Children's in the news

USA Today reports on the use of robots in hospitals across the country to complete day-to-day tasks such as delivering prescriptions, blood samples and linens. Children’s Shawn Goldrick, director of Patient Support Services, explains how the hospital uses TUGs to deliver meals to patients on multiple floors.

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The front page of The Boston Globe featured the story of Children’s patient Tristan Theerman – a 9-month-old boy with biliary atresia, a congenital disease that destroys the liver’s bile ducts and affects 0.005 percent of children. Tristan received a live liver transplant from his father at Children’s in January and according to Tristan’s liver doctor, Children’s Scott Elisofon, MD, his prognosis is excellent.

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WBZ-TV Channel 4 talks to Children’s Nadja Reilly, PhD, about different ways to talk to children about the images they are seeing from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. Reilly also wrote a Thrive blog post on the topic.

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WBUR’s “CommonHealth” blog reports on research from Children’s Jay Berry, MD, MPH, which examines quality and coordination of care as factors in pediatric readmissions.

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NPR’s Morning Edition reports on new research that finds scientists were able to grow new urethras for five Mexican boys between the ages of 10 and 14 who suffered urinary damage as a result of a car accident. Children’s Dario Fauza, MD, comments on the report.

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WCVB-TV Channel 5 interviews Children’s David Bickham, PhD, about the ways cartoon characters influence children and their eating habits. Bickham notes that children develop relationships with characters they see and when advertisers use those characters to endorse a product, they are tapping into that relationship.