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11/24/2014: Fostering a Culture of Psychological Safety

Improving patient safety through a culture of safety has been one of MGHfC’s goals since the Quality and Safety Leadership Team analyzed the results of the 2012 Safety Culture Survey.

11/21/2014: Art of healing

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients and their families gathered for a festive afternoon of arts and music at the 10th annual Fall for the Arts: An International Celebration.

11/21/2014: Hockey fights cancer

Area hospital pediatric patients, including those from MassGeneral Hospital for Children, served as bench assistants at the Oct. 28 Boston Bruins game against the Minnesota Wild.

11/14/2014: A soccer kick for a cause

When MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient David Badaro, 11, found out he was invited to attend the New England Revolution’s final game of the season, he was elated.

11/14/2014: Tackling cancer one rock at a time

MassGeneral Hospital for Children recently teamed up with One Summit, a rock climbing program that helps pediatric cancer patients build courage and self-confidence to fight the disease.

11/07/2014: Q&A: What is enterovirus?

Pediatricians from MGHfC's Department of Pulmonary Medicine discuss EV-D68, a strain of enterovirus that affects the lungs and airways.

11/03/2014: MGH Centralized Flu Shot Program Now Open

The MGH Centralized Flu Shot Program is now open to staff and patients 18 years or older in the Wang Ambulatory Center Main Lobby

10/31/2014: Goldstein Appointed New Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, has been appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC.

10/31/2014: Cowboys, crayons and cheerleaders, oh my!

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients suited up for the annual Trick or Treat Halloween Parade on Oct. 30.

10/31/2014: Rolling back school nutrition standards may threaten progress in addressing childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write the authors of an article that will appear in the Nov. 13 New England Journal of Medicine and has been released online.

10/29/2014: Rolling back school nutrition standards would threaten progress against childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write two MassGeneral Hospital for Children-affiliated pediatricians in an article that will appear in the November 13 New England Journal of Medicine.

10/27/2014: Colleges Could Do More for Students With Chronic Ills, Study Finds

Only half of campus clinics felt they could handle diabetes care, and many don't identify students with needs

10/24/2014: Outdoors Rx Expansion

Appalachian Mountain Club and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Team Up with WGBH on Outdoors Rx Expansion: Outdoor prescription program expands to Chelsea and Revere, includes new science education activities from WGBH’s PLUM LANDING

10/24/2014: Storybook Ball a sweet success

A bit of Willy Wonka magic inspired more than 500 people to raise $1.8 million for MassGeneral Hospital for Children during the 15th annual Storybook Ball.

10/24/2014: Happy Halloween

On Oct. 17, volunteers from the retail chain Spirit Halloween brought Halloween cheer to Ellison 18 with the Spirit of Children program, complete with costumes, decorations, games and crafts.

10/23/2014: Taylor family makes large donation to support the work of a Mass General surgeon

Singer James Taylor and his family make a substantial donation to MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the efforts of Dr. William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., who performs life-changing surgery on children around the world.

10/13/2014: Chemical present in broccoli, other vegetables may improve autism symptoms

A small study led by investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found evidence that daily treatment with sulforaphane – a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.

10/10/2014: Big Papi’s big heart

Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz hit a home run with pediatric patients and their families when he visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children Oct. 2.

10/03/2014: Goldstein named surgeon-in-chief of MGHfC

Allan M. Goldstein, MD, FACS,has been named chief of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, effective Oct. 1.

10/03/2014: Calling all runners to the 2015 Boston Marathon

The MGH is now accepting applications for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on April 20, 2015.

10/03/2014: Tackling obesity early

Elsie Taveras, MD, MHP, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Population Health Management addresses the prevalence of obesity in children during a Sept. 30 lecture – “Obesity Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Children: The Importance of Prevention in Early Life.”

10/01/2014: Delayed introduction to gluten appears not to prevent celiac disease in at-risk infants

An study led by investigators at the MGHfC Center for Celiac Research and Treatment finds that neither breastfeeding nor delaying the introduction of gluten-containing foods prevents or delays the development of celiac disease in at-risk children.

09/26/2014: A pitcher’s promise

Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow walked off the baseball field and into patient rooms at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sept. 15.

09/12/2014: Run of Hope raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer

Nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 27th annual Run of Hope Boston, hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston to benefit the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

09/08/2014: Decompressing After School: Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many children and teens on the autism spectrum expend a lot of energy to “hold it together” just to make it through the school day. When they get home from school they could benefit from a little time to decompress. Here are strategies parents can use to help facilitate this process.

08/29/2014: Head games – the impact of concussions

As fall sports commence, Walter Panis, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Clinic and the MGH Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, explains the ins and outs of concussions.

08/29/2014: Determined to succeed

The Aspire Adult Internship Program at the Lurie Center for Autism helps adults gain valuable experience in the work world.

08/29/2014: Camp comes to the kids

Summer may be coming to a close for some but not for patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

08/26/2014: Research of Inderneel Sahai, MD

Inderneel Sahai, MD, is an attending physician in the Genetics and Metabolic Disorders Unit at MGHfC. In addition to her practice at MGHfC, Inderneel Sahai, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of the New England Newborn Screening Program, University of Massachusetts. Her primary interests and research are focused on the Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Disorders Detectable by Newborn Screening.

08/26/2014: Research of Michael Whalen

Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Currently, therapy for childhood TBI is focused on controlling intracranial hypertension and minimizing secondary brain injury that may occur with hypotension, hypoxemia, seizures, fever, and other physiological insults.

08/26/2014: Medical Education for the Modern Student

Education is central to the mission of MassGeneral Hospital for Children. The education mission stretches the spectrum from medical students to residents to fellows to faculty. Indeed some of the techniques used to teach these medical learners are now used in pediatric patient education.

08/22/2014: Shark surprise

Shark Week came to an official end at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Aug. 20 with a special visit from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

08/15/2014: Connected care

Julie Perkins was one of the first to use the MassGeneral Hospital for Children's iPad telemedicine technology following her five-year-old daughter Fiona's recovery from reconstructive airway surgery.

08/15/2014: Cruisin’ with cops

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Cancer Center patients and their families cruised the Boston Harbor aboard the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Boat on July 31 as part of an event hosted by Cops for Kids with Cancer.

08/08/2014: Wilens named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently announced that Timothy E. Wilens, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, effective Aug. 1.

08/08/2014: New guidelines for “gluten-free”

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrated a milestone Aug. 5, when new Food and Drug Administration standards for gluten-free labeling went into effect.

08/05/2014: FDA Implements Safety Standards for Gluten-Free Labeling

Celiac patients and other consumers trying to sort the gluten-free from the gluten-filled, will have an easier time after August 5, when the FDA standards for gluten-free labeling go into effect.

08/01/2014: Back in the game

After suffering with debilitating symptoms for almost two years, 19-year-old Trevor Kenkel of Montana is finally looking forward to a bright future.

07/25/2014: Studying celiac’s infancy

Maureen Leonard, MD, is looking for 500 newborns at risk for celiac disease. The third-year Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Gastroenterology fellow is working with Alessio Fasano, MD, director of the Center for Celiac Research and division chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGHfC.

07/22/2014: Tips before you dip

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, offers parents advice on pool safety.

07/18/2014: Positive plunge

Sixty-nine swimmers – alongside former Olympic athletes – gleefully jumped into the Boston Harbor on June 11 to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research as part of the 21st annual Swim Across America (SAA) event.

07/18/2014: Show of swimmer support

Former Olympians share their medals with a MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/13/2014: Turner Syndrome Research Network (TRN) is Formed

A first step is taken at a national level to integrate the shared goals of those interested in Turner syndrome.

07/11/2014: Scoring smiles

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski visits with Awatif Albadri and her 22-month old son Ali Alghabban, in the Ellison 18 playroom on June 26.

07/11/2014: Planting hope

On June 25, Richard Bonasoro, chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, read his illustrated children’s book to cancer patients in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit.

07/11/2014: Spreading joy one jar at a time

Jordyn Bouchard, 2, was one of dozens of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients paid a special visit from the Jesse Rees Foundation on July 1.

07/08/2014: Siblings may have a greater influence than parents on a child’s obesity risk

A new report led by an investigator at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH finds that the risk associated with having an obese sibling is more than twice as great as that of having an obese parent and is even stronger among siblings of the same gender.

07/03/2014: Firework Safety: How to Keep Kids Safe on the 4th

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains how to keep kids safe around fireworks on the 4th of July.

07/03/2014: Clearing Up Confusion About Following a Gluten-Free Diet

In this news segment with Dr. Mallika Marshall from WBZ-TV Boston, Dr. Alessio Fasano, joined by patient Sharone Jelden, talks about diagnosis and treatment for celiac disease and who benefits from following a gluten-free diet.

05/19/2014: Chronic insufficient sleep increases obesity, overall body fat in children

One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7.

05/19/2014: Facts and tips for healthy sleeping habits

The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 6 to 12 sleep 10-11 hours per night. With a new study published in Pediatrics by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers linking reduced sleep and obesity, encouraging healthy sleeping habits in children has taken on a new precedence. The study's researchers, led by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, offer some facts and tips to help parents ensure their kids get a good night’s sleep.

05/16/2014: Score!

Exuberant MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Devin Cheeks, 14, rang the bell marking his final treatment at the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center on May 7.

04/29/2014: Celiac disease pathogenesis: Impact of microbiota derived metabolites

Stefania Senger's research focuses on how physiological and pathological alteration of the intestinal stem cell microenvironment, caused by pro- inflammatory stimuli, bacteria and derived toxins or byproducts, affects the proliferation and differentiation of the stem cell compartment and ultimately contributes to early steps of intestinal pathologies.

04/29/2014: Understanding healthy bone growth in childhood to improve long-term quality of life

Childhood is a critical time for bone health. Approximately 90% of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18, with about 50% of this acquired during the pubertal growth spurt. As a pediatrician, my research goal is to better understand the factors which impact bone growth and mineralization during this important window in order to maximize long-term bone health.

04/29/2014: New Approaches to Enhancing Innovation

In an era when collaborations between industry and academia are more prized than ever, the traditional model of academic research is evolving. A new model—one that matches critical needs in industry with crosscutting solutions from basic and translational research—is emerging throughout the academic community.

04/29/2014: Reducing Risk in Pediatric General Anesthesia

Each year, nearly 500,000 children in the US require general anesthesia (GA) for surgery. Recent evidence suggests that children may be vulnerable to the neurotoxic side effects from exposure to GA drugs. While newer, less-toxic anesthetic drugs may one day be available, our child patients urgently need solutions to reduce the risk of toxic exposure.

04/25/2014: Success for Mass General Marathon Teams

The 2014 Boston Marathon marked a triumphant return for the Mass General Marathon teams.

04/22/2014: Dr. Fasano Featured on MSNBC Talk on Leaky Gut and Painkillers

Overuse of popular NSAIDs is associated with intestinal permeability, which is a condition associated with celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders. Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, discusses the implications of using popular pain medication in relation to gluten-related disorders and exercise.

04/18/2014: Why we run

MGH marathon runners — in their own words

04/18/2014: Hippity Hoppity Hunt

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients and their siblings were treated to an egg-stravaganza in the Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care on April 17.

04/14/2014: Long-term study supports detrimental effects of television viewing on sleep in young children

A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration.

04/11/2014: A family affair

For 33-year-old Maryclaire Capetta of Storrs, Conn., the 2014 Boston Marathon is more than just 26.2 miles of terrain.

04/07/2014: Women with Turner Syndrome Tell Their Stories

Boston Globe article profiles Miriam Beit-Aharon, a patient in the MGH Turner Syndrome Clinic, whose mother, Claudette, edited a collection of essays of women living with Turner syndrome. The article mentions Co-Director Dr. Angela Lin, and her interest in the use of IVF for women with Turner syndrome.

04/04/2014: Lily & Dr. Weinstein: A Story of Endurance

Lily Waldeck, an 8-year-old former MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center patient, embodies the mission to persevere in the fight against childhood cancer. Thanks to the care she received from Howard Weinstein, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and the rest of her care team, she now proudly says that she’s “stronger and faster now than when [she] had leukemia.”

04/04/2014: Never too late to become a marathoner

Evy Picker, MD, 63 has never been a runner but she was inspired to run in “defiance of the Boston Marathon bombings” and now she is one of more than 80 MGH employees who are running for the MGH.

04/03/2014: Featured Runners: Boston Marathon 2014

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), founded the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Jenny Jacobsen

Jenny Jacobsen explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Caitlin Hemeon, RN

Caitlin Hemeon, RN, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Shannon Sawyer

Shannon Sawyer explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Brian Beale

Brian Beale explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Howard Weinstein, MD explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Aura Obando, MD

Aura Obando, MD, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner David Sweetser, MD, PhD

David Sweetser, MD, PhD, explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Pete Guiney

Pete Guiney explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Danielle Newell, RN

Danielle Newell, RN, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Joe Moran

Joe Moran explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Beth Callahan

Beth Callahan explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/28/2014: Lacing up for kids’ care

For marathoners Jeanne MacDonald, MD, of the MGH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Catherine Chapin, MD, a pediatric resident, and Kevin Timulty, a Braintree police officer, giving back is part of their everyday jobs.

03/28/2014: Recognizing pediatric research

Pediatric researchers within the MGH community were celebrated March 18 at the sixth annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Research Day in the Simches Building.

