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

June 2020

New long-term data for antipsychotic in pediatric bipolar depression Medscape 6/10/20 The antipsychotic lurasidone has long-term efficacy in the treatment of bipolar depression in children and adolescents. Manpreet Singh, MD, contributed to the study.

How parents can moderate news consumption during the pandemic U.S. News & World Report 6/8/20 Article authored by Victor Carrion, MD, offers perspective on the amount and type of COVID-19-related news consumption that is appropriate for children and teens.

Do air purifiers really work? We asked doctors 6/5/20 Meng Chen, MD, is quoted.

Stanford doctor warns of 'false sense of security' as new COVID-19 infections reported amid reopening ABC 7 News 6/5/20 As more counties across the Bay Area lift shelter-in-place restrictions and begin reopening, doctors warn that COVID-19 still remains a threat. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed.

Also see: San Francisco Chronicle; NBC Bay Area; KQED 

Coronavirus: Are kids as safe as we thought? Mercury News; East Bay Times; Marin Independent Journal 6/5/20 As schools prepare to reopen their doors, researchers are racing to understand the mysterious ways COVID-19 affects children. Alan Schroeder, MD, is quoted. 

Stanford Medicine community calls for action against racial injustice, inequities Stanford Medicine News 6/5/20 More than 800 members of the Stanford Medicine community gathered on campus last Thursday to add their voices to a nationwide outcry against racism and violence against Black Americans. Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, alongside Dean Lloyd Minor and David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, stood behind pediatrics residents Kamaal Jones and Salma Dali, as they spoke at the Rally for Racial Justice, which was organized by Stanford Medicine’s Pediatrics Advocacy Council.

Also see: The Stanford Daily

‘We’re all holding our breath’: Public health experts brace for coronavirus resurgence from George Floyd protests New York Daily News 6/4/20 In this article, public health experts comment on the potential impact of ongoing protests on the spread of COVID-19. Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

COVID and kids: A new inflammatory syndrome poses safety challenge for schools, day care CalMatters; East Bay Times; Santa Cruz Sentinel; Times of San Diego 6/3/20 Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare but serious syndrome linked to COVID-19, is affecting children across the country, including here in California. The discovery comes as the state grapples with how kids can safely return to group settings. Hayden Schwenk, MD, is quoted.

May 2020

Coronavirus outbreak could speed cashless gaming to Nevada casinos Las Vegas Review Journal 5/30/20 Robert Jackler, MD, is mentioned.

As sports return, at-risk athletes may face ‘heavy decision’ on whether to play Washington Post 5/29/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

COVID-19 pushes telehealth forward in Silicon Valley as virus holds patients back San José Spotlight 5/27/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, discusses the safety measures in place at Stanford Children’s Health and why it is important for families to continue their child’s doctor visits. 

Tracing 'patient zero': why America's first coronavirus death may for ever go unmarked The Guardian 5/26/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is among a group of health experts investigating how the coronavirus spread through the U.S. and its timeline.

Faster donor matching saves girl Ivanhoe Broadcast News; WFMZ 69 News 5/25/20 To cut down the wait time on pediatric heart transplants, the pediatric cardiology team at Packard Children's created a new way to better match donor hearts to heart transplant recipients based on total cardiac volume. John Dykes, MD, is featured.

Kids and coronavirus: What you need to know about worrisome inflammatory syndrome San Francisco Chronicle 5/24/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

Also see: Newburgh Gazette

Walking correctly takes work—here’s how to improve every step Popular Science 5/22/20 Jessica Rose, PhD, provides tips on how to make the most of your daily strolls.

Doctors race to understand rare inflammatory condition associated with coronavirus in young people Science Magazine 5/21/20 Alan Schroeder, MD, shares a theory about the virus’ own genetics and why it shows up in populated COVID-19 areas.

Also see: WebMD Health News

Will antibody tests be our passport to normality? Financial Times 5/21/20 (subscription may be required; for a copy of the article, please email Scott Boyd, MD, discusses antibody tests and the immune system in this article.

Child vaccinations drop more than 40% in California, thanks to coronavirus fears San Francisco Chronicle 5/20/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, advises parents on the importance of bringing in their children for well-exam visits and time-sensitive vaccines to prevent additional disease outbreaks over the summer.

Robotic ROSA enables doctors to stop seizures ABC Flint, MI (WJRT-TV Online) 5/20/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses how a robotic tool aids doctors in pinpointing and removing the source of epileptic seizures in a child’s brain.

How to handle doctor’s visits during the pandemic Bay Area Parent 5/19/20 Katya Gerwein, MD, provides advice for parents on the importance of keeping up with wellness visits and what to expect when going to the doctor’s visit, in person or via telemedicine.

The Dundalk man who ran eight marathons in eight days on seven continents Dundalk Democrat 5/19/20 Article highlights Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, regarding his completion of 8 marathons in 8 days on 7 continents and his fundraising efforts for Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

When a coronavirus vaccine is developed, who will be first in line to get it? A CDC panel usually decides USA Today 5/18/20 Scientists and health care experts are working on a vaccination plan for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.  

Promising news on an experimental new vaccine to fight the coronavirus KCBS Radio 5/18/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the experimental vaccine Moderna and its strong immune response.

From headaches to ‘COVID Toes,’ coronavirus symptoms are a bizarre mix Scientific American 5/18/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses clotting-related issues that are not specific to COVID-19, but are showing up in some patients with coronavirus symptoms.

