Tag: microbiome

June and July 2016 Writing for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

I wrote the following stories published in June and July 2016 by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute:

Ready to Be a Healthy Adult Survivor of Childhood Cancer? Text Y/N

Microbiome Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Will Give the Gut a Holiday

‘Y’ Could Help Answer ‘How’ for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Brain

Study Aims to Match Injured Children to Hospitals Best Equipped for Their Care

Time to Strengthen Parent-Pediatrician Conversations About Autism Care

CHOP Research In the News: Clinical Research in the Spotlight

Q&A: How Computer-Simulated Hospital Systems May Improve Care

CHOP Research In the News: Children’s Surgery Safety, Mentoring Award, and More

An Entrepreneurial Approach to Learning Language Grows From and Catalyzes Research

CHOP Research In the News: Big Efforts Aimed at Small Things

On Your Skin, In Your Gut, and All Around: A Microbiome Q&A

Capitalizing on the Research Potential of Mobile and Digital Technologies

How Warts Could Reveal the Immune System’s Tiny Flaws and Functions

CHOP Research In the News: Trauma, Asthma, Autism Insurance Mandates, and Sexual Health

CHOP Research In the News: New Rare Disease, FA Woodstock, Bioengineering, and Protecting Toddlers from Child Abuse

Baby Poop Study to Link Infant Microbiome and Obesity

Originally published in Bench to Bedside, the CHOP Research monthly publication

I composed this original article based on an interview with the investigator.


New parents who find themselves surprisingly attentive to their babies’ poop are in good company. Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania are beginning the second phase of a study that is exploring whether baby poop is an important data source to learn how the risk of obesity develops early in life.

The research team is focused on the miniscule but mighty passengers in baby poop: the gut microbiome. The collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that live within the digestive tract and contribute to processing food could reveal a lot about early excess weight gain.