MA, program supervisor for Packard Children's HEAL program; and hospital school teachers Kevin Danie and Kathy Ho are featured.

VR could be your next painkiller CNET 3/13/18. Packard Children’s CHARIOT program uses virtual reality to reduce anxiety and pain in pediatric patients, as well as help them understand their illness and how their physicians plan to treat them. Sam Rodriquez, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Medical Health News; GovTech; Genetic Literacy Project

The new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Asian Pacific America on NBC Bay Area 3/12/18. Patient care manager Kat Cueto, RN, talks about the new hospital.

1 in 20 younger women suffers major depression HealthDay 3/12/18. Alexander Butwick, MD, is quoted.

Courageous Marketers from Bank of America, Belkin, Deluxe, Farmers Group, #SeeHer and Stanford Children’s Health win 2018 Valiente Awards at SXSW Third party press release 3/12/18. Stanford Children’s Health’s chief marketing officer Les Lifter was awarded a Valiente Award at SXSW for the organization’s marketing campaign.

Also see: Marketing Industry News, The Drum, Silicon Republic

Drive to embrace consumerism forcing change in health IT strategies Modern Healthcare 3/10/18. Natalie Pageler, MD, discusses Stanford Children's Health’s use of telehealth services and the integration of home monitoring to patients’ EHRs.

Three questions with Dr. Dennis P. Lund Becker’s Hospital Review 3/8/18. Chief medical officer Dennis Lund, MD is interviewed about digital health initiatives, market influences such as Medicaid and the lack of pediatric specialists.

Medical cannabis for pain may reduce need for opioids Medscape 3/8/2018 (Free registration may be required). Article discusses the use of medical cannabis to treat pain in patients that have failed to respond to conservative therapies. Elliot J. Krane, MD, is quoted.

Experts offer advice for extreme allergic reaction Reuters 3/8/18. Chitra Dinakar, MD, is quoted.

The successful leukemia treatment that is bringing hope to patients Univision Bay Area 3/7/18. Spanish-language segment about a patient who is in remission following CAR-T cell therapy for the treatment of leukemia. Norman Lacayo, MD is interviewed.

CMIOs parse the complexities of physicians' dissatisfaction with EHRs
Healthcare Informatics 3/7/18. Natalie Pageler, MD, is featured.

Impact Pediatric Health SXSW 2018 Conference startup pitch competition announces participants Third party press release 3/7/18. Stanford Children’s Health, one of eight children’s health care organizations that makes up the Impact Pediatric Health organization, is mentioned. Representatives from Stanford Children’s Health served on the pitch competition panel at SXSW this year.

A small town Louisiana lawsuit could pose a major threat to opioid manufacturers Huffington Post 3/6/18. The parents of a child diagnosed at birth with neonatal abstinence syndrome have filed a lawsuit against a local pharmacy, drug manufacturers and distributors. Kanwaljeet "Sunny" Anand, MD, who is participating in the lawsuit, is quoted. 

Pediatric vaccine schedule does not increase infection risk Medscape 3/6/18 (Free registration may be required). A new study has found that children who receive numerous vaccines at age 2 or younger are not more likely to get other infectious diseases when they are between ages 2 and 4. Study co-author Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is mentioned.

Researchers identify renegade cells that portend relapse in children with leukemia Stanford Medicine News Center 3/5/18. School of Medicine researchers have developed a technique that could help identify which acute lymphoblastic leukemia children patients need a different approach to cancer treatment. The research may also provide good clues about how to find new drugs to target the deadliest cancer cells. Study senior author Kara Davis, DO, is quoted.

A local mother's fear about mass violence: 'That could be my daughter' WUSA9-CBS 3/5/18. Article and broadcast report mentions the hospital’s Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) program.

Finding solutions for people with autism and their families Stanford News 3/5/18. Autism research and care are highlighted.

Tad and Dianne Taube donate $14.5M to youth concussion and addiction research initiatives
Stanford Daily 3/5/18. Tad and Dianne Taube gave two gifts totaling $14.5 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's to address addiction among adolescents, and concussions.

