Newborn Weight Tool Addresses Major Clinical Gap for Pediatricians

For the first time, a new online tool is helping pediatricians and parents determine worrisome amounts of weight loss in breastfed newborns. The Newborn Weight Tool, or NEWT, is an interactive weight loss chart using data from more than 100,000 exclusively breastfed babies born between 2009 and 2013. It was developed by Ian Paul, M.D., Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Eric Schaefer, a statistician at Penn State College of Medicine, and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente. NEWT enables health care professionals to compare an individual newborn’s weight loss with a large sample size – similar to the way in which growth charts are used – to start interventions early, when needed. However, it’s mostly used to help reassure new parents that their babies are receiving enough nourishment from breastfeeding during the first days after birth. Continue reading “Newborn Weight Tool Addresses Major Clinical Gap for Pediatricians”

Four Diamonds Pediatric Oncology Research Center Impacted More Than 500 Lives throughout Pennsylvania in 2014

More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S., and while 80 percent of children survive, one in five die within five years.1 Penn State Hershey is committed to improving those outcomes through its Four Diamonds’ Pediatric Oncology Research Center. The Center has been led by Chief of Pediatric Oncology Barbara Miller, M.D., since 2005, and has grown substantially in that time. Continue reading “Four Diamonds Pediatric Oncology Research Center Impacted More Than 500 Lives throughout Pennsylvania in 2014”