2012 press release archive

2012 press releases from Great Ormond Street Hospital

Travelling to GOSH from outside London?

Children and young people come to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) from all over the UK so may have to travel for many hours to get here. We realise that this can be disruptive for family life so we can offer somewhere to stay the night before a day or inpatient admission.

This is in the Patient Hotel in Weston House on Great Ormond Street (opposite the main hospital site).

Researchers grow functioning blood vessels from scratch

Human cells ‘sent back in time’ to behave as they did in the womb can be used to grow networks of blood vessels in the laboratory, according to research by an international team including the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH). The findings mark a significant step forward in engineering tissue and organs to study disease, test treatments or, in the future, offer rejection-free transplants for children with organ failure.

Encouraging your child to enjoy music

Music can relax us, stimulate us, bring us joy or challenge our understanding of situations. Encouraging your child to enjoy all kinds of music gives them an opportunity for mindfulness, listening for pleasure and switching off from everyday stress and worry. Even if you don’t see yourself as a musician or don’t know much about some types of music, there’s lots you can do to encourage your child to enjoy music – you might even make some new discoveries yourself or be inspired to bring music into family life. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gives a few suggestions for encouraging enjoyment of music and how you can build time in your already busy lives.

Encouraging your child to enjoy reading

The ability to read is a key skill for life – but so is enjoying reading for pleasure. As parents, we have a role to play to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure – it is also a useful balance to using electronic devices. Even if you don’t read much yourself, there is a great deal you can do to encourage your child to read for pleasure – you might even rediscover a joy of reading yourself now you’re older! This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gives a few suggestions for encouraging reading for pleasure and how you can build time in your already busy lives.

Lab-grown mini-organs could offer treatment hope for children with intestinal failure

Pioneering scientists at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and the Francis Crick Institute have grown human intestinal grafts using stem cells from patient tissue that could one day lead to personalised transplants for children with intestinal failure, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.

Organ Donation Week: Enzo's story

Enzo and his twin sister, Savannah, were born prematurely at 27 weeks. Sadly, Savannah passed away after developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious illness in which tissues in the intestine become inflamed and start to die. Soon after losing his twin sister, Enzo developed the same condition and was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). His dad, Pier Francesco, shares their story.

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