A huge thank you to Northeastern University's Sigma Delta Tau for their donation to our Blood Donor Center, hope to see you all again soon! Due to last week's blizzard our Blood Donor Center lost a full day of donors and we need your help. Call 617-355-6677 to make an appointment, or go online [ Bchil.org Link ], walk ins are also welcome!
Today we celebrate this handsome little man! Carson underwent open heart surgery at Boston Children’s eight months ago and has been recovering like a champ since then. Wishing you and your family the very best!
The Legoland Discovery Center Boston brought The LEGO Batman Movie to life at Boston Children's Hospital! Patients and families built, colored and played alongside Master Builder Megan and Lego Batgirl.
If you’re between Hopkinton and Heartbreak Hill tomorrow, look for these orange-and-blue clad heroes. Help us wish our #MilesforMiracles Boston Marathon team good luck as it tackles its longest training run yet (21 miles!) for the patients and families of Boston Children’s.
Tomorrow is the last day to nominate our nurses for The Boston Globe's annual "Salute to Nurse" section! Don't miss out on the chance to share stories, photos or videos of your favorite Boston Children's Hospital nurse! Click here to submit your nomination today: [ Bchil.org Link ]
Meet Scott Elisofon, MD, medical director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Liver Transplant Program. Along with the entire transplant team, he figures out how best to care for that child. “I get great satisfaction seeing the recovery of a patient, when they walk out of the hospital with a smile on their face.” Learn more about the Liver Transplant Program: [ Bchil.org Link ]
Special effects are no longer just for Hollywood movies. Now, new technology utilizing lifelike reproductions of real patient enables our surgical teams to practice the trickiest of surgeries ahead of time. Dr. Peter Weinstock, director of the Boston Children's Pediatric Simulator Program, talks about medical simulation and the future of surgery in his forward thinking TED Talk: [ Bchil.org Link ]

Peter Weinstock: Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer

Jake has the ability to fall asleep wherever and whenever he wants. But in his case, this was not just a side effect of being a teenager. Learn how a diagnosis of narcolepsy has helped him understand his sleepy superpower and discover his inner strength: [ Bchil.org Link ]
If your child struggles with sleep, melatonin may not be the answer. In this New York Post story, our sleep expert Dr. Judy Owens helps explain the best way to help your kids get a good night's sleep, without the use of sleep aids: [ Bchil.org Link ]

How my kid's 'all-natural' sleep aid keeps me up at night

When Kennedy was diagnosed with a rare but serious condition called moyamoya disease, her parents knew they had to fight for her. Their journey brought them from Texas to Dr. Edward Smith and the Moyamoya Disease Program at Boston Children’s Hospital: [ Bchil.org Link ]
Lynkin is an animated baby girl who loves -- and gets -- the attention of everyone around her! She's so lively, it's hard to believe that just one year ago, Lynkin had surgery with Dr. John Meara and Dr. Mark Proctor to remove a large encephalocele. Catch up with Lynkin and her family in this story from WCVB-TV: [ Bchil.org Link ]

Baby born with hole in skull 'exceeding expectations' after surgery

Riley wanted to do something more to battle her brain tumors. The 14-year-old and her family started the Be Brave For Life Foundation, and recently raised more than $60,000 for Dr. Ed Smith and brain tumor research here at Boston Children’s. For her efforts, Riley is now nominated for the the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts...
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Carter the boy and Ollie the pug have something profound in common: Both lost legs to bone cancer. It turns out that pediatric and canine osteosarcomas are remarkably similar, and researchers are now mining these similarities to benefit people and pets alike:
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Why is asthma so hard to control for some children? A new study finds differences in their immune systems that may lead to corticosteroids doing more harm than good. Read more on our science blog, Vector:
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Steroids could be counter-productive in severe asthma - Vector blog

A year ago today this little cutie underwent open heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Today she is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day happy and healthy! Wishing you and your family the absolute best!
Our Dr. David Roberson offers step-by-step instructions on how to stop a child's nosebleed once it starts, plus prevention tips and advice on when to seek help from an otolaryngologist.

Dealing with nosebleeds in children

Today we celebrate our wonderful nursing staff on 9 North! We are so grateful for their incredible work and dedication to our patients and families. Help us say thank you to them in the comments!
Throughout Child Life Month, we've brought you closer to the work of our Child Life Specialists. You can support this work, and the work of our friends at Team IMPACT, with a donation to our #SlamDunk4Kids fundraiser. [ Bchil.org Link ] Help us reach more patients with the healing power of play.
At the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, a team of researchers analyzed the genes of one boy who had passed away from a perplexing case of anemia. Their findings allowed them to recommend an experimental therapy that helped save the life of his baby sister, who, amazingly, was also born with the same rare blood disorder. Read more about this live-saving...
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Researchers discover new, rare anemia in time to save an infant's life

It's that time of the year again to nominate your favorite nurses! The Boston Globe is preparing for their annual "Salute to Nurses," and the Boston Children's team needs YOU! Whether you are a patient, family member or a part of our team you can visit [ Bchil.org Link ] from now until March 24 to nominate as many of our nurses or nursing teams as you can. Help us thank our incredible nursing...
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