In the early morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Jennifer Miller was preparing to make history. She lay in pre-op, ready for the Boston Children’s Hospital Fetal Cardiology team to perform the world’s first fetal cardiac intervention on her unborn son.
Two weeks earlier, at her 18-week screening ultrasound, Jennifer and her husband Henry were told their son would be born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a life-threatening heart defect where the left ventricle is small and underdeveloped. If born with HLHS, their son would immediately undergo multiple open-heart surgeries to repair his heart and, later, may need a heart transplant. …
Children’s Susanna Huh, MD, MPH, speaks with ABC News about a new study she co-authored that published in Pediatrics that found infants raised on formula who are fed solid foods before they are 4 months old have a six times higher risk of becoming obese by age 3 than those starting later. The study found no association between the timing of solid-food introduction and obesity in breast-fed infants. Star Telegram, The Washington Post’s “The CheckUp” Blog, NPR, CBSNews.com and The Los Angeles Times also reported on Huh’s findings.
The New York Times reports that a team of advisors for First Lady Michelle Obama has been holding private talks over the past year with the National Restaurant Association in a bid to get restaurants to adopt her goals of smaller portions and children’s meals that include healthy offerings like carrots, apple slices and milk instead of French fries and soda. Children’s David Ludwig, MD, PhD, speaks about the importance of being vigilant when forming partnerships with the food industry and whether the food industry can play a responsible role in the obesity epidemic.