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Link to fetal heart surgery story
Race against the clock: Lifesaving in-utero heart procedure spares Baby Sebastian a traumatic birth and bridges the gap to corrective surgery (Wednesday, July 26, 2017)
Doctors from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Mount Sinai Hospital, inserted a balloon into Sebastian’s heart, via a needle placed under ultrasound guidance through his mother’s uterus, to open up the atrial septum. It is believed that this is the first time in the world that this procedure – a Balloon Atrial Septoplasty (BAS) – has been performed before birth to treat Sebastian’s particular condition.
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A centennial coin full of memories – a SickKids patient’s Canada 150+ story (Monday, July 24, 2017)
Jennifer Rock woke up at SickKids on July 1, 1967, four days after her corrective urologic surgery, to a special gift from the hospital – a coin commemorating Canada’s centennial. Today, the coin is a fond reminder of her hospital stay. An estimated 336 inpatients received the coin on Canada Day.
Link to web story about the Paediatric Pain Curriculum
Learn about paediatric pain with Online Paediatric Pain Curriculum (Friday, July 21, 2017)
Pain is often undertreated in clinical settings and represents an underfunded area of health research in Canada. Inadequate pain assessment and management practices occur due to gaps in knowledge, pre-existing misconceptions about pain, and lack of training. The Pain Centre, in partnership with the Learning Institute at SickKids, has developed the Online Paediatric Pain Curriculum (OPPC) to address these issues.
Link to Bret Pearson study about regenerative abilities
What can worms teach us about how our body heals itself? (Thursday, July 20, 2017)
We sat down with Dr. Bret Pearson to learn more about how worms respond to their wounds, which can give us insight on improving our healing and how tumours or tissues that have gone into healing hyper-drive may be formed.
Link to July 2017 CRISPR study by Ronni Cohn
Muscle function regained in CRISPR-treated mice with congenital muscular dystrophy, SickKids study finds (Monday, July 17, 2017)
Scientists at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to correct a disease-causing mutation in mice with a form of congenital muscular dystrophy, MDC1A.

SickKids in the headlines

Sick Kids scientists repair genetic errors in mice with muscular dystrophy (Toronto Star)

Breakthrough in treating muscular dystrophy announced (CTV)

Fear of losing custody stops pregnant women from disclosing homelessness, Toronto numbers show (Toronto Star)

Toronto, Ottawa children’s hospitals join forces to ease parents’ burden (National Post)

Why a Little Forgetfulness is Actually a GOOD Thing, According To Science (Reader’s Digest)