California children’s hospital mixes technology, nature and playtime Healthcare Facilities Today 3/2/18. The new hospital is featured.

Recent return from deployment tied to preterm births for military women Reuters 3/2/18. A Stanford analysis of military data suggests that women who gave birth soon after deployment had a greater risk of having a preterm baby. Lead study author Jonathon Shaw, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Daily Mail (UK);
Original press release: Stanford Medicine News Center

Two young heart transplant survivors meet, form ‘exclusive club’ they never asked to join
Fox Bay Area (KTVU) 3/1/18. Story profiles the connection of two patients who both received heart transplants and treatment at the hospital.

13 experts predict where AI is headed in 2018 Forbes 3/1/18. Safwan Halabi, MD, is quoted.    

ENR California and Hawaii selects owner of the year, provides peek at top starts Engineering News-Record 3/1/18. The new hospital is mentioned.

Using Antibody in treatment of “bubble boy disease” shows early promise Stanford Medicine News Center 2/28/18. The research of Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD; Judith Shizuru, MD, PhD; and Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, MD, is featured. Irving Weissman, MD, and Agnieszka Czechowicz, MD, are mentioned.

What kids' trauma looks like across the U.S. The Atlantic 2/27/18. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for pediatricians to screen their young patients for potentially traumatic experiences and has published screening guidelines. Hilit Kletter, PhD, is quoted.

Target, delete, repair Stanford Medicine Magazine Winter 2018. Article highlights revolutionary CRISPR gene editing and draws attention to the upcoming first Stanford clinical trial, which aims to correct the genetic typo that causes sickle-cell disease. Matthew Porteus, MD, and Jennifer Andrews, MD, are quoted.

Children’s hospital opens innovative new building adoption Bay Area Parent March 2018. Article highlights the new building and notes the future expansion of the Heart Center.

8 HIMSS18 sessions you don’t want to miss FierceHealthcare 2/27/18. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Specialized, complex surgical techniques added to heart program at children’s Midwest Medical Edition 2/23/18. Frank Hanley, MD, is mentioned.

The benefits (and nuances) of integrated design ideas+buildings 2/23/18. The new hospital is featured.

FluMist nasal flu vaccine can come back, vaccine advisers say NBC News 2/22/18. FluMist, the only needle-free flu vaccine, has been put on the “recommend” list by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Dancing for an excellent cause The Stanford Daily 2/22/18. Stanford Dance Marathon partnered with the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases to raise funds for families at Packard Children’s who cannot afford cancer treatment.

CRISPR could end sickle cell disease, but signing up black patients for clinical trials will be a hard sell STAT News 2/21/18. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

Patient-centric design defines this children’s hospital gb&d 2/21/18. The new hospital is featured.

Shaun White inspires heart patients Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV); SF Gate 2/19/18. Seth Hollander, MD, is featured in this interview about snowboarder Shaun White’s congenital heart disease, tetralogy of Fallot.

Also see: Scope

Raiders TJ Carrie shares scar, experiences with young patients San Francisco Chronicle; SF Gate 2/17/18. Story highlights Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie’s Valentine’s Day visit with young heart patients at the hospital and his reunion with the surgeon who repaired his rare heart defect 12 years ago. Frank Hanley, MD, is quoted.

Also see: ABC7 (KGO-TV), NBC Sports, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Palo Alto Online, Raiders.com

Young boy battles brain cancer with help from the Stanford men’s basketball team Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV) 2/16/18. Story profiles medical treatment of Packard Children’s patient fighting medulloblastoma and his unique relationship with the Stanford men’s basketball team. Samantha Ingerick, NP, is interviewed.

Also see: San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, MSN News

 What to Plan for When Tackling a Multi-year Building or Construction Project Children’s Hospitals Today 2/15/18. Editorial authored by Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, highlights lessons learned in building the new hospital.

Follow-up visits after bronchiolitis provide reassurance for families Healio.com 2/14/18. New research suggests that follow-up visits scheduled for younger children who had been hospitalized for bronchiolitis offered reassurance for families. Study author Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted.

