Innovation and Discovery

(From the June 2019 Issue of MedStat)  

Nationwide Children’s Dedicates Abigail Wexner Research Institute

On May 21, Nationwide Children’s dedicated the hospital’s Research Institute as the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This naming recognizes Mrs. Wexner, whose ongoing, passionate advocacy has ushered in a period of unprecedented transformation at the hospital. During her more than 25 years on the board of directors, Nationwide Children’s has become one of the leading pediatric health care systems in the United States, and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute has become one of the most preeminent research centers of its kind. To learn more, read the news release.


Addressing Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Primary Care

Primary care providers can help a child or adolescent with obsessive-compulsive disorder by recognizing the disorder, making an initial assessment and referring the patient to the appropriate mental health specialist. Heather Yardley, PhD, a psychologist at Nationwide Children’s, offers guidance to pediatricians who may see children with OCD in their practices. The benefit to the patient and family? Early recognition and referral may lead to better outcomes more quickly. To learn more, read this PediatricsOnline article.


Novel Metric Predicts Severity of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

About 4% of children in industrialized countries develop community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) annually, but the ability to predict which kids can be sent home with antibiotics and which will likely get worse and require hospitalization has been out of reach. Nationwide Children’s researchers have developed a novel metric – a single score that summarizes the overall change in expression of immune-related genes in a patient compared to a healthy control. In testing, the metric outperformed traditional markers of disease severity. To learn more, read this Pediatrics Nationwide article.


Why Preteens Should be Screened for Suicide Risk

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among preteens age 10 to 12. More than half of these preteens who came to children’s hospitals emergency departments complaining of depression, violent behavior or panic disorder screened positive for suicide risk, a recent study found. But, so did 7% of preteens who came for headache, back pain or other common medical complaints. Researchers suggest screening all children as young as 10 for suicide risk in emergency rooms, primary care offices and other medical settings could save lives. To learn more, read this Pediatrics Nationwide article.