Children's in news

Diabetes Treatment Without Insulin

The “Diabetes Blog” on EverydayHealth.com reports that Children’s Umut Ozcan, MD, and colleagues have discovered a mechanism for normalizing blood sugar that does not involve insulin and could offer a new therapeutic approach to treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Fish Oil: Good for Vision

Ivanhoe Newswire reports on research led by Children’s Lois Smith, MD, PhD, that reveals how Omega 3 fatty acids prevent abnormal blood vessel growth in the retinas of mice and how it may help prevent human blindness. Zimbio.com also reported on the research.

Rodent of the Week: How omega-3 fatty acids promote eye health

The Los Angeles Times’ health blog “Booster Shots” reports that new research from Children’s Lois Smith, MD, PhD, clarifies how fish oil helps protect against retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness.

Kids’ TV: Disney Channel’s preschool programming switches message to social values

Children’s Michael Rich, MD, MPH, speaks with The Los Angeles Times about the Disney Channel’s move to incorporate social values into their preschool programming.

Crib bumpers may suffocate babies

NBC affiliate KPLC reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking a closer look at the potential risks of crib bumper pads. Children’s Lois Lee, MD, MPH, speaks about injuries that could occur from use of bumpers.

Social Networks For Diabetics: A Mixed Bag, Children’s Study Finds

WBUR’s health blog CommonHealth points to a recent Children’s Vector blog post on a new study by Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, and Elissa Weitzman, ScD, MSc, which evaluated ten diabetes websites and found large variations in quality and safety across sites, with room for improvement across the board.

JAMA: Improved care coordination lowers pediatric readmission rate

CMIO reports on research from Children’s Jay Berry, MD, MPH, that finds 18.8 percent of admissions and 23.2 percent of inpatient expenditures were devoted to 2.9 percent of patients who were readmitted to the same children’s hospital four or more times within a year.