State reports first case of child illness linked to COVID-19 RTV6 Indianapolis 5/18/20 Indiana has reported its first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in a child. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

Coronavirus pandemic hurting pediatric hospitals, too San Francisco Chronicle, Kaiser Health News, California Healthline, Modern Healthcare, Health Leaders 5/16/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, discusses the economic impact that COVID-19 has placed upon pediatric hospitals and health care systems across the country.

Does hand sanitizer weaken your immune system? A doctor weighs in Women’s Health 5/16/20 Anne Liu, MD, provides advice on hand sanitizer usage and the effects it could have on your health and immunity if you use it too often.

How hospitals are dealing with the cybersecurity challenge of COVID-19 Security Boulevard 5/15/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Resilience is the most powerful skill kids can develop right now Huffington Post 5/13/20 Victor Carrion, MD, shares advice on how parents can help their kids learn how to bounce back during the coronavirus pandemic.

Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman focuses on health in ways big and small USC News 5/13/20 A former patient discusses her passion to pursue a career in epidemiology. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

New cases of mystery children’s illness tied to coronavirus raise alarms Today Show 5/12/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the new cases of pediatric multi-symptom inflammatory syndrome, a mysterious and rare illness with likely ties to COVID-19.

Cultivating hope JAMA Network 5/12/20 Inspired by her sister’s resilience, who was born prematurely with congenital heart disease and Down syndrome, Manpreet Singh, MD, aspires to instill confidence in others who feel hopeless. 

Also see: Scope

Period blood may be as effective as systemic blood for diagnosis of disease, Stanford researchers say Stanford Daily 5/12/20 Menstrual blood is potentially just as effective as systemic blood for the diagnosis of several key diseases. Paul Blumenthal, MD, is quoted.

Sudden obsessions, tantrums: What is PANS in kids? U.S. News & World Report 5/12/20 Researchers may have gained new insights into a mystifying condition that causes children's behavior to change severely and abruptly. Jennifer Frankovich, MD, is quoted. Original Stanford Medicine press release: Brain-scan abnormalities found in children with PANS

Robotic ROSA enables doctors to stop seizures NBC Memphis (WMC-TV)/Ivanhoe Broadcast News 5/11/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses how a robotic tool aids doctors in pinpointing and removing the source of epileptic seizures in a child’s brain.

New coronavirus findings CBS Bay Area 5/11/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses Stanford Children’s Health’s resume of deferred and delayed clinical services, the potential connection between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease and the peds multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PIMS), tracking the COVID-19 spread, and how to support the mental health of frontline health care workers combatting the pandemic.

 Also see: USA Today, Miami Herald, KCBS Radio, (addt'l., KCBS Radio), Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, (addt'l., San Francisco Chronicle), Mountain View Voice and Business Insider

Post-abortion and postpartum IUDs can help prevent rapid repeat pregnancy, Stanford researchers say Stanford Daily 5/11/20 Stanford doctors are advocating for the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) immediately following birth or abortion for young people, who are at high risk for unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy. Sarah Peterson, MD, and Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, are quoted.

Sequoia Hospital resumes non-conoravirus medical procedures Palo Alto Daily Post 5/11/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Stanford Children’s Health to resume non-emergency procedures NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV) 5/9/20 Dennis Lund, MD, chief medical officer, is quoted.

 Also see: Fox Bay Area (KTVU-TV), SFGate, KQED, Patch, and HIT Consultant

Around town: Mystery donors give $10K for Buena Vista residents, a million masks Palo Alto Online 5/9/20 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted.

 Also see: Bay Area KRON 4

Stanford Children’s Health resumes care delayed by COVID-19 Stanford Children’s Health press release 5/8/20 After weeks of reduced medical capacity in compliance with state and local mandates, the children’s hospital and Stanford Children’s Health’s clinics have resumed clinical services and are anticipating an increase in patient volumes. Paul King; Dennis Lund, MD; Yvonne Maldonado, MD; Natalie Pageler, MD; and Pamela Kum, MD, are quoted.

61 hospital and health system CISOs to know | 2020 Becker’s Hospital Review 5/7/20 Chad Wilson, chief information security officer, is mentioned in the article.

Elective surgeries ramp up at Stanford Health Care after few workers found with COVID-19 Palo Alto Online; The Almanac 5/7/20 Stanford Health Care is resuming elective surgeries, diagnostic tests and other procedures at the main Stanford Hospital and outpatient clinics. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned. 

Also see: Mercury News, East Bay Times, Mountain View Voice

Grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, therapy dogs provide comfort online Scope 5/7/20 Even from a distance, dogs have the power to make people feel better. Pet therapy coordinators at Stanford are trying to make that happen. Molly Pearson, child-life specialist, is quoted.

What to know about Kawasaki disease, the pediatric inflammatory condition possibly linked to COVID-19 Time 5/6/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, and Veena Goel Jones, MD, discuss the reported connection between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19.

Also see: CNN, Good Morning America, NBC News, San Francisco Chronicle, (addt'l., San Francisco Chronicle), Financial Times, CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV), ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV), NBC Bay Area (KNTV-TV), NBC Sacramento (KCRA-TV) and Palo Alto Online

How to safely take a mask off in public if you're anxious or having trouble breathing Allure 5/6/20 Anne Liu, MD, emphasizes the importance of practicing hand hygiene before you touch your mask.

Leadership tip: Leverage your network to address the pandemic Children’s Hospitals Today 5/4/20 Natalie Pageler, MD, encourages leadership teams to collaborate across disciplines to build stronger networks and share resources, especially during times of crisis.

The complete guide to cleaning your headphones during a pandemic Mashable 5/2/20 Anne Liu, MD, is quoted.

