News : 2010

Study Links Treatment to Prevent HIV Transmission to Newborns to Cardiac Problems

The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV-positive pregnant women reduces the chance of HIV transmission to the unborn child, but a newly published study by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine pediatric researchers and others is raising questions about the cardiac effects of that treatment. The findings are published in the December 28 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Lee Sanders, M.D., M.P.H.

JAMA Study: Directions for Kids' Medications Are Inconsistent

Researchers who examined 200 of the top cough/cold, allergy, analgesic and gastrointestinal over-the-counter liquid medications for children found high levels of variability and inconsistencies in medication labeling and measuring devices, according to a JAMA study.

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Karen C. Young, M.D., is the seventh recipient of the Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research.

UM Neonatologist Wins Micah Batchelor Award

Karen Young, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology, is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research. She received the award during a ceremony on the medical campus last night.

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Schatzi Kassal, left, and Eduardo Bancalari, M.D.

Holtz NICU to be Named for Philanthropist Schatzi Kassal

For nearly four decades, Schatzi Kassal has been dedicated to seeing some of the region’s tiniest babies survive—and thrive— in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Shelly Baer, LCSW

Social Worker Shelly Baer Is a Voice for the Chronically Ill

A consummate social worker who has spent her career helping abused children, dysfunctional families, and people with HIV, Shelly Baer is embracing a new role at the Miller School: socializing physicians in training on the dos and don’ts of treating patients with chronic illnesses.

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James Wilkinson, M.D.

Pediatric Researchers Publish Study on Heart Disease in Children

New findings from the Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry published online ahead of print in Circulation Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association, provide information that could impact the diagnosis and natural progression of cardiomyopathy, a weakened or abnormal heart muscle.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Lancet Oncology Study Bears Hope for Young Cancer Survivors

A new study published online today ahead of print in Lancet Oncology on its fast track shows that using dexrazoxane – an iron chelator that reduces free-radical injury in some settings – to prevent heart damage in young cancer patients during chemotherapy provides long-term cardioprotection without compromising cancer treatment.

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Attending the check presentation were, from left, Liz Davis; her daughter Kristen Davis, a cancer survivor; Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.; John Hyland, Hyundai regional sales manager; Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.; Daisy Healey, a cancer survivor; and her mother Julie Healey.

Hyundai Gift Seeds Miller School Cancer Program

With grateful survivors of childhood cancer in the audience, officials of Hyundai Motor America presented the Department of Pediatrics with a check for $100,000 last week to establish a Children’s Cancer Survivorship Program to treat and minimize the late effects and complications from successful cancer therapies.

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The Debbie School was a beehive of activity Saturday as 250-plus volunteers installed the kind of modern playground staff and students have been dreaming about for decades.

Debbie School Gets Dream Playground

Here’s how to fulfill a dream: Take a mountain of mulch, a pile of sand, a few tons of concrete, 15 wheelbarrows, an army of volunteers, a blueprint designed by students, and a unique organization dedicated to bringing play to every child in America. Mix everything together on a sweltering July Saturday. Add some upbeat music, a lot of smiles and enough sweat to fill a pool, and voila!

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Andrew Colin, M.D.

UM Pediatrics Professor Publishes Review Article on Lung Disease in Babies

A new review of the medical literature is substantiating serious questions about the health and long-term lung function of babies born only slightly premature. The findings were published online June 7 in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Andrew Colin, M.D., Batchelor Professor of Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology.

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R. Rodney Howell, M.D.

Newborn Screening is Now National Policy, Thanks to Miller School Advocacy

Five years ago, Miller School faculty played a key role in convincing the state of Florida to expand its newborn screening program to test for more than 30 inherited but treatable disorders. Now, that same persistence has prompted U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to approve a similar national standard for screening all newborns in the United States.

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Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the best in America.

Holtz Children's Hospital Ranks Among the Best

For the second year in a row, Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center stands among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, earning two spots on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

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Andrew Colin, M.D., seated next to Ceil McKey, was named Batchelor Family Chair for Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology. Standing are, from left, Steven Lipshultz, M.D., Sandy Batchelor, Jack Falk, Daniel Ferraresi, Jon Batchelor, Michael Colin, M.D. and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Andrew Colin, M.D., Named Batchelor Family Professor

Surrounded by his wife, son, friends, colleagues, members of the Batchelor Foundation and Miller School leadership, Andrew R.A. Colin, M.D., recounted his many life-changing years working with cystic fibrosis patients before humbly accepting the prestigious Batchelor Family Chair for Cystic Fibrosis and Pediatric Pulmonology.

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Emily Oquendo shows off the playground she designed for the Debbie School.

Debbie School Students Design Their Dream Playground with KaBOOM!

Ask Sarah Scarr what she’d like at her school playground and the 5-year-old is very specific. “I want monkey bars, swings, a silly slide and a fossil in the dirt – you know, a dinosaur fossil.’’ That’s not some far-fetched childhood fantasy. Imbedded in faux sand, a replica of a fossil dinosaur was a top vote-getter among the many objects Sarah and her classmates at the Department of Pediatric’s Debbie School.

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The children participated in an exercise program in a gym at the Batchelor Children's Research Institute.

Miller School Pediatric Researchers Find Children with HIV Benefit From Exercise

Children and adolescents infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can benefit from a structured exercise program, according to findings by pediatric researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The new NIH-funded research was published in the March issue of the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.

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Sarah Messiah, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Publish Findings on Obesity Prevention Intervention

Findings from a pilot study, believed to be one of the first designed to examine the effect of a school-based obesity prevention intervention on weight and academic performance, show a decrease in body mass index and an improvement in academic performance among elementary-aged children.

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G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., in action in Port-au-Prince.

Miller School Department of Pediatrics Lends Medical Aid to Haiti

Like other Miller School departments and divisions, the Department of Pediatrics had physicians travel to Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. What follows are the recollections of Ming-Lon Young, M.D., interim director of pediatric cardiology, and G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., chief of pediatric critical care medicine.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Miller School Pediatrics Chairman Publishes Editorial on Cardiotoxicity After Childhood Cancer

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., professor and chairman of pediatrics and associate executive dean for child health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, co-authored an editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that was released online February 8.

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