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Feb. 26 - In an interview with WTMJ-AM, Dr. Asriani Chiu said that winter-time sniffles may be allergies, not viruses. Indoor allergens like dust mites, indoor mold and pet dander contribute to winter allergies. WTMJ 620
Feb. 24 - The Medical Society of Milwaukee County presented its Community Impact Award to Dr. Earnestine Willis (Pediatrics – Community; Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children). Megan Beck (M-3) received the Student Leadership Award. Biz Times
Feb. 23 - Brian Volkman, PhD and Dr. Mitchell Grayson co-authored a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that identified a protein that is linked to the development of post-viral infection asthma. The discovery is the first step in generating a novel type of asthma therapy designed to prevent development of post-viral asthma in young children. Medical Xpress
Feb. 20 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the MCW Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Megan Beck, third-year medical student, will be honored by the Medical Society of Milwaukee County on at the society’s Leadership that Inspires dinner event on Saturday, March 7.
Feb. 19 - In an article in Today Parents, Dr. David Smith (Family & Community Medicine) explains that Down Syndrome patients have difficulty singing due to low muscle tone and because the structure of their mouths and tongues is different, making it more difficult to form words. Today
Feb. 13 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been chosen to be the official medical partner for the JCC Maccabi Games to be held in Milwaukee Aug. 2-6.
Feb. 4 - Dr. Michael Chusid discusses the resurgence of whooping cough in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Dr, Chusid notes that there is little public awareness that adults can get the disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 27 - Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange provides expert comment in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the emotional and physical scars carried by adults who survived firearms injuries when they were children. The article provides background information on Project Ujima, a joint program of MCW and Children’s, to prevent childhood violence and provide support to pediatric victims of violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 22 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a growing hazard nationwide: children swallowing small lithium “button” batteries used to power watches and other small electronics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 21 - Dr. Bruce Camitta provides expert comment to Canadian media outlets on the case of an aboriginal child with leukemia who quit chemotherapy to instead receive traditional healing with ceremonial medicines. Niagara this Week
Jan. 21 - Dr. Monica Thakar is one of 20 U.S. hematologists who will mentor a talented hematologist from a developing country. Dr. Thakar will mentor Dr. Jorge Luis Contreras Saavedra from Peru in the program coordinated by the American Society of Hematology. ASCO Post
Jan. 21 - Dr. David Margolis (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) is one of four individuals selected for inclusion in the Milwaukee Business Journals’ 40 Over 40 Hall of Fame. Milwaukee Business Journal
Jan. 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles a young woman who was shot by a stray bullet at the age of five. Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, professor of emergency medicine, medical director of emergency services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and director of Project Ujima, discusses the impact of violence and fear on young children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 12 - More than 40 media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, carried stories on Dr. Danny Thomas’s (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) research that found no benefit from longer, five-day rests for pediatric concussion patients. Dr. Thomas’s research was published in Pediatrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US News Health and New York Times
Jan. 5 - NBC-TV/Channel 4 presented a report on type one diabetes research being conducted by Martin Hessner, PhD. TMJ4
Jan. 5 - A study published in Pediatrics found that one or two days rest for young concussion patients may be more beneficial to recovery than a longer period of inactivity. Danny Thomas, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine, led the study. New York Times
Jan 5 - For someone who admits he didn’t have much of a clue of what he wanted to do when he was in college, Dr. Michael Burke sure has built an impressive resume for himself in the field of childhood leukemia.
Dec. 19 - Milwaukee BizTimes provides a photo tour of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s new Delafield Clinic, which opened on December 1. Biz Times
Dec. 18 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), the College's largest donor, has two items for sale this holiday season to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. All money raised from the sale of these items benefits the MACC Fund.