Bay Area pediatricians seeing steep drop in patient visits during coronavirus outbreak CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 5/1/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, discusses the importance of maintaining well-visits and vaccines to prevent an outbreak of a disease that can be controlled.

Midnight Rounds Punch May 2020 Midnight Rounds, the unofficial cover band of Stanford Children’s Health, is a team of physicians, a nurse practitioner, and a professional musician that come together to perform acoustic versions of popular songs. Featured in the May issue of Punch Magazine, they discuss how music helps them bond with their patients and feeds into how they work together at the hospital. Matias Bruzoni, MDYasser El-Sayed, MD; Raji Koppolu, NP; Jonathan Palma, MD; and James Wall, MD, are featured.

April 2020

Mind jumble: Understanding chemo brain Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2020 Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, discusses the need to continue regeneration and treatment for cancer survivors suffering from chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment.

Fledging — with cancer Stanford Medicine Magazine Spring 2020 Article features a Packard Children’s patient who underwent treatment for acute myeloid leukemia and addresses the distinct biological and psychosocial challenges teens and young adults with cancer face. Gary Dahl, MD; Norman Lacayo, MD; Emily Ach, PhD; and Pam Simon, NP, are quoted.

Also see: Scope           

New advances toward safely targeting immune cells to pediatric brain tumors Scope 4/30/20 Crystal Mackall, MD, is one of the Stanford scientists and co-author of a new study relaying the latest steps on figuring out how to use immune therapy for a group of severe pediatric brain tumors

The best toy doctor kits for kids trying to make sense of a pandemic Fatherly 4/29/20 Tomomi Hayashi, MD, discusses how toy medical kits can help kids alleviate their fear of the medical tools when in a doctor’s office. 

Brain’s ‘fear center’ skews emotion in anxious kids Futurity 4/27/20 Signals from the brain’s amygdalae make it more difficult for anxious and stressed children to regulate their emotions, a Stanford study shows. Victor Carrion, MD, is quoted.

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the leading Bay Area specialists on the front lines of the pandemic. She is quoted in dozens of media articles regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Coverage includes: Associated Press,  TIME, USA Today, (add'l. San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle), KCBS Radio, Radio Alice 97.3, Fox Bay Area (KTVU 2), NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), (add'l. NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), KRON, Palo Alto Online, (add'l. Palo Alto Online), Palo Alto Weekly, The Guardian, Mountain View VoiceCalMatters and LAIst.

Three U.S. children with COVID-19 have rare inflammatory syndrome Reuters Health 4/28/20 Article discusses recently reported links between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 in children. Roshni Mathew, MD, is quoted.

Also see: CNN (quotes Brad Segal, MD); New York Post  

Ben Thornton is headed to college, thriving with a second heart and a set of wheels The Press Democrat 4/26/20 Story features a patient who received a heart transplant at Packard Children’s.

Going to school on the coronavirus Wall Street Journal 4/26/20 Rishi Mediratta, MD, is featured.

Coronavirus: First responders honor Stanford health care workers ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV); Yahoo! News; 4/21/20 News segment highlights support from the Santa Clara County Sheriff department and first responders from various agencies who celebrated healthcare workers at Packard Children’s during an event on April 23.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX-TV), KCBS Radio, Fox Bay Area and NBC Bay Area also aired stories on the topic (links unavailable)

NYC healthcare workers get coronavirus antibody tests MedPage Today 4/21/20 James Zehnder, MD, is quoted.

Pandemic creating a surge in demand for telehealth Children’s Hospitals Today 4/20/19 Chief medical information officer Natalie Pageler, MD, is featured in this Q&A about the significant increase in telehealth use at Stanford Children’s Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what this may mean for the future of the technology.

Also see: HIT Consultant

Quarantine isolation can be a mental health disaster for teens — Here’s what parents must know SheKnows 4/17/20 Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Smartphone coronavirus test? Apps would listen to your cough Wall Street Journal 4/16/20 Alyssa Burgart, MD, is quoted.

73 hospital leaders in 10 states hit hardest by COVID-19 offer advice to colleagues: If you do nothing else, at least do this Becker’s Hospital Review 4/16/20 Rick Majzun, Vice President and COO of Stanford Children's Health is featured.

How to beat stress in a pandemic The Future of Everything 4/16/20 Victor Carrion, MD, is interviewed about stress brought on by COVID-19 and techniques to recognize and lessen its effects at every age.

Coronavirus kindness: South Bay nonprofit collecting baby formula for families in need ABC Bay Area (KGO-TV) 4/14/20 Segment discusses the impact that the shortage of food resources, including infant formula, is having on some Bay Area families. Baraka Floyd, MD, is featured.

The scary relationship between vaping and coronavirus Huffington Post 4/13/20 Article discusses potential complications of COVID-19 among people who vape. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Stanford scientists create COVID-19 antibody test which could help alleviate shelter-in-place orders Newsweek 4/11/20 Stanford Medicine scientists have developed a test to detect antibodies for the novel coronavirus. The new test screens for antibodies to the virus in plasma, the liquid in blood, to provide information about a person’s immune response to an infection. Thomas Montine, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Healthline; Mercury News; KRON, Stanford press release: Test for antibodies against novel coronavirus developed at Stanford Medicine

These are the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions in women 4/9/20 Leah Millheiser, MD, is quoted.

Coronavirus update: Stanford Blood Center seeks plasma from patients who recovered from COVID-19 CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5) 4/8/20 Suchitra Pandey, MD, is quoted.

The roadmap to improved care for children with medical complexity Children’s Hospitals Today 4/8/20 David Bergman, MD, discusses the Coordinating All Resources Effectively (CARE) Award, a national three-year project to transform care delivery and payment for children with medical complexity, and comments on the ways this work may help children’s hospitals prepare for the ACE Kids Act implementation.