Staff involvement encourages patient portal adoption Healthcare Business Insights February 2018. Article profiles Stanford Children’s Health adoption of the Epic MyChart patient portal.

Dianne and Ted Taube donate $14.5 million to launch youth addiction and children’s concussion initiatives Luxe Beat Magazine February 2018. Tad and Dianne Taube gave two gifts totaling $14.5 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's to address addiction among adolescents, and concussions.

Pioneering immunotherapy to find and kill elusive cancer cells in children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Press release 2/13/18. The “remarkably successful” CAR-T cell therapy is giving new hope to the sickest cancer patients, and is now being offered at Packard Children’s.

After 4 heart transplants, Mormon family refuses to ask 'Why me?' Deseret News 2/9/18. Story profiles the Bingham family’s medical care at Packard Children’s. David Rosenthal, MD, is quoted.

What 2018 holds for AI and deep learning Gigabit 2/8/18. Safwan Halabi, MD, is quoted.

Newborn baby girl at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is first in Western U.S. to undergo bloodless open-heart surgery Press release 2/7/18. Physicians at Packard Children’s have performed open-heart surgery without a blood transfusion on the smallest infant to ever undergo such a procedure in North America.

SonarMed announces adoption of AirWave by two new institutions Third-party press release 2/7/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford expands its services Comunidad del Valle on Telemundo Bay Area 2/6/18. Spanish-language segment features an interview with Matias Bruzoni, MD, who discusses the hospital expansion.

The changing role of talent architects
Forbes 2/6/18. Article is authored by Ekta Vyas, director of Human Resources.

Taubes give $14.5 million to address youth addiction, concussions Philanthropy News Digest 2/5/18. Tad and Dianne Taube gave two gifts totaling $14.5 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's to address addiction among adolescents, and concussions. Laura Roberts, MD, and Gerald Grant, MD, are quoted.

Also see: The Almanac; Palo Alto Online
Original press release: Tad and Dianne Taube gift $14.5 million to launch youth addiction and children’s concussion initiatives

New study from Stanford University finds that positivity makes kids more successful CNBC 2/5/18. New research has found that being positive improves kids’ ability to answer math problems, increases their memories and enhances their problem-solving abilities. Senior author Vinon Menon, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Education Week, New York Times - California Today

5 health system Super Bowl ads to know Becker’s Hospital Review 2/5/18. The hospital is mentioned.

12 recent hospital, health system construction projects worth $300M or more Becker’s Hospital Review 2/5/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Providers are embracing SaaS models to meet value demands Health Data Management 2/5/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford receives grant from Huggies KCBS-AM Radio 2/4/18. Packard Children’s is one of four hospitals around the country to receive a grant from Huggies to support the Cuddler program.

Solving a big problem, among some of the littlest patients Stanford Engineering; Medical Expresss 2/2/18. Article profiles the development of an umbilical cord catheter by Stanford students and faculty. James Wall, MD, is quoted.

Joe Staley donates Super Bowl 52 tickets to cancer patient 24/7 Sports 2/1/18. San Francisco 49ers’ player Joe Staley donated two Super Bowl 2018 tickets to Stanford Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, which were given to a Packard Children’s patient.

Also see: MLive, Niners Nation, 49ers Webzone

Not just Zika: Other mosquito-borne viruses may cause birth defects, study suggests STAT News 1/31/18. New research shows that two viruses, West Nile and Powassan, attacked mouse fetuses when pregnant mice were infected, killing half of them. The viruses also infected human placental tissue in lab experiments, indicating the viruses may be able to breach the placental barrier that keeps infections from reaching a fetus. Desiree LaBeaud, MD, was not involved in the study and provides comment here. 

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a thoughtful push toward digital health innovation
Healthcare Informatics 1/30/18. Article discusses the influence of Silicon Valley’s technology companies on Stanford Children’s Health use of digital health. Lisa Grisim RN, associate chief information officer, is featured.

