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Stories of the Year

Posted on Dec 28, 2017

As the year comes to an end, we look back to the most popular stories published on in 2017. From unraveling a medical mystery to U.S. News & World Report rankings, we are proud to share stories of celebration, discovery and hope.

1. Expert Comes Home to Lead Simulation Center

Jen Arnold, M.D., M.Sc., FAAP, is home. The nationally known pediatric expert in educational medical simulation joined Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in July as medical director of the hospital’s expanding Simulation Center. She also serves as a part-time assistant professor with Johns Hopkins University.

2. Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners are taking the country by storm and are the hottest new toy trend in the United States. Kids Love them but many schools have a problem with them because they are being used in the classroom. Patrick Mularoni, M.D., medical director of the Pediatric Sports Medicine Division at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital talks about the pros and cons of this new trendy toy.

3. How to Safely Observe the Solar Eclipse in the Tampa Bay Area

On Monday, Aug. 21, people across the United States prepared for an uncommon event–a total solar eclipse. The moon passed between the Sun and the Earth, which was visible throughout the country. In the Tampa Bay area, people saw a partial eclipse with about 80 percent of the sun covered, but people within a 70-mile-wide swath arcing between Oregon and South Carolina experienced a total eclipse of slightly more than two minutes. The last time the United States experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1979 and the next won’t be until 2024.

4. How a Johns Hopkins All Children's Doctor Unraveled a Medical Mystery

When 8-year-old Nicholas contracted pneumonia, his mom, Alicia, feared their brief respite was over. Nicholas had spent his first four years in and out of hospitals. Alicia and her husband, Nic, worried the pneumonia signaled the return of the mystery disease that had nearly killed their son. They consulted with Jennifer Leiding, M.D., from John Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The bone marrow transplant team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s had been tracking Nicholas' progress. His was a complex story spanning many years and multiple specialists, institutions and therapies. He lacked a diagnosis. Meeting Leiding changed that.

5. Johns Hopkins All Children's Receives U.S. News & World Report Honors

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital received its first U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals ranking in Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery for 2017-2018 while the Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery program earned a spot in the rankings for the seventh consecutive year and Pediatric Orthopedics made the list for the third time in four years.

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