Testing pooled samples for COVID-19 helps Stanford researchers track early viral spread in Bay Area Stanford Medicine News Center 4/7/20 Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine discuss their latest research based on pooled samples taken from people with upper respiratory symptoms and the occurrence of the virus that causes COVID-19. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Stanford doctor draws Steph Curry, Klay Thompson art on etch a sketch NBC Bay 4/7/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

How Stanford Children's Health is helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 98.1TheBreeze 4/7/20 Stanford Children's Health providers are now performing up to 700 telehealth visits per day to support COVID-19 evaluations, as well as non-coronavirus-related healthcare. Natalie Pageler, MD, is quoted.

Also see: Becker’s Hospital Review

Coronavirus health: South Bay tech giant Cisco helps doctors move to video visits ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 4/6/20 Vandna Mittal, director of digital health, discusses how telehealth and image sharing works, and how it helps physicians and patients communicate while practicing social distancing.

Who should take care of kids when parents are too sick with Coronavirus? Jezebel 4/6/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, discusses who might make the best caretaker when a parent(s) is sick, and offers tips on how to keep other family members safe while caring for someone who is sick.

In war against coronavirus, researchers fast-track tests of Ebola drug Palo Alto Online; Mountain View Voice 4/6/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Helping children turn failures into success through growth mindset Scope 4/2/20 Irene Loe, MD, discusses her five-year passion project to help teach parents about the power of a growth mindset for children and how to cultivate it. Claudia Mueller, MD, PhD, is also mentioned in the article.

Meet Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first-ever surgeon general 4/2/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Scaling up telehealth: What providers need to know HealthTech Magazine 4/2/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

How virtual reality improves the pediatric care experience HealthTech Magazine Online 4/1/20 Samuel Rodriguez, MD, discusses the CHARIOT program and how virtual reality helps patients manage the pain and anxiety that can accompany a medical procedure or hospital stay.

The lost month: How a failure to test blinded the U.S. to COVID-19 New York Times 4/1/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses how Stanford Clinical Lab took quick action steps to prepare and support testing during the pandemic.

Social distancing is hard for teens and tweens, here's how to help them cope 4/1/20 Victor Carrion, MD, shares tips on staying connected to family and friends, and the importance of being active and creative to keep the body and mind stimulated.

Automation, artificial intelligence future of patient access authorizations Health Access Management (subscription required; to request a copy, please email April 2020 Shawn Tienken, director of revenue cycle operations at Stanford Children’s Health, is featured in this article about the organization’s progress toward automation of patient access authorizations.

Advocating for your child Bay Area Parent (pp. 14-16) April 2020 Raquel Nieves, MD, is featured in this story about the impact that having a child with Down syndrome has had on her practice.

Not the usual kid stuff Radiology Today (pp. 4) April 2020 Radiology technicians are studying ways to reduce ionizing radiation in children who undergo scans for oncology, neurology and other diseases. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

A constructive eye Punch (pp. 142-149) April 2020 Former neonatologist Barry Fleisher is featured in this story about his photography of the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

March 2020

Stanford Children’s Health experts discuss COVID-19:
Yvonne Maldonado, MD, has been quoted in dozens of media articles regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Coverage includes: The New York Times, New York Times,, Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Washington Post, Washington Post, CNBC, Business Insider, Town and Country Magazine, Everyday Health, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, Mercury News, East Bay Times, KQEDKCBS Radio, KCBS Radio, CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), NBC Bay Area (NBC 11), ABC Bay Area (KGO 7), KRON Bay Area (KRON 4), FOX Bay Area (KTVU 2)

Passion for technology, humanities drives Stanford med student Scope 3/3/1/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

‘It’s not the bubonic plague’: Stanford pediatrician at cutting edge of Covid-19 research, treatment The Jewish News Weekly 3/27/20 David Cornfield, MD, discusses some of the collaborative work he is doing with other Bay Area researchers, including working to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 in children, and development of a remote-controlled ventilator.

Coronavirus: Bay Area sewers are making thousands of homemade masks. But will hospitals take them? Mercury News; East Bay Times 3/26/20 Amanda Chawla, vice president of supply chain at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care, explains why homemade cloth masks do not meet the medical standards for personal protective equipment.           

Wanted: A coronavirus test to identify people who were infected and then recovered Los Angeles Times 3/25/2020 Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted

Bay Area hospitals: So far, coronavirus cases are manageable. But it's still early KQED 3/24/20 Stanford Children’s Hospital is mentioned.

How to care for kids if you're sick with Covid-19 WIRED 3/24/20 Roshni Mathew, MD, shares ways to protect your home during this outbreak and how social distancing can help protect your family.

Also see: F3News

How coronavirus is fast-tracking medical research Elemental 3/24/20 Stanford Health experts are developing and collaborating with national labs to fast-track clinical trials of drugs that may help treat the virus. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

The standard coronavirus test, if available, works well—but can new diagnostics help in this pandemic? Science 3/22/20 With the increased number of tests for COVID-19 taking place, labs are facing shortages of different supplies, most notably the kits used to extract RNA from viral samples. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is quoted.

Deep learning predicts stroke-lesion changes at 1 week Medscape 3/20/20 A deep learning algorithm is comparable to common clinical measures for predicting infarct size and location following acute ischemic stroke. Greg Zaharchuk, MD, is quoted.  

Pregnancy and the coronavirus Bay Area Parent 3/18/20 Natali Aziz, MD, discusses the impact of the coronavirus on pregnancy, breastfeeding and conception.

