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News from Around the World


March 25, 2021

High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

After winning a state science fair and becoming a finalist in a national competition, Dasia Taylor now has her sights set on a patent

Image by Anna Kolosyuk

June 22, 2020

Creating Funny Pictures Helps Kids to Heal

Why is art therapy important and necessary?  Read more to find out. 

Personal Hygiene

March 16, 2020

AAP Launches Covid-19 Update Website for Clinicians and Families

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the AAP has been staying abreast of all confirmed developments related to its global spread and will continue to be vigilant in efforts to develop and share information and guidance with members and families. 


January 7, 2020

College Selects First Woman to Earn A Football Scholarship

Antoinette “Toni” Harris, a 22-year old Black woman, is the first woman ever to attend college on a full football scholarship.

Children Cleaning Beach

December 11th, 2019 

Time Magazine Selects a Child as Person of the Year

The 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden is the magazine's youngest choice to be named Person of the Year.

Couple on Red Carpet

November 4th, 2019 

40 Celebrities living with medical conditions

Here are 40 celebrities that are empowered and refuse to let a diagnosis stop them from doing what they love.  

Story Time

November 1, 2019

Shark Tank Investors reveal diagnosis

Three of the six investors reveal diagnosis of Epilepsy. 

Traffic Cone

September 9, 2019

Surgeon General Jerome Adams releases advisory against Marijuana use

New recommendaton from US Surgeon General identifies dangers of using marijuana, specifically in adolescents and pregnant mothers through citing negative effects on developing brain. 


March 22, 2019 

JA Warrior Paige Goehner Raises Awareness for Arthritis and Wins Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship" Season Six

“There’s a difference in having arthritis and having arthritis define you,” says Paige Goehner.


August 2, 2019 

Irish Teen wins 2019 Google Science Fair

An Irish teenager just won $50,000 for his project focusing on extracting micros-plastics from water.

Back Massage

July 1st, 2019 

Shriner's explains scoliosis and early detection

Do you know how to identify scoliosis in young people?  Shriner's explains what to look for. 

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June 18th, 2019 

Hope for Henry Partners with Dormify 

Will you be shopping for back to school? If so, you might want to know that Hope for Henry and Dormify are sharing the spirit of giving back to children recovering within the hospital through creating bright, cheery spaces that spur on health and well-being.  

Boy with Pug Puppy

May 2nd, 2019 

Designing New Pediatric Tech Pays Off!

iCAN President, Leanne West helped to judge a group of inventors that share in the passion and belief that pediatric medicine can be better improved through new ideas and innovative technology.  Learn what they did and how it paid off.  

Phone App

April 5th, 2019

Kids Can Report Abuse

To further support children, Children Protective Services has created a hotline in which kids can discreetly call to report a need for safety against abuse.  

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March 19th, 2019

"Mr. Indifferent" by Aryasb Feiz Reminds Us to Share Kindness

Through the animated short, "Mr. Indifferent" by Aryasb Feiz, we are reminded that random acts of kindness are the best way to help support our community.  

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March 4th, 2019

Understanding a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

 Actress Selma Blair shares her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and explains how the news effected her young son and how she hopes to be back in a year with even better treatment and care. 

Crochet Hook

February 28th, 2019 

11 Year-Old Lands Book Deal

Thinking about ways to help give back to your community?  This young boy is doing just that!  Using his crochet skills, he is raising money to help his hometown. 


February 20, 2019

Micro Needle Takes The Sting Out of Injections

A new invention showcases an ingestible micro needle designed to inject insulin into the stomach lining.  

Chemistry Students

Janurary 31st, 2019

Advice for girls (and boys) considering STEM Careers

Kara Cusker, a student at Houghton College, studying Chemistry, gives a great view of what it takes to be a successful student (for ALL students - male and female) in college.  

Three Big Puppies

Janurary 22nd, 2019

Strong smell is saved by a specially-trained dog

Meet 15 year old Martina Baker and her special pup, Caiomhe, who helps her to safely live with a diagnosis of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. 


Janurary 9th, 2019

Join iCAN Research President, Leanne West and Dr. Goel as they share AI Technologies

Team emPrize, a group of Georgia Tech AI researchers, is developing a suite of virtual tutors for online education that mimic many of the roles of human teachers. According to Dr. Ashok Goel, Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, these tutors include more than 100 nanotutors for a Georgia Tech online class on artificial intelligence, as well as a virtual tutor for automatically answering questions on the discussion forum for the class. Preliminary results indicate that student self-efficacy in the class is high. 


December 13, 2018

Mechanical CPR Saves Lives

9 year-old Lucas saw a need to help firefighters by providing a life-saving device.  Learn what he is doing to help his community.


November 7, 2018

First Pediatrician Elected to US House of Representatives

Dr. Kim Schrier, MD FAAP will be serving in Congress next year.  

