Clinical Care
The head of a little girl with EEG leads attached to her face and scalp.

A path forward for genetic testing in unexplained epilepsy

The number of genes implicated in epilepsy has grown rapidly in the past decade. This raises questions about what tests to offer to people with unexplained epilepsy and whether those tests would yield actionable information. Now, practice guidelines developed by genetic counselors at Boston Children’s Hospital offer a way forward. In the first systematic evidence ... Read More
Research
An overhead view shows the sizes of the Autus Valve as it expands.

A heart valve that grows along with a child could reduce invasive surgeries

Clinical trials have started for the first prosthetic pulmonary valve replacement that is specifically designed for pediatric patients and can expand over time inside a child’s anatomy.  Instead of having invasive replacement surgeries every few years, as is the practice now, a child can have the valve fitted to their individual body size and, if ... Read More
Research
A light bulb surrounded by medical and science imagery: DNA, chemicals, microscopes, test tubes, syringes, stethoscopes, etc.

Research 2022: Tackling disease in new ways

Researchers across Boston Children’s spent 2022 imagining new solutions to old challenges in health and medicine, opening the door to brand-new treatments. Here are a few areas where research is poised to make a difference in children’s — and even adults’ — lives. Rethinking disease through genetics Genetic sequencing is becoming a fundamental tool for discovering ... Read More
Health and Parenting
Four children blowing paper horns in celebration.

New Year’s resolutions and kids: what to know

With a new year upon us, we’re once again bombarded with messages about getting healthier, skinnier, and more disciplined come January 1. We couldn’t help but wonder what this means for kids, so we turned to Andrew Richards, a psychologist with Boston Children’s Martha Eliot Center, for answers. Are New Year’s resolutions a good idea ... Read More
Patient Stories
Um menino pulando no ar.

Superando as dificuldades da síndrome de Apert: a história do João

Depois de uma gravidez “perfeita” em 2017, os brasileiros Natália e Igor estavam emocionados por conhecer seu terceiro filho. Eles ficaram chocados quando os médicos arrebataram João uns instantes após o parto. “Até o momento em que ele nasceu, tudo parecia muito normal”, afirma Natália. “Mas quando ele chegou, imediatamente percebemos que havia algo errado: ... Read More
Research
An adult hand holding an infant's hand

Understanding BRUEs: Recent study sheds light

Brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs) are episodes marked by concerning changes in breathing, consciousness, muscle tone, and skin color (cyanosis or paleness). They tend to occur in previously healthy infants and send worried parents racing to the emergency department. However, researchers know little about the risk of persistent symptoms after BRUE hospitalizations. To learn more, ... Read More