Recent articles by Phyllis Brown

Study finds overweight children have less elbow range of motion

February 11, 2008
Children who are overweight have less range of motion in their elbows than their normal-weight peers, which could make it tougher for them to exercise in order to lose weight, the findings of a research study suggest.

Teens find the benefits of not having sex decline with age

January 07, 2008
The percentage of teens who report solely positive benefits from not having sex declines precipitously with age, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, S

Universal Newborn SCID Screening Proposed

December 11, 2007
As a young researcher in training during the 1980s, Jennifer Puck, MD, helped care for the well-known "boy in the bubble," who lived in germ-free isolation because of SCID, or severe combined immunodeficiency. Today, researchers know that SCID actually encompasses more than 12 known single-gene disorders that interfere with immune function. Children with SCID are born with faulty immune systems and can die from routine infections.

Boys three times more likely to have growth delay with Crohn's

December 04, 2007
The largest study ever conducted of the effect of gender in children with Crohn's Disease, a chronic intestinal disorder, has found that boys were over three times more likely than girls to suffer one of the condition's most devastating effects: the failure to grow normally.

Special "Nutcracker" for patients at UCSF Children's Hospital

December 03, 2007
Dancers in costume from the San Francisco Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" will give patients at UCSF Children's Hospital a special, command performance of the beloved holiday ballet

Brains of term infants with heart disease resemble those of preemies

November 07, 2007
The brains of full-term infants with congenital heart disease appear more similar to those of premature newborns than to the brains of normal term infants, a study conducted by researchers at UCSF has found.

Kids & costumes at reunion event for UCSF intensive care nursery

October 18, 2007
## What: Former patients, most of them dressed in Halloween costumes, will attend the annual celebration for “alumni” of the UCSF Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICN), where they started life as premature or otherwise fragile infants.  More than 300 former patients and their family members have been invited. ## When: Saturday, October 20, 2007 From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ## Where:

Oakland A's First Baseman to Chair Macy's Holiday Tree Lighting

October 18, 2007
Oakland A's first baseman and outfielder Nick Swisher visited UCSF last week as chair of Macy's holiday tree-lighting campaign to benefit UCSF Children's Hospital.

Swim across America to raise funds

September 28, 2007
Six Olympians and 125 other accomplished swimmers will tackle the San Francisco Bay in the second annual Swim Across America 10-mile relay swim to fight pediatric cancer.

UCSF Scientist and Colleagues Develop Diagnostic Aid for Rare Inherited Immune System Disorder

September 24, 2007
Inherited diseases of the immune system are rare, but important, not only for the families who have them, but also because they teach scientists about how our bodies fight infection and provide clues to the development of new treatments.