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January 7, 2020

Evidence grows for iron deficiency screening in childhood

One study details the known association between iron levels and cognitive function, and identifies a new threshold in blood tests that could guide more effective clinical intervention. The other is the first health-economic analysis of potential screening programs for iron deficiency in Canada, which shows that both targeted and universal screening would be cost-effective. 

January 6, 2020

SickKids-led review finds parents of chronically ill children experience poorer health outcomes

A new literature review demonstrates a marked difference between the health outcomes of parental caregivers of chronically ill children compared to those of healthy children.

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December 5, 2019

High-quality stem cells enable researchers to better study almost any disease

Using whole genome sequencing, a collaborative team at SickKids and the University of Toronto has created high-calibre control induced pluripotent stem cells that can be used to study a variety of diseases.

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December 5, 2019

Genome testing for siblings of individuals with autism may detect diagnosis before symptoms appear

New research led by SickKids and the University of Alberta found testing the DNA of siblings of individuals with autism may be predictive of a future diagnosis even if symptoms aren’t yet apparent. Findings could lead to earlier therapeutic interventions.

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December 3, 2019

Unlocking the door to potential therapeutic treatments for serious complications from infections

SickKids scientists used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan to solve the structure of an enzyme that could help burn victims and prevent deaths from different kinds of infections.

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November 27, 2019

Intellectual sparing in children with rare brain cancer: New research demonstrates better cognitive outcomes with less invasive treatment for paediatric medulloblastoma

New research findings offer new evidence that proton radiotherapy – a type of radiation therapy – could effectively treat medulloblastoma in children without causing the level of impairment to the brain that is usually caused by standard treatments.

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November 14, 2019

SickKids is No. 1 for researcher intensity on Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals 2019 list

SickKids is proud to be one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals. In 2019, SickKids Research Institute holds the number one spot for researcher intensity.

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November 12, 2019

New study finds higher risk of mental health outcomes that persist over time in mothers and siblings of children with cancer

Mothers and siblings of children with cancer experience higher rate of mental health-related outpatient visits decades after the original cancer diagnosis, according to new research co-led by SickKids and ICES.

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October 9, 2019

Researchers discover a new cancer-driving mutation in the “dark matter” of the cancer genome

Ontario-led research group has discovered a novel cancer-driving mutation in the non-coding regions of the human cancer genome, also known as the “dark matter” of human cancer DNA. The mutation represents a new potential therapeutic target for several types of cancer.

September 10, 2019

SickKids study seeks evidence-based intervention for youth suicide prevention

SickKids clinician-scientists are testing a suicide prevention strategy in a clinical trial to find an effective intervention for the country’s second leading cause of death among adolescents.

August 23, 2019

Canadian research finds older mothers at higher risk for childbirth complications

Canadian researchers confirm severe maternal morbidity on the rise in Canada and older mothers are at higher risk for severe maternal morbidity and mortality.

August 21, 2019

SickKids researchers awarded over $11.5 million in CIHR Foundation Grants competition

SickKids researchers received over $11.5 million in funding in the latest Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation Grants competition.

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