Posted by: Abbie Roth, MWC on Feb 24, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 30 million people in the United States have a rare disease—and about half of them are children. Sometimes rare diseases are caused by unique mutations, or changes, in a child’s genes.

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700 Children’s® features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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Maternal Diabetes and Fetal Heart Development: What Mothers Need to Know

Feb 25, 2020

Even with great advances in care, congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. It remains the leading, non-infectious cause of infant deaths. Read More

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Pilonidal Disease: Using Laser Hair Removal to Prevent a Chronic Skin Infection

Nov 13, 2018

Pilonidal disease is a chronic skin infection in the crease of the buttocks, affecting more than 70,000 people each year. A new treatment with laser hair removal may more safe and effective than shaving or surgery. Read about this option and find out if your child may qualify for our study. Read More

Turning Research into Life-Saving Treatment for Rare Diseases

Feb 28, 2017

A disease is rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. But when all rare diseases are combined, they really aren’t that rare at all. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates that there are as many as 7,000 rare diseases affecting 30 million Americans. Read More

Can I Detect Seizures in My Child When I’m Not There?

Feb 08, 2017

Until recently, there were not many products that could be used to watch for seizures. Many parents end up using baby monitors with or without video support. However, that is not fool-proof and shown not to work in many cases. Read More

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Advancements: Research in the Pipeline

Jun 16, 2016

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetically inherited, terminal disease of the muscles that steals boys’ lives typically by their third decade of life. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne and only supportive treatments to increase both quality and quantity of life can be employed. Read More

Do Antibiotics Make Kids Fat?

Jun 03, 2016

More and more, research is showing us that childhood obesity is not only caused by genes, eating too much and exercising too little – but by several, poorly understood factors. Read More

Research to Improve The Lives of Children

Mar 16, 2016

Did you know that Nationwide Children’s Hospital is home to one of America’s top 10 pediatric research centers? On our campus, more than 180 scientists are researching cures for the biggest challenges in child health. Read More

Our Top 10 Posts of 2015

Dec 31, 2015

As we wrap up 2015, we want to take a moment to put a bow on the top ten 700 Children’s posts from the past year. This site is a wealth of information from our clinicians, researchers and staff and we thank them, and our readers, for sharing this space with us. Read More