Children's in the news

USA Today reports that according to a new study, many heavy-set moms and children think they are slimmer than they actually are – a trend that pediatricians and other doctors have been noticing. Children’s Claire McCarthy, MD, adds that that roughly half of her patients are overweight or obese.

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American Medical News reports on a recent study that concluded many hospitals are not recognizing the full benefits of social networking through Facebook; though they may have a presence, they let their page sit idle. The report also stated that children’s hospitals are more likely than others to maintain an effective Facebook presence. Children’s Ryan Paul, social media specialist, provides comment on the Children’s Facebook page.

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MedPage Today reports on recent findings from Children’s Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, Lynda Schneider, MD, and colleagues that show children who are allergic to milk may develop a tolerance by taking certain medication coupled with a gradual increase in their exposure to milk.

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New England Sports Network (NESN) reports that they have teamed up with the Boston Bruins Foundation and Hess to donate $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital Brain Injury Program. Children’s David Mooney, MD, MPH, discussed the program at last night’s Bruins game.

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USA Today reports on new research from Children’s Leonard Zon, MD, in which zebrafish serve as animal models of melanoma, developing a form of the disease genetically similar to human skin cancer tumors. The studies of zebrafish suggest that excessive activity of two genes, rather than mutation to them, are the keys to melanoma. The Boston Globe also reported on the findings.