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Second Chances

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Jennifer Giesel consulting

After beating cancer as a young adult, Jennifer Giesel supports young patients throughout their cancer experience.

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Good Food Found Lacking in Kids’ Diets

Posted 1/1/2018 by Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD
Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

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Many young children aren’t being exposed to the foods that will set them on a healthy path – especially fruits and vegetables.

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Grade School Bullying Can Lead to High School Substance Abuse

Posted 1/1/2018 by Kimberly Burkhart, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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School bullying is a serious problem that affects as many as one in three children in the U.S. New research links early childhood bullying to an increased risk for substance abuse in high school.

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For Love of the Game: How to Help Your Child Choose a Sport

Posted 1/1/2018 by Susannah Briskin, MD
Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Boy about to throw basketball

Here’s how you can help your kids find the sports that speak to them.

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What to Expect from High-Risk Pregnancy Care

Posted 1/1/2018 by Ellie Ragsdale, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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If you’re a mother-to-be whose pregnancy isn’t routine, your doctor or nurse-midwife may refer you to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (MFM) for extra care.

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Manage Your Child’s Health, Anytime

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Laptop displaying MyUHCare PHR

Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, the University Hospitals MyUHCare Personal Health Record (PHR) allows you to receive lab and radiology results, email a doctor, refill a prescription, request or change appointments and so much more – all from the comfort of home or on the go, available 24/7.

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Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell.

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Watch Out for These 4 Holiday Choking Hazards

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

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Watch out for these potential choking hazards.

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Cotton Swabs Linked to Child Ear Injuries

Posted 1/1/2018 by Jay Shah, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jar of cotton swabs

A common cleaning method – scrubbing inside the ear with a cotton swab – could be doing more harm than good.

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New Advice on Preventing SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Illustration of infant standing in crib

Taking these precautions can also help keep your baby safe.

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Safe Snow Play in the Winter

Posted 12/15/2017 by UHBlog

Young girl playing in the snow

Playing outdoors can be a great way to keep kids active this winter, as long as you take the proper safety precautions.

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Make the Season Brighter

Posted 11/23/2017 by UHBlog

Extended family enjoying seasonal meal

Be proactive to help stop the winter blues in their tracks.

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Peanut Butter Teething Biscuits

Posted 11/8/2017 by UHBlog

Peanut Butter Teething Biscuits

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Chilly vs. Chili: Eating for Cold Weather Exercise

Posted 1/27/2017 by UHBlog

Chilly vs. Chili: Eating for Cold Weather Exercise

Find out how to make sure your body is properly fueled for outdoor activities this winter.

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To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

Posted 1/16/2017 by UHBlog

To Shovel or Not to Shovel: When to Check with a Doctor Before a Strenuous Activity

The cold weather, ice and snow becomes more of a health and safety issue as we age.

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Winter Workouts You Can Do In Your Home

Posted 12/27/2016 by UHBlog

Winter Workouts You Can Do In Your Home

Don’t want to exercise in the cold? There are some easy ways to get a workout in without leaving the comfort of home.

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All smiles: Early diagnosis gives young girl with autism a fresh start

Posted 12/1/2016 by LULU ZHAO, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

All smiles: Early diagnosis gives young girl with autism a fresh start.

Heather Bogle knew something wasn’t quite right with the development of her daughter. After months of worry, Heather decided to find a different pediatrician.

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How teens hide harmful behaviors online

Posted 12/1/2016 by SARA LEE, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

How teens hide harmful behaviors online

In today’s digital world, kids and teens often sort out their identities online. And some social media platforms have a darker side, often hidden from parents’ view.

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5 positive discipline tips to help kids thrive

Posted 12/1/2016 by LOLITA MCDAVID, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Cast Western Reserve University School of Medicine

5 positive discipline tips to help kids thrive

In the short term, spanking causes aggression, physical trauma, and even trouble with thinking and learning. Later in life, it can result in mental health problems and antisocial behavior.

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Young female athletes face a unique set of health risks

Posted 12/1/2016 by AMANDA WEISS KELLY, MD
Chief of Pediatric Sports Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Young female athletes face a unique set of health risks

Sports participation can put female athletes at risk for the female athlete triad, a syndrome involving the three interrelated components of energy availability, menstrual function and bone health.

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More than 15% of U.S. kids have a cognitive disorder

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

More than 15% of U.S. kids have a cognitive disorder

Researchers surveyed parents of 2- to 8-year-olds nationwide. About 15 percent of the parents reported their child was diagnosed with at least one mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

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A checklist to help you spot hearing loss

Posted 12/1/2016 by TODD OTTESON, MD
Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Associate
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

A checklist to help you spot hearing loss

Even in the earliest months of life, babies begin learning how to communicate by listening to and imitating the sounds they hear around them. But if your baby has a hearing problem, his or her ability to speak and understand language could be affected.

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Don’t let germs rule your household this winter

Posted 12/1/2016 by JASON TATKA, DO
Pediatrician, Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

Don’t let germs rule your household this winter

Children fill your home with laughter, love – and respiratory infections, according to a new study.