Opinion: Staying connected is crucial for our mental health Mercury News 3/18/20 Victor Carrion, MD, discusses the psychological impact, as well as the mental health consequences of needed community actions to quell the coronavirus spread, such as quarantine and social distancing.

Project digs deeper into teenage smartphone use Wall Street Journal 3/17/20 Researchers examine smartphone use among adolescents. Thomas Robinson, MD, is quoted.

Stanford Children's CEO Paul King: The 'unrelenting pursuit of excellence' in pediatric and obstetric care Becker’s Hospital Review 3/16/20  Paul A. King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, discussed the Stanford ecosystem and the environment of inherent innovation in Silicon Valley, empowering the organization’s leaders of tomorrow, and what motivates him and the executive team every day.

Hospitals need to cancel elective procedures: This is a pandemic – no time for business as usual. Just Security 3/15/20 Alyssa Burgart, MD, is quoted.

How to take care of your hands when you’re washing them so much to prevent coronavirus 3/11/20 Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

Crispr's origin story comes to life in a new documentary WIRED 3/11/20 A patient diagnosed with sickle cell is featured in a documentary about whether genetic conditions like this should be edited out of people's genomes before birth. The documentary stream on Netflix in the fall. Stanford Children’s Health is mentioned.

Also see: Variety

'Should have been a sense of urgency': Former FDA chief warns of spike in US coronavirus cases USA Today 3/10/20 Benjamin Pinsky, MD, discusses the possibility of a spike in U.S. coronavirus cases as more testing detects new infections.

Also see: Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Palo Alto Online, MIT Technology Review

Why the Bay Area is issuing more severe coronavirus warnings than Southern California Los Angeles Times 3/10/20 Shanthi Kappagoda, MD, discusses the importance of social distancing and avoiding crowds to prevent many illnesses hitting the region all at once.

Is it safe to travel with kids during the coronavirus pandemic? Motherly 3/9/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, is quoted.

How to stop touching your face New York Times, 03/05/20 Experts provide tips on limiting the number of times you touch your face to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Justin Ko, MD, is quoted.

What to know about coronavirus if you're pregnant or have a newborn HuffPost 3/5/20 Anita Juvvadi, MD, and Natali Aziz, MD, discuss tips on what to look for and how to stay symptom-free while pregnant and nursing.

Stanford Medicine COVID-19 test now in use Stanford Medicine News Center 3/5/20 The Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory has deployed an in-house diagnostic test for the virus that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is being used for patients at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford suspected of being infected. Benjamin Pinsky, MD, is mentioned in the article. 

Also see: Stanford Daily

NAPNAP President tackles challenges facing pediatric nurse practitioners The Clinical Advisor 3/5/20 Rajashree (Raji) Koppolu, NP, discusses some of the challenges facing pediatric nurse practitioners.

Regenerative medicine in urology: Ask the experts 3/2/20 Bertha Chen, MD, shares her view on current obstacles and future developments facing regenerative medicine in urology. 

My mommy is a doctor: A children’s book (and love story) Stanford News 3/1/20 A children’s book highlighting Flora Nunez Gallegos, a pediatric cardiology fellow at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

February 2020

How to tell the difference between allergy and cold symptoms 2/25/20 Allergies and colds have similar symptoms, but the difference lies in how they’re treated. Meng Chen, MD, explains how to tell the difference and what’s the most effective treatment.

Why we need to talk about period pain Shondaland 2/25/20 Leah Millheiser, MD, discusses the stigma of painful menstruation, possible causes and when to seek medical help.

Improving your baby’s bone health starts in the womb Popular Science 2/24/20 The steps you take to ensure your baby gets good nutrition from their time in utero up to their first birthday can have a lasting impact on how they grow. Monica Grover, MBBS, is quoted.

Storybook Ending: Aptos senior Brian Bowyer enjoying his final run with teammates after missing last season with back surgery | CCS Basketball Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/24/20 Stanford Children’s Health patient Brian Bowyer, diagnosed with scoliosis, is featured.

Stanford Children’s Health makes weight-control program accessible to low-income families through online platform The Stanford Daily 2/21/20 Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, discusses Stanford Children’s Health new virtual curriculum intended to make its weight-control program accessible to individuals and families outside of the Stanford community.

All your Coronavirus travel questions answered Wall Street Journal 2/20/20 Shanthi Kappagoda, MD, answers questions about travel during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, how to stay safe and what and where to avoid. 

First defense against Coronavirus: 20 seconds of proper hand-washing USA Today 2/19/20 It’s estimated that 95 percent of people do not wash their hands correctly. Terry Platchek, MD, discusses the right way to wash your hands to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases.

Bonnie Maldonado: The science is clear. Vaccinations save lives The Future of Everything 2/19/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses how vaccinations are more powerful than ever, but better communication by the medical community is needed to combat misinformation. 

Also see: Stanford Engineering Medicine

Behind the scenes with a Stanford Pediatric surgeon Scope 2/18/20 Stephanie Chao, MD, is featured.

Stanford Children's COO: How leaders can drive negative emotions out of the workplace Becker’s Hospital Review 2/14/20 Rick Majzun, Vice President and COO of Stanford Children's Health is featured.

To prevent premature birth, computers ID drug that may help Scope 02/14/20 A widely used antacid may help prevent premature births, new Stanford-UCSF research that used computing to match existing drugs with diseases suggests. David Stevenson, MD, is mentioned in this post.

Little ‘Heart Warrior’ is breathing easier New Prague Times 2/13/20 A patient who underwent open-heart surgery to repair his heart and lungs is featured in the article. Frank Hanley, MD, is mentioned.

