Summer 2009

Perspective

For those who treat children, childhood vulnerability is not a tired cliché, but raw motivation to do more and do better.

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Case Study: Pediatric Neurosurgery Relieves Lifetime of Seizures

A 9-year-old plagued with lifelong seizures unrelieved by medications now is seizure-free after surgeons mapped the left frontal focus of seizure activity and used intraoperative neuronavigation to precisely resect the lesion without harming key brain functions.

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Pathway Clinic Devises Unique Care and Research Opportunities

Medical Geneticist Katherine Rauen, M.D., Ph.D., and Genetic Counselor Michelle Strecker specialize in recognizing differences among inborn genetic syndromes, confirming a clinical diagnosis through molecular testing and recommending the most appropriate specialty care.

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Intestinal Rehab Programs STEP Up Outlook for Short Bowel Patients

Evolving clinical approaches have improved the outlook for individuals with short bowel syndrome, especially when patients arrive at intestinal rehabilitation centers before they experience severe complications.

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Sleep a Missing Link in Many Childhood Disorders

Treatments for sleep disorders have fairly high success rates and can often substantially alleviate academic problems, behavioral disorders or mood dysfunction, says Gwynne Church, M.D., director of the pediatric sleep lab at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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New Helicopter Speeds and Eases Emergency Transport of Children and Neonates

As pediatric beds disappear from California hospitals, the need for expert emergency transport to rush severely ill children to specialty care heightens. In response, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital has added a state-of-the-art helicopter air ambulance to its fleet.

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