Boston Children’s Hospital

This is your central portal for breaking news, the latest research and important updates from Boston Children's Hospital. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates.

Meeting News

New gene therapy appears safe, feasible for sickle cell disease

December 26, 2019
ORLANDO — Significant induction of fetal hemoglobin after the infusion of CD34-positive cells occurred among a small cohort of patients with…

ASH presents Scholar Awards to fellows, junior faculty

December 22, 2019
ASH announced the recipients of its 2019 Scholar Awards. The awards — presented to hematologists in the United States and Canada who conduct…
FDA News

FDA grants Orencia breakthrough therapy designation to prevent acute GVHD

December 4, 2019
The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to abatacept for prevention of moderate to severe acute graft-versus-host disease among individuals…
In the JournalsPerspective

Most youth with nicotine use disorder are not treated

October 8, 2019
Nearly all Medicaid-insured adolescents and young adults with diagnosed nicotine use disorder, or NUD, do not receive counseling or pharmacologic…

Annual screening may reduce breast cancer deaths by half among childhood cancer survivors

August 21, 2019
CHICAGO — Initiating annual breast cancer screening at a younger age may prevent more than half of all breast cancer-related deaths among…
In the Journals

FDA-approved cancer drugs take more than 6 years to reach children

June 25, 2019
FDA-approved oncology agents took a median 6.5 years to proceed from first-in-human to first-in-child clinical trials, according to research…

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s named nation’s best hospital for pediatric cancer

June 18, 2019
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has reclaimed its distinction as the No. 1 children’s hospital for cancer…

Boston Children’s tops U.S. News & World Report’s list for 6th year

June 18, 2019
Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked the No. 1 children’s hospital for 2019-2020 by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the…
In the JournalsPerspective

AHA: Obesity increases risk for premature heart disease in children

February 25, 2019
Children and teenagers with obesity and severe obesity, in addition to other conditions, have an increased risk for premature heart disease…
In the Journals

PPI use increases hospitalization risk in children with problems initiating swallowing

January 21, 2019
Children with oropharyngeal dysphagia who used PPIs to alleviate aspiration were at increased risk for hospitalization, according to findings…
In the Journals

Treatment de-intensification fails to reduce toxicity, maintain efficacy in HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer

January 17, 2019
Patients with advanced, HPV-positive
In the Journals

Higher platelet transfusion threshold increased risk for death among neonates with severe thrombocytopenia

January 16, 2019
Higher platelet transfusion threshold appeared to increase risk for death and major bleeding among preterm infants with severe thrombocytopenia…
In the Journals

Suicide risk significantly higher within 1 year of cancer diagnosis

January 7, 2019
The risk for suicide among patients with cancer rises significantly in the first year after diagnosis compared with the general population, according…

Boston Children’s Hospital receives grant for sickle cell disease research

December 30, 2018
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to Boston Children’s Hospital to research and develop gene therapy treatment…
Meeting NewsPerspective

Autologous gene therapy shows promise for sickle cell disease

December 2, 2018
SAN DIEGO — An adult with sickle cell disease responded positively to autologous gene therapy, providing the first proof that this approach…

Eight researchers receive ASH bridge grants

October 27, 2018
ASH awarded $150,000 each to eight investigators through the society’s bridge grant program, designed to sustain promising hematologic research…

Pediatricians explore ways to use virtual reality in practice

Infectious Diseases in Children, October 2018
Researchers and pediatric specialists are working to find new, innovative ways to use virtual reality to improve patient care. Kate Donovan

Early school start times have detrimental effects on US teens’ health

Infectious Diseases in Children, September 2018
Nearly half of American teenagers report sleep difficulties that affect their daily functioning, according to findings published in the Journal of
In the Journals

Adverse events with moxifloxacin rarely result in treatment discontinuations in children

July 12, 2018
The use of moxifloxacin — a fluoroquinolone not currently approved by the FDA for use in children — is commonly associated with adverse…

Boston Children's Hospital ranked No. 1 by U.S News & World Report

June 26, 2018
Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the nation’s top pediatric hospital for the fifth consecutive year, according to U.S. News