American Academy Of Pediatrics Highlights 7 Great Achievements In Pediatric Research

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald April 25, 11:30 pm
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is coming up with medical advancements that can potentially save children. Over the years, experts from AAP has been looking for ways to reduce SIDS and other death-related causes among children. 

Dr. Clifford Bogue, who is part of the study, explains that he and the rest of the AAP team want to identify and come up with a medical advancement that can impact the children and the parents as well. Their gesture in focusing on the children is said to be a positive investment.

"We thought about the next 40 years and what fields of study might lead to great medical achievements," Dr. Tina Cheng from Director of the Department of Pediatrics at John Hopkins Hospital and the co-author of the study told CNN. The amount of research being done with children and infants has been declining, and funding for pediatric research has been flat or declining as well."

The American Academy of Pediatrics created a campaign to raise awareness in regards to the funding of child health care researchers. The campaign, tagged as the "7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research," highlighted the medical advancements related to childhood health over the years, as mentioned in AAP.

"We wanted to highlight to the public and to legislators just what the value was for the research dollars that were spent, most of which were funded by the National Institutes of Health," Bogue stated. "To show the huge impact the research had on saving and improving the lives of children and their families."

Part of their achievements included the child prosthetic for the disabled children, "Back to Sleep" campaign to reduce the number of SIDS and the reduction of HIV transmission from mother to child during childbirth. The researchers also came up with advance vaccines, cancer treatments specifically design for children and genomic testing.

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