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Stanford Chief Pediatrician warns of rise in Respiratory Syncytial Virus

As the weather continues to cool and with new COVID variants on the way, the effort is on now to prevent the return of another winter surge. Dr. David Cornfield with Stanford Medicine shares guidance on ways parents can keep kids safe and warns of a surge in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) with KRON4 Anchor Stephanie Lin

Pulmonology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford ranks No. 6

Pulmonology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford ranks No. 6 in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ for 2021-2022. 

COVID Vaccine: Bay Area families enrolled in Pfizer trials for ages 5-11 share their experiences

David Cornfield, MD weighs in on the recent Pfizer trials for ages 5-11.


Oakland Unified students returning to in-person learning

For the first time in 17 months, more than 35,000 students will be returning to in-person learning in Oakland Unified. Masks will be required inside all school buildings, but proof of vaccination will not.

Study suggests children are breathing CO2 when wearing masks, experts say levels are not dangerous

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a research letter suggesting high levels of carbon dioxide detected in children wearing masks. David Cornfield, MD, weighs in.

Helping Mathais breathe

Stanford’s Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD (CRIB) Program is profiled in this article about the power of multidisciplinary care teams coming together to help a patient named Mathias.

Here's how unhealthy air is affecting children

Smoke from California wildfires is affecting Bay Area children. David Cornfield, MD, explains the impact of poor air quality on young lungs and what parents can do to protect their kids.

Pulmonology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford ranks No. 7

Pulmonology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford ranks No. 7 in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of ‘Best Children’s Hospitals.’ 

Immune cells multiply and diversify in mouse lungs at birth

A rapid increase in the number and types of immune cells in the lungs of mice after birth may aid development and help protect against infections.

Claire Dances Into a Bright Future With CF

Claire Alexander is part of a new generation of young people growing up with a different sense of what it means to have cystic fibrosis. Parents of children with the incurable hereditary disease used to face the heartbreaking reality that their kids wouldn’t live past their teens. But with new treatments, the prognosis has changed dramatically, and with it there is an entirely new outlook on what it means to live with cystic fibrosis.

At State of Stanford Medicine, reviewing accomplishments and looking toward the future

At the annual assembly, Stanford Medicine leaders provided updates on the new Stanford Hospital and other construction projects, and scientists recounted research advances made possible by a colleague’s tissue donation.

Full circle: Former Packard Children’s patient returns as a resident

Ryan Lion, who was treated for sepsis at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, has since returned to the hospital as a medical resident.


Applications sought for Chan Zuckerberg Biohub fellowships

CZ Biohub fellows will conduct research under a faculty mentor at Stanford, UC-Berkeley or UC-San Francisco or at a Biohub lab in San Francisco.

Some viruses help protect harmful bacteria in CF patients

Some viruses sequester antibiotics in the lungs of CF patients, possibly helping drug-resistant bacterial infections develop in the face of large antibiotic doses, a Stanford-led study has shown.

Breathing Easy at Last

1-year-old Lizzy was able to receive a life-saving transplant thanks to improved technology and Stanford expertise, along with her own determination and an extraordinary community of support.

Stanford researchers map intricacies of lung cancer in one of their own

When James Spudich was diagnosed with lung cancer, researchers had a rare, and unexpected, opportunity to study healthy and diseased human tissue at an unprecedented level of detail.

Notable People 2017

Milla was promoted to professor of pediatrics, effective Aug. 1. His interests include the inflammatory responses that lead to airway disease in cystic fibrosis and the metabolic factors that contribute to CF lung disease progression, as well as newborn screening to understand the development of lung disease in infants with CF.

Siblings breathe easier following double-lung transplants

David Diaz, 9, who has cystic fibrosis, received a pair of new lungs three years after his sister, who also has CF, underwent a double-lung transplantation.

Wearable sweat sensor can diagnose cystic fibrosis, study finds

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases.

Spectrum awards $1.74 million in pilot grants to 43 projects

Stanford’s clinical and translational research center has awarded funding to teams of multidisciplinary investigators who are tackling health care problems through novel approaches.

Notable People 2016

Kuo was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics, effective May 1. She specializes in pediatric pulmonary medicine, and her research focuses on the development and function of lung neuroendocrine cells in order to improve diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for pediatric neuroendocrine-related respiratory disorders and adult neuroendocrine tumors. 

Pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine expert Nanci Yuan dies at 47

Yuan led the development of the Pediatric Sleep Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and advanced care for children whose breathing was impaired by severe muscular disease.

Spectrum awards more than $1 million in pilot grants to 30 projects

Stanford’s clinical and translational research center has awarded funding to teams of multidisciplinary investigators who are tackling health-care problems through novel approaches.

