Technology

Five more patients now have the technology they need to make their voices heard thanks, again, to the compassion and generosity of Joy and Scott Bennett. The Bennetts began funding assistive communication devices for children and adults in need shortly › Continue Reading

Our ability to savor the sounds of our world depends on the remarkable machinery of the inner ear, where highly sensitive hair cells convert sound waves into electric pulses that the brain translates into music, spoken language, the sounds of › Continue Reading

Much like cities and towns connected by highways and streets, the neurons in our brains are connected by nerve fibers called dendrites and axons. Neurons are supported by other neural cells called astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are › Continue Reading

In late 2010, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s became the first team to successfully convert human skin cells into fully functioning intestinal tissue. This breakthrough in stem cell science eventually may allow doctors to repair organ damage by using the patient’s › Continue Reading

Imagine taking a fantastic voyage deep into your own eye. As you get smaller and smaller, the world around you becomes surreal. This is the developing retina of a mouse, as seen under a powerful confocal microscope. The green structures › Continue Reading

This is your brain. Actually, this is your brain’s white matter as seen using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging. White matter and grey matter are the brain’s two main components. White matter, actually pinkish white to the naked eye, › Continue Reading

Learning from dummies

They sweat. They bleed. They moan. They make great teachers. Patient simulator mannequins play a growing role in training medical students, residents, nurses and other staff at Cincinnati Children’s, especially in critical care. Traditionally, healthcare teaches technical skills, or algorithms › Continue Reading

Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that James M. Wells, PhD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of 17 investigators nationwide to receive a grant from a $13 million research fund to study the development of › Continue Reading

This is the compound eye of Drosophila melanogaster , more commonly known as the fruit fly. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s use fruit flies as models to learn about the genetic and molecular roots of vision disorders.  Although the structure of › 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

Information is power – and the sharing of information among doctors and researchers is one of the best ways to empower physicians to better diagnose and treat ADHD, a chronic condition that affects about 4.5 million children nationwide.  The American › Continue Reading

Imagine if a doctor, treating a young patient with a chronic illness, could have instant access to information from others all around the U.S. on the latest treatments and protocols, how their patients are responding, and what practices are leading › Continue Reading

We all know computers can do amazing things. But reduce preterm births? No way, right? Well, maybe. One of our neonatologists presented research at the annual meeting of Pediatric Academic Societies earlier this month that explains how. Through computer analysis › Continue Reading

Continuing a refrain she used during her visit to Cincinnati Children’s a couple weeks ago, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of  Health and Human Services, told a group of reporters from across the country that making improvement in health care information technology › Continue Reading

There was a time that when the feds talked about quality in terms of Medicare and Medicaid, they were referring to fraud. If you weren’t stealing, you ran a quality program. Times have changed, thankfully. It’s still wrong to steal, › Continue Reading

Something very significant happened early Sunday morning at Cincinnati Children’s. Something the patients and their families didn’t even notice. But something that was a major step toward making their care safer and more effective. The techies among us call it › Continue Reading

A Quality New Year

The Ohio Department of Health started off the New Year on the right foot by launching a consumer-friendly website allowing people to compare quality (and eventually pricing) data of Ohio hospitals.  The ODH’s new Ohio Hospital Compare website went live › Continue Reading