Dec. 15 - The annual Sports Auction for MACC, which aired on WTMJ-TV Friday, December 12, raised more than $44,000 for the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund supports pediatric cancer research. WTMJ-TV
Dec. 10 - Dr. Julie Panepinto moderated a news conference on new strategies to treat anemia at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. The Street
Dec. 9 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Dr. Harry Whelan who was recently awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. The Legion of Merit is one of the nation’s highest military honors. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec. 2 - Harry Whelan, MD, professor of neurology and pediatrics and director of hyperbaric medicine at MCW and the Bleser Family Professor of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec. 2 - A Nature article on gene therapy discusses research by David Wilcox, PhD on clotting disorders. Nature
Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times
Nov. 25 - Dr. Robert Lane contributed to a Baylor College of Medicine-led study published in FACEB Journal that showed that rat pups born too small are likely to be obese in adulthood and at greater risk for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. Baylor College of Medicine News
Nov. 24 - Dr. Benson was given the CVDY Meritorious Achievement Award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference in Chicago on November 18, 2014.
Nov. 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis was interviewed by Radio Milwaukee (88.9 FM) on the importance of Reach Out and Read Milwaukee for early childhood literacy. Radio Milwaukee
Nov. 19 - Praveen Goday, MBBS, Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology), is co-editor of the recently published first edition of “Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition.”
Nov. 17 - Nature reports on Dr. Amanda Brandow’s research on sickle cell disease nerve damage. Nature
Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald
Nov. 3 - U.S. News and World Report explores the slow uptake of the HPV vaccine, which prevents human papilloma virus, or HPV. U.S. News and World Report
Oct. 22 - A collaborative team of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study the association of NAPDH Oxidase , an enzyme involved in oxidative stress, in breast milk, to the development of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants.
Oct. 21 - Yi-Guang Chen, PhD and collaborators at MSOE received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study possible interventions to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes. Wauwatosa Now
Oct. 21 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant to Dr. Rachel Bercovitz to study the effects of platelet transfusion on newborns whose medical conditions require the procedure. Wauwatosa Now
Oct. 15 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Israeli researchers discovered the mechanism used by the rabies virus when it enters the central nervous system. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 13 - Milwaukee Magazine published an in-depth feature on concussion research being conducted by Michael McCrea, PhD. The article also reports on Dr. Kevin Walter’s work to enact legislation dedicated to youth safety in contact sports. Milwaukee Magazine
Oct. 13 - Dr. Rich Tower will discuss issues surrounding children going through a cancer journey at a free public program in Mt, Pleasant on October 16. “Cancer – It’s a Family Affair” is sponsored by the Jane Cremer Foundation. The Journal Times
Sept. 23 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) has events this fall to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. The MACC Fund raises 75% of its annual income from special events, and is the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) largest donor.
Sept. 15 - Brian Volkman, PhD and Dr. Mitchell Grayson are co-primary investigators of a one-year, $382,500 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to identify new therapeutic targets for chronic obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Biz Times
Sept. 08 - Dr. Venkatesh Sampath is principal investigator of a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study genomic factors that impact necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe form of bowel disease that develops in five to ten percent of premature infants and has a mortality of 25-40 percent. Biz Times
Sept. 04 - The Wall Street Journal featured a story about a new program that classifies pediatric surgical centers based on the level of care provided. Keith Oldham, MD, Marie Z. Uihlein Professor and chief of pediatric surgery at MCW, was instrumental in creating the program and was featured in the story.
Wall Street Journal
Sept. 03 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) in Madison received a U.S. patent on the automated production of cells that can be grown into any of the more than 200 types of cells in the body. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sept. 02 - Amy Heffelfinger, PhD and Astrida Kaugers, PhD, from Marquette University were awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children. Wauwatosa Now
Aug. 29 - Cellular Dynamics International Inc., a Madison-based biotechnology company, was granted a patent for its stem cell production automation process. Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, discussed the importance of this patent and how it will help research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aug. 27 - In an article on MSN’s Healthy Living, Dr. Asriani Chiu says that any organ in the body can be affected by allergies. Healthy Living
Aug. 26 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Wendi Ehrman discussed the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that recommends that teens too young to get emergency contraception over-the-counter should get prescriptions before they need it, as a way of reducing unintended pregnancies
Aug. 25 - A collaborative team of researchers from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children.
