In the News
Celebrating Our History of Protecting Kids
April 24 marked the 50th anniversary of Sabin Sunday, a landmark day in 1960 when children in Cincinnati received the oral polio vaccine for the first time. Developed at Cincinnati Children’s by Albert Sabin, MD, the live vaccine gives lifetime protection against polio, once a devastating childhood disease. Children today do not suffer from polio or many of the illnesses that plagued their grandparents, such as measles, mumps, or lockjaw because of the safe and effective use of vaccines. Through the years, our scientists have been vocal advocates for the importance and safety of immunizations and have made significant breakthroughs, including testing the effectiveness of the H1N1 flu vaccine. Cincinnati Children’s is committed to continued research and advocacy that will change the outcome for children in Cincinnati and throughout the world.
Fairfield Clinic Serves Children in Need
In January, Cincinnati Children’s opened a new primary care clinic at the Mercy Hospital Fairfield campus to better serve the growing population of children with little or no insurance in the Butler County/Fairfield area. The comprehensive clinic provides routine well-child check-ups, care for kids with chronic health conditions, and ill-child care.
Text Messaging to Improve Teen Self-Care
Adolescent medicine specialists at Cincinnati Children’s understand what teenagers like, and texting is at the top of the list. Researchers are hoping that by using the means of communication that teens prefer, we can help them better manage chronic conditions like asthma. Self-management is crucial to healthy outcomes for those with chronic illnesses, but it is a major health challenge for patients and their families, particularly as kids become teens and have less oversight by parents. A new study will include 230 individuals with asthma between the ages of 12 and 22 to explore whether text messaging is a useful tool to improve self-care, such as remembering to take medication and attending scheduled appointments.
Heart Institute Receives Two International Science Awards
The International Society for Heart Research recently recognized Jeffrey Robbins, PhD, and Jeffery Molkentin, PhD, as scientists whose outstanding research achievements will continue to make major future contributions. Dr. Robbins, co-executive director of the Heart Institute, was awarded the 2010 Research Achievement Award to honor his distinguished track record of innovative scientific contributions to the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Molkentin, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Investigator Award in recognition of his work in the advancement of cardiovascular science and his leadership of a growing research program.