Special hands help fragile babies in the Stanford NICU KALW-FM 1/30/18. Segment highlights the Packard Children’s Cuddler volunteer program.

FDA allows Fibrocell to initiate pediatric enrollment in epidermolysis bullosa trial Rare Disease Report 1/30/18. Alfred Lane, MD, is quoted.

Top considerations in pediatric cancer treatment: What payers should know Managed Healthcare Executive 1/28/18. Q&A features Rita Agarwal, MD.

Positive attitude adds up to better math grades HealthDay News; Health.com; U.S. News & World Report 1/29/18. A new Stanford study has found that kids with a positive attitude towards math performed better in the subject. Senior author Vinod Menon, PhD, is quoted.

Also see: iNews (U.K.)
Original press release: Positive attitude toward math predicts math achievement in kids

Stanford Clinical Genomics Program nears launch after year delay Genome Web (subscription may be required; email Kate DeTrempe for a copy) 1/29/18. Article overviews the Clinical Genomics Program at Stanford Medicine, set to launch on Rare Disease Day, February 28.

Cancer survivor Shantille Simonson is thriving for Nipomo's girls basketball team Santa Maria Times 1/27/18. Article features a former Packard Children’s patient.

Stanford Children's Health CEO reflects on modern healing Silicon Valley Business Journal 1/26/18. The Silicon Valley Business Journal published an op-ed authored by Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, about lessons learned in preparing for the opening of the hospital expansion.

How to change your gait New York Times Magazine 1/26/18. Jessica Rose, PhD, is quoted.

Everything is looking rosy for Baby Eden Cynthiana Democrat 1/25/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Board of Directors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford appoints Sierra Burnett Clark Press release 1/24/18. Effective January 1, 2018, Sierra Clark, granddaughter of hospital founder Lucile Salter Packard, has been appointed to the hospital’s Board of Directors.

Grateful hearts: local transplant patients encourage organ donation Los Altos Town Crier 1/23/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Hub breaks great new work for Stanford Children’s Health The San Francisco Egoist 1/23/18. Article highlights the launch of the hospital’s new advertising campaign.

Also see: Supervisor Wire

Psychiatry investigators awarded NIH grant to study autism Stanford Medicine News Center 1/23/18. Joachim Hallmayer, MD; Ruth O’Hara, PhD; and Sundari Chetty, PhD, are mentioned.

High-tech imaging could reveal mysteries of bone damage in kids with chronic disease Stanford Medicine News Center 1/22/18. Article features the work of Mary Leonard, MD, who is working to understand how chronic diseases impact children’s bone health.

Bye-bye TV: Safety-net clinic unveils new mural to support learning Scope 1/22/18. In partnership with Stanford’s Pediatric Advocacy Program, MayView Community Health Center has replaced the television in the children’s waiting room with a colorful, new mural, promoting learning and literacy for children. Lisa Chamberlain, MD, is quoted. 

Can a DIY fertility test help you plan when to have a baby? The Guardian (U.S.) 1/21/18. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted in this article about fertility tests. 

The importance of Medicaid for individuals with disabilities SF Gate 1/21/18. Lisa Chamberlain, MD, and Sherri Sager, chief government relations officer, are quoted.

Teen cancer awareness all year round Cure Today 1/19/18. Article highlights adolescent young adult (AYA) cancer programs around the country, and includes mention of Packard Children’s.

Human immunity to Cas9 could threaten CRISPR’s future Seeker 1/17/18. New research has found that many people have immune cells that can target the Cas9 proteins used in gene editing. Senior author Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted. 

Do you really need high-tech fertility gadgets to get pregnant? The Verge 1/16/18. Sara Vaughn, a reproductive health specialist and clinical fellow at Stanford University, is quoted.

Success is linked to a strong clinical informatics team Healthcare Business Insights (subscription required; email Kate DeTrempe for a copy) January 2018. Article profiles Stanford Children’s Health’s clinical informatics program. Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical innovation officer, is quoted.

5 benefits of patient safety checklists Medical Academic January 2018. Elliot Krane, MD, is quoted.

