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Mar 13, 2015, 10:30 ET

Study Bolsters 'Turbocharged' Protein as a Promising Tool in Hemophilia Gene Therapy

Using gene therapy to produce a mutant human protein with unusually high blood-clotting power, scientists have successfully treated dogs with the...

Mar 12, 2015, 16:30 ET
Study leader Dr. Shana McCormack is a pediatric endocrinologist

Babies' Body Mass Index May Predict Childhood Obesity

 Body mass index (BMI) during infancy may help to predict if a child will be obese by age four. In a study focused on the infant BMI-childhood...

Mar 11, 2015, 16:45 ET
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Neuroblastoma Expert John Maris, M.D., Available to Discuss FDA Approval of Unituxin, the Third FDA-Approved Drug Ever for Children with Cancer

Pediatric oncologist John M. Maris, M.D., is available to discuss a milestone event for children with cancer: yesterday's approval of Unituxin...

Mar 11, 2015, 10:32 ET

United Way Announces New Regional Leadership Structure in Southern New Jersey

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) today announced a new leadership structure in Southern New Jersey designed to...

Mar 05, 2015, 10:01 ET
Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale entices couples with a new wedding package featuring full planning and catering services for a ceremony and 5-hour reception in the on-site wedding venues for just $89 per guest. For information, www.CourtyardLansdale.com or call 1-215-412-8686.

Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale Creates Wedding-Day Bliss With New Package

 Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale invites couples to say "I do" to a new wedding deal that features extra incentives to make a big day extra...

Mar 04, 2015, 07:00 ET

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Named Level 2 Accountable Care Organization

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has earned accreditation as a...

Mar 03, 2015, 10:26 ET
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Surgeon, Dr. N. Scott Adzick, Receives Prestigious Award for Pioneering Contributions to Fetal Surgery. (PRNewsFoto/The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Dr. Adzick Honored for Pioneering Fetal Surgery Research

Two pioneers in American surgery, one from the 19th century and one contemporary figure, were the focus of a March 2 event at which the...

Mar 02, 2015, 11:01 ET

New Genetic Syndrome Found, Arising from Errors in 'Master Switch' During Early Development

Analyzing a puzzling multisystem disorder in three children, genetic experts have identified a new syndrome, shedding light on key biological...

Mar 02, 2015, 11:00 ET
Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, will receive the 2015 Women's Initiative Award from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey on March 25.

Independence Blue Cross executive Lorina Marshall-Blake Named 2015 United Way Women's Initiative Honoree

 Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs for Independence Blue...

Mar 02, 2015, 07:00 ET

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Opens Pediatric Urgent Care Center in Chalfont, Pa.

 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today opened an after-hours urgent care center in Chalfont, Pa., dedicated exclusively to...

Feb 26, 2015, 13:46 ET
J. William Gaynor,  M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says the PHC4 report on pediatric and congential heart surgery outcomes is an important initiative for patients, their families and their physicians. The report will provide families with a useful tool to help them determine the treatment options for their child. However, it is important to recognize that this is only a first step and the results presented in the report have not been adjusted for patient factors including premature birth and anomalies which increase the risk of a procedure.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Supports Public Reporting of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Outcomes

 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia supports the accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), which...

Feb 24, 2015, 06:00 ET

Philadelphia Elite Group Wins National Sales Award

 Philadelphia Elite Group, a privately owned sales and marketing company headquartered in Pennsylvania, announced that it has been awarded...

Feb 18, 2015, 08:00 ET
Child in MEG machine that measures brain's magnetic activity

Brain Imaging Links Language Delay to Chromosome Deletion in Children with Neurological Disorders

 Children born with a DNA abnormality on chromosome 16 already linked to neurodevelopmental problems show measurable delays in processing sound...

Feb 17, 2015, 13:02 ET

Proud to be "Just A Bar", celebrate The Bridge's Grand Opening Friday, February 20th - Proceeds to benefit the Barkan Family Healing Hearts Foundation

On Friday, February 20th, The Bridge Philadelphia is hosting its Grand Opening Celebration!  Doors open at 5PM, but the party doesn't stop...

Feb 17, 2015, 12:59 ET
Phillies promote Michael Stiles to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Phillies Promote Michael Stiles To Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

The Phillies announced today that Michael Stiles has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Stiles previously...

Feb 16, 2015, 13:35 ET
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Disney - ABC Television Group to Give The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia $250,000 Gift to Advance Buerger Center for Pediatric Care

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced a $250,000 gift from Disney, together with Disney • ABC Television Group and...

Feb 13, 2015, 18:06 ET

Featured Lectures from Cardiology 2015: the 18th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease

Pediatric cardiology researchers and clinicians from numerous centers from around the world are gathering at the Cardiology 2015 the 18th Annual...

Feb 12, 2015, 12:28 ET
Ambassador Nicholas Platt was presented with a plaque for his assistance in guiding The Philadelphia Orchestra's U.S. China Cultural Exchange programs at the conclusion of the Orchestra's Pearl River Delta Residency Week in China. Platt was recognized following a lecture in Hong Kong as part of the Asia Society Ambassador Burton Levin Lecture Series. Platt (third from left) was joined at the presentation by his sons, the acclaimed actor Oliver Platt (left), Adam Platt (second from left), the food critic for New York magazine, and Craig Hamilton, the Orchestra's vice president for global initiatives and government relations.

Philadelphia Orchestra Completes Pearl River Delta Residency Week with Commendation to Ambassador

At the conclusion of its Pearl River Delta Residency Week in China, The Philadelphia Orchestra presented Ambassador Nicholas Platt with a plaque...

Feb 11, 2015, 18:00 ET
While the origins of congenital heart disease remain a mystery, diagnostic capabilities continue to improve, and treatment and management strategies continue to evolve - however, many anomalies remain difficult to treat effectively, says Jack Rychik, M.D., the course director of Cardiology 2015: the18th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease and and medical director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

At Cardiology 2015 Conference, Experts in Congenital Heart Disease in Children and Adults Will Discuss Challenges in the Field

Many aspects of pediatric cardiology are relatively new to the discipline. Only recently have physicians been able to accurately diagnose and...

Feb 07, 2015, 20:21 ET

Philadelphia University Coach Herb Magee Makes History With 1,000th Win

 Herb Magee, Philadelphia University's legendary men's basketball head coach, earned his 1,000th career victory in front of an exuberant home...