Cutting-edge device approved for compassionate use saves leg, life of cancer patient

A visit to a specialist revealed a tumor – an osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer – on 7-year-old Naomi’s left distal femur, the area of the leg just above the knee joint. Thus began a medical journey that showcases CHOC’s commitment to outside-the-box thinking when it comes to patient care, including investigational therapies, diagnostics, and devices — as well as the benefits of CHOC’s partnership with UCI Health.

Collaborative effort involving milestone procedure saves premature baby with complex heart disease

The odds were stacked against Hope when she was born prematurely at 31 weeks and five days, weighing just 2 pounds, 3 ounces. Today, Hope is alive thanks to a team of doctors, nurses and others who cared for her throughout a four month stay on CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU).

The transition from child to adult care must start early with education, pediatric neurologist emphasizes

Teens with chronic conditions face a higher risk of non-adherence to taking their medication or even obtaining it when transitioning from a pediatric to adult primary care provider, medical experts say. Dr. Mary L. Zupanc, co-medical director of CHOC’s Neuroscience Institute and a pediatric neurologist who specializes in epilepsy and rare conditions, stressed in a recent webinar that she’s passionate about preventing patients transitioning to adult care from falling through the cracks.

Virtual pediatric lecture series: Bladder function and dysfunction

CHOC’s virtual pediatric lecture series continues with "Bladder function and dysfunction: Woes for primary care clinicians." This online discussion will be held Friday, Nov. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is designed for general practitioners, family practitioners and other healthcare providers.