Support Group Session

January 29, 2021

Principal Who Took Night Job to Help His Students Receives $50,000 Donation

A high school principal in North Charleston, South Carolina has gone viral for taking on an extra overnight job at Walmart to help his students in need

Homework Help

April 17, 2020

AAP Shares Healthy Coping for Teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics shares more information for families and teens as helpful ways of dealing with stress and anxiety during difficult times.  

Boy Kayaking

January 31, 2020

Population One

Read about Tyler McNamer's book Population One and learn about what it is like to live with autism.  


January 7, 2020

Kid's Baking Competition Selects Youth With Chronic Diagnosis to Compete

Elise loves playing the violin, piano, and soccer but her favorite hobby is baking. She started baking at nine years old when she first got diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. Baking was a great stress reliever.


December 9th, 2019

Robot helps kids to relax while at Doctors office. 

Doctors have used everything from cartoons to bubbles to help distract kids during procedures, and Dr. Tanya Beran, founder of RXRobots, wants to add the MEDi robot to the mix.

Man Driving in Car

November 4th, 2019 

Meet a 14 year-old Genius Inventor and learn what problem he solved

Upon hearing about a potential flaw within vehicle design, a boy invents a way to eliminate blind spots.  

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September 22, 2019

AAP releases it's newest recommendation for the influenza vaccination for 2019-2020.  

It's time to get your flu shot and here is why it is important to do it now. 

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September 5, 2019

Athleta Embraces Good Idea from Young Inventor

10 - year old Sabrina Steich had an idea.  She brought her design for a new zippered hoodie to ensure that her medical device was secured.  What did Athleta do?  They promptly recognized the need and started making them.  Read more about their new Wellness + Good platform. 

Emergency Vehicles

August 19, 2019 

Vaping causes health problems

Dozens of young people hospitalized after vaping sickens them.

Snow White Costume

July 22, 2019 

Disney Unveils Team of Heroes at Texas Children's Hospital 

Sharing the need to help pediatric patients, Disney partners with Texas Children's Hospital to provide a new interactive experience.  

Happy Children

June 25th, 2019 

How healthcare communities are preparing for 'Patient Experience' 

Often there is a gap between patient experience and the technology that is being used... this is where iCAN can shine 

Legs in Jeans

May 13th, 2019 

Five teens who changed the world.

Meet five teens that know how to get things done and share their stories to inspire other youth around the world. 

Business Team

April 16th, 2019

7 Amazing Kid Inventions

Kids have great ideas!  Here are 7 ways that they have contributed to creating new technology.  

Girl & Guitar

March 21st, 2019 

Sing-a-long Brings Smiles

To help mark World Down syndrome Day (March 21) a group of mums joined forces and created a video celebrating children with Down’s syndrome. The mothers are members of a Facebook group called Designer Genes, for parents with children with Down’s syndrome.

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March 14th, 2019

iCAN Shares the need of #WORDDay2019 

March 18th marks a day to spotlight the support needed for young people living with Juvenile Arthritis.  Join our advocates on Twitter on Monday and share your voice for all of our kids.  


March 1st, 2019 

Free Posters of Women in STEM

A Mighty Girl has teamed up with artists and activists to celebrate Women in STEM.  To download your own free posters, follow our link. 

Custom Jersey Design

February 25, 2019

Medical devices help pediatrc patient living with Long QT Syndrome 

Pacemaker and Internal Cardiac Defiberillator puts teen back on the basketball floor.  

Teen Ballet Dancer

February 5, 2019

Lincoln, Omaha teenager is allergeric to almost everything

Meet 17-year old Kenze Messman and learn how she handles Mast Cell Disease with the support of her friends.  


Janurary 24th, 2019

How do you design Patient-Centric Care? Ask what patients want

At Novant Health Physician Network in North Carolina, designing for the patient has been the hospital’s driving force for some years, especially when it comes to online interactions.

 Novant Health Physician Network chief operating officer Dr. Hank Capps told MobiHealthNews. “We made a philosophical decision to build the whole thing around how patients would experience it, which seems like a common sense thing, but back then records were being built around physicians and billing as the key drivers. 


Janurary 9th, 2019

Meet Dr. Victor Montori and learn about partnership between patients and providers

A special discussion from Dr. Victor Montori as he leads a learning session on providing a partnership between patients and providers so that the best possibly outcomes are obtained.  


December 18, 2018

Mom who battled cancer alongside late daughter receives patent for product inspired by their battle

CareAline receives US Utility Patent for its medically proven PICC Line Sleeve

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December 12, 2018

One Little Girl's Ideas Makes Cancer Treatment More Comfortable

Amanda Hope was only 9 when diagnosed with Leukemia.  Here is how she made living with cancer easier for others.  


October 25, 2018

Helping kids cope with the fear of medical treatment

Vaccinations save lives, but many children fear the needle. One project in Brazil has turned to virtual reality (VR) as a way of helping kids cope.