Juul bought ads appearing on Cartoon Network and other youth sites, suit claims New York Times 02/12/20 This article discusses a lawsuit against Juul Labs, accusing the vaping company of marketing to young, nonsmokers during its launch period. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

Neurology care at Stanford inspired patient to return as a nurse Scope 02/11/20 As a child, Isabelle Yi received treatment at Stanford for a neurological disorder. She returned as a nurse to care for patients with similar conditions. Michael Marks, MD, is mentioned.

San Jose boy born with rare heart defect thriving as 3rd-degree taekwondo black belt FOX Bay Area (KTVU 2) 2/10/20 Shoham Das, diagnosed with a rare heart condition that left him with half a heart at birth, talks about what drives him to stay active — practicing martial arts — and why he wants to become a doctor.

Virtual reality brings new vision to health care WebMD 2/10/20 Gerald Grant, MD, discusses the ways neurosurgeons are using VR to help prepare for complex surgeries. The Stanford Virtual Heart and Chariot program are also mentioned.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, CDC to send lab test kits to various agencies KCBS-AM 2/7/20 The CDC is sending out testing kits to public health labs across the country to help detect the novel coronavirus. Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the latest move to stem the spread of the virus.

Also see:, CBS Bay Area (KPIX), Fox Bay Area (KTVU)

Bay Area man runs 8 marathons in 8 days for a great cause! The Breeze, 98.1 2/7/20 Podcast interview with Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, regarding his completion of 8 marathons in 8 days on 7 continents and his fundraising efforts for Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Also see: NBC Bay Area (KNTV), San Mateo Daily Journal, Climate

Experts rethink need for x-ray shielding of patients Science News for Students 2/7/20 A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons. Donald Frush, MD, is quoted.

Partial e-cigarette 'flavor ban' goes into effect today. Here's what happens next 2/6/20 An e-cigarette policy that goes into effect will result in a number of flavored vaping products being taken off the U.S. market. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.

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Clinicians' 'number-one wish' for artificial intelligence Medscape 2/6/20 Article mentions a program being piloted at Packard Children’s, which is using artificial intelligence (AI) to map clinicians’ hand hygiene behavior.

Stanford Children’s Health welcomes two new executive leaders in 2020 Stanford Children’s Health press release 2/5/20 Stanford Children’s Health has announced Patrick Idemoto as the organization’s new chief strategy officer and Marcie A. Atchison, JD, as the new chief human resources officer. Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted.

Women worldwide reclaim the power of birth in international best seller Pro News Report 2/4/20 Two Packard Children’s patients are featured in the book.

Rise of robot radiologists Scientific American 2/01/20 This story explores the use of deep-learning algorithms in the field of radiology. Matthew Lungren, MD, is quoted.

January 2020

Marlboro maker Altria distances itself from vaping giant Juul amid legal scrutiny USA Today 1/31/20 The Altria Group said that it will no longer provide marketing and retail distribution services for Juul, which is facing a ban on most e-cigarette flavors in pre-filled pods, numerous lawsuits and government investigations. Robert Jackler, MD, is quoted.

FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy New York Times 1/31/20 This Associated Press article cites a Stanford pilot study that suggested a single shot could block a peanut reaction for two to six weeks.

Also see coverage from the following outlets, which quotes Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD:, Science News for Students

A Silicon Valley approach to treating pediatric obesity Stanford Children’s Health press release 1/30/20 Stanford Children’s Health experts are applying CDC funding and design thinking toward making their weight-management program available to low-income families nationwide. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Women dying from pregnancy and childbirth is still a problem in the United States, CDC report shows CNN 1/30/20 In the United States, nearly 700 women die each year due to pregnancy or childbirth, report says. Elliott Main, MD, director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, provides comment.

Also see: CBS Sacramento; Proto Magazine

Intermountain’s Marc Probst receives CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year award Healthcare Innovation 1/30/20 Ed Kopetsky, CIO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is mentioned.

49ers fan gets surprise from team for 93rd birthday The Mercury News 1/30/20 The hospital’s Touchdown for Kids’ Health Fan Challenge is mentioned.

Apple to attend meeting promoting easy access to health data 1/24/20 Richard Bloomfield, MD, discusses efforts to support a Department of Health and Human Services initiative on medical data interoperability.

Scientists propose ‘tattoos’ to solve vaccination issues 1/24/20 A study that would inject patterns of invisible nanoparticles -- microneedle patches – under the skin addresses the challenge of keeping accurate vaccination records in poorer countries, where centralized medical databases are hard to create or maintain. Grace Lee, MD, is mentioned.

The ongoing bushfires in Australia are exacerbating asthma symptoms and causing respiratory distress 1/23/20 The article takes a look at the lingering health effects from the fires and smoke in Australia. Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

20+ hospital and health system CFOs to know | 2020 Becker’s Hospital Review 1/23/20 Dana Haering, Chief Financial Officer, is featured.

Additional Ventures Launches Comprehensive Initiative Focused on Innovation in Single Ventricle Heart Defect Research Third Party Press Release 1/22/20 The Comprehensive Single Ventricle Program at the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is highlighted.

The Human Screenome Project will capture everything we do on our phones MIT Technology Review 1/22/20 Stanford experts have developed a new way to get a granular view of people's onscreen lives, enabling them to ask questions linking online life, behaviors, health, and well-being. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, is quoted.

Also see: Gizmodo,,, Scope

California man on quest to run 8 marathons around the world for charity ABC Bay Area (KGO 7) 1/21/20 Brendan Watkins, administrative director, enterprise analytics at Stanford Children’s Health, is featured. Additional media coverage of Brendan’s journey is featured below.