03/21/2014: Down Syndrome Day: Ben Majewski Speaks at UN

Panel discussions on “Health and wellbeing – Access and equality for all” (on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day).

03/14/2014: Hitting the pavement for two special patients

Aura Obando, MD, a medicine-pediatrics resident in her last year of residency will run the Boston Marathon in honor of the Sanchez-Ruballos family as part of the Mass General Marathon Team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time.

03/10/2014: People With Intellectual Disabilities Get a Say in Drug Trials

Wall Street Journal article mentions Mass General Down Syndrome program.

03/07/2014: Giving back, one step at a time

Leeds Pierce was 10 years old when her father ran the Boston Marathon in her honor as part of the Mass General Marathon Team “Fighting Kids Cancer ... One Step at a Time.”

03/03/2014: IQ-Boosting Drugs Aim to Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn

Bloomberg article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome program.

02/28/2014: Measles Q&A with Mark Pasternack, MD

Two cases of measles were reported in Framingham, MA on February 22, 2014. Mark Steven Pasternack, MD, unit chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, answers common questions about measles and the current situation.

02/28/2014: Fan favorites

Boston Bruins players visited the MGHfC as part of an auction item sold during the 14th annual Storybook Ball, a fundraiser that supports MGHfC research initiatives and patient care service programs.

02/28/2014: Nurses on the run

Six nurses on the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit are planning to run the 2014 Boston Marathon – five for charity teams and one as a qualified runner.

02/28/2014: Can Down Syndrome Be Treated?

Science Magazine article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program.

02/24/2014: Life After Cancer

After eight years in remission, Meredith Johnston and her younger sister Marissa Hudson are running the Boston Marathon with the Mass General Boston Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” to show kids that there is life after cancer.

02/19/2014: Creating an Indoor Winter Wonderland

The Child Life Team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children shares some tips for fun indoor activities to help parents have fun with their kids while avoiding the harsh winter weather.

01/31/2014: In the spirit of giving

On Jan. 17, Spirit Halloween Superstores representatives presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $41,775.

01/31/2014: Winter wonderland

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Cancer Center Winterfest Program was held on Jan. 5 at the Liberty Hotel.

01/30/2014: Winterfest Welcomes Wally

Mass General Hospital for Children's Cancer Center celebrated its annual Winterfest program on Sunday, January 5th at the Liberty Hotel.

01/24/2014: How to stay healthy and active during the winter

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, offers advice on how the whole family can stay active and healthy during freezing temperatures.

01/17/2014: Marathon mural inspires

Little blue footprints cross a make-believe Hopkinton starting line in the newly unveiled Mass General Boston Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” mural in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) on Yawkey 8.

12/20/2013: Childhood Obesity: The Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice

Research of Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

12/20/2013: Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Botswana

Research of Kathleen Powis, MD, MPH

12/20/2013: Tracking Salmonella and Fighting Leishmaniasis

Combined Research Meeting for the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center and Pediatric Gastroenterology Division

12/20/2013: Santa's helpers

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient Polina Connor, 12, gets a surprise visit and gift bag from Santa and his helpful elves in the Department of Orthopædic Surgery.

12/20/2013: Winning music

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient T. Jae Arnold, 7, wowed Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton and catcher Ryan Lavarnway with his prowess on the xylophone during the 2013 Red Sox Holiday Trophy Tour Dec. 9.

12/20/2013: Celebrity surprise

MGHfC patient and future firefighter Douglas Davis, 4, of Billerica, smiles after receiving a fire truck lunch box from R&B star Robin Thicke.

12/20/2013: Gracious gifts

On Christmas Eve day, Santa Claus will make a special stop at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children to deliver gifts on behalf of the MGH Blood Donor Center.

12/20/2013: Celebrity surprise

MGHfC patient and future firefighter Douglas Davis, 4, of Billerica, smiles after receiving a fire truck lunch box from R&B star Robin Thicke.

12/13/2013: MGHfC expands research efforts with new enterprise in Italy

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has partnered with the city of Salerno, Italy to establish an international research and education center.

12/13/2013: Tips for enjoying the holidays with food allergies

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center experts share their surefire tips for ensuring families with food allergies experience a happy and healthy holiday season.

12/10/2013: Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School

People with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders soon will have something to celebrate with the recent launch of the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School. Advancing basic and clinical research is the main goal of the partnership of experts in celiac care from Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with collaboration in clinical and training initiatives.

12/10/2013: Mural reflects Mass General Marathon Team legacy

Little blue footprints cross the starting line in Hopkinton, or so it seems upon entering the newly unveiled Mass General Marathon Team gallery in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit. The hallway mural, a physical reflection of the joy, inspiration, and hope that defines the Mass General Marathon Team, includes a montage of photos, quotes, news clippings and art capturing the team’s legacy.

12/01/2013: Turner Syndrome Clinic Offers a Lifetime of Coordinated Multispecialty Care

Opened in October of 2011 under the leadership of medical geneticist Angela Lin, MD, and Lynne L. Levitsky, MD, chief of pediatric endocrinology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and joined by reproductive endocrinologist Frances Hayes, MD, in 2013, the Turner Syndrome Clinic at MGHfC provides comprehensive evaluation and individualized care for newborns, toddlers and adolescents with Turner syndrome.

11/25/2013: 'Flashes of Hope' Captures Smiles on Camera

As part of a Flashes of Hope photo shoot, patients and families from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic had a unique opportunity to capture special memories in professional black and white photography. The volunteer-driven organization, based in Cleveland, takes professional portraits of children with cancer or life-limiting illness as a way to honor their lives and raise funds to support cancer research.

11/22/2013: Mass General study analyzes unicycle injuries in the United States.

A Massachusetts General Hospital study has identified, for the first time, the types of injuries incurred in unicycle accidents in the United States.

11/22/2013: SEA therapy

Tina Wilkins, a biologist at the New England Aquarium and her co-worker Eric Payne launched SEA Star in 2012 to provide a small group of pediatric patients and their families with two-hour behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium.

11/22/2013: SEA therapy

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients Delia Binette, 6, and Tyson LeBlanc, 7, stare transfixed at the glowing image that lights up the little room. Despite their age, both are familiar with X-ray machines and hospitals. But this X-ray is special – it shows the inside of a lookdown fish.

11/22/2013: Red Sox pride

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Olivia Walker, 6, gets a close-up look at the World Series trophy

11/15/2013: Celebrating community

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children hosted its annual Fall for the Arts event Oct. 20 to celebrate the healing arts programs that Pediatric Oncology patients and their siblings participate in throughout the year.

11/08/2013: Miracle comes full circle

It all began in the early morning hours of Jan. 29. Dawn Joyner was rushed by ambulance from Logan Airport to the MGH. She was 32 weeks pregnant and experiencing severe pain.

11/07/2013: Dr. Tim Buie of the Lurie Center talks to "Autism Speaks" about Patient Behavior and GI Distress

MGHfC pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Tim Buie talks to Autism Speaks about getting help for autistic children who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. He discusses reducing behaviors linked to GI distress and provides some tips for parents on recognizing these behaviors and talking to pediatricians.

11/04/2013: Fall for the Arts: A Community Celebration in Pediatric Oncology

A crowd of children and their families came together for the annual Fall for the Arts event, hosted by the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center on October 20th in the Yawkey Building.

11/01/2013: MGH and Mass Eye and Ear make history with auditory brainstem implant surgery

A team of surgeons, audiologists and nurses from the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently performed an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) on a 16-month-old patient – the youngest person in the U.S. to receive the device.

10/25/2013: Storybook Ball draws hope

If Harold, from the 1955 classic childhood storybook “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” were to draw a picture representing the 14th annual Storybook Ball, it would be a bull’s-eye. The premiere fundraising event for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) surpassed its $20 million milestone in cumulative funds raised.

10/25/2013: Fighting cancer

Boston Bruins players visit MGHfC.

10/25/2013: Keeping connected through the gift of technology

The iPad was a gift from Ralph and Sabina Fusco of The Richard Fusco Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping cystic fibrosis patients stay connected with their family and friends, keep up with their schoolwork and maintain an optimistic outlook during often long and frequent hospital stays.

10/25/2013: Spirit of Halloween

Spirit Halloween Superstores have donated more than $100,000 to MGHfC through its Spirit of Children Program.

10/11/2013: Shaping the delivery of care

For more than a decade, the MGH Patient and Family Advisory Councils have provided communication vehicles for patients and families to share their experiences.

10/11/2013: MGHfC offers support groups for children

Supportive groups at The MGHfC offer a safe place for siblings of a patient with a disability or for children who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

10/11/2013: Perfect Pass

New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s inpatient units Oct. 8 as part of the Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.

10/08/2013: Combination of anemia and high altitudes significantly increases risk of poor outcomes in children with pneumonia

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death of young children around the world, and a new study now finds that the risk of poor outcomes – including persistent pneumonia, secondary infections, organ failure or death – in children who contract pneumonia is four times higher in those who also have anemia and live at high altitudes.

10/04/2013: Knowledge is power

After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.

09/27/2013: Run Raises Hope for Kids’ Cancer

A record number of participants joined the annual Four Seasons Run of Hope on September 8th to raise awareness for pediatric cancer care and research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/27/2013: Prescribing nature and outdoor activity

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have teamed up to launch Outdoors Rx, an innovative program that gives health care professionals dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

09/27/2013: You can't do that...

MGHfC goes green during Slime Day, one of the several events held to celebrate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

09/25/2013: A Lifetime of Care at the Down Syndrome Program

After expanding its doors in July of 2012, the Down Syndrome Program has grown to include numerous age-appropriate clinics, experts from Mass General, MGHfC and the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and multidisciplinary care along with state-of-the-art resources to provide seamless transition from pediatric to adult care.

09/21/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital Receives the Extracorproeal Life Support Organization Award for Excellence in Life Support

Massachusetts General Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

09/21/2013: Mass General Receives Extracorproeal Life Support Organization Award for Excellence

Massachusetts General Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

09/18/2013: Appalachian Mountain Club and MGHfC Team Up to Help Families Live a Healthier Lifestyle

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children have joined forces to launch “Outdoors Rx,” an innovative new AMC program that gives healthcare professionals the dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

09/17/2013: Interview: Dr. Allie Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz talks about Down Syndrome with the hosts of Your Health® radio, a weekly one-hour radio talk show on patient health produced by the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine.

09/09/2013: In-home intervention improves routines that reduce risk of childhood obesity

A new study appearing in JAMA Pediatrics describes how a home-based program that helped at-risk families improve household routines was able to slow weight gain in a group of young children.

09/06/2013: The truth about Molly

Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at MassGeneral for Children, discusses Molly, the new club drug that’s been associated with overdoses in New England.

09/04/2013: Helping Your Teen Through a Break Up

Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offers tips on how parents can help their teens through a break up.

08/30/2013: Molecular etiology of human aortic aneurysm

Dr. Mark Lindsay conducts clinical and basic science research of aortic disease, including the clinical expression and molecular etiology of human aortic aneurysm.

08/30/2013: Hirschsprung Disease: exploring its causes, consequences, and novel treatments

Dr. Allan Goldstein researches the development of the enteric nervous system, including the causes of distal aganglionosis, causes and possible treatments of Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis (HAEC), and neuronal cell transplantation, a novel treatment approach for Hirschsprung disease.

08/30/2013: Genetic regulation of facial development

Dr. Eric Liao, director of the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, conducts research on the genetic regulation of facial development.

08/30/2013: Teddy bear tribute

A 13-year-old, who stitched and stuffed 54 bright and colorful bears, delivered them to pediatric patients at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

08/30/2013: Beary Fun

The Boston Bruins mascot and two of the team's Ice Girls visited the pediatric inpatient units on Aug. 23.

08/16/2013: Rolling out fun

Waiting for appointments in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Pediatric Imaging waiting room became a lot more fun this week thanks to a donation of a new Starlight Fun Center.

08/09/2013: FDA sets new labeling regulations for gluten-free foods

In a long-awaited step toward accurate gluten-free food labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its definition of “gluten free” to be used by food manufacturers.

08/02/2013: FDA Sets New Food Safety Regulations for Gluten-Free Foods

The FDA has released its definition of "gluten free" to be used by food manufacturers. The long-awaited regulations stem from research conducted by the Center for Celiac Research.

08/01/2013: Changing of the Guard

Every year, a seasoned group of pediatric residents complete a chapter in their training, and a fresh face of new interns walk the halls.

07/25/2013: Gifford Says Goodbye

Senior Child Life Specialist Marilyn Gifford leaves behind a legacy as she retires after 29 years at Mass General Hospital for Children.

07/24/2013: Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.

07/19/2013: Playing It Cool In The Heat

The Child Life Team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children shares some tips for fun indoor activities to help parents have fun with their kids while avoiding the heat.

07/19/2013: Making waves

On July 12, 80 swimmers – alongside former Olympic athletes – plunged into Boston Harbor, braving the cold, choppy waters to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research as part of the 20th annual Swim Across America (SAA) event.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/12/2013: Designated glitter

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz visits MGHfC patients after presenting the hospital with a $20,000 donation from the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

07/12/2013: Designated glitter

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz visits MGHfC patients after presenting the hospital with a $20,000 donation from the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

07/12/2013: Residents and fellows storm the State House

Residents and fellows from pediatric residency programs throughout the state joined in an effort to advocate for children during the annual Residents and Fellows Day at the Massachusetts State House (RFDASH).

