Why vaccine research is important

>The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a new vaccine called Prevnar 13 means parents now have a vaccine that provides broader protection against one of the main bacteria that causes infections in children up to 5 years old. The bacterium, called Streptococcus pneumoniae, can cause infections of the blood, middle ear, the covering of [...]

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Nurses in Haiti

Nurses find hope in Haiti

As soon as the earthquake hit Haiti, images swirled through the media. Everywhere I looked, photos and videos of grief-stricken and injured people stared back at me. There’s no doubt that the earthquake left the Haitians in a living nightmare. But what I hadn’t seen until now was the amazing resilience and hope in the [...]

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Choking hazards

>When I’m in a rush at work, I tend to wolf down my food. I fail to heed mom’s advice to chew my food slowly and thoroughly before swallowing it. But, given a statement issued Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about possible choking hazards, I’ll try to be more mindful of how [...]

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Experiences that met expectations

>Before Destani Anderson served as the ballgirl at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game last weekend, her grandmother told me that she believed it was the chance of a lifetime. Destani rebounded balls for celebrities during warm-ups and passed out water and towels to them during the game. She met Terrell Owens, Magic Johnson, and Mario [...]

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Dasia’s oxygen

Dasia White, 6 years old, looked quizzically at the machine that was about to take her oxygen measurements, but once the nurse touched her forehead with a probe from the machine, she was OK with the whole process. Dasia has sickle cell disease and is part of a clinical study at Children’s of cerebral oximetry, [...]

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Time to untip the scales

> Let me share a few facts with you: One in three American children is overweight or obese. Billions of dollars are spent every year treating obesity-related conditions. Public health experts say this generation of children is on track to have shorter lifespans than their parents. I (like you may already have done) read these [...]

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Parents can benefit from medical articles

>Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery in pediatric urology When a parent faces a health crisis in a child, he or she will search far and wide for answers or information that will help. Every month, Children’s publishes a mini medical journal focusing on the very latest diagnostic or therapeutic information. This information is faxed and emailed to [...]

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Erroneous e-mail about medications falsely tied to Children’s

>E-mail has added a lot to our lives – maybe too much. The average person’s inbox is flooded with advertisements, inspirational poems with pictures of kittens, requests for money from exiled African royalty and the ever-present forwards from our newly-introduced-to-e-mail family and friends. With so many messages bombarding us, it’s difficult to decide which to [...]

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