Teen awaiting heart-lung transplant first in western U.S. to undergo novel therapy

Listing Oswaldo Jimenez for a transplant was just the beginning. His doctors needed to perform what is referred to as a “bridge-to-transplant” solution, one that would sustain his organs until transplant could be done.

Cystic fibrosis deadlier for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients

In California, Hispanic patients with cystic fibrosis were three times as likely to die from the disease as their non-Hispanic counterparts, despite similar access to specialty care, a new study shows.

Five medical students named Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellows

The HHMI Medical Research Fellows will receive one year of mentored, biomedical research training.

Empowerment program greatly decreases incidence of rape, study finds

Yvonne Maldonado and her colleagues found that teaching Kenyan girls verbal and physical techniques to prevent sexual assault helped reduce the rate of rape and harassment.

Researchers' new test for cystic fibrosis may lead to more treatments

Treatments for cystic fibrosis may be faster to develop with the use of a new test created by Stanford researchers.

Computerized checklist reduces type of hospital infection, study finds

A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection.

Scientists think mysterious virus could signal a weak immune system

Genomic analysis of transplant patients finds an opportunistic microorganism whose elevated presence could be used an indicator in treatment.

Young patient exemplifies 'indomitable nature of the human spirit'

Peter Hanson has survived a staggering array of medical challenges, including cardiac failure, a heart transplant, chronic ear infections, a broken leg, repeated bouts of pneumonia and a rare form of cancer.

With new set of lungs, girl looks forward to sporting fun

Maria Fajardo's eyes sparkle when she talks about all of the sports she will be able to play this year, thanks to a double-lung transplant at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Identification of microbes in healthy lungs sheds light on cystic fibrosis in new study

Healthy people’s lungs are home to a diverse community of microbes that differs markedly from the bacteria found in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.

Antioxidant shows promise as treatment for certain features of autism, study finds

A specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism.

Lung transplants save lives of two teenagers with cystic fibrosis

Emma Greene and Tiffany Senter recently met for the first time to share their experiences of undergoing lung transplants at Packard Children’s.

Cheng, Porteus, Lyell, Conrad appointed faculty scholars

Four scientists at the School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have been selected as Faculty Scholars based on research proposals they submitted. The scientists’ appointments began Sept. 1.

Rabinovitch awarded $10.8 million grant

A School of Medicine research team led by Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, has been awarded a five-year, $10.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

When your child has sleep problems

On June 1, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital opened an expanded Pediatric Sleep Center on the campus of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.

Pop-up reminders in electronic medical records help eliminate unnecessary blood transfusions, study finds

In one of the first studies to examine how electronic reminders unrelated to medication safety could improve clinical care, researchers have found that pop-up messages built into electronic medical records systems can prevent physicians from ordering unnecessary treatment.

Cystic fibrosis program grows up

In her sophomore year at Stanford, Molly Pam had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to board a research vessel for a month long trip in the Sea of Cortez.

Teenager to graduate, thanks to 500 caregivers, whole lot of hope

Ori Shadmon was in a coma. He was unable to breathe without a medical ventilator, and most of his organs were failing.

Clinic established for adults with cystic fibrosis

Stanford senior Molly Pam doing her daily regimen of drugs and airway-clearing therapies to manage cystic fibrosis. She has transitioned her care to Stanford Hospital & Clinics from Packard Children’s.

Packard Children’s Hospital enhances intensive care unit

More beds, additional staff and new procedures are among a series of recent steps to help young, critically ill patients return to health.

Immune cells play surprising role in cystic fibrosis

Immune cells once thought to be innocent bystanders in cystic fibrosis may hold the key to stopping patients' fatal lung disease.

Quick Study: Research identifies new pathway to lung damage in cystic fibrosis

What is responsible for the lung damage experienced by people with cystic fibrosis?

Infant weight gain linked to better lung function in those with cystic fibrosis

Infants with cystic fibrosis who gain weight more quickly than their peers also have better lung function.

Pilot mentoring program to start in pediatrics

Junior faculty members and instructors in the Department of Pediatrics are invited to participate in the Child Health Research Program's Pilot Pediatrics Mentoring Program. 

Medical center people

David Cornfield, MD, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, has been elected vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research.

New pulmonary biology center opens at Packard Children’s

David Cornfield, MD, knows exactly where he was when he first heard the news that the cystic fibrosis gene had been discovered.

Stanford/Packard study finds potential new treatment for cystic fibrosis

A compound that has shown promise in combating some chronic inflammatory diseases may be useful in preserving lung function in cystic fibrosis patients.

Cornfield and Weinberg awarded Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professorships

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the School of Medicine recently established two new endowed professorships. 

Stanford study seeks volunteers who are allergic to peanuts

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are seeking volunteers for a study of a peanut allergy treatment.