07/05/2013: Traveling with Kids: How to prevent infections on vacation

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jason Harris, MD, answers questions about protecting your family from infections while traveling.

06/28/2013: Study: Pediatric practices offer smoking cessation help to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: they may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, their child’s doctor.

06/24/2013: Pediatric practices can offer smoking cessation assistance to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: you may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, your child’s doctor. A study in the journal Pediatrics, which has been posted online, shows that it is feasible for pediatric practices to incorporate into their normal routine efforts to inform patients' parents about services available to help them quit smoking.

06/19/2013: Bubbles and books brighten MGHfC patients

Bubbles and songs burst from the Ellison 17 playroom on June 10 as Paul Carafotes read his children’s book “The Adventures of Charlie Bubbles!” to MGHfC patients.

06/17/2013: Study finds significant racial and ethnic disparities in usage of specialty services for children with autism

A study from investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that African-American or Hispanic children diagnosed with autism were significantly less likely than white children to have received subspecialty care or procedures related to conditions that often accompany autism spectrum disorders.

06/14/2013: Honorees shine at sixth annual MGH Cancer Center gala

On June 5, the MGH Cancer Center hosted the sixth annual the one hundred gala. Hosted by actor and Newton native John Krasinski, the fundraiser attracted some 900 attendees, raised more than $1.3 million, and honored 100 individuals and organizations for their commitment and contributions to the fight against cancer.

06/06/2013: Pediatric Nursing Staff Receives Yvonne L. Munn Research Award

Arlene Kelleher, RN, Nursing Director of the Pediatric ICU, Brenda Miller, RN, Nursing Director of Ellison 17 and 18, and staff win the Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Award.

06/03/2013: Early-life risk factors account for racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity

A research team reports in JAMA Pediatrics that the known prevalence of obesity and overweight among black and Hispanic children can largely be explained by risk factors such as rapid infant weight gain, early introduction of solid foods and a lack of exclusive breast feeding.

05/30/2013: We Remember

With a month gone by, the tragic events of the Boston Marathon are fading into the fabric of our memories. But as our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by tragedy, we at MassGeneral Hospital for Children also remember the original glory and purity of the day, and the strength we’ve shown to carry on.

05/20/2013: Gluten-Free Diet Myths Examined in HuffPo

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, separates the myths from the realities about the gluten-free diet in this video with Huffington Post science editor Jacqueline Howard.

05/17/2013: Goldstein named chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, director of the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and will lead the division’s clinical, education, research and community service activities.

05/17/2013: What everyone should know about mumps

Mark Pasternack, MD, chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers questions about mumps, an acute and highly contagious viral illness.

05/03/2013: A song from the heart

Actress Lauren Potter from the “Glee” television show cast visited pediatric patients at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

05/01/2013: With Down syndrome diagnoses comes a wrenching choice

As prenatal tests proliferate and come earlier, more couples are arriving at a medical crossroads.

05/01/2013: Life with Down syndrome is full of possibilities

The lives of the 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome today are radically different than a generation ago.

04/30/2013: Fellows and Families Ask Important Questions

Parents and fellows gathered for the unique opportunity to ask pressing questions they normally would not be comfortable asking in a clinical setting at the Family Advisory Council luncheon on April 5th.

04/26/2013: 2013 Boston Marathon teams

Photo montage of members of the 2013 Boston Marathon teams

04/24/2013: Some happy amongst the sad, Dr. Runs for Fallen Angel

Karen Livernois writes about the care her daughter Yvie received at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Dr. Avi Traum's request to run the Boston Marathon in memory of Yvie.

04/19/2013: Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.

04/16/2013: How to Talk to Kids Following the Boston Marathon Explosion

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after the Boston Marathon explosion incident.

04/15/2013: Expanding the Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders

Transcending the disciplines of microbiology, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s research focuses on the mucosal biology of the gut. By focusing on the “cross talk” between enteric pathogens and their hosts, Dr. Fasano’s group has elucidated various organs and cell functions involved in health and disease, including inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

04/15/2013: Connecting innate and adaptive immunity

Research of Anna Sokolovska, PhD, Research Associate, Developmental Immunology Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

04/15/2013: Research of Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH

Drs. Warren Zapol and Ryan Carroll of the Anesthesiology Center for Critical Care Research and are currently leading a phase II clinical trial in the safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide as an adjunctive treatment for pediatric patients with cerebral malaria in Uganda (ClinicalTrial.gov: NCT01388842).

04/15/2013: Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH

Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MGHfC and the Lurie Center for Autism, specializing in the treatment of children with difficult to control seizures. He has a special interest in children with autistic spectrum disorders, especially those with Angelman syndrome and duplications of chromosome 15q (Dup15q). He is the director of both the Angelman syndrome clinic and the Dup15q Center at MGHfC and the Lurie Center and the majority of his clinical research focuses on the treatment of seizures in these 2 genetic disorders.

04/12/2013: National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist

The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

04/12/2013: Aspire Gala raises nearly $1.4 million for MGHfC

More than 900 people turned out for this year’s Aspire Spring Gala, which raised nearly $1.4 million to support the MassGeneral Hospital for Children program that helps children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop the social skills critical for success at home, school and within the community.

04/12/2013: Child Protection Consultation Team offers support, training

Training, supporting and closely collaborating with clinicians are key roles of the MGH Child Protection Consultation Team, which is available 24 hours, seven days a week to ensure staff always have a person to turn to when dealing with child abuse or suspected maltreatment cases.

04/08/2013: High-tech imagery helps surgeons combat epilepsy

The Boston Globe reports on imaging's role in surgery as a growing treatment option for children with epilepsy.

04/05/2013: A spring tradition

MGHfC hosts annual spring egg hunt.

04/05/2013: Following in her father’s footsteps

For Michael Shea, his fifth time running the Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Marathon Team will be unique because he will have his inspiration – his daughter Elizabeth – running alongside him.

04/04/2013: Olivia Finds Her Voice

Lifechanging airway surgeries allow 3-year-old MGHfC patient Olivia Cabral to talk for the very first time.

04/01/2013: Make Gluten-Free Food Safe for Patients and Consumers

Calling for action on the final steps before implementation of safe gluten-free labeling regulations, Dr. Alessio Fasano joined Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) in an Op-Ed published in the Huffington Post Healthy Living section on April 3.

03/29/2013: A slam dunk for the Lurie Center

THE LURIE CENTER FOR AUTISM at the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children was one of the beneficiaries of the 14th annual Full Court Charity Challenge March 16 at Basketball City in Boston.

03/22/2013: MGHfC hosts fifth annual Research Day

FOR MASSGENERAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN Physician-in-Chief Ronald Kleinman, MD, the highlight of the fifth annual MGHfC Research Day was the thought-provoking conversations he had with pediatric researchers. “It’s really remarkable how integrated our research is within a set of highly diverse themes,” says Kleinman. “That tells me we are really coming together as a research community here and helping each other to grow.”

03/22/2013: Anniversary of a promise

WHEN SHE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE as a member of the 2013 Mass General Boston Marathon Team on April 15, Lindsey Beggan’s life will have come full circle. It was 15 years ago, on the day of the team’s first marathon, that Beggan was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone disease. It also was the day her father made her a promise.

03/20/2013: An ‘Angel’ Remembered

Family, friends and staff gather to honor MGHfC patient Christopher Driscoll, 18, who passed away January 22.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Bonnie Monahan

Bonnie Monahan explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Caroline Armington

Caroline Armington explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Rachael Higgins

Rachael Higgins explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Howard Weinstein explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Erica Masini

Erica Masini explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Karin Sachs Wood

Karin Sachs Wood explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Scott Hilt

Scott Hilt explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Margo Smith

Margo Smith explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Featured Runners: Marathon 2013

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, founded the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Kenny Shann

Kenny Shann explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Megan Hall

Megan Hall explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/14/2013: New Family-Friendly Center for Perioperative Care Opens

Separate pediatric and adult waiting areas and patient bays transform the Mass General Center for Perioperative Care.

03/08/2013: Time for Tea with the FAC

As a way to spread the word about the work of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Family Advisory Council hosted a special Tea Time event on the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.

02/28/2013: Time for Tea with the FAC

Family Advisory Council hosts tea and cupcakes event in the NICU and PICU.

02/23/2013: Who Has the Guts for Gluten?

New York Times article features Alessio Fasano, MD, of the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

02/15/2013: Love Is In the Air at MGHfC

Hugs and kisses melted hearts at the annual Angels Above Valentine's Day party at MGHfC.

02/15/2013: A ring of pride

Boston Bruins players visit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children as part of an auction item sold during the 13th annual Storybook Ball.

02/13/2013: Probiotic-Derived Treatment Offers New Hope for Premature Babies

Chemicals secreted by "good" bacteria that typically live in the intestines of babies could reduce the frequency and severity of a common and often-lethal disease of premature infants.

02/11/2013: Mouse models fail to reproduce inflammatory genomic response to serious injuries

Existing mouse models do not appear to accurately reproduce the human genomic response to serious traumatic injury, including major burns.

02/08/2013: MGHfC gets a Halloween treat

Spirit Halloween SuperStores representatives Dan Mathis and Michael Cutting presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $33,840 on Feb. 5.

02/01/2013: Division of General Pediatrics welcomes new chief

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will welcome Elsie Taveras, MD, as the new chief of the Division of General Pediatrics on April 1.

01/25/2013: Challenging Asperger's at Camp

Aspire tailors its therapeutic Summer Camp program for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum Disorders.

01/25/2013: Center for Celiac Research joins MGHfC

After nearly two decades of providing clinical care for patients and conducting innovative research on celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, the Center for Celiac Research has relocated from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC), as part of the MGHfC’s newly renamed Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center.

01/25/2013: Lessons learned through pages turned

When it came time for Bryn Seltzer, 13, of Needham, to choose her bat mitzvah project, she knew she wanted to give back to the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which had cared for her since she was 6 years old.

01/24/2013: Center for Celiac Research Joins MassGeneral Hospital for Children

The Center for Celiac Research, under the leadership of Alessio Fasano, MD, has moved from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in Boston.

01/18/2013: Sharing the magic of Disney

Former patient and Disney enthusiast donates collectibles to MGHfC.

01/18/2013: Winterfest wows with a memorable afternoon

More than 150 children and their families turned out to the annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center Jan. 13 at the Liberty Hotel.

01/15/2013: Doctors Finding it Easier to Diagnose Down Syndrome

Interview with Dr. Brian Skotko, co-director of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program on FOX25 News.

01/14/2013: Blood Donor Center Moving On Up

In March, the Mass General Blood Donor Center will temporarily move from the Gray lobby to the 12th floor of the White building. The move will facilitate the renovation of the existing donor center, which will include a modern redesign with a more open floor plan.

01/11/2013: Surprise visit

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz visits MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

01/07/2013: Red Sox Foundation recognizes Operation Airway

On September 21, the Red Sox foundation recognized Operation Airway with a $5,000 check as part of the “100 Acts of Kindness” campaign in honor of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.

01/07/2013: Interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano on the Center for Celiac Research — Past & Future

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research, speaks with Jules Shepard on The Gluten Free Voice Radio Show to discuss the Center’s future and the move to MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

12/26/2012: Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.

12/24/2012: Multisystem Studies Speed Understanding of Innate Immunity

Recent work at the MassGeneral for Hospital Children’s Developmental Immunology Program reveals potential therapeutic targets for staph-related infections, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and atherosclerosis.

12/21/2012: Bruins score with annual toy delivery

Boston Bruins alumni visit pediatric patients at MGHfC.

12/21/2012: The gift of giving

MGH Blood Donor Center celebrates the holiday season.

12/21/2012: Holiday home run

The Boston Red Sox Holiday Caravan visits MGHfC.

12/21/2012: Santa, elves and penguins too!

The Department of Orthopædic Surgery Oncology Service arranged a special holiday visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their penguin friends to pediatric patients.

12/20/2012: Helping Families During Medical Crises

When a family is hit with a medical crisis, it often feels as though the world is turned upside down. It is during these challenging times that friends and other family members’ support becomes invaluable.

12/17/2012: No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome

In a blog post shared here, D. Scott McLeod, PhD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children psychologist and executive director of Aspire Program, says persons with ASD are no more likely to commit a violent act than persons not on the autism spectrum.

12/14/2012: Research of Brian Cummings, MD

Dr. Cumming's research has found no significant cardiovascular side effects in continuous sedation of dexmedetomidine without a loading dose in critically ill children for infusions up to 24 hours.

12/14/2012: Research of Cassandra Michelle Kelleher, MD

Dr. Kelleher's laboratory has created a mouse lung culture model to study how alveoli form and is using the model to identify therapies that may help newborns with lung diseases.

12/14/2012: Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants

Premature birth remains one of the most challenging problems in pediatrics. The implementation of sophisticated technologies and neonatal specific interventions have contributed to an increase in survival among very low-birth-weight-infants from 15% to 75% over the past decade. However, with these gains in survival, morbidity related to immaturity of gastrointestinal function has increased significantly. Infants who previously would have succumbed to complications associated with prematurity and low birth weight are surviving, but often with impaired growth and neurodevelopment as a result of gastrointestinal complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

12/14/2012: Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation at Harvard Medical School

Physician-scientists are able to see the full picture: With firsthand exposure to patients, they understand the human side of disease. And with skilled laboratory training, they have the necessary tools to develop therapies to manage disease.

