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World's Leading Experts on Neonatal Jaundice Discuss Causes, Treatments, Outcomes and Prevention on Live Web Cast


WHO: Jon F. Watchko, MD, Division of Newborn Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/Magee-Womens Hospital

Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/Magee-Womens Hospital

M. Jeffrey Maisels, MBBCh, Chair of Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.

John LaBella, MD, Pediatrician, Children's Community Pediatrics - Bass Wolfson

WHAT: These internationally recognized experts in newborn medicine will present the latest information on hyperbilirubinemia, also known as neonatal jaundice. Drs. Watchko and Maisels will discuss causes, care, outcomes and prevention of severe neonatal jaundice. Following their presentation, Dr. Silverman will moderate a discussion - joined by Dr. LaBella - on the latest treatments and take questions from both the live audience and the Web audience.

This Continuing Medical Education (CME) event also will be available via live Web cast through Children's Web site at

WHY: Jaundice - one of the most common conditions affecting newborns - is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that is caused by an elevated bilirubin level in the blood. Bilirubin accumulates when red blood cells break down.

Neonatal jaundice affects 60 percent of full-term infants and 80 percent of preterm infants in the first several days after birth. Early detection and treatment of jaundice is crucial to preventing the bilirubin levels from rising to dangerous levels. Extremely high levels can lead to bilirubin-induced brain damage, a condition known as kernicterus.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at 8 a.m.

Options for Attending: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Registration for the live Web cast, and the post-event archived session, is available through Children's at

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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June 11, 2008