This week on Thrive: Sept 27 – Oct 1

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time for Americans to reflect on the challenges faced by the thousands of young people living with the disease, and honor the memories of those who have passed. In this post we share a few stories about strength, hope and treatment, which personify the dedication and resolve to stand up to cancer.

Autism documentary features Children’s research

Earlier this week, NJN, New Jersey’s Public Broadcast station, aired Decoding Autism, an hour-long documentary with Emmy Award-winning journalist Sara Lee Kessler. The documentary highlights the efforts of various institutions, including Children’s Hospital Boston, and their work to better understand the cause of autism, as well as improve its diagnosis and treatment.

Playground Police: When should you correct the behavior of someone else’s kids?

Pediatrician and Mom, Claire McCarthy, MD, offers advice on what to do if someone else’s child is acting inappropriately and they seem unaware, or unwilling, to do anything about it.

Are your children’s eyes keeping her from A’s and B’s?

David Hunter, MD, PhD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital Boston’s Department of Ophthalmology, discusses how eye tests used by schools aren’t always accurate in detecting vision problems. Parent whose children are having unexplained difficulties in school may want to have a professional vision test, even if they’ve ‘passed’ school administered eye tests, Hunter says.

R U ready 2 stop texting?

Massachusetts recently passed a law banning texting while driving, and also forbids drivers under the age of 18 from using any type of electronic device while driving. Lois Lee, MD, MPH, from Children’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program, has advice for parents on how they can make the rule stick with their own children.

Game-changer for stem cell research

Children’s Hospital Boston researchers have discovered a new way to reprogram cells into stem cells, using RNAs, which appears safer and much more efficient than current methods—and can much more readily transform stem cells into specialized cells to treat disease.