12/14/2012: Reaction from the winner of the Pilot Feasibility Award, 2011

Jamie Micco, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry, received the Research Pilot and Feasibility Award from the Research Council in July, 2011, and used it to support a study of the development of cognitive biases in young children (ages 4-7) of parents with a history of anxiety disorders.

12/14/2012: Reaction from a winner of the Clinical Effectiveness Award 2012

Peter P. Moschovis, MD, MPH, a research fellow in pulmonary critical care at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, won the 2012 Clinical Effectiveness Award from the Research Council.

12/14/2012: 12:12 on 12-12-12

Noelle Joy Klinker knows how to make an entrance – she was welcomed into the world at 12:12 pm on 12-12-12, a moment that comes along just once every 100 years.

12/14/2012: How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy?

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

12/10/2012: Comfort and Support after Loss Memorial Service

The 21st annual Pediatric, Neonatal and Obstetric Memorial Service was held at Mass General Hospital for Children on November 4. The service is dedicated to MGH families who have experienced the death of a child, from infancy through adolescence, including miscarriage or stillbirth.

12/07/2012: Tips for Travel

Traveling with children who have food allergies can be challenging, but with a little preparation, you don’t need to stay home.

12/07/2012: Food Allergy Center Research Provides Hope for Future Treatment of Food Allergies

The Food Allergy Center strives to answer why some people react to certain foods. Research provides hope for future treatment of patients with food allergies.

12/07/2012: A Nurse Who Wears Many Hats

As both a pediatric allergy and pulmonary nurse and mother of children with food allergies, Lisa provides an insight into the emerging food allergy developments.

12/07/2012: MGHfC programs offer support for staff, patients and families

MGHfC hosts Tea and Empathy program and Pediatric, Neonatal and Obstetric Memorial Service.

12/06/2012: Breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug gives hope, transforms lives

Praised by experts as a breakthrough for patients with a particular form of cystic fibrosis, ivacaftor was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2012 and is the first of its kind to treat the underlying defects of the disease, rather than manage its symptoms.

12/06/2012: Celebrating the Arts in Pediatric Oncology

Nearly twenty patients and their families gathered November 12 for a night of crafts, music and art awards hosted by the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

11/30/2012: Interview: Dr. Brian Skotko

New numbers show about 4,700 babies are born each year with Down Syndrome. That's down according to Down Syndrome Education USA.

11/29/2012: Taking a Deep Breath: Avoiding Holiday Stress

Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on managing holiday stress.

11/12/2012: Smoking parents often expose children to tobacco smoke in their cars

MassGeneral Hospital for Children study suggests that parents may not recognize the dangers of smoking in their cars with a child present.

11/09/2012: MGHfC launches new clinics and program

MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.

11/02/2012: Ben Majewski: Una vida intensa y plena

Profile of Ben Majewski, Self-Advocate Resource Specialist at the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, in the journal "Sindrome de Down: Vida Adulta," from the Fundación Iberoamericana Down 21 in Madrid, Spain. Article is in Spanish.

11/02/2012: MGHfC patients treated to ‘spooktacular’ events

Princesses, punk rockers, skeletons and ghouls paraded through the halls of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) during a month-long celebration of “spooktacular” Halloween events.

10/26/2012: A lasting friendship for two families

Twenty-five years after their sons were diagnosed with leukemia, the Masserys and Donnellans remain close friends -- and the two young men are now long cancer free.

10/26/2012: Storybook Ball supports MGHfC nutrition, music and art therapy

The 13th annual Storybook Ball Oct. 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts raised more than $1.3 million.

10/26/2012: In General: James M. Perrin, MD

In General awards and honors

10/25/2012: Storybook Ball Raises More Than $1.3 Million for MGHfC

More than $1.3 million was raised for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) at the 13th annual Storybook Ball Oct. 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

10/25/2012: Thirteen tips to Navigate the Holidays Joyfully and Safely

Shift the focus from holiday foods and plan memorable holiday activities for your children to enjoy this season that are safe and free from allergens.

10/24/2012: PICU Study Finds Telemedicine Feasible for Remotely Managing Care

In a recent study, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) found that nighttime telemedicine linking staff intensivists on overnight home-call with PICU bedside care providers, patients and their families is technologically feasible and beneficial for remotely managing critically ill patients.

10/23/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Launches Angelman Syndrome Clinic

The Angelman Syndrome Clinic, one of only two in the country, will work to reduce the frequency and severity of Angelman syndrome symptoms, particularly seizures, and to develop dietary regimens for individuals that further assist in the reduction of symptoms.

10/22/2012: Celebrating 101 Years of the Department of Pediatrics

Friends from far and wide gathered to celebrate 101 years of the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital on Friday, October 12.

10/22/2012: Ether Day: MGHfC Celebrates Longtime Employees

This year, over 3,400 employees were honored and given pins and ribbons for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 years of service at the Ether Day event on October 14 under the Bullfinch tent.

10/19/2012: In General: Oct. 19, 2012

In General: Oct. 19, 2012

10/17/2012: Loring School Little Buddy Challenge

SudburyPatch article includes mention of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program and Dr. Brian Skotko.

10/15/2012: Halloween Safety Tips

The pediatric nursing staff at MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers suggestions on how to keep your trick or treating safe and your holiday trouble free.

10/12/2012: Mom Empowers Families to Understand Rounds

Sarah Santos, mother of an MGHfC patient, partners with the Family Advisory Council to create an educational document informing patients and families about their role during the medical team’s morning rounds.

10/12/2012: How to Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jason Harris, MD, answers questions about the 2012-2013 flu season and how you can protect your family against the flu.

10/10/2012: Criteria used to diagnose sports head injuries found to be inconsistent

A study of sports programs at three major universities finds that the way the injury commonly called concussion is usually diagnosed – largely based on athletes' subjective symptoms – varies greatly and may not be the best way to determine who is at risk for future problems.

10/05/2012: Celebrating Amazing Moms

A Sept. 9 celebration at the Liberty Hotel honored a special group of mothers – moms of childhood cancer survivors and childhood cancer patients currently in treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/24/2012: Christopher J. McDougle, MD, honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The George Tarjan Award recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career or single seminal work to the understanding or care of those with developmental disabilities. These contributions must have national and/or international stature and clearly demonstrate lasting effects.

09/24/2012: Christopher J. McDougle, MD, named among top 1% of doctors by U.S. News & World Report

Dr. McDougle is listed among the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry.

09/21/2012: When Is My Child’s Snoring a Problem?

Craig Canapari, MD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and sleep expert, answers questions about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ revised sleep apnea guidelines, which say all children and teens who frequently snore should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), all children with OSA and enlarged tonsils should consider having their tonsils removed, and all children who undergo tonsil removal surgery should be re-evaluated for sleep apnea and consider alternate treatments if their condition has not improved.

09/21/2012: Taking Time to Celebrate Amazing Moms

On September 9, the Celebrating Amazing Moms event in the Liberty Hotel honored a special group of mothers – moms of childhood cancer survivors and childhood cancer patients currently in treatment at the Center for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/21/2012: Lurie Center joins largest study of drug to treat social impairment

The Lurie Center for Autism at MassGeneral Hospital for Children will take part in a $12.6 million study of the effectiveness of using intranasal oxytocin – a hormone believed to be important in the formation of social bonds – to treat impaired social relatedness in children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.

09/14/2012: Hyundai donates $250,000 to MGHfC

For the third consecutive year, Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with a $250,000 check to support pediatric cancer research.

09/14/2012: Lurie Center Part of the Largest Drug Study for Treatment of Impaired Social Relatedness in Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism will take part in the largest study ever done on a medication to treat impaired social relatedness in children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorders.

09/14/2012: Could a ban on large soft drinks be effective?

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants that was passed September 7, 2012.

09/14/2012: Could banning large soft drinks be effective in the fight against obesity?

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors that was passed September 7, 2012.

09/07/2012: AAP revises circumcision policy, says benefits outweigh risks

Marvin Wang, MD, co-director of Newborn Nurseries at MassGeneral Hospital for Children answers questions about the newly updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy, which states the health benefits outweigh the risks of circumcision.

09/07/2012: Surfers make a splash at MGHfC

Surfers from the Mauli Ola Foundation visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients on Aug. 27.

08/29/2012: A Healthy Start Back to School

Christina Scirica, MD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, shares tips on how parents can help their kids kick off the new school year with healthy eating and activity habits.

08/24/2012: NASA astronaut visit a blast for patients and staff

NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen, a Massachusetts native who has been on three flights to the International Space Station, visited the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s inpatient units.

08/24/2012: Summer sundaes

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Family Advisory Council hosted an Ice Cream Social on Aug. 21.

08/24/2012: Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

08/24/2012: Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

08/23/2012: MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center: Collaborative Research

Obesity is a unique medical problem because it affects a large proportion of the population across the entire lifespan, causes comorbidities in virtually every organ system including mental health and social functioning, typically affects several members of the same family, and is remarkably refractory to treatment. Accordingly, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center is a unique program, with the following goals: multidisciplinary clinical care for children with obesity, lifespan approach, collaborative research.

08/23/2012: Breastfeeding and the Development of Allergic Disease

In addition to practicing pediatric allergy/immunology at MGHfC and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital outpatient Pediatric Specialty Ambulatory Care Center, Dr. Iyengar conducts translational research on breast milk factors implicated in the development of allergic disease. As an Associate Investigator of the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center (HCNRC) at MGH, she studies the role of breast milk in modulating gut mucosal responses in allergic disease.

08/23/2012: Studying the Genetics of Early-Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Moran is a pediatric gastroenterologist who practices clinically in the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programs at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Newton Wellesley Hospital. He conducts clinical and basic science research to better understand the cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

08/23/2012: Microvillus inclusion disease (MVID): clathrin and intestinal polarity

Dr. Zhang studies microvillus inclusion disease (MVID), an inherited intestinal failure syndrome of infancy. She currently works in Dr. Verena Gobel's laboratory in Developmental Gastroenterology.

08/23/2012: Healthcare Career Day at Camp Harbor View

This summer, MassGeneral Hospital for Children staff participated in the Partners Health Explorers Program at Camp Harbor View during two career fair days. The fair days helped campers learn about health professionals and their careers through hands-on activities and games.

08/22/2012: NASA Astronaut Inspires Pediatric Patients and Staff

Stephen Bowen, a Massachusetts native who has been on three spaceflights to the International Space Station, visited the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s inpatient units, the PICU and the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit on Aug. 17 to promote “Destination: Station,” NASA’s International Space Station exhibit featured at the Museum of Science now through Labor Day.

08/21/2012: Perrin for President of the AAP

James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children for over 25 years, is running for the presidency of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A passionate public policy leader, Perrin shares his background and objectives, and encourages members of the Academy to vote in the 2012 election starting August 31st through September.

08/17/2012: MGHfC physicians engage with ‘mommy bloggers’

Nine local mothers who blog about parenthood visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) on July 31 to meet MGHfC physicians and learn about three popular pediatric health topics – obesity, food allergy and sleep behavioral disorders.

08/06/2012: Crushing Cancer

After their 8-year-old son had a successful brain tumor surgery in their home state of Washington, Joe and Leigh McGraw chose to take Tommy to MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center for targeted treatment. The McGraw's share the story of their experience at MGHfC in the letter and video below.

08/03/2012: What are the differences between oral immunotherapy and food challenges?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, division chief of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the differences between food challenges, which are established methods of care, and oral immunotherapy, which is still in research.

08/03/2012: Bruins player surprises pediatric patients

MassGeneral Hospital for Children recently welcomed Shawn Thornton, left wing for the Boston Bruins. Thornton visited children July 26 in the Ellison 18 inpatient pediatric unit and the Yawkey 8 Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic.

08/01/2012: Mass. General and MassGeneral Hospital for Children launch new Down syndrome program

New Down syndrome program offers multiple clinics each week tailored to meet the unique medical and psychosocial needs of patients of all ages.

07/27/2012: MGH and MGfC launch new Down syndrome program

The MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children have launched one of the only comprehensive adult and pediatric Down syndrome programs in the nation.

07/27/2012: In Quest to Explain Shootings, Probing Mental Illness

Wall Street Journal article quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

07/24/2012: Talking to Kids about the Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado

Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, CO.

07/24/2012: Rethinking Spanking

In response to new research exploring the controversial practice of spanking, MassGeneral Hospital for Children physicians Peter Greenspan, MD, and Raymond Levy, PsyD, share their stance and offer advice to parents on how to discipline kids without the use of violence.

07/20/2012: Ben Majewski Inspires Down Syndrome Clinics

Ben Majewski, Resource Specialist in the MassGeneral Hospital Down Syndrome Program, tells clinical leaders at a national conference that they should hire a person with Down syndrome.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

07/16/2012: Diagnosing and Treating Food Allergy in Pediatric Patients

Food allergy is an immune-based disease affecting an estimated 5 percent of children younger than age 5 and 4 percent of teens and adults.

07/13/2012: Duck Tour makes a splash

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in June, a group of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients and their families climbed aboard a Boston Duck Tours vehicle for a special tour of the city.

