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Health equity is a commitment to ensuring every person can obtain the highest level of health possible, no matter where they live or who they are.

What is health equity and how does it affect children?

Put simply, health equity is a commitment to ensuring every person can obtain the highest level of health possible, no matter where they live or who they are. In 2020, many hospitals around the country — including Boston Children’s — made public commitments to health equity for their patients. This was part of a national ... Read More
Patient Stories
meghan, who had uesl liver cancer, cuddles with her dog

Meghan’s journey with UESL: Finding treatment for a rare form of liver cancer

In the spring of 2017, Meghan Tompkins and her parents, Danni and Michael, arrived at the Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center. They were there for an appointment after Meghan’s doctors identified a suspicious spot on her liver. Meghan, then 13, only knew that she was having gastrointestinal symptoms — no one had uttered ... Read More
Health and Parenting
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Behavioral health: What parents should know

Even before a worldwide pandemic uprooted life as we knew it, our children have been grappling with an unprecedented health crisis. In the span of 10 years, emergency rooms have seen a 60 percent increase in mental-health-related visits in patients under age 18. COVID-19’s disruption of routines and social outlets has only worsened this problem. ... Read More
Research
illustration of antibodies

Diversifying therapeutic antibodies: From one, come many with potential different uses

A new method for producing antibodies against disease could result in a wider variety of drugs for infectious diseases, immune disease, and even cancer. The immune system naturally produces enormous varieties of antibodies to fight diseases. Therapeutic antibodies — antibodies created against specific therapeutic targets — have been used for decades to either rev up ... Read More
Research
an abstract illustration of the trachea

Game-changing surgical procedure results in zero-percent TEF re-recurrence rate

A tracheaesophageal fistula (TEF) is a congenital defect in which an abnormal connection forms between a child’s esophagus and trachea. It often occurs with esophageal atresia. Even after surgical repair, TEFs recur in about 10 to 15 percent of infants and children. They rarely close spontaneously and typically require surgical or endoscopic intervention. Key takeaways: ... Read More
Clinical Care
SIMPeds staff who helped out during COVID-19

Boston Children’s Simulator Program steps up during COVID-19

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals scrambled to adapt and prepare. Amid the chaos, the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program, SIMPeds, sprang into action. SIMPeds is a world leader in running live simulations of care scenarios, allowing health care providers to rehearse tough or unanticipated situations in advance. Its SIMEngineering division is ... Read More
Clinical Care
cancer in transgender patients

Cancer care in transgender patients: Things to consider

Increasingly, transgender youth and adults are undergoing (or planning) gender-affirming surgery and taking masculinizing or feminizing hormones. If they have cancer, these treatments can have implications for their care, and cancer treatments in turn can have implications for their gender-affirming care. Oncologists should take gender identity into account in making decisions about cancer treatment. This ... Read More