Can AI predict death? Using machine learning could improve palliative care International Business Times 1/17/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Elk Grove toddler gets new heart after nearly three-year wait on transplant list ABC Sacramento (KXTV-TV) 1/17/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Looking at the glucose values of a pregnant woman during the first trimester could help “measure risk that a child will be born with congenital heart disease” Daily Nation, 1/15/18. A new study led by Stanford researchers suggests higher blood sugar early in pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of a congenital heart defect, even among mothers who do not have diabetes. Senior author James Priest, MD, is quoted.

California leading way to addressing rising U.S. maternal mortality Marin Independent Journal, 1/14/18. Elliott Main, MD, is quoted.

Also see Scope: New Toolkit Will Help Doctors Spot Heart Disease Linked to Pregnancy

Related news: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - No country for pregnant women

Hub Strategy & Communication launches an integrated campaign for Stanford Children’s Health’s opening of the New Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Third-party press release 1/12/18. Press release announces the launch of the hospital’s new advertising campaign.

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Comeback kid: Will Bolick has been fighting his entire life, and he’s only 5 years old GE Reports 1/11/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Huggies awards four additional $10,000 grants to support hospital hugging programs and the babies who benefit from them Huggies-issued press release 1/10/18. Packard Children’s is one of four hospitals around the country to receive a grant from Huggies to support the Cuddler program.

UC Santa Cruz cancer research awarded precision medicine grant Healthcare Informatics 1/10/18. The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) has awarded the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics a $500,000 grant, which will be applied to a collaboration with Stanford University and Packard Children’s.

Also see: RNA-seq blog

9 CEOs share their greatest accomplishments in 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review 1/9/18. Christopher Dawes, president and CEO, is featured in this article highlighting healthcare organizations’ leaders’ 2017 reflections and 2018 outlooks.

Just how bad is kids’ smartphone addiction? The Daily Beast 1/9/18. Anna Lembke, MD, is quoted.

Also see: KQED Radio

You may already be immune to CRISPR The Atlantic 1/9/18. New research found that many people have immune cells that can target the Cas9 proteins used in gene editing. Matthew Porteus, MD, is a senior author and is quoted in this article.

Also see: STAT News; Scientific American

Hospitals denied my child life-saving surgery because he was autistic: Guest opinion Oregon Live 1/7/18. The hospital is mentioned.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Medical research? Congress cheers. Medical care? Congress brawls. New York Times 1/6/18. Federal lawmakers from both parties are expressing interest in biomedical research, but are struggling to pass legislation related to health insurance. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

Mom fights back against pediatric cancer Gilroy Dispatch 1/4/18. The work of Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is mentioned.

Out of the blue: The scary side of childhood strep Washington Post; The Oakland Press 1/3/18. Article discusses Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and quotes Kiki Chang, MD.

Race may matter in hospital care for preemies Reuters 1/2/18. Ciaran Phibbs, PhD, is quoted.

Building with care The Atlantic 1/1/2018. Article highlights the patient centered design of the new Main building. Dennis Lund, MD, is quoted.

An innovative new children’s hospital uses a mix of technology, nature and playtime to help patients heal New York Times 1/1/2018. Article features Gerald Grant, MD; Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, PhD; Mary Leonard, MD; and Christopher Dawes, president and CEO.

In a milestone year, gene therapy is finding a place in medicine STAT News 12/31/17. Matthew Porteus, MD, is quoted.

Cautious optimism for medical virtual reality The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health (Subscription required for full-text; email Kate DeTrempe for a copy) December 2017. Sam Rodriguez, MD, is quoted. The CHARIOT program and the Stanford Virtual Heart is also mentioned.

A new hospital for a new century of care Gentry Magazine (pg. 114) January 2018. Article features the new Main building and quotes Christopher Dawes, president and CEO.

Building with care The Atlantic 1/1/18. Sponsored articled highlights the new Main building. 

This new children's hospital is combining nature and technology to heal patients PopSugar 1/1/18. Sponsored article highlights the new Main building.