Aug. 12 - Dr. John Routes received a one-year, $280,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to design a multi-center clinical trial for treatment of a lung disease in primary immunodeficiency. Wauwatosa Now
Aug. 11 - Sarah Beth White, MD, assistant professor of radiology and surgical oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been awarded a two-year, $150,000 Research Scholar Grant by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education (R&E) Foundation to study metastatic colorectal cancer.
Aug. 11 - Denise Uyar, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, provided expert commentary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the efficacy of the HPV vaccine and the rate of complications and allergic reactions. The story focused on the recent death of a 12-year old Waukesha girl. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aug. 04 - Dr. David Dimmock contributes to an article in The Telegraph (United Kingdom) on the benefits of genome sequencing for families afflicted by rare genetic disorders. The Telegraph
Aug. 04 - Beth Drolet, MD, took the helm July 1 as President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD). The SPD is the only national organization in the United States specifically dedicated to promoting, developing and advancing education, research and care of skin disease in all pediatric age groups.
July 30 - A Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on the Slam Dunk for Diabetes basketball camp for children with diabetes notes that the Max McGee National Center for Juvenile Diabetes is located at MCW. Fox 6 Now
July 29 - A story on WUWM-FM explores the increase in concussion in children nationwide, and prevention, treatment and research around youth concussion. Kevin Walter, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine program at Children’s Hospital, was interviewed for the story. WUWM-FM
July 22 - In a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Maren Lunoe reported that jet-injected lidocaine is superior to vapocoolant spray in reducing venipuncture pain in children under seven years of age. The Oncology Report
July 17 - The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded Dr. Earnestine Willis (Pediatrics) a one-year, $150,000 grant to increase breastfeeding support for nursing mothers in low-income populations who are returning to the workforce. Wauwatosa Now
July 16 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were among the institutions supporting Wisconsin’s newly-enacted mandatory newborn testing for congenital heart disease. Dr. Stuart Berger said he hoped the state eventually will allow researchers to collect data from the tests. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 03 - Wisconsin Public Radio discusses MCW’s participation in Reach Out and Read, a national program to promote early literacy. WPR
July 01 - Dr. David Brousseau is a contributing author to a University of Michigan-led study published in Pediatrics that found that a substantial portion of working parents choose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care. Health Canal
June 30 - Dr. Dawn Siegel received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study the genetic causes of PHACE syndrome, which is characterized by a large facial hemangioma with other birth defects including abnormalities of the brain, heart, and eyes. Wauwatosa Now
June 30 -The MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc., will contribute $1.2 million on June 30 to its three beneficiaries, the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. These research contributions will take the total of the MACC Fund’s contributions since its inception in 1976 to over $50 million.
June 26 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin held a kids’ handprint ceremony on June 24 at its Delafield Clinic, scheduled to open in late 2014.
June 25 - In an article in OnMilwaukee.com, Dr. Kevin Walter noted that one of major problems with pediatric sports concussions is self-reporting; athletes avoid reporting head injuries because they know that they will be removed from the game. On Milwaukee
June 24 - Milwaukee was selected as the site for the 60th annual meeting of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis because of the quality of research work conducted by MCW and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Biz Times
June 19 - Dr. Kevin Walter discusses the possible risks of intense long-distance running training on children in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 17 - U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin among the nation’s top children’s hospitals. BizTimes
June 17 - OnMilwaukee.com kicked off Kids and Family week with a Q&A about concussion with Kevin Walter, MD. OnMilwaukee
June 12 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH chaired a neighborhood walk sponsored by the Black Health Care Coalition. The walk was designed to call attention to racial health disparities. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
June 12 - Dr. Amanda Brandow spends most of her time dealing with pain in patients with sickle cell disease and working on ways to better understand and treat those suffering from it.
June 11 - Ramani Ramchandran, PhD, Patrick J. and Margaret G. McMahon Professor and Vice Chair of Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Pediatrics, has been invited to give a presentation at the 6th annual Mayo Clinic Angiogenesis and Tumor Microenvironment Symposium, held Aug. 22-24 in Rochester, MN.
June 11 - The 13th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at the Scenic View Country Club, 4415 Club Drive, Slinger. This tournament is held in memory of Sam Beres, who lost his battle with leukemia in April 2000, at the age of six.
