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FEATURE / INNOVATION

papillomavirus (HPV)
in cervical cancer. The
resulting vaccines for
HPV-given during the
teenage years to boys
and girls-were first
approved in 2006. It's
estimated it may prevent
up to 90 percent of
cervical cancers.

8 | Childhood
cancer cures
As recently as the 1970s,
the diagnosis of acute
lymphoblastic leukemia
(ALL) would carry a 20
percent to 30 percent
mortality rate, according
to Kini. Today, 95 percent
of children diagnosed
with ALL are cured, he
says. "There are other
tumors and cancers that
are being managed, but
ALL is a remarkable
advancement," Kini says.

9 | Extenderbased medicine

CARE and CURE
6 | Smart pills

7 | Vaccinations

These pills include a tiny sensor that, when ingested, transmit a signal to a
patch the patient wears. From there, the information from the sensor is sent to
the patient's tablet and then on to his or her doctors and parents so everyone
knows the patient received the medicine he or she needed, when needed.
Children's Health in Dallas is the first pediatric system in the United States to
use smart pills to treat pediatric patients. The technology allows care teams
to monitor heart rate, sleep levels and even physical activity. "This is part of
the future of medicine," says Dev Desai, M.D., chief of pediatric transplantation
at Children's in Dallas. "This is a great example of technology that is enabling
better and more efficient patient care."

From eradicating ageold diseases like polio
and the mumps, to
preventing pneumonia
and influenza-and
now, cancer-vaccines
have come a long way.
Twenty years ago, Harald
zur Hausen discovered
the role of the human

Health care extenders
are non-physician health
care professionals who
interact directly with
patients, including nurse
practitioners, medical
assistants, health
educators, social workers
and registered dieticians.
And in today's world
of pediatrics, they are
playing a bigger role in
caring for patients. "With
standardized guidelines,

For more, go to childrenshospitals.org/smartpills.

10 | Genomics
Genomics plays a role in many diseases, from cancer to heart disease,
and experts in the field work to determine complete DNA sequences and
perform genetic mapping to help understand, identify and even prevent
illness. "Genomic sequencing in the last 10 years and for the next 25
will be huge for pediatrics," Chang says. "Considering the number of
patients with under-diagnosed or undiagnosed diseases, it's going to be
meaningful in terms of diagnostics."
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