07/01/2012: MGHfC Opens State-of-the-Art Pediatric Endoscopy Suite

MGHfC opened a new, state-of-the-art pediatric endoscopy suite in February 2012. It combines the most advanced technologies for endoscopic diagnosis and treatment with a physical layout and care model geared for the comfort of pediatric patients and their families.

06/29/2012: Theodore Roosevelt Association donates teddy bears

On June 15, members of the Boston College men’s ice hockey team – winners of the 2012 national college hockey championship – visited pediatric patients and handed out cuddly toy bears donated by the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s (TRA) Teddy’s Bears for Kids New England Chapter.

06/29/2012: Grant helps transform primary care

The MGH General Medicine Division recently was honored with a $1 million grant from the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care to help transform primary care within MGH practices.

06/28/2012: Food Allergy Center Summer Newsletter

Read about summer camp and your food allergic child, allergy anxiety, new books for parents and more in the summer Pediatric Food Allergy Center newsletter

06/28/2012: Down Syndrome: One Family's Decision

From WCVB-TV, Ch. 5, segment quotes MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP.

06/28/2012: Earlier, Easier Down Syndrome Test

From WCVB-TV, Ch. 5, segment quotes MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP.

06/28/2012: Will New Mass. Law Discourage Women from Aborting Fetuses with Down Syndrome?

From Time Magazine, article quotes MGHfC physician Brian Skotko, MD, MPP.

06/26/2012: Make Way for Ducklings

On June 23, precious cargo piled aboard a Boston Duck Tours boat for a ride around the city.

06/26/2012: Boston College Hockey Players Hand Out Teddy Bears

Smiles abounded in the pediatric inpatient units on June 15 when members of the 2012 National Champion Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey Team handed out teddy bears in honor of Theodore Roosevelt Association’s Teddy Bear Celebration Event.

06/25/2012: A Premature Baby Follows Her Dreams

An early surprise to her family, former MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Keri White was born premature at 28 weeks in her Newton, New Hampshire home. Although she has faced many challenges growing up, Keri has proven herself as a fighter and is pursuing her passion.

06/23/2012: Quality and Safety Mini Grant Proram Update

In its second year of the Mini Grant Program, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Quality and Safety Team awarded grants to four projects including a NICU nutrition and growth program, and a safe patient handoff checklist.

06/23/2012: Teaming Up for Impact

MGHfC has partnered with Team IMPACT, a Boston-based non-profit that connects kids battling life-limiting health issues with college sports teams across the northeast.

06/14/2012: Chris McDougle, MD, Named to Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship

Congratulations to Chris McDougle, MD, the first incumbent of the Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School.

06/11/2012: Safety: Children and CT Scans

Dushyant Sahani, MD, Director of CT at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging, answers parents’ questions on the June 2012 study in The Lancet that found that children who get several CT scans have a slightly higher chance of brain cancer and leukemia in later life.

05/25/2012: Lyme Disease: Q&A with Dr. Mark Pasternack

Mark Pasternack, MD, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers parents' questions about how to protect kids from Lyme disease and what to do if a child is bitten by a tick.

05/24/2012: Summer Camp and your Food Allergic Child

After-school activities can be difficult with a food allergic child. Rose Ann Miller talks about her own experience sending her food allergic child to summer camp. Learn about how she worked together with the Food Allergy Center to prepare herself, the camp and her child for this new life hurdle.

05/24/2012: Food Allergy Anxieties

Nancy S. Rotter, PhD, a pediatric psychologist in the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, treats children who are impacted by medical illness and specializes in understanding the challenges of preparing allergic children for transitions at different developmental stages. Sarah Wolfgang talks about her own experience managing her day to day activities with her two allergic children.

05/24/2012: A dream come true: working at Mass General’s Food Allergy Center

Qian Yuan, MD, PhD, is a gastroenterologist and clinical director at the Food Allergy Center (FAC) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before coming to Mass General, Dr. Yuan worked with renowned immunologist and allergist K. Frank Austen, MD, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he sparked an interest in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE). Read about the exciting research projects and advancements in EoE at the center.

05/24/2012: What research is currently underway at the Food Allergy Center?

Research at the Food Allergy Center including an oral immunotherapy study of peanut-allergic children, a study of older adolescents and adults with milk and peanut allergies, and plans for a new, multi-food study with Stanford University, and more.

05/24/2012: Oral Food Challenges

The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has conducted more than 200 food challenges with a pass rate of about 70 percent. A food challenge is the most definitive procedure for testing whether someone can tolerate a specific food. Parents from the Food Allergy Center talk about their own experiences with food challenges.

05/24/2012: Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Study at the Food Allergy Center

The Food Allergy Center is currently enrolling peanut allergic children ages 7–21 years in an oral immunotherapy (OIT) study, which involves administering small doses of peanut powder, increased over time. Read about Deb Edmunds’ insiders experience with her daughter, Ashley Edmunds, who is currently enrolled.

05/21/2012: Stress Awareness: How Parents Can Help Their Children with Stress

Marilyn Wilcher, Senior Director at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, discusses how parents can help their children with stress

05/21/2012: Granite State Ride Brings Together the Community

Cancer changes a family’s life, and without support is unbearable. That is what Bruce and Laurie Taylor believe and why they and their friends from The Timberland Company created the Granite State Quest, a community bike ride through southern New Hampshire that raises money for pediatric cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.

05/18/2012: Weight Center hosts Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that three out of four obese children will become obese adults, increasing the obese adult population to 42 percent by 2030. Just days after the report, on May 10, the MGH Weight Center brought together clinicians from 24 different programs – many within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – for the first Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat.

05/16/2012: MassGeneral for Children presents Free Family Flix

Please join MassGeneral for Children for Free Family Flix, a traveling, outdoor movie event. Coming to six North Shore communities in May and June, Free Family Flix provides families with a fun alternative to their regular movie night, complete with giveaways.

05/16/2012: Not Just for Kids: Understanding Food Allergy in Adults

Food allergy is most common in young children, so it's easy to forget that a growing number of adults are also affected. For National Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19), Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, director of the Mass General Food Allergy Center, explains how food allergy is different in adults.

05/15/2012: Mass General Marathon Team Runners Inspired by Their Patient-Partners

Most of the 130 runners on the Mass General Marathon Team chose to run despite the weather. Family members, friends and children who participate in the Patient-Partner program which matches children with cancer with runners, gathered at mile 20 in Newton to show their support.

05/04/2012: Pediatric Endoscopy Suite opens

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has opened a new Pediatric Endoscopy Suite specially designed to help children and their families feel at ease throughout their visit.

04/25/2012: Neuroscience Center Innovates, Grows

The Neuroscience Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a growing program designed to accelerate research and provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurological disorders.

04/25/2012: New Pediatric Endoscopy Suite Opens

The brand new Pediatric Endoscopy Suite provides patients with a unique, family-friendly space while allowing adult and pediatric endoscopy specialists to collaborate and share technology and expertise.

04/25/2012: A Day for Discovery

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Research Council presented its Fourth Annual Research Day on March 27th, showcasing ongoing discoveries and advancements from Mass General researchers and the broader pediatric community.

04/25/2012: Julie Ingelfinger Wins Prestigious Pediatric Nephrology Award

Julie Ingelfinger, MD, is this year’s recipient of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology’s (ASPN) Founder’s Award, given annually to recognize persons who have made a “unique and lasting contribution to the field of pediatric nephrology.”

04/23/2012: Inflammation at Mucosal Barriers

The mucosal surface of multiple organ systems interfaces with the external environment. These interactions are geared towards harnessing beneficial components such as nutrients, oxygen, and resident microbes, while limiting exposure of underlying tissue to harmful substances including toxins and pathogenic organisms.

04/23/2012: ELGA Infants' Pain Response

In addition to her responsibilities as the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist for the well newborn and level II nurseries at MGH, Kim recently received her PhD from Boston College where she studied pain assessment for premature infants born prior to 34 weeks gestation.

04/23/2012: Polarity and tubulogenesis

The breaking of symmetry – or the establishment of polarity - is one of the ancient and still unresolved mysteries of biology. Polarity is a prerequisite for spatial diversity, growth, development and homeostasis of all multicellular organisms. Having identified thousands of genes and molecular interactions in recent years, we now have the ability to ask which molecules generate and maintain an asymmetric state and how they accomplish this.

04/23/2012: Peter P. Moschovis, MD, MPH

The past decade has witnessed a burgeoning interest in global health. The growing realization that tremendous disparities exist between health outcomes in high-resource and low-resource nations has driven education programs, research initiatives, program development, and tremendous growth in philanthropic funding. While disparities exist across the age spectrum, many of the most tragic ones begin at birth.

04/20/2012: Going the distance

Crossing the finish line of a marathon is a feat in itself, but completing the race and supporting a good cause is a triumph times two.

04/13/2012: MGHfC hosts annual egg hunt

Thirty pediatric patients and their siblings participated in the annual event.

04/05/2012: Mass General Researchers Take Major Step Toward a Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have taken a critical step toward a treatment for Cystic fibrosis and other fatal lung diseases.

04/04/2012: Young Patient Inspires Marathon Team Runner’s Determination to Finish

Sutanuka Lahiri plans to run through her pain to finish the Boston Marathon. Lahiri injured her leg while training and had to rest for several weeks. But she is determined to complete the race to honor 3-year-old Henry Geis, who is receiving treatment for leukemia at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Lahiri has been raising money for the hospital through her participation in the Mass General Marathon Team. The team is made possible by a partnership with John Hancock Financial.

04/02/2012: Boston Marathon Best Bets for Avoiding Injury

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer … One Step at a Time

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Tender visit at MGHfC

“OH MY GOD it’s Tuukka! It’s Tuukka,” yelled Josh Hume, 18, as he watched the Boston Bruins goaltender walk into a nearby pediatric patient’s room on Ellison 18.

03/23/2012: Child life specialists empower, support children and families

MEMBERS OF MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Child Life Team marked the 30th anniversary of Child Life Month by hosting a table in the White Corridor March 22.

03/23/2012: Featured Runners: Marathon 2012

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, founded the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Antoine Tanne

Antoine Tanne explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Chris Buliga

Chris Buliga explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Greg Gonzales

Greg Gonzales explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Kathleen Doyle, MD

Palliative care physician Kathleen Doyle, MD, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Renee Heffron

Renee Heffron explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Tara Jennings, NP

Tara Jennings, NP, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with Jordan Gill

Jordan Gill explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Marisa Levine

Marisa Levine explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Lisa Conti

Lisa Conti explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/23/2012: Q&A with marathon runner Steven Davis

Steven Davis explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/09/2012: The giving Spirit

Spirit Halloween SuperStores representatives Dan Mathis and Philip Volonino presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $22,015 on Feb. 27.

03/02/2012: Somerville Woman Trains for Medical School and Marathon to Honor Father

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer … One Step at a Time

02/28/2012: Peabody Woman Running Boston Marathon in Memory of Preschooler

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer … One Step at a Time

02/28/2012: Breaking through the wall

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer… One Step at a Time

02/15/2012: Newton Mom Balances Motherhood and Marathon Training for a Cause

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer … One Step at a Time

02/15/2012: Father and Son Team Up for Boston Marathon

Paving the Way to Boston Marathon 2012: Since 1998, through a partnership between John Hancock Financial Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6.7 million to support pediatric cancer care. Each week leading up to the April 16th event date, we will post a story about the marathon, featuring a few of this year's runners along with Mass General experts who will provide tips on how to run a healthy race. Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer … One Step at a Time

02/06/2012: Mass. General, Jackson Laboratory researchers find clues to common birth defect in gene expression data

Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, The Jackson Laboratory and other institutes have uncovered 27 new candidate genes for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a common and often deadly birth defect.

01/27/2012: Child health pilot grants available

The Harvard Catalyst Child Health Pilot Grant Program is awarding up to 10 pilot grants of $25,000 to $50,000 for one year.

12/23/2011: Brightening the holidays

There may be no place like home for the holidays – but staff at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) do their best to brighten the season for both inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients.

12/23/2011: Puppy Pals

Sydney Vitti, 9, hugs a teddy bear given to her by Santa Claus and his helpers, Stephanie Ploof and Taylor Poucel, as part of the 14th annual Puppy Pals event on Dec. 20.

12/23/2011: Santa’s sleigh stops at MGHfC

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and all through the inpatient pediatric units at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), children were cheering because Santa Claus had come with presents galore.

12/23/2011: Sports stars score holiday smiles

December was an all-star month at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), with holiday visits from players from the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

12/20/2011: The Scholars in Medicine Program at Harvard Medical School

Beginning with the entering class this year, Harvard Medical School has created an opportunity for its students to in carrying out an in-depth scholarly project of 4 months to a year, working closely with a member of the faculty. . . .

12/20/2011: Human RAG deficiency: not just immunodeficiency

Human RAG deficiency: not just immunodeficiency; Novel insights into mechanisms of immune dysregulation

12/20/2011: Use of the Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity in Children

Childhood obesity continues to be a major public health problem, and national trends indicate insufficient and declining levels of physical activity in children and adolscents. The design of buildings and neighborhoods, known collectively as the built environment, has the potential to influence physical activity.

12/20/2011: Immune Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Sherry's focus is to develop a better understanding of type 1 diabetes by conducting current trials in immune therapy for type 1 diabetes (TIDM) and leading the development of new approaches to clinical trials in this field.

