Summer 2005

Good Service is Good Medicine

Physician-in-Chief Sam Hawgood talks about the new telephone number (877-UC-CHILD) that provides access to all Children's Hospital services, and about other efforts he is undertaking to make referrals easier.

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Bone Marrow Transplantation Without a Perfect Match

Dr. Morton J. Cowan and his colleagues have found that transplanting peripheral blood stem cells from a haplocompatible donor can often result in a successful transplant when T cells are removed from the sample to eliminate the possibility of graft-versus-host disease.

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1st Trimester Down Screening

A blood spot test, combined with high-resolution measurements of the fetus, can detect 90 percent of Down syndrome cases in fetuses 11 to 14 weeks old. UCSF is one of the first in the region to offer this service.

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Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Treatment

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome, a serious complication of monochorionic twin gestation, is caused by vascular connections in the shared placenta that lead to the uneven distribution of blood between the identical twins.

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Twin Heart Defects

A multiple birth in which both twins have heart defects presents UCSF physicians with a new degree of challenge.

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Twins and More Program

The new Twins and More Program provides comprehensive medical, educational and social support for women pregnant with multiples and their infants.

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Kinder, Gentler Tonsillectomy

Recovery times for children who require tonsillectomies can be shortened dramatically when high-energy saline particles are used to gradually break down the tonsils and adenoids.

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Pelosi Gains $500,000 for UCSF Fetal Treatment Center

A $500,000 appropriation from Congress will help fund capital costs for the Fetal Treatment Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) requested the appropriation for the mother's and children's birth defects center as part of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Spending Bill.

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New Brain Tumor Therapies Can Improve Survival Outcomes

As more children are successfully treated for brain tumor, attention is increasingly paid to the price of the cure. New therapies and those under development in a number of areas promise not only to improve survival for children with brain tumors, but also lessen brain injury and improve general outcomes.

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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Team Approach

With an incidence of one case for every 2,500 live births, congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is common enough that most pediatricians will encounter a case within their practice, but infrequent enough to keep them from gaining adequate experience in caring for children with the condition.

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Pediatric Transport

New ambulances specially equipped to provide intensive care for critically ill infants and children are the latest addition to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Transport Service.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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New Hotline for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

A new service and telephone number streamlines the transfer, transport and admission of your maternal, neonatal and pediatric patients to UCSF's Children's Hospital.

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