Provider Connection | January/February 2022
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Read on to discover what’s new in pediatric healthcare. Stay on the cutting edge with regular updates on research, medical news, continuing medical education opportunities and more.

Quality improvement effort reduces chronic lung disease in preterm infants
After three years of careful evaluation of the common complication for preterm neonates — bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) — CHOC updated a series of intervention protocols that distinctly reduced instances of chronic lung disease in preterm infants. Read more about the impact this research is making throughout Orange County.

For providers, self-care is ethical, not optional
As providers strive to offer the best possible care to their patients, it’s essential to apply that same level of care to themselves. A CHOC psychologist offers strategies to help providers practice self-care and avoid burnout.

Neurologist awarded patent for novel technology to treat victims of brain injury and stroke
A newly awarded patent for light-emitting nanoparticles allows CHOC to take a momentous step forward in developing non-invasive treatment therapies. The goal? To keep at-risk brain tissue viable following a brain or spinal cord injury, such as a stroke. Learn more about how CHOC plans to develop this therapy.

CHOC Hospital designated as Level I pediatric trauma center
After an extensive application and evaluation process, CHOC Hospital in Orange has been verified as a Level I pediatric trauma center — the first in Orange County and the fourth in Southern California. Read more about how this verification recognizes CHOC’s commitment to being a pediatric healthcare leader and provides exciting opportunities for growth. 

Virtual psychosocial support improves adolescent and young adult oncology outcomes during pandemic
The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) treatment program at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC offers expert medical care to teens and young adults and psychosocial care through activities and events. When the pandemic hit, the AYA program had to quickly pivot from offering in-person support to online. Learn more about how through creative programming and accessibility, the virtual events showed surprising promise.

What do the cries of baby mice and human infants have in common?
Listen to an interesting story reported by NPR that describes a study that may link the cries of baby mice to human infants. Researchers discovered rhythms and synchronicities in the breaths of newborn mice when they cry that can explain why human infants cry at birth and how they learn to speak.

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