Patient Stories
Matt, who has hemophilia A, sits with his wife, Ashley, and son, Daxton. They are wearing cowboy hats and sitting on blue chairs

Hemophilia A gene therapy paves the way for a life with less pain

Matthew Harrington, a 35-year-old oil-field worker from Douglas, Wyoming, knows pain. Born with hemophilia A, a rare condition in which the blood doesn’t clot properly, Matt’s body — both inside and outside — has difficulty stopping bleeding. He has what’s considered the most severe form of hemophilia, characterized by frequent bleeding episodes, particularly in the ... Read More
Research
image of natural killer cell sprouting nanotube to a placenta cell and transferring granulysin

Natural killer cells: Protect the placenta cell but kill the infection

Infections that reach the placenta can lead to spontaneous abortions, intrauterine growth restriction, congenital abnormalities, and premature births. New research from the laboratory of Judy Lieberman, MD, PhD, and colleagues at Harvard University shows that a group of cells near the site where the placenta attaches to the uterine wall plays an essential role in ... Read More
Clinical Care
Members of the cardiac MIS-C team pose in the Heart Center

MIS-C: The tip of an iceberg? Looking at cardiac care for this rare syndrome

In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, it seemed that children were far less likely to develop serious problems from the disease than adults. Then in mid-March, hospitals started reporting an unusual inflammatory syndrome in children that seemed to be related to COVID-19, now known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). MIS-C can ... Read More
Health and Parenting
Cartoon image of college students outside campus building wearing masks.

To college, or not, this fall?

Whether or not to return to college campus is a question many students and their parents are faced with making in the next few weeks. While some schools have made that decision for families by moving to remote learning only or sending students home, many colleges and universities are leaving the choice up to students ... Read More
Research
Base editing

Gene therapy’s future may be all about the bases

Gene therapy offers the possibility of a cure for many genetic disorders, especially those involving a single gene. The first kind of gene therapy used a virus to carry a corrected copy of the gene into people’s cells. When the early viral vectors used in the 1990s were found to have off-target effects, sometimes even ... Read More
Patient Stories
steven, who was born with. an anorectal malformation, smiles and wears a red t-shirt

Treatment for anorectal malformation gives Steven freedom and confidence

Steven York has “come a very long way,” says his mother, Beth — both literally and figuratively. In just seven years, he’s traveled from China to a new home in South Carolina, made multiple visits to Boston, and undergone a series of complex but ultimately life-changing surgical procedures. According to his adoption and hospital notes, ... Read More
Our Community
Drawing of a childcare provider in COVID-19 wearing a mask and talking to three children with masks who are socially distancing around her.

How Boston Children’s is supporting childcare during COVID-19

If you’re a parent who relies on childcare, you may be struggling with closures during COVID-19. You also may have questions about the reopening and the safety of the childcare classroom. For people who live in communities of color, which are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, the challenges associated with childcare are magnified.  That’s why Boston ... Read More