Boy Drawing

June 22, 2020

Drawing Helps Patients

The nonprofit program Drawn To Help gets cartoonists and illustrators to visit children in hospitals around the country, giving the gift of art and mental therapy.

Family Time

March 16, 2020

AAP Shares Ways to Help Your Child During Difficult Times 

The American Academy of Pediatrics shares this valuable resource to help children and families better communicate to mitigate stress, worry, and anxiety during difficult times.  

Creating a Movie

January 7, 2020

Five Kid Inventors Present on Jimmy Fallon

Watch as these creative kids share their ideas in creating improvements in health, science, and home life.  

Science Lab

December 11th, 2019 

MSU Scientist Excels While Dealing With Syndromes

Michigan State University researcher Kyle Card became a scientist after living with own genetic condition.  

Heart Cookies

November 7th, 2019 

Global Genes honors young girl that supports rare disorders by baking

10,000 cookies and nearly $90,000 later, it’s safe to say nine-year-old Dana Perella's advocacy efforts have raised funds and awareness for two rare diseases.

Pilots in Aircraft

November 1st, 2019 

FAA to allow people diagnosed with diabetes to fly commercial aircraft

In a historic move, the Federal Aviation Administration is changing the ruling to allow pilots living with diabetes to fly commercial aircraft.  


September 11, 2019

Leading Children’s Health and Medical Groups Urge Action Following Increase in Number of Uninsured Children

Changes needed as number of uninsured children climbs. 

Nursery Room

August 26, 2019

Meet Medi Teddy and Young Innovator

12 - year old Ella knows that good pediatric care doesn't have to look scary.  Here is what she decided to do about improving it. 

Shooting Target

August 8, 2019 

A Call to Action From the Nation's Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations

Timely article published today by ACP, AAP, AMA, AAFP, ACS, APA, APHA: Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States


July 1st, 2019 

Vaping is hurting teenage athletes, dashing their future in sports

"The moment I started using nicotine, it turned off my future goals completely."

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June 20th, 2019 

Understanding the needs of patients waiting for a transplant

KIDS Illinois Youth Member, Maddi, shares a personal need for improving the process of organ donation for patients in need.  

Astronaut in Space

May 10th, 2019 

NASA Engineer makes history on the Space Station

NASA Astronaut Dr. Jessica Meir ’99, will head to the International Space Station this coming September. Follow along on her Instagram page @Astro_Jessica to watch Dr. Meir prepare for the journey of a lifetime! 


April 16th, 2019

Inspirational 'Sick' Kids

To help create a culture of improved care, Sick Kids created a video spotlighting the empowerment of kids and their medical team as they fight through diagnosis.  


March 20th, 2019 

Young girl knows the best medicine comes from the heart

12-year old returns to same NICU in which she was born to help babies with special care needs.  

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March 14th, 2019

Inspiration Alert - Kid Voices Can Make Positive Change

Steph Curry embraces International Women's Day all due to 9 -year old Riley's advocacy.

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February 28th, 2019 

Today is Rare Disease Day and You Can Help

iCAN understands the need to support all patients in their journey through chronic, rare and complicated diagnosis.  Join us through social media and share why you #CareAboutRare #WRDD2019 #ShareforRare #iCAN through a tweet, picture or sign.  Your support matters in ensuring all kids get the help that they need.

Scientist in the Lab

February 25, 2019

14 Year-Old Achieves Nuclear Fusion

The budding nuclear engineer started working on his project at age 12 and over several years, managed to achieve his dream.  

Aspiring Pilot

February 1, 2019

It's a Miracle Flight!

Patients seeking treatment are often overwhelmed with expenses, including travel.  Check out what a dedicated group of pilots are doing in an attempt to off-set flight costs for families.  

Man Playing Guitar

Janurary 23rd, 2019

Exploring "The Beat of The Heart" through music therapy for patients and families

The Beat of the Heart is a feature length documentary film by Jeremy Frindel exploring the revolutionary work of music therapist Brian Schreck. Based at the Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, Brian has been recording the heartbeats of cancer patients to incorporate into a unique musical composition written with the patients and/or their families. Just as each individual’s heartbeat is unique, each musical composition becomes a celebration of the individual beauty and spirit of each of the patients involved.


Janurary 9th, 2019

Grab the tissues, our iCAN sponsor, Shriners Hospital for Children has teamed up with Foreigner to share a beautiful tribute for children

You won't want to miss this lovely lyrical melody and video spotlightlighting children from Shriners Hospital for Children and the musical group, Foreigner and the Shriners Hospital Childrens Choir.    

Boy Writing on a Blackboard

December 18, 2018

Turning a 'Disability' into the Greatest Strength

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers opens up about overcoming his personal challenge.

Hero Arm Bionics iCAN Website

November 11, 2018

Hero Arm

Based in Bristol, UK, Hero Bionics are taking kids with different abilities and giving them super powers through the use of cutting edge bionic engineering.

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