Media Coverage

11/9/17
An article interviews a nurse who has worked at Children’s Hospital for 45 years about the medical milestones that have accompanied her career, including the development of Infasurf, created at an Amherst startup company led by Edmund A. Egan, II, MD, professor of pediatrics.
8/15/17
A new study by Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, has shown that placemats can be used to encourage children to eat healthier food in restaurants. "Making healthy options appealing and easy to choose offers the potential to increase children's acceptance of them in restaurants,” she said.
6/20/17
Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the Hoebel Prize for Creativity by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an award that honors members for an exceptional level of creativity and excellence in research on ingestive behavior.
6/20/17
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that children ages 6 years and older should be screened for obesity by health care providers. The task force suggested clinicians refer children who are screened as overweight or obese to a comprehensive, intensive behavioral intervention for weight control following screening of BMI measurement. Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, suggested that the intervention-based recommendation is largely unattainable due to lack of insurance coverage for such care.
6/5/17
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is among the researchers on a study that showed that room sharing between babies and mothers beyond the first four months is associated with less sleep for babies and unsafe sleeping practices.
5/5/17
Mark D. Hicar, MD, PhD, research assistant professor of pediatrics, has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to study the fraction of the world’s population that can be infected with the virus that causes AIDS but not develop the disease.
4/20/17
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, has conducted research that surveyed parents and children dining at participating restaurants, as well as executives of restaurant chains, to learn more about healthy children’s meals. “Our research can inform the development and implementation of efforts to make healthier choices easier for families in quick- or full-service restaurant settings, an important goal given the regularity with which children consume meals from restaurants,” she said.
4/20/17
Research has shown that poor eating habits can start at birth, according to Xiaozhong Wen, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics. “Dietary patterns are harder to change later if you ignore the first year, a critical period for the development of taste preferences and the establishment of eating habits,” he said.
4/17/17
An article about the new UBMD Pediatrics clinics that opened in early April in the Conventus building in downtown Buffalo reports it is one of three big moves this year to transfer dozens of outpatient clinics and other services from the old Children’s Hospital complex, and quotes Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, who also serves as president and CEO of UBMD Pediatrics.
4/11/17
A four-year trial has shown that teaching preschoolers to regulate their own behavior around food, combined with obesity prevention messages, did not reduce obesity or most obesity-related behaviors. Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and division chief of behavioral medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, and Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, called the study “valuable,” and said that while it didn’t show improving self-regulation impacted on kids’ weight, it’s premature to call the case closed.
4/4/17
A new UB study has shown that obese children with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have poor oral health compared with normal-weight and obese children without the disease. “It turns out that while obese adolescents with Type 2 diabetes typically do have access to dental health, often through federally funded insurance, they do not routinely go to the dentist,” said Lucy D. Mastrandrea, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics.
3/4/17
A front-page article about Erie County Health Commissioner Gale R. Burstein, MD, MPH, clinical professor of pediatrics,  looks at her work in public health, including the skyrocketing local opioid and heroin drug crisis, and quotes Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who credited Burstein for asking the Erie County Medical Society to brainstorm emergency solutions when the office of a local pain physician closed. “She was perfectly willing to reach out to an organization she didn’t know much about,” Nielsen said.
2/27/17
UB researchers have found that a non-invasive treatment of dextrose gel administered into a baby’s cheek, along with regular feedings, can raise the blood sugar of babies with hypoglycemia, allowing them to stay with their mothers, which promotes breastfeeding, and eliminating the need for intravenous fluids.
2/7/17
UB researchers have found that a non-invasive treatment of dextrose gel administered into a baby’s cheek, along with regular feedings, can raise the blood sugar of babies with hypoglycemia, eliminating the need for intravenous fluids, which interfere with mother-baby bonding.
2/3/17
A new UB study, funded by a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is seeking to learn whether offering children alternatives like music, homework or imaginative play can prevent them from overeating.