June 10 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in all 10 specialties in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This ranking is just one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.
June 03 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recognizes the 15th anniversary of founding of Project ADAM by Dr. Stuart Berger. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 30 - Dr. Bruce Camitta provides expert comment to the Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator regarding a Canadian couple’s decision to stop their child’s chemotherapy treatments. The Hamilton Spectator
May 22 - In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, Dr. Breanne K.P. Shah reported that the antinausea and antiemetic agent ondansetron does not trigger malignant tachyarrhythmias in pediatric patients who have a healthy heart. Family Practice News
May 22 - TIME Magazine tells the stories of premature babies and the world class care they received in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin neonatology unit. TIME Magazine
May 21 - In a USA Today article on sports helmets, Dr. Kevin Walter cautions that sports helmet manufacturers are getting savvy and market their products in a manner that implies that the helmets prevent concussions. USA Today
May 16 - Dr. David Margolis discussed the importance of MACC Fund support for MCW’s pediatric cancer research programs at the recent fifth annual “An Evening with Aaron Rogers” fundraising event. Milwaukee Business Journal
May 15 - Dr. Mark Obermyer discusses the popularity of juicing among teenagers and the possible hazards of the fad with Fox-TV/Channel 6. Fox 6 Now
May 14 - In an interview with WUWM-FM, Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses the impact of travel on the resurgence of such diseases as measles, mumps, whooping cough, and polio. WUWM
May 12 - How could generations of starvation lead to obesity? Epigenetics explains the changes in gene expression that can be brought on by such dramatic experiences. Robert Lane, MD, professor and chairman of pediatrics at MCW and The Barri L. and David G. Drury Chair in Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is an expert in epigenetics and was interviewed for the story in The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast
May 06 - Dr. Earnestine Willis is Co-Chair of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin’s 11th Annual African American Walk for Quality Health. Milwaukee Courier
In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.
April 29 - Wraparound Milwaukee is the lead agency receiving a two-year, $158,000 award from MCW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) for the Proactive Outreach for the Health of Sexually Exploited Youth project. GMToday
April 29 - Dr. Louella Amos provides expert comment to an ABC-TV/Channel 12 follow-up investigative report on the effectiveness of smoke alarms to wake children.
April 28 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an update report on Wisconsin hospital compliance with timely newborn screening lab work. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a new nonprofit called Bridge to Cures, which aims to raise funding for health care startups in southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25 - The Trek 100 Ride for Hope benefitting the MACC Fund is Saturday, June 7, and the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin team is looking for riders. Bikers choose from routes of 19, 36, 62 or 100 miles.
Apr 24 - Dr. Earnestine Willis is a member of the Social Development Commission’s Youth and Poverty Task Force. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Courier
Apr 24 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin announced that it will open a $6 million pediatric specialty care clinic later this year in Delafield. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Apr 23 - In an interview with Connecticut’s National Public Radio station, Keri Hainsworth, PhD, discusses her research on the effects of yoga on children who suffer from chronic headaches, and on children who are obese. WNPR News
April 23 - CBS-TV news and multiple additional news outlets reported on a study by Dr. Shayne Fehr that found that girls who suffer a concussion may have more severe symptoms that last longer compared to boys. CBS News, Health Day and US News
April 15 - The MCW Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Apr 14 - Girls who suffer concussions may have more severe symptoms that last longer than boys, according to new research published by Shayne Fehr, MD. US News & World Report
Mar 13 - The Scientist reports on a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers at Stanford report difficulties in using whole genome sequencing as a tool to detect disease risk in healthy adults. The Scientist
Mar 11 - Dr. Keith Oldham was Chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care, which developed new comprehensive guidelines that define the resources the nation’s surgical facilities need to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. Journal of the American College of Surgeons
More city school children are getting the mental health treatment they need thanks to a collaboration led by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Mar 5 - Dr. Patricia Donohoue will be honored at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 18th annual black-tie gala on March 8 at the Pfister Hotel. The Morning Blend (Today's TMJ4)