Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm en Emergency Room Visits Due To Traumatic Brain Injury On The Rise http://wesa.fm/post/emergency-room-visits-due-traumatic-brain-injury-rise <p>Between 2006 and 2010, the number of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury (TBI) rose by nearly 30 percent throughout the United States. That’s according to a study from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.</p><p>While there was an increase, researchers are unclear of exactly why.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29099 at http://wesa.fm Want a Second Opinion While in Florida? New Partnership to Connect Patients to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/want-second-opinion-while-florida-new-partnership-connect-patients-pittsburgh <p>Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is about to see a lot of new patients — but not in person.</p><p>As of March 1, 2014 the hospital will become the exclusive pediatric provider for tele-health company MDLIVE.</p><p>MDLIVE provides online and on-demand health care services and software for more than 3 million users throughout the U.S.</p><p>Harun Rashid, Children’s Hospital chief information officer, said the partnership will allow people throughout the country to connect with the hospital’s specialized doctors.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 22603 at http://wesa.fm CDC: 'Underutilized' HPV Vaccine Provides Effective Protection http://wesa.fm/post/cdc-underutilized-hpv-vaccine-provides-effective-protection <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Human Papillomavirus is spread by skin-to-skin contact, can cause genital warts, cervical cancer, genital cancer. Yet it can be easily prevented through a three-shot&nbsp;<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/hpv-vaccine-effective-but-grossly-underutilized-698118/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">vaccination process</a>, which the CDC says is <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/college.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">underutilized</a>. Dr. Jonathan Pletcher works at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and councils parents and their children about the vaccine and any possible risks.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:40:23 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14729 at http://wesa.fm CDC: 'Underutilized' HPV Vaccine Provides Effective Protection Local Researchers Land $16.5 Million To Study Traumatic Brain Injuries http://wesa.fm/post/local-researchers-land-165-million-study-traumatic-brain-injuries <p>Every year, nearly half a million children 14 and younger visit the emergency room for traumatic brain injury in the United States.</p><p>Two Pittsburgh researchers have been selected by the National Institutes of Health to lead a $16.5 million study evaluating treatments for pediatric TBI.</p><p>The five-year international study is looking to provide evidence to standardize clinical practices and provide guidelines that would improve the lives of children with TBI.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:41:31 +0000 Michael Lynch 13796 at http://wesa.fm Hard Head Helmet Patrol Advocates Child Safety http://wesa.fm/post/hard-head-helmet-patrol-advocates-child-safety <p>Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Hard Head Patrol is attempting to protect children’s brains one helmet at a time.</p><p>The patrol is back for its eighth summer to teach children of all ages the importance of wearing a helmet when they ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards.</p><p>“We were looking at injuries with kids crashing and being admitted to the hospital as one of our more significant classifications so we wanted to target something that would encourage kids to wear helmets,” said Chris Vitale, manager for injury prevention at Children’s Hospital.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:57:24 +0000 Jessica Nath 11885 at http://wesa.fm