(From the August 2015 Issue of MedStat)
Children with intestinal failure often depend on central venous catheter to deliver nutrition essential for their growth and survival directly to the bloodstream, and are at high risk for developing central catheter-associated bloodstream infections as a result. A team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has implemented a preventive measure that significantly reduces these infections in this patient population both in the hospital and at home. Monica Ardura, DO, an infectious disease specialist at Nationwide Children’s, is lead author of the study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics.
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It is estimated that by 2020, 16 million children under the age of five will be obese. While current public health initiatives promote healthy eating and physical activity to reverse the trend, a recent study published in Clinical Pediatrics underscores the importance of the feeding dynamic between caregivers and children as a factor in childhood obesity. Ihuoma Eneli, MD, medical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, is lead author of the study, which found that obese mothers are more likely to restrict their children’s eating habits.
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Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) is an interactive medical informatics system widely used for patient cohort identification, an important first step in the early identification of disease risks for patients and participant recruitment for clinical trials. However, i2b2 has its limitations, and other cohort identification methods such as manual chart reviews can be time-consuming and expensive. Yungui Huang, PhD, MBA, director of Research Information Solutions and Innovations at The Research Institute, is senior author of an Applied Clinical Informatics study that demonstrates how a multidisciplinary team at Nationwide Children’s found a way to expedite the process and leverage existing i2b2 functionalities for sleep disorder research.
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