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Cincinnati Children’s in the News

This is a weekly recap of health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s news collection and, please, feel free to offer comments below– we really do listen!

Insurance Coverage Unstable for Ohio Kids with Special Health Care Needs
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (online)
June 15, 2010

A third of Ohio children with special health care needs have unstable or inadequate insurance coverage despite the fact that they may qualify for government health programs.

Some 445,200 children, or 16.2 percent of all Ohio children, met the screening criteria to be classified as having a special health care need, which include those with functional limitations, emotional, behavioral and development needs, specialized therapies, above routine service, or ongoing prescription medications, according to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC).

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UC Researchers Receive $2.3M Grant to Develop User-Friendly Diagnostics for Influenza Virus
The Medical News
June 17, 2010

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have received a five-year, $2.3 million dollar grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Monica McNeal and Mary Staat from Cincinnati Children’s will join the interdisciplinary team of scientists to develop rapid, robust, user-friendly diagnostics for influenza virus. The research study is being called “Glycan Receptor Mimics for Rapid Detection, Typing, and Susceptibility Testing of Influenza.”

Specifically, with the five-year grant, the team will develop carbohdyrate-based diagnostics for influenza virus. 

Endowment Boosts Female Researchers
June 16, 2010

A $2 million endowment to the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Women’s Scholars Program will ensure that physician-researchers get the career boost they need to continue their work. The program aims to give women in pediatrics a boost to reach tenure or achieve another important step in their careers, according to Sandra J. Degen, associate chair of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s.

A committee of eight faculty members at Cincinnati Children’s review applications for the award. The committee also gives career advice to each applicant. The program aims to keep women from leaving research. About 80 percent of the pediatric residents at Cincinnati Children’s are women.

Click here to learn more about the sustained-research impact of this endowment for one special Children’s resident, Kim Risma!

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