Posts From Nick Miller

Claire Biagnardi is a little girl from St. Louis who likes to put on sunglasses and ham it up as she plays her toy guitar. But the 3-year-old is providing big inspiration for a group of men who are bicycling › Continue Reading

To look into Jameson Golliday’s bright blue eyes or watch him dart around a room scattered with toys, one would never guess the one-year-old is part of a gene therapy clinical trial for the immune disease popularly known as “Bubble › Continue Reading

As dean of the University of Cincinnati medical school – and a physician/researcher who helped make Cincinnati Children’s a top-tier pediatric medical center – Dr. Thomas Boat is not one to exaggerate. So it was noteworthy that, when addressing an › Continue Reading

People like Lisa Crawford and her family lived for decades in the shadow of a Cold War nuclear weapons plant – tucked into rolling farmland 18 miles northwest of Cincinnati – unaware they were being exposed to radioactive materials in › Continue Reading

Even in a world of modern antibiotics, meningitis maintains a stubborn foothold. This bacterial infection of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord continues to kill or permanently disable an alarming number of infants, children and adults. Effective vaccination programs › Continue Reading

The news is never short on stories about efforts to make healthcare more effective, more affordable and that endless quest to find new treatments for terrible diseases. Humankind constantly puts together its greatest minds and newest technologies, and then invents even › Continue Reading

Were he alive today, one might wonder how Norman Rockwell would portray childhood in a world increasingly obsessed with digital media. Maybe Mr. Rockwell’s images would be of kids wearing earplugs hooked to iPods, cell phones in hand, their fingers › Continue Reading

Sports-related concussions continue to be a frequent topic in the media, and new research from Cincinnati Children’s sheds important new light on concussions involving younger athletes. A study recently published by the journal Pediatrics raises questions about how soon student athletes › Continue Reading

Every year hope is put on hold as promising medical research is delayed while scientists struggle to obtain rare resources vital to their work. The resources are patient tissue and blood samples containing cells, plasma, serum, DNA, RNA and other › Continue Reading

The ongoing debate over what constitutes wasteful government spending spurred a recent dinner conversation among friends over the use of federal tax dollars to study reproductive sciences in small fish and insects. The discussion meandered into someone asking what the › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s scientists have genetically re-engineered a herpes virus to track down early stage cancers and prompt tumor cells to secrete a detectable biomarker that reveals their presence. The research, published in the online journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) › Continue Reading

It made the news in Cincinnati when the state of Ohio’s Third Frontier program awarded a $2 million grant to Cincinnati Children’s to commercially develop new biomedical discoveries from the medical center. Understandably, the grant didn’t generate much coverage outside › Continue Reading

A new breakthrough in stem cell research at Cincinnati Children’s is a critical first step to one day being able to grow new intestinal tissue that can be transplanted into patients with gastrointestinal disease. Published online Dec. 12 by the › Continue Reading

Solving the puzzle of unacceptably high prematurity rates in the United States isn’t just a matter of finding the right pieces and fitting them together. It can also require doing something extraordinary before even knowing where to look. Experts say › Continue Reading

Helping Haiti

The shockingly surreal images coming out of earthquake-stricken Haiti, and the almost unfathomable extent of human suffering, have triggered a massive outreach from people wanting to help the victims of this tragedy.  Never underestimate the depth of human kindness and › Continue Reading

The effectiveness of biomedical research in the United States is undermined by an inconsistent “bust-boom-bust” funding cycle, according to an editorial written by Thomas F. Boat, M.D., a physician in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Appearing Jan. 13 › Continue Reading