12/20/2011: The Clinical Effectiveness Award

Description of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, a joint program of BWH, MGH, HMS, and HSPH, designed for the clinician seeking the quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or interested in health care administration.

12/16/2011: A festive performance for MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients

Dancers from the Urban Nutcracker brought some early holiday cheer to patients and family members in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Ellison 18 playroom.

12/16/2011: A festive performance for MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients

Dancers from the Urban Nutcracker brought some early holiday cheer to patients and family members in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Ellison 18 playroom.

12/09/2011: Lurie Center names first director

MGH leaders in autism care and research gathered Nov. 29 at the Liberty Hotel to welcome Christopher J. McDougle, MD, as the new director of the Lurie Center for Autism.

12/09/2011: MGHfC hosts 20th annual memorial service

“The tragedy of losing a child is like no other,” said one parent.

11/23/2011: Sweet Relief

Dr. Ronald Kleinman, physician-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and expert in pediatric nutrition, weighs in on whether chocolate milk should be offered as a recovery drink for student athletes.

11/18/2011: Patriots touch down at MGH

New England Patriots Nate Solder and Brandon Deaderick – as well as former Patriot Thomas Welch, who signed with the Buffalo Bills Nov. 17 – made a surprise visit Nov. 8 to patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Cancer Center’s Infusion Unit.

11/11/2011: High Hopes for Childbirth Checklist Program

MassGeneral Hospital for Children neonatologist Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH, explains how a simple checklist could save the lives of newborn babies around the world.

11/11/2011: Pediatric Imaging Waiting Room Gets New Look

A jungle has crept into the newly renovated MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Imaging Waiting Room.

11/09/2011: Quality and Safety Mini-Grants: A Year in Review

In 2011, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Quality and Safety awarded grants to six projects including an autism admission plan, a NICU admission checklist and a diabetes transition program.

11/09/2011: Quality and Safety Grant-Funded Projects 2011-2012

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Quality and Safety Executive Team is happy to announce that four, one-year projects will be funded during the 2011-2012 cycle.

11/08/2011: Finding Home in a New World

Claudine Humure arrived at MassGeneral Hospital for Children from Rwanda for bone cancer treatment. More than improved health, she also gained a new family.

11/07/2011: Q&A with Pediatric Surgeon and Researcher Cassandra Kelleher, MD

MassGeneral Hospital for Children pediatric surgeon and new mother Cassandra Kelleher, MD, answers our questions.

11/07/2011: HPV Vaccination for Boys

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the HPV vaccine should be given routinely to boys ages 11-12 years.

11/04/2011: Storybook Ball raises $1.1M for MGHfC

Nearly 500 guests attended the annual Storybook Ball Oct. 15 at the Park Plaza Castle in Boston, raising $1.1 million this year in support of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

11/04/2011: MGHfC patients treated to Halloween events

Costumed pediatric patients from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) paraded through the halls of the MGH Oct. 31 collecting treats – not tricks – during the annual MGHfC trick-or-treating event.

10/27/2011: Food Allergies and School: Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Allergy team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children answers common concerns about food allergies and school.

10/24/2011: HPV Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

Kathryn S. Brigham, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, answers questions about HPV vaccination.

10/14/2011: In memoriam: Judy Newell, RN, MSN

Judy Newell, RN, MSN, nursing director of the MGH Vincent Gynecology Oncology Units and the Pediatric Units of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), died Oct. 7 at the age of 66

10/14/2011: Celebrating two 200s

Colorful juggling clubs soared through the air with the greatest of ease during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Oct. 12 visit to MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

09/28/2011: Family Advisors Foster Future of Cancer Care

Parents draw from their experiences to help other patients and families receiving care at the Center for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/26/2011: Neurosurgical Teams Advance Preservation, Improvement of Pediatric Brain Function

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Neurosurgery Program is working to advance surgical treatment options and overall care of children with nervous system problems at all levels of severity. (From Advances Fall 2011 issue.)

09/20/2011: Christopher J. McDougle named director of the Lurie Center for Autism

Christopher J. McDougle, MD has been named director of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/16/2011: Andrew Johnson Bounces Back After Kidney Transplant

Toddler Andrew Johnson is thriving since receiving his mother’s kidney in a transplant at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/16/2011: Q&A with Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH

Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH, explains the World Health Organization Safe Childbirth Checklist program and the study he is co-leading to evaluate its effectiveness.

08/19/2011: Global Health Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Research Program of Patricia L. Hibberd, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Global Health; MassGeneral Hospital for Children

08/19/2011: Research of Eric F. Grabowski, MD, DSci

Research prograpm of Eric F. Grabowski, MD, DSci, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, Cardiovascular Thrombosis Laboratory; Director, Program in Pediatric Hemophilia and Thrombosis; Co-Director, Pediatric Stroke Services

08/19/2011: Research of Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD

Isolation, Characterization and Transplant of intestinal-Derived Neural Stem Cells as a Treatment for Intestinal Neuropathies

08/19/2011: Research of Jamie A. Micco, PhD

Dr. Jamie Micco is a clinical research psychologist within the Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program at MGH. Her research has focused on information-processing biases in children and adolescents with or at risk for mood or anxiety disorders and novel treatment paradigms to remediate these biases.

08/19/2011: Reactions from Travel Grant Awardees: Research Day 2011

Reactions from travel grant awardees Mauro Longoni, MD, Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories (“Diaphragmatic hernia: genetic dissection of a complex birth defect”; Jay R. Thiagarajah, MD, PhD, Pediatric Resident, ("Airway surfactant liquid depth imaged by surface laser reflectance microscopy."); Orane Visvikis, PhD, Research Fellow in Pediatrics ("Involvement of HLH-30/MiT transcription factors in intestinal epithelial immunity.).

08/09/2011: Results of Type 1 Diabetes Drug Trial

Nicole Sherry, MD, explains the results of a clinical trial for patients with type 1 diabetes undergoing therapy with teplizumab.

08/05/2011: Chronicling two centuries

IN ADDITION TO the hospitalwide history, Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-2011, by father-daughter duo Webster and Martha Bull, several departmental history books have been or will be published this year in honor of the bicentennial.

08/04/2011: Summer Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Around Portable Pools

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains what you can do to help keep children safe around portable or inflatable swimming pools.

07/22/2011: In General: 07.22.11

In General awards and honors

07/22/2011: MGHfC Launches Program to Reduce Needle Insertion Pain

All MassGeneral Hospital for Children clinical staff will be trained to improve the experience for children undergoing needle insertion procedures, which studies show can have lasting effects.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

07/18/2011: In Communications Training Program, Everyone is a Learner

A MassGeneral Hospital for Children training program joins families and caregivers of various specialties and levels of experience to explore the importance of communication.

07/15/2011: Residents and Fellows Day at the State House

For the sixth year in a row, residents and fellows from pediatric residency programs across the state put their clinical duties on pause to advocate for children during Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH) on June 21.

07/14/2011: Three Decades and Counting: Margaret Bauman, MD, Honored for Contributions to Field of Autism

Pediatric neurologist Margaret Bauman, MD, recently received a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the field of autism.

06/30/2011: Seasonal Allergies

MassGeneral Hospital for Children allergist, Rajashri Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH, shares the "101" on seasonal allergies

06/29/2011: Sun Safety: Frequently Asked Questions

Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, Director of Pediatric Dermatology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers some frequently asked questions about how parents can protect their children from the sun's harmful exposure.

06/27/2011: ADHD and Substance Abuse in Children, Adolescents

The results of two long-term studies conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have shown that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls.

06/23/2011: E. Coli Outbreak in Europe & Tips for Food Safety at Home

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jason Harris, MD, explains what you can do to protect your family from food-borne illness.

06/14/2011: Are Kids at Risk When Peanuts Are Served on Airplanes?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about proposed changes to air travel regulations.

06/08/2011: Doctors Warn Against Sports & Energy Drinks for Kids

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, physician-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and unit chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, explains why kids rarely need sports drinks and should not consume energy drinks.

06/06/2011: Parents Can Now Test Kids for Risk of Adult Conditions

Barbara Pober, MD, a medical geneticist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains the risks and questions to ask before using direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

05/31/2011: Measles Q&A with Mark Pasternack, MD

Mark Steven Pasternack, MD, unit chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, answers common questions about measles and the current situation.

05/24/2011: Exciting Time for Growing Genetics Program

David Sweetser, MD, PhD, chief of the Medical Genetics Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains why it is such an opportune time to be in the field.

05/24/2011: Chief Returns to Roots to Build Vibrant Program

Oscar Benavidez, MD, MPP, brings renewed experience to the Pediatric Cardiology Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

05/20/2011: Family-Centered Grand Rounds Pinpoint Role of Communication in Care

The third-annual Family-Centered Grand Rounds, “The A Team— Building an Effective Healthcare Team,” honed in on the importance of team communication in care.

05/19/2011: Body Mass Index and Healthy Tips

Learn about Body Mass Index and what you can do to keep your child healthy.

05/19/2011: Índice de Masa Corporal y Consejos de Salud

Learn about Body Mass Index and what you can do to keep your child healthy.

04/15/2011: Research of Elizabeth Goodman, MD

The biology of social justice links social policy to psychological and physiological functioning by suggesting that the social structure created by our policies exerts direct physiological and psychological effects on health and wellbeing. An important part of Dr. Goodman's research agenda is assessing the impact of subjective social status on health.

04/15/2011: Research of Ann-Christine ("Tina") Duhaime, MD

Dr. Duhaime is the program director of the Brain Trauma Lab. Her research is focused on understanding the immature brain and its response to injury and other conditions early in life, with the goal of helping human infants and children.

04/15/2011: Research of Elahna Paul, MD, PhD

In addition to practicing pediatric nephrology at MGHfC and the Emerson Hospital outpatient Pediatric Specialty Care Center, Elahna Paul, MD, PhD, conducts clinical and basic science research of kidney disease. As the pediatric nephrologist of the Herscott Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) at MGH, she studies the renal manifestations of TSC in both children and adults, and with a PhD in immunology she studies mouse models of lupus nephritis in her laboratory on the MGH main campus.

04/15/2011: Research of Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH

Dr. Spector's research contributions are in the area of outcome-oriented public health strategies that positively impact global maternal, newborn, and child survival. A particular focus is innovative health system tools and programs that improve service delivery at the moment of care by frontline health workers in low and middle income countries.

04/11/2011: Overcoming chronic kidney disease

When 14-year-old Kassie Holmes was faced with going back on dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, Avram Traum, MD, recommended a transplant regiment that did not include steroids.

03/31/2011: Zachary’s Story: Promises Kept to Patient with Hirschsprung’s Disease

Pediatric surgeon Allan Goldstein, MD, has kept his promise to a young patient with Hirschsprung’s disease.

03/28/2011: Are Babies Taking Longer to Outgrow Milk Allergies?

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology indicates that children may not outgrow milk allergies as early in life as experts had thought.

03/25/2011: Radiation Q&A with Debra Gervais, MD

Debra Gervais, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Radiology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers questions about children and radiation exposure.

03/24/2011: New Guidelines on Car Seat Safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Joel Bass, MD, chair of the department of pediatrics at MassGeneral for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, explains the new guidelines for car seat safety.

03/14/2011: Talking with Children about Upsetting News Events

Paula K. Rauch, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and her colleagues at MassGeneral Hospital for Children offer guidance about talking with children about upsetting events.

01/28/2011: Family Finds Support System in Food Allergy Center

Tadgh Murray continues to clear social and medical hurdles with help from the Food Allergy Center.

01/25/2011: Patients Find Mentors, Friends at Proton Center

Pediatric patients mentor one another to undergo proton therapy without anesthesia.

12/24/2010: Harrison's Story

Harrison was just 3 weeks old when he was first admitted to MassGeneral Hospital for Children following an unexpected tracheotomy. His care has spanned 8 pediatric subspecialties and included repair of a hiatal hernia and a re-do of a Nissen Fundoplication—a surgical procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Harrison's mom tells their story in this wonderful letter.

12/23/2010: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard: Goals and Projects

The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, was founded in 2004 through the extraordinary generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad, with the goals of bringing the power of genomics to the understanding of human disease and driving the transformation of medicine with molecular knowledge. The Broad is a collaborative community involving the Boston area’s pre-eminent biomedical research organizations — the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Whitehead Institute, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and its affiliated major teaching hospitals (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital).

12/23/2010: Research of Patricia L Hibberd, MD, PhD

The Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, is one of 7 NIH-funded locations across the world that is focusing on developing evidence to address the alarming rates of morbidity and mortality in women and children and the lack of research expertise and infrastructure in the developing world. The network which began in 2001 as a unique private-public partnership between NICHD and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conducts studies to improve health outcomes by building research partnerships to conduct research on feasible, cost-effective, sustainable interventions to address the major causes of morbidity and mortality of women and children through 36 months of age in the developing world.

12/23/2010: Research of Javier Irazoqui, PhD

Javier Irazoqui, PhD, Associate Immunologist, Program in Developmental Immunology, MGHfC; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School: C. elegans as a tool to reveal molecular secrets of host-microbe interactions.