Also see: CBS Bay Area (KPIX 5), NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), Fox Bay Area (KTVU 2) (link unavailable; email to request the clip),, Palo Alto Online, USA Breaking News,

China’s Unproven Antiviral Solution: Quarantine of 40 Million, San Francisco Chronicle 1/21/20 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus in China and the first reported case in the U.S.

Also see:, ABC Bay Area (KGO 7)  

Can ibuprofen really help with a heavy period flow? 1/21/20 This piece discusses using NSAIDs such as ibuprofen as a way to reduce menstrual bleeding and physical discomfort. Sophia Yen, MD, is quoted. 

Parents can help build mental wellness in kids and teens at risk for bipolar Scope 1/21/20 Involving parents in therapy boosts mental wellness among children and teens at risk for bipolar disorder, a Stanford-led study has found. Manpreet Singh, MD, is quoted in this post.

Doctor-approved ways to help ease constipation in children Motherly 1/20/20 Latha Vrittamani, MD, is quoted.

A fighting chance The (sponsored content) 1/20/20 Kruz and Paizlee Davenport, the first pair of siblings in the U.S. to be diagnosed with SIOD, are showing vast improvement after the eldest sibling underwent a successful haploidentical stem cell transplantation followed by a kidney transplant from the same donor, his mother. The research could lead to greater knowledge of the organ systems that are affected by the SMARCAL1 gene mutation. Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD; David Lewis, MD; Waldo Concepcion, MD; and Karen Kristovich, NP, are quoted.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will be hosting summer camps 1/20/20 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned.

Study: Fish oil boosts sperm count, semen value 1/17/20 A study published in JAMA found that men who used fish oil supplements had high semen volumes and total sperm counts. Michael Eisenberg, MD, is quoted.

When lab tests are misleading: A mystery in antibiotic resistance Scope 1/17/20 A new Stanford study says most children with antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections get better on less powerful antibiotics than lab tests say they need. Alan Schroeder, MD, and Marie Wang, MD, are quoted.

Sick of mom-shaming, Deena Cortese of 'Jersey Shore' reveals son's foot condition, 1/15/20 Reality TV star Deena Cortese discusses her son’s foot condition, metatarsus adductus. Kali Tileston, MD, is quoted.

That lead apron in the x-ray room? You may not need it New York Times; Kaiser Health News; 1/14/20 A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons. Donald Frush, MD, is quoted.

Also see: ABC Bay Area (KGO 7),, Health Leaders Media, Orlando Medical News,,

In Australia, the air poses a threat; people are rushing to hospitals in cities choked by smoke Washington Post 1/12/20 Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is quoted.

Hearst Foundations grant more than $2 million to education, health, social service organizations SF Gate 1/11/20 The Hearst Foundations announced awards of 14 grants totaling more than $2 million to California education, health, culture and social service organizations. Packard Children’s is mentioned.

10 hospitals, health systems launching telehealth services Becker’s Hospital Review 1/8/20 Article mentions how Stanford Children’s Health launched telehealth services within its pediatric emergency department to allow the health system's pediatric specialists at other facilities to provide care for patients virtually.

Study: Young women getting pelvic exams they don’t need WebMD 1/7/20 Paula Hillard, MD, is quoted.  

New hospital debuts at Stanford University HC&O News 1/7/20 Article describes the new Stanford Hospital, and mentions Packard Children’s.

Stanford students help hospitalized kids learn science Scope 1/7/20 The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School Program and Stanford students have designed new science-lab activities known as LABScI. Admitted patients/students can continue to meet California science curriculum standards.  

100 hospital and health system CIOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review 1/6/20 Ed Kopetsky, chief information officer, and Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, are included in Becker’s 2020 annual CIO list.

Next generation of CAR-T cells possible Oncology Times 1/5/20 A study on cancer-fighting immune cells, CAR-T cells, can prolong their activity and increase their effectiveness against human cancer cells grown in the laboratory. Crystal Mackall, MD, is quoted.

Stanford's baby-care refresher 101 teaches expectant grandparents modern techniques Palo Alto Online 1/3/20 An article about the "Grandparents Seminar," a program designed to help new grandparents become better informed about the basics of infant care and make the most of their unique role in the family.

Why are you publicly sharing your child’s DNA information? New York Times 1/2/20 This opinion piece discusses how parents are exposing their personal health data by uploading their children’s genetic information on public websites. Louanne Hudgins, MD, is quoted.

New Year’s resolution: “Half the Sugar, All the Love” for healthy eating in 2020 San Jose Mercury News 1/2/20 Anisha Patel, MD, is quoted in this article on low-sugar recipes featured in her latest cookbook co-written with a healthy eating advocate.

An infant's eye color may change 6 months after they're born BabyGaga 1/2/20 Depending on the amount of melanin in a baby eyes, their eye color can change at any time from six months up to six years of age. Douglas Fredrick, MD, is quoted.

Doctors perform historic surgery with aid of virtual reality Medical Health News 1/2/20 Article features a patient family who came to Packard Children’s in search of a solution for their son’s life threatening brain tumor. Before the two-year-old patient underwent cranial base surgery, which had never been done on a patient so young, his team of doctors used virtual reality and a 3-D printed skull to practice and prepare for the surgery.

Also see: JewishLinJK

December 2019

What 30 hospital CEOs told Becker's in 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review 12/31/19 Paul King, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, is quoted about the importance of being prepared for unforeseen circumstances.

