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Programmed to Charm

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It sings. It dances. It shakes kids’ hands and says their names. Meet NAO (pronounced “now”), a 2-foot-tall robot that has wowed dozens of CHOP patients and families with its intelligence and charm.

Crushing Peanut Allergies

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Palforzia TM is a new oral immunotherapy recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat children with peanut allergies. The medication involves a daily controlled amount of peanut protein designed to desensitize children and reduce the severity of allergic reactions, some of which can be life-threatening.

New Hope for a Complex Birth Defect

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a complex and life-threatening birth defect usually discovered at an 18-week ultrasound visit. The CDH Program was recently designated as one of the hospital’s Frontier Programs, a trailblazing group of initiatives pioneering new advances in children’s health.

Proud to Have Known Alex

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The incredible little girl who founded Alex’s Lemonade Stand was a patient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Alex Scott was diagnosed with a rare cancer called neuroblastoma at CHOP just before she turned 1. CHOP doctors and nurses fought alongside Alex and her family as they went through the turmoil of pediatric cancer.

A Day in the Life of a PICU Nurse

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Laura Douglas, RN, BSN, is one of more than 300 PICU nurses who combine rigorous training with innate compassion to care for patients whose lives hang in the balance. This is a day in her life.

Thousands of Lunches, All Free

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Osiel Bravo helps his son Sebastian

Osiel Bravo and his wife, Efigenia, brought their infant to the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center for her 3-week checkup early one afternoon in July, with daughter Elizabeth, 5, and son, Sebastian, 14 months, in tow.

Revolutionizing Epilepsy Care

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Ryan and Derek

When Ryan was 5 months old, he went stiff in his mother’s arms, stopped breathing and turned blue. His parents, Jennifer and Derek, were petrified. Ryan was diagnosed with epilepsy, a condition that causes seizures.