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NRSF Video: Reye's Syndrome, A Real and Present Danger
This video warns parents and caregivers about Reye's Syndrome and the risk aspirin and aspirin products pose to children. Often heart-wrenching, it is a realistic look at the trauma of Reye's Syndrome.
NRSF Video: Angela and H1N1 Any Any Flu
This video for children and parents was constructed with the assistance of the CDC. Great Video to share with students of all ages!
Dr. James Baral; Researcher (taped June of 2009)
-- Encephalopathy and Fatty Degeneration of the Viscera A Disease Entity in Childhood - RDK Reye, MD, Graeme Morgan, M.RA.C.P, J. Baral, M.B.
-- Aspirin and Reye Syndrome
Jim Baral MD
Pediatrics Vol. 82 No. 1 July 1988, pp. 135
Born in Krakow, Poland and a survivor of the Holocaust, Dr. Baral received his medical degree from the University of Sydney, Australia. He then received his New York State license when he immigrated to the United States.
He began his career in the field of Pediatric Medicine, gaining recognition as the co-discoverer of Reye's Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease that affects the liver and brain in children and adults. Dr. Baral was a Resident Pathologist in Sydney Australia, working with Dr. Ralph Douglas Reye on research entitled, "Encephalopathy With Fatty Degeneration of the Viscera," now commonly referred to as Reye's Syndrome.
In 1980, he turned his attention to the study of dermatology, and today his private practice concentrates on cosmetic dermatology and its related treatments and procedures.
Dr. Baral is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and Pediatrics and is a member of several medical societies including the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. In 1997, he was named Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Baral's research has been widely published in many well-respected publications including the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, The Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, The New York Times and The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, among others.
Note; Sadly, Dr Baral passed away shortly after the making of this video, in 2010. He will be missed!
Dr. James Heubi; Researcher (taped June of 2009)
Dr. James Heubi is Professor / Associate Chair for Clinical Investigation of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research,
Co-Director Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Heubi is also the Medical Director for the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.
He has been a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist since 1979, when he joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Heubi's areas of practice interests include liver disease in the newborn including inborn errors of bile acid metabolism and complications related to end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation. His research includes mechanisms of human cholesterol absorption and synthesis.
Lawrence B. Schonberger, M.D., M.P.H.; Researcher (taped June of 2009)
Dr. Schonberger is currently a Distinguished Consultant and Assistant Director for Public Health, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
He first joined the CDC in 1971 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the epidemiology unit responsible for poliomyelitis surveillance and other virus-related neurological illnesses, including Reye syndrome. Since 1976, he has supervised the epidemiology group stationed at CDC that has conducted epidemiological surveillance and investigations of Reye's Syndrome. In this position, he played an important role in markedly reducing the public health impact of Reye's Syndrome through documenting and publicizing its strong association with salicylate exposures.
Dr. Schonberger remains highly interested in Reye's Syndrome and enjoys working closely with the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.
Honors: Public Health Service (PHS) Meritorious Service Medal, Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, five Outstanding Unit Citations, five Unit Commendations, and a Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary's Group Award for Distinguished Service. President of the American Epidemiological Society,
Publications: He has co-authored over 190 papers in scientific journals, including over 20 on Reye's Syndrome . Among the latter are:
1) Hurwitz ES, Barrett MJ, Bregman D, et al. Public Health Service study on Reye's syndrome and medication: report of the pilot phase. N Engl J Med 1985;313:849-857.
2) Hurwitz ES, Barrett MJ, Bregman D, et al. Public Health Service study of Reye's syndrome and medications: report of the main study. JAMA 1987; 257:1905-1911.
3) Pinsky PF, Hurwitz ES, Schonberger LB, Gunn WJ. Reye's syndrome and aspirin: evidence for a dose-response effect. JAMA 1988;260:657-661.
4) Belay ED, Bresee JS, Holman RC, Khan AS, Shahriari A, Schonberger LB. Reye's syndrome in the United States from 1981 through 1997. N Engl J Med 1999;340: 1377-1382.
Dr. John F. S. Crocker, MD, FRCPC; Researcher (taped June of 2009)
BSc, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
MD, Dalhousie University School of Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Memorial University, Newfoundland
National Reye's Syndrome Foundation Scientific Advisory Board
Subcommittee on Nephrology Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
Chief Examiner, Subcommittee on Nephrology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (1985 1989)
Kidney Foundation of Canada
- Provincial Advisory Board
- National Scientific Council
- Grant Review Committee
Journal of the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation (Editorial Board)
Federal Commission on Cough and Cold Remedies (1987 1990)
President, Canadian Society of Pediatric Nephrology
Children's International Medical Association
Resident Training Committee Dalhousie University
Canadian Medical Society Subcommittee on Pharmacotherapy and Toxicology
NRSF: Reye's Syndrome and It's Mimickers
This treatment and medical professional's video came about through the contributions of many doctors and researchers. We thank them all, with a special thank you to Dr. Robert Bobo, who sadly, passed away suddenly in 2011.
Dr William Schubert, the NRSF's first Medical Director, became known as the Grand Statesman of Pediatrics. This is one of the earliest videos produced about Reye's Syndrome. Due to the subject matter, it can be emotionally difficult to watch.
This informational video was produced in the early 1980's, and its content is still very much the same today.
This video contains footage of the hearings on the 1985 Emergency Reye's Syndrome Act.
In 1985, Dick Van Dyke became National Spokesperson for the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation after losing his granddaughter, Jessica, to Reye's Syndrome. In this video he talks about his loss, Reye's Syndrome, and Jessica's poetry.
Android Apps & eBooks
The NRSF Blog
School and Health Department Packages - Free!
Talking to Tweens and Teens About Aspirin and Other Medications
Join the Effort to Eradicate Reye's
We've created an App for the Android phone and tablets all about Aspirin, from lists of products containing and not containing aspirin, to drug interactions with aspirin, to diseases that aspirin negatively impacts...Learn More
Our Blog is a great way to learn even more about aspirin and children, and get tips and hints about a range of things all centered around Reye's Syndrome and aspirin...Learn More
The Foundation makes a special Reye's Syndrome Information package available to Schools, Health Departments, Human Resource Divisions, and to anyone who would like Reye's Syndrome information...Learn More
Helping themselves, and sharing meds is a serious issue with Tweens and Teens. They do not realize the dangers involved, and often think OTC drugs are harmless. Talk to them about drugs, and Reye's... Learn More
Through Awareness and Education, we can drastically lower the number of Reye's Syndrome cases. To do this, we need your help...Learn More
In 1974, the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, a children's health advocacy organization, was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charity, with a mission to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome.
The Foundation does not receive, nor seek, government funding, and relies on the generosity of donors for support of all programs.