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Can You Be Addicted to Carbs? — Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and obesity specialist, commented on a recent study finding that consuming a high-glycemic index food activated a part of the brain associated with emotions and addiction, even when the subjects didn't know what they were eating. Read more from National Public Radio's "The Salt" blog.
Is Obesity a Disease? — Dr. Kristine Madsen, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and a specialist in childhood obesity, was part of a talk show panel discussing the American Medical Association's recent decision to classify obesity as a disease. To listen to the program, visit KQED's Forum website.
Matthew Ouimet Faces Bumps on Road to Recovery — Two-year-old Matthew Ouimet has had a rocky road since his liver and kidney transplant surgery on June 5, but he is out of the Intensive Care Unit and has showed no signs of rejection. Read more from the Contra Costa Times.
3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers — A South African carpenter who lost several fingers in an accident collaborated with a special effects artist and puppeteer in Bellingham, Wash., to create a prosthetic hand using a 3-D printer. The two have used the prototype to create prosthetic hands for children born without fingers. Matthew Garibaldi, director of Orthotics and Prosthetics at UCSF, spoke about the difficulty in finding such prosthetics for pediatric patients with National Public Radio.
Donor Organs a Match for Matthew Ouimet — Two-year-old Matthew Ouimet, who has spent much of his short life on an organ donation waiting list, received a liver and kidney transplant at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Ouimet's progress is being followed by the Contra Costa Times.
Children's Hospital Eases Anxieties — The new kid-friendly Pediatric Emergency Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital — featuring child-sized medical equipment and facilities, dedicated pediatric emergency medicine specialists, and trained staff to help ease kids' anxiety during their stay — was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Could Giving Newborns Formula Help with Breast-Feeding? — A new study led by Dr. Valerie Flaherman, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, found that for babies who experience significant weight loss after birth, giving small amounts of formula in the first few days of life appears to increase breast-feeding rates three months later. Read more from the L.A. Times.
Medical Devices Fall Short for Children — The development of medical and surgical devices designed for children's bodies often fall behind the development of such devices for adults. Dr. Michael Harrison, director of the Pediatric Device Consortium at UCSF — a collaboration between doctors and engineers created to address this gap — spoke about the issue in the New York Times.
Bone Marrow Donor Meets Girl Whose Life He Saved — One year after her bone marrow transplant, 13-year-old Vicky Tran met her donor for the first time at UCSF Medical Center. See their meeting on NBC Bay Area.
Colic May Be Linked with Migraines, Research Says — Dr. Amy Gelfand, a pediatric neurologist at the UCSF Headache Center, spoke about a new study that strengthens findings from her own research, suggesting a possible link between having colic as an infant and suffering from migraines later in life. Read more from the Associated Press.
Compiled by UCSF Public Affairs