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

December 5, 2019

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 …

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Toronto researchers shed new light on stroller use in young families

August 20, 2015

In the first study of its kind, a Toronto research team has gone right to the source – parents – to understand their habits and perceptions of stroller use and its relationship with children’s physical activity.

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Children with cancer much more likely than adults to receive high-intensity end-of-life care despite access to palliative care

November 14, 2016

About 40 per cent of children with cancer receive at least one form of high-intensity end-of-life care treatment according to a new study from ICES and SickKids.

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

December 5, 2019

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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Could on-and-off fasting help prevent obesity?

October 17, 2017

Researchers examined the effect of an intermittent-fasting regimen, without restricting caloric intake, in mice. They found that an 'on-and-off' fasting regimen not only prevented obesity in mice, but also improved metabolism by changing the quality …

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PICH2GO helps tackle children’s pain through art and discussion

November 15, 2016

For International Pain Awareness Week, the SickKids Pain Centre organized a series of educational and networking events, which brought together clinicians, researchers, trainees, patient families and policymakers to help engage, empower and educate …

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New guidelines aim to reduce vaccination pain in children and adults

August 24, 2015

A new Canadian guideline, published online in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) on Aug. 24, aims to help minimize pain and distress from vaccinations in both children and adults. It outlines a variety of proven interventions that can …

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Largest international study of its kind finds new schizophrenia risk genes

November 21, 2016

Canadian and international scientists have uncovered six new schizophrenia risk genes in the largest study of its kind.

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Standing on the shoulders of giants: how a genetic discovery at SickKids in 1993 continues to inform research and patient care

December 17, 2018

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the gene responsible for Wilson disease by scientists at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

SickKids scientists create new way to classify cancers based on unique hypermutant footprint

October 19, 2017

A game-changing study by SickKids suggests there could be a day where cancers are not classified by their tissue of origin (i.e. brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer) but rather by the number and type of genetic mutations they carry. The study …

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