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Understanding SIDS risk factors

Researchers are one step closer to understanding how exposure to cigarette smoke increases the risk of SIDS. Dr. Shabih Hasan is the senior author on the study which examines how the cumulative effect of high environmental temperatures (caused by factors such as co-bedding and over-wrapping) and exposure to infection increases the risk.

Vaccinating children also benefits adults: study

A new study has found that vaccinating children against the most common bacterial cause of meningitis and pneumonia is also very effective in preventing disease in unvaccinated adults — a phenomenon commonly referred to as the "herd effect." The benefit in adults appears to be similar for both healthy adults and those with underlying chronic illnesses. The study was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases in April, by study co-author Dr. Jim Kellner, head of the university’s Department of Paediatrics and member of the university’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Quality of breastfeeding support impacts moms' mental health: study

A new study led by Kathleen Chaput, PhD has found that among new moms experiencing breast feeding difficulties, those who received positive breast feeding support were less likely to experience postpartum depression. Chaput is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and senior research methodologist for the university’s Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  VIDEO

Prebiotics during pregnancy may reduce obesity in babies

A new animal study conducted by University of Calgary researcher Raylene Reimer and published in Scientific Reports reveals insight on how a special type of dietary fibre, known as prebiotic, impacts the mother’s gut microbiota and may be one factor in curbing obesity in moms and their babies.

Research shows children do better with stem cell transplants

Taiya MacLean was treated for leukemia four years ago at the Alberta Children's Hospital where she received a stem cell transplant.  A new research study by Dr. Tony Truong shows children have fewer adverse reactions than adults to the life-saving treatment. (Photo: Riley Brandt)

Asthma researchers develop electronic care guide

Dr. David Johnson, left, of the Cumming School of Medicine, with seven-year-old Noah White and his mom Erin White. A new electronic care guide Dr. Johnson co-developed will help Noah with allergy-related asthma that requires a daily regime of inhalers and steroids.

Resuscitation skills training helping to improve cardiac arrest response time

Pediatrics specialist Adam Cheng authors education guidelines to help clinicians, first responders save lives. Canada’s top emergency scientists, clinicians, paramedics and researchers met in Toronto Feb. 23 for the first-ever national conference focused solely on advancing the science of saving lives.

Reducing pain for children in emergency

A new initiative is underway to reduce anxiety and pain for children visiting the emergency department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Last fall, the Commitment to Comfort program was launched. It aims to improve a child’s comfort and reduce their pain as they receive care. The program was developed by Alberta Health Services and Cumming School of Medicine team of doctors, nurses and child life specialists.

Family-integrated care study in Alberta's nurseries

Two university researchers, Dr. Abhay Lodha and Karen Benzies, PhD, RN, are launching a province-wide study to investigate how to improve the health of preterm babies and reduce family stress. The research project, funded jointly by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS), will investigate the benefits of family-integrated care in neonatal intensive care nurseries.

Provincial team uses better test to identify intestinal infections

Dr. Stephen Freedman, a pediatric emergency physician at Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, is the lead of a provincial-wide study testing a research platform to improve identification of enteric infections in children. The study was enabled by a grant from Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. The team consists of a multi-disciplinary group of microbiologists, clinicians, lab experts and policymakers.

Study identifies sport with highest risk of concussion

A recent study co-led by Brent Hagel, PhD, a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, revealed which sports pose the highest risk for youth, determining the likeliness those under 18 will get a concussion in certain sports.

Canada-wide study on rare kidney disorder in children

Dr. Susan Samuel is hoping to develop precise prognostic information and targeted therapies for children with nephrotic syndrome, a rare childhood disorder.