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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Childhood illnesses’ Category

Dr. Cara Christ works to boost vaccination rates, curtail childhood obesity

After taking her 5-month-old daughter and two sons to Disneyland in late 2014, Dr. Cara Christ got a very personal reminder about the importance of childhood vaccinations. The very same time she and her family visited, an outbreak of measles had begun at the California theme park. Ultimately, more than 145 people across the United […]

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Emma joins “Super Six” to start Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

Run to Fight Children's Cancer

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Eleven-year old Emma Kerr, of Phoenix, proudly wears the words of Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh fame on her T-shirt. “It’s a good reminder,” says her mom, Ildi Kerr. They are words meant to impart strength to Emma, who is […]

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Banner restricts visitors due to enterovirus 68

Last week, Banner Health became the first hospital in the Metro Phoenix area to restrict visits to patients at all facilities because of the current enterovirus 68 outbreak. Although there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner location, hospital representatives say they are taking a proactive response to the virus. According to […]

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Viral vs. bacterial: when to use antibiotics

Millions of prescriptions for antibiotics written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a new study to be released in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers looked at data on the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children from 2000 to 2011 […]

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How to make an asthma action plan

An asthma action plan is a written worksheet tailored to meet the individual needs of children and teens with asthma. The plan lists specific asthma triggers and symptoms, along with medication names and correct dosages. When parents take the time to put an asthma action plan in place at school or day care, teachers or […]

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Video chats reduce stress for hospitalized kids

iPads, tablets, cell phones: Bring those devices to the hospital! A new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that video chats reduce stress for hospitalized kids. What they asked: Researchers followed 232 children hospitalized for four days or more who were given access […]

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Whispering Hope Ranch

It’s not easy to take a family vacation when you have a child who is medically fragile or developmentally disabled. The constant grind of doctors’ appointments and therapies can’t be delayed without setbacks. The financial strain of medical bills leaves little room for discretionary expenses. Most vacation destinations lack adaptations required to keep your child […]

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Kevin Berger, MD: A pioneer in pediatric palliative care

Kevin Berger, MD, helps families make some of the toughest decisions imaginable. This Phoenix Pediatrics physician and father of three is also a medical director at Hospice of the Valley. He talks about caring for young patients with special needs and the case for pediatric palliative and end-of-life care options for those who won’t get […]

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“The Yellow Boat” celebrates a young life

As Spotlight Youth Theatre in Glendale prepares to open its production of David Saar’s “The Yellow Boat” this Friday, cast members are learning more about the boy named Benjamin whose life inspired the play. Saar and his wife, Sonja Færøy Saar, are Benjamin’s parents. Benjamin was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at […]

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Rainbow Kids mount up, ride in sunshine

Rainbow Kids Turf Paradise Phoenix PCH

Camp Rainbow, a Phoenix Children’s Hospital program, is a summer camp for kids who are being treated or have been treated for cancer and blood disorders. Rainbow Kids is a program for those same kids and their families during the rest of the year. They get together once a month around the Valley for activities […]

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