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Dec 08, 2015, 09:00 ET
John Costello, Director of the Augmentative Communications Program at Boston Children's Hospital works with ALS patient Todd Quinn on his message banking phrases as Todd's wife Cat looks on.

Boston Children's Hospital Establishes a Communication Program to Preserve Voices of ALS Patients Across the Country

The Augmentative Communication Program (ACP) at Boston Children's Hospital has received a $1.5 million gift to establish a program dedicated to...

Dec 07, 2015, 15:00 ET

Two laser-triggered, on-demand technologies for local pain control effective in preclinical models

A pair of preclinical studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nano Letters reveal two methods for using a...

Nov 12, 2015, 12:16 ET
Ringo, the dog that led to the discovery of a gene that mutes the effects of dystrophin loss in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ringo, along with one of his male offspring, has a variant in the Jagged1 gene that enabled him to walk and run normally and live a normal lifespan.

An unusual dog reveals a new approach to muscular dystrophy

 A golden retriever that stayed healthy despite having the gene mutation for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has provided a new lead for...

Nov 11, 2015, 11:46 ET

Boston Children's Hospital announces Innovation Tank, Ignite Talks Competition winners

 The Augmented Infant Resuscitator (AIR) was the unanimous winner of Boston Children's Hospital's pediatric Innovation Tank, a "Shark...

Nov 11, 2015, 09:00 ET

Stuart H. Orkin, MD, honored with Lifetime Impact Award at Boston Children's Hospital Innovation Summit

 Stuart H. Orkin, MD, associate chief of hematology/oncology at Boston Children's Hospital and chair of pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber...

Nov 11, 2015, 09:00 ET

Boston Children's Hospital presents Vijay G. Sankaran, MD, PhD, with Rising Star Award at Global Pediatric Innovation Summit

 Saluting his spectacular track record to date of innovative research on red blood cell disorders and his future promise as a...

Nov 10, 2015, 12:42 ET

Boston Children's Hospital announces winner and outcome of the CLARITY Undiagnosed Challenge

Boston Children's Hospital announced today at the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards (#PedInno15) the results of its international CLARITY...

Nov 10, 2015, 09:00 ET

Boston Children's Hospital, Rock Health partner to speed pediatric digital health startups

Boston Children's Hospital and digital health venture fund Rock Health today announced a strategic partnership aimed at accelerating the...

Nov 10, 2015, 09:00 ET
Simple steps for a second opinion

Boston Children's Hospital partners with digital health company Grand Rounds to offer expert second opinions

 Boston Children's Hospital and San Francisco company Grand Rounds announced today at the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards...

Nov 10, 2015, 08:00 ET
Dr. Christopher Walsh, Chief of Genetics at Boston Children's Hospital explores the IBM Watson for Genomics Dashboard.

Boston Children's Hospital to Tap IBM Watson to Tackle Rare Pediatric Diseases

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Boston Children's Hospital today announced that they intend to collaborate to apply IBM's Watson cognitive platform to help...

Nov 09, 2015, 14:00 ET
This image shows the opening flap made in the scalp to prepare for endovascular third ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery. The trainer, created by Fractured FX, will help train neurosurgeons to successfully execute the delicate surgery.

Boston Children's Hospital teams with Hollywood SFX company to build next-generation patient models

Boston Children's Hospital's simulator program, SIMPeds, has formed a partnership with the special effects company Fractured FX to create...

Oct 29, 2015, 15:05 ET

"Ensemble" modeling could lead to better flu forecasts, study finds

By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists at Boston Children's Hospital has...

Oct 22, 2015, 12:00 ET
New research published in Cell by Hu et al. reveals that the very shape of the genome may itself act as a form of gene regulation. Studies of a DNA-cutting enzyme called RAG show that it will only bind to and act on DNA shaped into loops. Further experiments suggest that such loops, which are found throughout the genome, may "sandbox" genes and the enzymes, such that any inappropriate or deleterious genomic activity is contained within the loop and does not cause widespread damage. Hu et al. think this may represent a hitherto unnoticed but fundamental principle underlying how the genome is organized.

Genomic loops keep genes and enzymes on track and out of trouble

A study of where and how an enzyme cuts DNA may have inadvertently revealed a basic principle of gene regulation, say researchers in Boston...

Oct 05, 2015, 10:15 ET
The catheter is inserted through a vein and directed through the hole in the patient's heart.

Medical Device Breakthrough: UV- light enabled catheter fixes holes in the heart without invasive surgery

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard John A....

Oct 05, 2015, 09:25 ET

C Tracker lets hepatitis C patients participate in outcomes research from their iPhone

 Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) are pleased to announce the release of C...

Oct 01, 2015, 12:00 ET
Blood levels of the hormone IGFBP3 (enterostaminine), shown here in green, are markedly elevated in people with longstanding type 1 diabetes, leading to destruction of intestinal stem cells. Adding a protein that soaks up the excess hormone restores normal stem cell function and could help prevent or treat diabetic enteropathy. Image credit: Riseon ( for the Fiorina Lab at Boston Children's Hospital.

Rescuing intestinal stem cells from attack in type 1 diabetes

Up to 80 percent of people with long-standing type 1 diabetes develop gastrointestinal symptoms—abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting,...

Sep 14, 2015, 13:17 ET
Troy Carter, founder and CEO of Atom Factory, and newly named guest shark on ABC's Shark Tank, will host the Innovation Tank at Boston Children's Hospital's Global Pediatric Innovation Summit and Awards in November.

Boston Children's Hospital's "Taking on Tomorrow" to Feature Innovation Tank, Ignite Talks for Pediatric Health Care Innovators

Taking on Tomorrow, Boston Children's Hospital's Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards (#PedInno15), will feature two opportunities for...

Sep 08, 2015, 13:16 ET
Alan Beggs, PhD, co-organizer of CLARITY Undiagnosed and director of Boston Children's Hospital's Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research.

Twenty-six competing teams set out to find answers for five undiagnosed patients

 Boston Children's Hospital today announced the launch of the CLARITY Undiagnosed competition. Through it, 26 registered teams from around the...

Aug 19, 2015, 12:17 ET
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MERS less fatal in South Korea than in Saudi Arabia, analysis reveals

 Fewer patients in the South Korean outbreak of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus have succumbed to the virus than...

Aug 07, 2015, 16:00 ET
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CTE: The history and the mystery

 Which athletes are at risk for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)? Can it be prevented? How is CTE related to sports concussions?...