5 health IT executives to watch in 2020 FierceHealthcare 12/26/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, is highlighted as a healthcare tech leader. In the article she describes the way Stanford Children’s Health is using digital health tools, virtual reality and virtual visits to address the needs of children and their families.

This hospital celebrates reading with a sweet NICU book event Red Tricycle 12/25/19 Features the annual NICU reading event at Packard Children’s, which promotes the impact of talking and reading on premature infants’ brain development. Melissa Scala, MD, is quoted.

Holidays may bring more flu as virus continues to spread Everyday Health 12/19/19 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is quoted.

Sleep and genes Stanford Magazine 12/19/19 As sleep research at Stanford turns 50, a new generation of scientists are using biomedical techniques to unravel its mysteries. Rafael Pelayo, MD, is quoted.

My Santa hat KQED 12/19/19 In this perspectives piece, Paul Blumenthal, MD, talks about his first ever Santa hat and how a simple seasonal symbol appeared to have on almost everyone with whom he had contact while wearing it.

Paying it forward: Saratoga teen gives hope to NICU families NBC Bay Area; NBC Los Angeles 12/18/19 Profile on former patient Irika Katiyar, who was born prematurely at Packard Children’s and has since written a children’s book about prematurity, which has been given to families in the NICU.

This spiky patch could invisibly record vaccination history under skin Smithsonian 12/18/19 A study that would inject patterns of invisible nanoparticles -- microneedle patches – under the skin could allow health providers to archive and access patients’ past vaccinations by scanning their skin and be interpreted by smartphones. Grace Lee, MD, is quoted.

Rose Parade float to honor Richmond teen saved by liver transplant The Mercury News; East Bay Times 12/18/20 Former Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford transplant patient Khalieghya Dandie-Evans is featured. She rode atop the Donate Life float in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.

Also see: Post News Group

New Stanford Medicine Center dedicated to improvement science Stanford Medicine News 12/17/19 Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement aims to promote the science of improvement at the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Lane Donnelly, MD, and Lloyd Minor, MD, provide comments.    

Women to watch in health IT 2020 Becker’s Hospital Review 12/16/19 Natalie Pageler, MD, chief medical information officer, and Lisa Grisim, VP and associate CIO of Stanford Children’s Health, are featured.

How the design of a building can help patients heal ICON 12/16/19 Designers discuss how Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital has set new standards for pediatric healthcare design by developing a unique holistic, sustainable, and nurturing approach focusing on interactive patient experience and a culture of wellness.

Many daycare centers don’t require kids or adults to get flu shots Healthline 12/13/19 Since most childcare centers don’t require children and adult caregivers to get vaccinated, health care providers are seeing a rise in infectious diseases like the flu, especially among children and staff who aren’t vaccinated. Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, MD, is quoted.

Clarity, honesty matter most in critical care talks with patients Stanford Medicine News 12/13/19 Research shows conversations with patients and families about critical issues call for doctors to consider how their words are interpreted. Loren Sacks, MD, Barbara Sourkes, PhD, Anne Dubin, MD; and Diana Brady are featured. 

Also see: Scope

Expertos dialogan sobre la vacunación en Latinoamérica (Experts discuss vaccination in Latin America) Voice of America 12/11/19 Yvonne Maldonado, MD, is interviewed about the importance of flu vaccination, particularly in Latin America.

Brain function irregular in children with Type 1 diabetes, study says Stanford Medicine press release 12/9/19 The default mode network, which controls the brain at rest, does not switch off in children with Type 1 diabetes when they focus on a task, a study led by Stanford scientists has shown. Bruce Buckingham, MD, and Allan Reiss, MD, are authors on the study.

Flu season may peak just in time for the holidays Healthline 12/6/19 The CDC is reporting that flu activity has picked up in the last four weeks and could peak earlier than usual this year. Yvonne MaldonadoMD, is quoted in the piece. 

There's a healthcare crisis, and telemedicine wants to cure it CNET 12/6/19 Virtual appointments could be the answer to overcrowded doctors’ offices and months waiting for care.

FDA approves device for ear tube surgery without anesthesia Forbes 12/4/19 FDA approves device for ear tube surgery without anesthesia. Douglas Sidell, MD, is quoted. 

This woman wants to help regulate your period with food NY Times 12/4/19 Dietary and lifestyle changes that may help women dealing with complex and confounding hormonal issues, usually related to their periods. Jennifer Conti, MD, is quoted.

How a pharmaceutical company developed a breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis San Jose Inside 12/4/19 Article highlights a new availability for the treatment for cystic fibrosis and features a Packard Children’s patient. Michael Tracy, MD, is quoted.

Stanford researchers program cancer-fighting cells to resist exhaustion, attack solid tumors in mice Stanford Medicine press release 12/4/19 Stanford researchers found a way to keep cancer-fighting cells effective in mice with human tumors. Crystal Mackall, MD, is senior author of the study.

Packard Children’s News, quarterly magazine from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health:

Where hope lives The new opening of the fifth floor of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is featured.

Research and medicine soar Packard Children’s patients Peter Hanson and Miya Nguyen are featured. Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD, is mentioned.

Meet some of the world-renowned experts who call the fifth floor their new home Professors of pediatrics and medicine who work with patients in the Bass Cancer Center are highlighted. Crystal Mackall, MD; Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD; Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD; Robbie Majzner, MD; Michelle Monje, MD, PhD; Kara Davis, DO; and Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD, are featured.

Taking virtual reality for a test drive The New Yorker 12/2/19 Loren Sacks, MD, discusses the virtual reality program used to train physicians on how to communicate with patient families regarding diagnosis/treatment.