12/23/2010: Research of Sam Moskowitz, MD

The Moskowitz research program at MGHfC focuses on chronic airway infection and host-pathogen interactions in cystic fibrosis (CF), encompassing the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, epithelial biology, bacterial and eukaryotic genetics, and pulmonary medicine.

11/25/2010: Eddie’s Story

Eddie Martin had it all, until a traumatic brain injury landed him in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

10/28/2010: Susanna’s Story

Teenager Susanna Rudner expected sun and surf on her summer vacation, not an accident that threatened to take her leg.

10/25/2010: Families, Clinicians Pursue Mind Body Medicine for Chronic Illness

Clinicians and families met at the Benson- Henry Institute to discuss mind body medicine for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

10/22/2010: Teen Benefits from New Diabetes Treatment

As part of a clinical drug trial led by Nicole Sherry, MD, of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Michael Staveley-O’Carroll has enjoyed an extended “honeymoon phase.”

10/19/2010: Neurosurgery Program Expands

MassGeneral Hospital for Children has formalized its pediatric neurosurgery program under the leadership of Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD

10/05/2010: Nutrition at Harvard Medical School

The Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center, one of 11 NIH-funded nutrition centers across the United States began in 1994. Its primary goals are to promote clinical and basic nutrition research throughout the Harvard Medical School, including its teaching hospitals.

10/05/2010: Research of Florian Eichler, MD

Dr. Eichler's research is primarily focused upon X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), also known as "Lorenzo's Oil" Brain Disease. X-ALD is a devastating genetic disorder affecting the adrenal glands and nervous system.

10/05/2010: Research of Hai Ning Shi, DVM, PhD

Dr. Shi's research interests are focused regulation of mucosal immunity in the gastrointestinal tract.

10/05/2010: Research of Takara Stanley, MD

Dr. Stanley's general research interest is the interrelationship between body fat distribution, pituitary hormone dynamics, and metabolic abnormalities such as insulin resistance and dyslipidemia.

10/05/2010: Travel Grant Awardees: MGHfC Research Day

Twenty-four posters were submitted for presentation at the MGHfC Research Day which was held on March 30, 2010. Three posters were judged meritorious and given a special award, namely funds to attend a national meeting of choice. Here are the reactions and plans of the award winners.

10/05/2010: Clinical Effectiveness Course Awardees (Reactions)

The MGHfC Research Council holds an annual competition to identify two individuals (residents/fellows/junior faculty) who will benefit from receiving funding to participate in the Summer Course for Clinical Effectiveness, taught by faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health. We will be announcing this year's competition very shortly. The awardees for this program for 2009-2010 were Amber Spofford and Emara Nabi. Here are their impressions regarding the program.

08/31/2010: Dipika's Story: Innovative Treatment, Coordinated Care Combat Rare Condition

Teenager Dipika Daryanani is combating Cushing's disease with innovative treatment and her multidisciplinary care team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

06/29/2010: Worried About a Moody Teen?

Wall Street Journal article quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

06/01/2010: Breathing Easier in Ecuador

MassGeneral Hospital for Children specialists traveled to South America to teach airway reconstruction procedures and to promote the concept of collaborative care.

05/31/2010: Sibshops Offer Unique Spot for Siblings

Siblings of medically complex children can rely on Sibshops for an environment that is safe and “uniquely theirs.”

05/24/2010: Family Award Recognizes NICU Team

Orren Fox is now a healthy teenager, but his parents created an award in his name to remember the care he received in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

05/24/2010: Healthy Fox Cares for Chickens

At one time a gravely ill baby, Orren Fox is now a healthy teenager and a chicken expert.

05/21/2010: The Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

Pediatrician Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH, and researcher Alison Hoppin, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist offer tips to counter "globesity."

05/17/2010: Advanced cleft treatment techniques, lifelong care at MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Cleft lip and palate—the incomplete formation of the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth—are among the most common birth defects in this country. Approximately one in every 600 infants born in the United States is affected by a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. The defects occur during early fetal development if the upper jaw, mouth, and nose fail to fuse together properly.

05/14/2010: Are Food Allergies Over-Diagnosed?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies.

05/07/2010: Research of Lynda Stuart, MD, PhD

Dr. Stuart's research focusses on developing new systems-based approaches to understanding phagocytosis and innate immunity.

05/07/2010: Primary Care Management of Chronic Conditions in Pediatrics

Prevalence of chronic conditions in children are increasing,1 yet the organization of primary care is less oriented toward management of chronic conditions.2 Categorizing visits as preventive, urgent, and chronic care may limit opportunities for management of chronic conditions. Understanding how chronic conditions are managed in this context can guide improvements in primary care.

05/07/2010: Immunity to Cholera

Vibrio cholerae causes an estimated 5 million cases of diarrhea and over 100,000 deaths annually, predominantly in children. Although natural infection with cholera results in long-term protection against subsequent infection, the mechanisms by which this immunity is generated remain poorly understood. This is a critical problem since cholera vaccines have proven relatively ineffective, especially in children. Because of this, the development of improved cholera vaccines is considered a priority by the World Health Organization.

05/07/2010: Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS Program

A part of the Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Rehabilitation Services) is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of handicapping conditions.

05/06/2010: Establishment of the Mass General Food Allergy Center

In Fall 2009, Massachusetts General Hospital established a comprehensive center for the treatment and study of food allergy and food-related disorders to provide state-of-the-art care while investigating the mysteries that underlie these inadequately understood and as yet incurable diseases.

03/29/2010: 10 Get Healthy Tips

Tips from the Weight Management Program at MassGeneral for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

03/26/2010: In Haiti, Affirming a Life of Medicine

In the tent that served as Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Surgeon David Lawlor, MD, tapped into skill reserves beyond the expertise he uses every day.

03/15/2010: Sophia's Story

At 29 weeks, Sophia O'Brien was born with multiple medical issues. But with help from her MassGeneral Hospital for Children team, she has grown into a healthy ballerina.

02/28/2010: Innovative Telemedicine Program Launched

Young patients being treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children now have access to a new, pioneering home-to-hospital program: Connected Pediatric Critical Care.

01/26/2010: Trading for the Perfect Match

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient receives kidney through a four-way kidney swap arranged by the New England Program for Kidney Exchange.

11/25/2009: Council Centers its Efforts

The Family Advisory Council at MassGeneral Hospital for Children brings family members, hospital leaders and patient care staff together to share their passion for the hospital and its philosophy of family-centered care.

08/05/2009: Teens Use Facebook, YouTube to Educate Peers About Sexual Health

ABC News article quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

08/04/2009: The Catalyst Program and Pediatrics

The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (a.k.a. Harvard Catalyst) is a University-wide endeavor to expand clinical and translational health care-related research at Harvard. Built on the substantial history of clinical research activities at several Harvard hospitals, including the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Catalyst includes essentially all Harvard schools and hospitals, as well as other key community partners. Much program effort has gone into fostering greater collaboration across sites and, even more, across disciplines.

08/04/2009: Pediatric Endocrinology: Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH

Primarily a clinical researcher, my investigations have focused on the neuroendocrine regulation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (H-P-G) axis, particularly as it relates to bone metabolism. My most recent work indicates that adipokines and appetite regulating peptides are possible mediators of the association between low fat mass and suppression of the H-P-G axis in teenage amenorrheic athletes, and may contribute to low bone density in these athletes.

08/04/2009: Pediatric Pulmonology: Bernard Kinane, MD

The regulation of chemokine inflammatory cell migration Chronic pulmonary inflammation of the infected CF airways has been shown to be mediated by chemoattractant cytokines, called chemokines. Chemokines are released locally in response to infection and activate pertussis toxin sensitive G protein coupled receptors on the surface of leukocytes.

02/19/2009: Mucosal Immunology Laboratory

The Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, located in Building 114 in Charlestown, consists of nine principal investigators and fifteen postdoctoral/subspecialty fellows studying various aspects of microbial-intestinal interaction. Dr. Walker’s group is particularly interested in the role of initial bacterial colonization in the development of human intestinal defenses.

02/19/2009: Research Funding

Research funding announcements from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.

03/03/2008: Body building

If a starfish loses an arm, it simply grows another. If a salamander's tail is severed, a new one develops. Regrettably, humans lack such an astonishing capacity to regenerate tissue or organs that are lost or rendered useless because of disease, injury or birth abnormalities.

10/15/2007: Camryn's Story

Doctors discovered Camryn Berry had a bone tumor about the size and shape of a baseball in her sinus.

05/14/1998: MIT president praises report on "dangerous drinking," announces search for head of alcohol program

MIT News articles quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

12/01/2013: Cascades Winter 2013

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Updates in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
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Maternal Fetal Medicine: Lifetime Family Care Begins at Diagnosis for Congenital Anomalies

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New Directions in Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Disorders
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Advanced Neurological Expertise for Complex Cases
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Full-Spectrum Orthopaedics Service Includes Pediatric Sports Medicine
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10/01/2011: Cascades Fall 2011

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Tissue Engineering and Regenerative MedicineMedicine: Progress toward alleviating donor organ shortages
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Streamlined Access for Inpatient and Outpatient Referrals
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Comprehensive Food Allergy Program Integrates Research, Education
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MassGeneral for Children Expands Outpatient Specialty Services on the North Shore
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10/01/2009: Cascades Fall 2009

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A Team Approach Benefits Children with Bone and Soft-Tissue Sarcomas
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New MGHfC Satellite Facility Opens in Nashua, New Hampshire
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The Pediatric Neuromuscular Service: Coordinated, multidisciplinary care for children with neuromuscular disorders
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04/01/2008: Cascades Special Issue 2008

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Major Breakthrough in Tolerance Induction for Organ Transplantation
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Ronald Kleinman, MD, New Physician-in-Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children
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10/01/2007: Chiefs' Notes Fall 2007

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Introducing the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Access and New Appointment Center
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Child with infant botulism benefits from BIG treatment at MGHfC
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Early Intervention and Lifelong Monitoring Dramatically Improve Prognosis for Children with TSC
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MassGeneral Hospital for Children researcher at the helm of two significant diabetes studies
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Pediatric specialists continue to break new ground with ECMO technology
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04/26/2015: Human Teratogens: Environmental Factors Which Cause Birth Defects

This course is designed for obstetricians, geneticists, genetic counselors, nurse midwives, nurse in obstetrics, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, family practitioners, and internists. At the end of this course, participants will be able to: • Analyze the scientific data available to determine whether an exposure in utero poses a potential risk for damage to the fetus. • Use online databases and published articles as a resource to gain information on the effect of various teratogens on the unborn fetus and use these sources in practice. • Counsel your patients who have experienced an environmental exposure so they understand the possible risks to the fetus in utero.

12/12/2014: Emergencies and Procedures in Pediatrics

The continuing emergence of new clinical data and treatment approaches for pediatric emergencies and procedures makes it difficult for practitioners caring for infants, children, and adolescents to stay current on these advances. This intensive, three-day course offers a comprehensive curriculum on a variety of pediatric emergencies through lectures and small breakout groups. Intensive, hands-on skill stations will provide one-on-one instructor to participant opportunities to practice the skills necessary to manage pediatric patients in various emergencies.

12/06/2014: Primary Care Pediatrics

This course is designed for primary healthcare providers who provide service to infants, children and adolescents. Subject matter will be presented to the entire group in didactic lecture, panel discussions, and brief management problems, followed by question and answer periods.

12/03/2014: Primary Care Pediatrics

This course is designed for primary healthcare providers who provide service to infants, children and adolescents. Subject matter will be presented to the entire group in didactic lecture, panel discussions, and brief management problems, followed by question and answer periods.

11/07/2014: Office Management of Common Pediatric Issues: Improve Care and Reduce Risk

Experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children will discuss commonly encountered issues in daily pediatric practice at this full-day live course in Peabody, MA.

09/11/2014: Frontiers in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 2014

Our third annual Frontiers in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is a two-day program.

06/06/2014: Pediatrics: Advice and Updates from the Experts

You are cordially invited to attend a free CME Seminar offered by Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, A Clinical Affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral for Children. Topics include Periodic Fetal Syndrome, Evaluation and Management of Eating Disorders, Fetal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease and Treating Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

06/05/2014: Treating Obesity 2014

Education to optimize the care of adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients with obesity.

05/07/2014: Common Pediatric Hurdles II: Advice and Updates from the Experts

Experts from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children will discuss commonly encountered issues in daily pediatric practice at this full-day live course in East Sandwich, MA.

05/05/2014: Primary Care Orthopaedics

Director(s): Brian E. Grottkau, MD|A. Holly Johnson, MD|David C. Ring, MD, PhD|R. Malcolm Smith, MD Offered by: Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Orthopedics

04/22/2014: Reflective Practice: The Physician as a Patient

In this Grand Rounds, three physicians will reflect on how their experiences as patients have changed their practice of medicine.

04/09/2014: Common Pediatric Hurdles: Advice and Updates from the Experts

Experts from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children will discuss commonly encountered issues in daily pediatric practice.

01/15/2014: Sounding the Alarm

Join Autism Speaks and Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism for a special preview of the compelling new documentary, Sounding the Alarm.

12/13/2013: Emergencies and Procedures in Pediatrics

The continuing emergence of new clinical data and treatment approaches for pediatric emergencies and procedures makes it difficult for practitioners caring for infants, children, and adolescents to stay current on these advances. This intensive, three-day course offers a comprehensive curriculum on a variety of pediatric emergencies through lectures and small breakout groups. Intensive, hands-on skill stations will provide one-on-one instructor to participant opportunities to practice the skills necessary to manage pediatric patients in various emergencies.

