Dr. Nina Shapiro of UCLA Discusses Her Book and Research
Shapiro, author of “Take a Deep Breath”, which addresses a wide variety of breathing issues for tykes zero to five, talked about some of these issues. Shapiro also discussed her research on choking hazards and Post-transplant Lymphoma (PTLD)at an event sponsored by UCLA at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.
By Amy Sommer | March 16, 2012
Take a Deep Breath by Nina L. Shapiro, MDIn addition to highlighting parts of her well-received book, “Take a Deep Breath” Dr. Shapiro talked about her collaboration with RAND researchers to create a comprehensive labeling guideline for foods in order to stop the scourge of children choking. Choking a scourge? Yes.
Emergency rooms see 10,000 visits per year due to choking incidents, mostly from foods and these incidents can be fatal: one child dies every five days in the United States after a choking accident.
Toys are labeled for safety by federal law, but there are no food safety guidelines for parents and caregivers. Dr. Shapiro is collaborating with RAND Corporation to study choking incidence data and published literature to identify foods that generate high risk and correlate those data by age.
She hopes to use these findings to recruit a national panel of pediatric experts, including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, emergency-room physicians, and intensivists (intensive-care-unit specialists).
Dr. Shapiro also discussed her other research focus, PTLD. Children who receive solid organ transplants are at risk for developing enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, for this population, can be an early sign of lymphoma. UCLA is a center of excellence in pediatric solid organ transplantation, making it the ideal environment for such investigation due to outstanding multidisciplinary expertise and a high volume of patients. For the past 12 years, Dr. Shapiro has been studying and identifying risk factors associated with post-transplant lymphoma of the tonsils.
(From the left) Dr. Gerald Berke, Chairman,
Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Dr. Ronald Busuttil,
Distinguished Professor and Executive Chairman, Department of Surgery
As usual, The Napa Valley Grille served stellar food in a warm and inviting atmosphere where an educational evening was enjoyed by all.
For those interested in learning more about UCLA’s current research projects and how these can be supported, contact Kathleen Lago at the UCLA Health Sciences Development, email@example.com
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