Giving thanks: Stories of volunteerism, gratitude and giving back

Thanksgiving Day is a time rich in family, gratitude and appreciation. In honor of the holiday, we are celebrating the patient families who have traveled through our doors and the selfless acts of kindness and volunteerism that follow. Donating platelets and cycling for a cause Ten years ago, Adam Nussenbaum’s son Max was treated at Boston Children’s and overcame a life threatening illness. Today, Adam gives his time — and platelets — to help those in need, and he is doing so in celebration of Max; his daughter Kate, who donated her bone marrow to help her brother; and the clinicians, who made his son’s recovery possible. Shari Abramowitz, Adam, Kate, and Max Nussenbaum For the past eight years, Adam has participated in the Pan Mass Challenge and raised over $55,000 to benefit the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Center at Boston Children’s. He also donates platelets on a monthly basis. “It has been immensely gratifying to know that I have and will continue to play a small role in helping patients like Max on their road to recovery,” he says. Running for Rachel and paying it forward Rachel Solomon has been receiving care from Boston Children’s since before birth. At 2 years old, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect body movement and posture, and she continues to manage other conditions including visual i...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories bone marrow transplant cerebral palsy Dr. James Kasser Family Advisory Council Heart Center Kawasaki disease Learning disabilities NICU patient partner platelet donation scoliosis Source Type: news

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Authors: Jastrzebska M, Marcinowska Z, Oledzki S, Chelstowski K, Siennicka A, Klysz M, Clark JS Abstract Antiplatelet therapy is considered as a standard procedure against atherosclerotic cardiovscular disease but this therapy has limited effect if resistance to acetylsalicylic acid or clopidogrel is present. Important factors associated with resistance are gender; or inflammation possibly associated with membrane microparticles (MP). It was decided to challenge the hypothesis that differential responses to dual antiplatelet therapy are conditioned by gender and/or proinflammatory status. The study involved 160 pat...
Source: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: J Physiol Pharmacol Source Type: research
Publication date: 15 December 2018Source: New Scientist, Volume 240, Issue 3208Author(s):
Source: New Scientist - Category: Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 December 2018Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation MedicineAuthor(s): Zineb Benhissen, Michel Konzelmann, Philippe Vuistiner, Bertrand Leger, François Luthi, Charles BenaimAbstractObjective. To estimate the Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) of the French version of the Hand Function Sort questionnaire (HFS-F). As a comparison, the MCID of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) was also estimated.Materials and methods. We included French-speaking patients hospitalized in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for chronic pain of the upper ...
Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
Publication date: February 2019Source: Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 53Author(s): Yousi Fu, Junnan Zhang, Kainan Chen, Chuanxing Xiao, Lina Fan, Bangzhou Zhang, Jianlin Ren, Baishan FangAbstractThe current study investigated the effects of Dendrobium officinale polysaccharides (DOP) on human intestinal microbiota composition and metabolism via in vitro fermentation. Following 48 h of fermentation, 63.88% ± 2.40% of the total carbohydrate in the DOP was consumed and pH decreased from 6.95 to 4.70. Meanwhile, the total short chain fatty acid (SCFA) productions significantly increased, with the major SCFA b...
Source: Journal of Functional Foods - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Authors: Nurnberger JI, Austin J, Berrettini WH, Besterman AD, DeLisi LE, Grice DE, Kennedy JL, Moreno-De-Luca D, Potash JB, Ross DA, Schulze TG, Zai G Abstract The International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) created a Residency Education Committee with the purpose of identifying key genetic knowledge that should be taught in psychiatric training programs. Thirteen committee members were appointed by the ISPG Board of Directors, based on varied training, expertise, gender, and national origin. The Committee has met quarterly for the past 2 years, with periodic reports to the Board and to the members of the...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Clin Psychiatry Source Type: research
Authors: Knight MJ, Fourrier C, Lyrtzis E, Aboustate N, Sampson E, Hori H, Mills NT, Baune BT Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the extent to which cognitive measures in the recently developed THINC-integrated tool (THINC-it) are associated with global and domain specific psychosocial disability in patients with current and remitted major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: Cross-sectional data (N = 127) were obtained from participants with current (n = 105) or remitted (n = 22) MDD who completed the THINC-it between July 2014 and June 2018. Major depressive disorder was diagnostically assessed with DSM-IV and DS...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Clin Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 December 2018Source: Pharmacological ResearchAuthor(s): Kowsar Bavarsad, Maryam Matbou Riahi, Saeideh Saadat, George Barreto, Stephen L. Atkin, Amirhossein SahebkarAbstractLiver ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a major complication of hepatic surgery and transplantation. It is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality because of post-surgery hepatic dysfunction. Several studies have suggested different mechanisms are involved in the pathogenesis of I/R injury in the liver that includes oxidative stress, inflammation, mitochondria dysfunction, liver Kupffer cells (KCs) ac...
Source: Pharmacological Research - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionGRb1 is a potential natural GR agonist that protects against oxidative-stress-induced apoptosis of H9C2 cells.
Source: Journal of Ginseng Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
This study establishes that the synonymous variants are possibly associated with disease phenotype in CHD patients. Comprehensive computational analysis, using well-established web based tools, is suggestive of their potential downstream molecular effects on the structure, stability and expression of GATA4 protein.Graphical Abstract
Source: Mutation Research Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis - Category: Cytology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 15 December 2018Source: Trends in Neuroscience and EducationAuthor(s): John R. KershnerAbstractBiological systems-level principles of the genetic landscape underlying the neurobiology of dyslexia provide a novel and heuristic theoretical framework for a new understanding of the disability. Dyslexia may result from reduced neuroplasticity and earlier peak of maturation of the posterior corpus callosum, temporoparietal region of the left hemisphere reading network, and temporoparietal region of the right hemisphere circuitry of attentional networks. This precocious abridgement of a typicall...
Source: Trends in Neuroscience and Education - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
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