Isotretinoin is a retinoid, which is a type of Vitamin A. It is commonly used for the treatment of severe acne. Retinoids are thought to influence the way in which cells grow and develop, and prevent the production of specific genes that may cause cancer.This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what isotretinoin is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects.
Six in ten 13-year-old girls, compared to four in 10 boys the same age, are afraid of gaining weight or getting fat, according to new research on eating disorders from the UCL Institute of Child Health in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
An MIBG scan is used to look for uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth in the body. It works by injecting a substance called an isotope into your child’s veins. The MIBG scan is named after the chemical ‘iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine’ or MIBG for short, to which the isotope is attached.
As part of a pioneering new study, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) today launched a drop-in centre providing accessible, low-intensity early intervention services for patients and families concerned about their mental health.
All hospitals are required to publish information about the numbers of nurses working on each ward day and night, both registered and non registered, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines.
If you’re visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) between 13 – 19 May, you’ll notice the hospital looking a little different than usual. That’s because we’re lighting up some of our buildings with green light, as part of our support for Mental Health Awareness Week.
In this episode, Paul meets four-year-old Esme, who spent 11 months at GOSH in need of a heart transplant after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition. At GOSH, Esme has had a number of operations, and was in surgery for 28 hours over a two-week period.
Paul also meets, Alex (11 months), who was only a few weeks old when admitted to GOSH and a few months old when he had surgery. Paul chats to Alex’s mum and dad, Caroline and Thomas, in the Morgan Stanley Garden about Alex’s surgery to be fitted with cochlear implants.
Finally, Paul catches up with 13-year-old, Amelie, who has juvenile idiopathic arthritis - a rare disease that causes her joints to swell and stiffen.
Researchers from University College London’s Institute of Child Health are seeking overweight teenagers between 13-17 years to take part in a free weight management programme in their community. Participants will be offered a free £40 iTunes voucher for taking part in the programme and all public transport expenses will be reimbursed.
New onset diabetes after transplant (NODAT) affects between three and 13 per cent of children and young people who have an organ transplant. The medicines needed to prevent the body rejecting the organ also affect insulin production and uptake.
Paul meets brother and sister, Emily and Luke (age 8 and 5), from North London, who both have cystic fibrosis. Paul also catches up with plastic surgeon consultant, Neil Bulstrode, who talks about how he has helped 13-year-old Mackenzie (pictured above), who is at the hospital to have his ear reconstructed after being born with microtia.
The Augmentative Communication Service provides specialised assessment for complex augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The service has been identified by NHS England as one of 13 services nationwide offering this service. This will include assessments for devices, provision of equipment and training, maintenance and support.
The prospect of widespread access to a life-changing drug for children with a rare muscular disorder is a step closer today after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval for a new medication.
The first children to receive a genetic diagnosis through the 100,000 Genomes Project have been given their results at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), part of the North Thames Genomic Medical Centre (NTGMC.)