11/08/2013: Frontiers in Pediatrics Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition 2013

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies: Patient care; Medical knowledge; Practice-based learning and improvement; Interpersonal and communication skills; Professionalism; Systems-based practice

11/02/2013: GI Motility and Functional GI Disease in Adults and Pediatrics: A Practical and Advanced Approach

GI Motility and Functional Disorders are extremely common and can be a challenging part of primary and subspecialty care. New diagnostic techniques and therapies are being developed but their roles are evolving. Controversies in management exist but evidence and expert commentary can help the clinician develop more effective approaches to these problems.

10/24/2013: Pediatrics: Advice and Updates from the Experts

You are cordially invited to attend a CME Seminar offered by Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, A Clinical Affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral for Children. Topics include pulmonary genetics, pediatric migraines, interesting cases from the ED and common pediatric dermatology issues.

10/11/2013: REACH Symposium- Research, Education, and Awareness for Children with Hirschsprung's disease

The REACH Symposium (Research, Education, and Awareness for Children with Hirschsprung's disease) is a multidisciplinary conference highlighting important and up-to-date clinical and scientific topics in Hirschsprung's disease.

10/10/2013: Common Pediatric Hurdles: Advice and Updates from the Experts

This course will focus on needs of the office base practitioner. Subject matter presented will increase awareness of evolving and commonly encountered issues in daily practice improving diagnostic skills and patient care. Experts will update attendees with new approaches to diagnosis treatment of a number of problems routinely in the office.

10/08/2013: Child Health Symposium: Transforming Child Health Through Genome Biology

All members of the Harvard community are cordially invited to attend Harvard Catalyst’s inaugural Child Health Symposium, entitled Transforming Child Health Through Genome Biology, which will be held on October 8, 2013 from 2:00-5:30pm at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston.

09/30/2013: Child Neurology 2013

Child Neurology 2013 is an extensive clinical overview and research update of important areas of child neurology in which recent scientific and clinical advances are changing the way we understand and treat disorders of the child's brain development and function.

07/03/2013: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents

This online course for healthcare professionals should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

05/31/2013: Maternal and Child Global Health: What You Need to Know Before You Go

This two-day course will provide practical training in the critical aspects of maternal, newborn and child global health for clinicians planning to work abroad.

05/21/2013: Lessons Learned: Reflections on a Family-Doctor Relationship

Please join the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Family Advisory Council for a special Chief of Service presentation, as Council Member Lisa Cimino and Avi Traum, MD, discuss the wisdom they have acquired over years of taking care of Lisa's daughter; they will focus on fostering good communication and shared decision-making.

05/14/2013: Annual Common Pediatric Hurdles: Advice and Updates from the Experts

This live, half-day symposium will focus on the unique challenges facing the office based pediatric practitioner such as pediatric sports Injuries and common GI issues seen in the primary care setting. Subject matter presented will increase awareness of evolving and commonly encountered issues in daily practice, improving diagnostic skills and patient care.

04/10/2013: Living a Full and Happy Life with Food Allergies

Come join us for the third meeting in our series "Living a Full and Happy Life with Food Allergies" on April 10th. Meeting at Mass General, Yawkey, 4th Floor, RM 820 from 6:30-8:00 pm. (To find the room: Face the windows after you exit the elevators, turn left and walk to the end of the hallway. The entrance is on the left.) Children 8 and older are welcome. This meeting intends to address their concerns and give them a chance to share in an age appropriate manner. Upcoming events on May 16th and June 25th.

03/19/2013: 5th Annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Day

Join us for the Fifth Annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Day on March 19th, 2013. Presented by the MGHfC Research Council, Research Day highlights recent accomplishments and advances from Mass General researchers, as well as from the broader pediatric research community.

12/14/2012: Emergencies & Procedures in Pediatrics

Intensive 3-day course ncludes special topics in pediatric injury, break out sessions: case based discussions and hands-on skill stations.

12/05/2012: Primary Care Pediatrics

Covers state of-the-art information that pediatricians can incorporate into their daily practices.

11/09/2012: 4th Annual Office Management of Common Pediatrics Issues: Improve Care and Reduce Risk

This course will focus on the needs of primary care pediatricians in office based practice. There will be six, 50-minute presentations followed by a Q&A discussing current topics in the areas of: Pediatric Palliative Care, Pediatric Psychiatry, Pediatric Asthma, Pediatric childhood Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Ortho.

10/22/2012: Pediatric Transplant Seminar

A half-day educational program about pediatric solid organ transplant and related issues.

06/04/2012: 4th Annual Common Pediatric Hurdles: Advice and Updates from the Experts

New approaches to diagnosis and treatment of a number of problems encountered routinely in the office, including: child abuse and neglect; food allergies; pediatric pulmonary; pediatric orthopaedics; autism spectrum disorders; eating disorders; pediatric GERD.

04/17/2012: Grand Rounds: Cases from the Wards: Drs. Jessica Rosenthal & Diana Lemly

MassGeneral Hospital for Children Grand Rounds are presented every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

03/27/2012: 4th Annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Day

Join us for the Fourth Annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Day on March 27th, 2012. Presented by the MGHfC Research Council, Research Day highlights recent accomplishments and advances from Mass General researchers, as well as from the broader pediatric research community.

03/06/2012: Grand Rounds: Checklists and Lunchtrays: Unexpected Solutions to Complex Problems in Global Maternal-Newborn Health

MassGeneral Hospital for Children Grand Rounds are presented every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

01/31/2012: Grand Rounds: Medical Education: A Practical Approach to Trainee Feedback and Evaluation

Grand Rounds are presented every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

12/09/2011: Emergencies and Procedures in Pediatrics

As part of Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in the Harvard Medical School system, MassGeneral Hospital for Children is uniquely suited to provide outstanding opportunities in medical education.

11/30/2011: Primary Care Pediatrics Conference

As part of Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in the Harvard Medical School system, MassGeneral Hospital for Children is uniquely suited to provide outstanding opportunities in medical education.

Your Child's Surgery: What to Expect

We know that surgery can be stressful for you and your child. That's why we created the video "Your Child's Surgery: What to Expect." We hope this video will answer your questions, alleviate your fears, and help you plan for your child’s surgery.

Jacob's Story

At six months old, Jacob began to experience infantile spasms — a form a seizure common in babies with tuberous sclerosis complex. Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD, worked with Jacob’s mother, Tatiana, to help her identify and treat the spasms

Finding Home in a New World

Claudine Humure arrived at MassGeneral Hospital for Children from Rwanda for bone cancer treatment. More than improved health, she also gained a new family.

Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, 2011 Part I

Neurology Bicentennial Celebration, October 13, 2011. Past History of MGH Neurology; Overview of MGH Neurology; Telestroke and Acute Stroke Service; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Pediatric Neurology.

Anne Buckless, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

After meeting the Mass General Marathon Team last year, Anne couldn’t say no when they asked her to join in 2012, and she’s running in honor of Helen, age 5, one of the patient-partners.

Ali Reeder, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

Running her third marathon, Ali runs "for the people who can't" — the pediatric patients that the Mass General Marathon Team benefits.

Antoine Tanne, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

A researcher at Mass General, Antoine is looking forward to Marathon Monday, when he’ll celebrate both his first marathon, and the end of treatment for his patient-partner, Michael.

Bruce Kalow, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

A pediatrician at Mass General, Bruce sees first-hand the remarkable care available to young cancer patients. With the support of friends and donors, diseases like leukemia are incredibly treatable, giving his patients great prognoses.

Chris Buligax, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

Chris is running his first marathon for his son, Nathan. He and his family have experienced the many amazing programs offered through the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program.

Delia Rissmiller, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

A 3-time marathoner, Delia is running in honor and in memory of her father’s battle with lymphoma. She says it’s her “little way of giving back to a place that gave so much to him and to my family.”

Howard Weinstein, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

As founder and captain of the Mass General Marathon Team and chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Howard is running his 22nd Boston Marathon and his15th marathon to fight pediatric cancer. This year, he’s running in honor of his patient-partner, Lily.

Greg Gonzales, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

As a veteran of the Mass General Marathon Team, he rose to the challenge his mother, a Mass General nurse, presented to him five years ago to start running marathons. His patient-partner, Matthew, continues to provide the inspiration necessary to keep running.

Jenna Norton, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

Jenna started running three years ago, when she lost her father to his fight against cancer. His passing inspired her to become healthier — watch her video to learn just how much her life changed when she started running.

Jonathan Friedstat, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

As a burn and critical care fellow at Mass General, Jonathan has worked closely with MGHfC staff. Why is he running to raise money for pediatric cancer care and research? “None of these kids asked for this problem, and neither did their families."

Marisa Levine, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

Marisa Levine, a Mass General employee, is running her first marathon in honor of her patient-partner, Lizany, and in memory of Eric, a close friend who passed away from leukemia.

Sarah Visocchi, 2012 Mass General Marathon Team Runner

Sarah is running in memory of her father and in honor of her patient-partner, Emma, age 8. She shares her thoughts on the many impressive programs available for pediatric cancer patients at Mass General, and the need for philanthropic support to ensure kids have access to these programs during challenging times.

Mass General Marathon Team Runs the 116th Boston Marathon Inspired by Their Patient Partners

Most of the 130 runners on the Mass General Marathon Team chose to run despite the weather. Family members, friends and children who participate in the Patient-Partner program that matches children with cancer with runners, gathered at mile 20 in Newton to show their support.

Jessica Helt, NP

Jessica Helt talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Your Visit to the Lurie Center

Your visit to the Lurie Center, starting with the view from the parking lot and including what you will see when you walk into the building, checking in at the front desk, what the waiting rooms look like, and what happens during an exam.

Lisa Nowinski, PhD

Dr. Lisa Nowinski talks about her work as a neuropsychologist at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Ann Neumeyer, MD

Dr. Ann Neumeyer, the medical director at the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about her work as a neurologist.

Gretchen Timmel, MEd

Gretchen Timmel works with adults and children at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Christopher McDougle, MD

Dr. Christopher McDougle, the director of the Lurie Center for Autism, talks about his work as a psychiatrist.

Susan Connors, MD

Dr. Susan Connors talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Ellen Roth, MSW, LICSW

Ellen Roth talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Suzanne Bloomer, MA

Suzanne Bloomer talks about her work as the autism resource specialist at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Julie O'Brien, LMHC

Julie O’Brien, LMHC, talks about her work at the Lurie Center for Autism.

Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy: Medical Updates for Physicians

Grand Rounds presentation by Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program October 9th, 2012.

Tommy's Story

Tommy McGraw, 8 years old, received Proton Beam Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital after having a brain tumor removed at their hometown hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital.

ASPIRE Program 2012

Hear from program administrators and participants about the ASPIRE program which benefits children and young adults with autism and other related disorders.

Lost in Transition

Grand Rounds presentation by Alison T. Schwartz, MD, Director of the Transitions Program at Mass General, May 7th, 2013.

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome in Japan

Dr. Brian Skotko and members of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program talk to reporters from Japan about the impact of prenatal testing for Down syndrome here in the United States, just as Japan starts to make similar tests available to its people.

Keeping Adults with Down syndrome Healthy

Dr. Alison T. Schwartz, clinical co-director of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program, and Ben Majewski, self-advocate resource specialist, talk about how to keep adults with Down syndrome healthy.

Activities of the Family Advisory

The Family Advisory Council at MassGeneral Hospital for Children sponsors activities to promote family-centered care, to improve the quality of care and patient satisfaction, and to bring together the hospital and the surrounding community.

Welcome to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Learn about the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, including who's who on your health-care team, accommodations for parents and guardians staying overnight with children, and a short introduction to family-centered care.

Welcome to Ellison 17

Learn about Ellison 17 (the pediatric inpatient floor for children ages birth to eight years), including who's who on your health-care team, accommodations for parents and guardians staying overnight with children, and a short introduction to family-centered care.

Welcome to Ellison 18

Learn about Ellison 18 (the pediatric inpatient floor for children and adolescents from eight to nineteen years old), including who's who on your health-care team, accommodations for parents and guardians staying overnight with children, and a short introduction to family-centered care.

On Your Team: Meet the Caregivers of the Sports Concussion Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Learn more about the Sports Concussion Clinic's multidisciplinary approach to helping your child recover from concussion.

The Kelly Family's Story: Compassionate Care in Extraordinary Circumstances

Hear how the Mass General Down Syndrome Program helped Karen Kelly and her sisters when unexpected medical complications and problems with guardianship arose.

What is Hirschsprung’s Disease

Learn more about Dr. Allan Goldstein’s mission to find a cure for this rare colon disease effecting newborns.

Fall festivities around MGHfC

Patients, staff and faculty celebrated the 2014 fall season with festive events and Halloween celebrations. Scroll through the gallery to see pictures from many fall-themed events at MGHfC.

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Once we start caring, we never stop

Your kids won’t always be young--but they’ll always be welcome at Massachusetts General Hospital. The world-class care they receive here as children will grow as effortlessly as they do.

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U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2014-2015

U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General the #2 hospital in the nation. As part of a top-ranked hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children also ranks in five pediatric specialties.

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Connect with us

Now you can connect with the MassGeneral Hospital for Children community through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!