Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Innovations in Pediatric Chronic Diseases: Children's National Panel at World Health Care Congress Middle East

Children’s National and the Sheikh Zayed Institute hosted a sponsored luncheon session on the second day of the World Health Care Congress Middle East, “Innovations in Pediatric Chronic Diseases,” focused on effective programs in diabetes, obesity and asthma for children that will help guide other regions with similar health challenges, for example, Abu Dhabi. The session was moderated by Peter Kim, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute.

Dr. Cogen presented about the latest developments in pediatric diabetes, and how her team works with families to develop treatment strategies using these approaches and devices in ways that work best for each individual child. "Innovations for children are only possible when the social and psychological support is available to support children and families in accepting changing processes and procedures," she said.

Dr. Nadler presented an overview of the challenge of childhood obesity, both in the United States and in Abu Dhabi. He noted that, for teens with severe obesity, diet and lifestyle changes may not be enough to really improve their lives. "We have been facing this problem for 20 years and we still don't have a diet or behavior modification plan that works consistently for everyone." In cases of severe obesity, Dr. Nadler said that families should consider weight loss surgery a viable option that has research-proven success.

Dr. Cogen and Dr. Nadler at their luncheon session.

Dr. Teach talked about his innovative asthma program, IMPACT DC, which provides support to children with asthma, teaching them to manage the disease as a chronic, rather than episodic, occurrence. He also talked about some promising new treatments, including immunomodulation therapies, which counter the body's reaction to asthma triggers.
Dr. Teach confers with colleagues Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, and Philip Pearl, MD.
It was a packed room for this session, and the audience included some reporters from local media outlets. 

Dr. Kim previews the panel session for reporters before it begins.