Paper Trail: Asthma, urology advancements, cardiovascular disease and more

Paper Trail-October-2107

Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of clinical research. Stay connected with Paper Trail — a monthly feature highlighting recently published outcomes data and new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric illnesses.

This edition of Paper Trail focuses on the link between sedentary behaviors and BMI in young dancers, lifestyle-based tools to detect cardiovascular diseases in young adults, asthma prevention and management and more.


Lifestyle-based tool to estimate premature cardiovascular disease events in young adults

Young adults face the risk of early atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), yet there is a lack of tools to assess their vulnerability. Alongside colleagues from around the country, Holly Goodman, MD, MSc, of Boston Children’s Department of Adolescent Medicine, conducted a study to test the performance of the Healthy Heart Score (HHS), a lifestyle-based tool that fills this gap in ASCVD event risk assessment. Read more about the study published in the JAMA: Internal Medicine.


Connecting sedentary behaviors, sleep patterns, and BMI in young dancers

Could the sleep habits, tendency to engage in sedentary behaviors and BMI of young dancers be linked? Andrea Stracciolini, MD, Cynthia Stein, MD, MPH, and William Meehan, MD, from the Boston Children’s Division of Sports Medicine, surveyed 12-to-17 year-old dancers during a summer intensive dance program. Read the results of the study published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.


Advances in pediatric urology

In this Lancet Series paper, members of Boston Children’s Department of Urology collaborated with colleagues from around the globe to highlight the advances in surgical management for several distinct urological disorders. Read more about these advances explained by David A. Diamond, MD, Michael P. Kurtz, MD, MPH, Caleb Nelson, MD, Carlos R. Estrada Jr., MD, MBA, and Stuart B. Bauer, MD.


Home environmental intervention and asthma prevention and management

Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases and environmental exposures have been recognized as critical factors in its initiation and development. Asthma and environmental health experts sponsored a joint workshop to discuss the current state of science on this issue, which led to a compilation of recommendations that can serve as a guide for future research. Read more in this Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology article featuring Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS from Boston Children’s Division of Immunology Research.

For more clinically-actionable insights, bookmark Boston Children’s Notes blog for primary care providers.