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Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

More kids than ever have peanut allergies. Now, health experts are advising a new way of preventing them – with peanut butter.

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Natural birth after a C-section: Can it work for you?

Posted 12/1/2016 by KATHERINE AUSTINSON, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Natural birth after a C-section: Can it work for you?

Just because you delivered one baby via cesarean section doesn’t mean you can’t try a vaginal birth for your next child. Vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, is recommended as a safe delivery option for most women.

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Pre-Winter Workout: Getting Your Body Ready for the Cold Weather

Posted 10/28/2016 by UHBlog

Pre-Winter Workout: Getting Your Body Ready for the Cold Weather

Don’t want to be stuck inside for your winter workouts? Get a jump start on adapting your outdoor routine.

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Sticking with Your Routine in the Winter

Posted 1/19/2016 by UHBlog

If cold weather is your excuse to skip workouts, talk to us about exercise options that inspire you to move. A lot of athletes want to hibernate through winter’s cold and darkness. But sticking to your exercise routine in the colder months can set you up for success, says sports medicine specialist Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD. “You’ll feel better about yourself and the fact that you got your exercise in,” she says. “That can carry you through the rest of the day and hel...

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Don’t Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted 1/4/2016 by UHBlog

If you’re ready to make healthy lifestyle changes and need guidance, give us a call. Millions of Americans will resolve to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit in the coming year – and most of them will stray from their goals before the end of the first week. “Any time someone decides to fundamentally make a major change in their life at the stroke of midnight, they’re setting themselves up for possible failure because major changes overnight are difficult,” says i...

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Karate kid

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

8-year-old controls asthma and keeps on kicking Energetic 8-year-old, Justin Wanzo, takes karate classes and plays football with his friends Mothers often have a way of knowing when something is not quite right with their child. Such was the case of new mom Jessica Wanzo. When Jessica’s son Justin was just 1 month old, she noticed his chest looked sunken-in when he breathed. Immediately, she took him to the pediatrician, who diagnosed Justin with asthma and referred him to James Chmie...

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Tiny batteries pose a big threat to kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Many young children cannot resist putting small, shiny button batteries in their mouths. And all too often, they swallow them. These dangerous discs can then cause acid burns, tears in the esophagus and internal bleeding. Between 1997 and 2010, battery-related injuries sent more than 40,000 U.S. children ages 13 and younger to the emergency room. Common sources of swallowed batteries include toys, flashlights, remote controls, watches, hearing aids and light-up jewelry. To keep kids safe, stor...

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Learn the remedy for kids’ medicine mishaps

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JERRI ROSE, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine From misused medications to side effects and errors in dosing, problems with medicines send about 17 million Americans to the emergency room every year. A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows that a large number of these incidents involve children. In fact, about one in 12 pediatric ER visits occurs because of prescrip...

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5 reasons your child skips lunch – and how to fix them

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JANET KRAMER, MPH, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital You spend hours preparing the right mix of healthy, kid-friendly foods. But still, at the end of the school day, you open your child’s backpack and find lunch unopened. Many factors can lead kids to snub their midday meals. Some have nothing to do with taste or even presentation. Here, find five reasons home-packed lunches go uneaten – and how to hack the box or brown bag to ensure...

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A new treatment option for uterine fibroids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

SANDHIA VARYANI, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, University Hospitals Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Uterine fibroids can have a significant negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. For some women, hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is a recommended treatment option. For Lisa Lindsay, a professional property manager and mother of three, it was the right option. Lisa recalls when she began to experience symptoms about a year ag...

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Expert emergency care when (and where) your child needs it

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers an entire network of pediatric emergency services locations across Northeast Ohio. So when an emergency arises, you will have convenient access to Rainbow quality care, no matter where you are located. Our pediatric emergency services at community locations are backed by the full resources of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, including the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Physicians and staff are speci...

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Revolutionary cancer treatment coming soon

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The first proton therapy system in Ohio opens in summer 2016 at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, marking a major milestone in the treatment of cancer in adults and children. The MEVION S250 proton therapy system will offer proton beam therapy, the most precise and advanced form of radiation treatment for children and adults with brain tumors, lymphoma, sarcomas and other cancers. Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation tr...

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Kale Chips

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Super easy and yummy snack! Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale from grocery store or farmers’ market 1 Tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt and/or garlic, cayenne, or other spices Instructions: Rip kale into salad sized pieces, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Lay out on a baking sheet in an oven at 350° F for 20 minutes. Cool, then munch away. Comments: We have made these and they are very good! I’ve made these with cayenne and/or curry for a ...

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6 facts about the flu

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

FRANK ESPER, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Winter is here – and so is the flu. To protect your family and those around you, make time to get flu shots. “The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older,” says Frank Esper, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospita...

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3 healthy new year’s resolutions for kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The fresh start that comes naturally in January can inspire your whole family to make healthy, positive changes. Try these age-appropriate ideas, or write up your own! 1. Toddlers: Make play time active time. Encourage active play that engages toddlers in the world. Nesting cups, building blocks or banging pots are good examples. 2. Preschoolers: Help make healthy food. Assign preschoolers small jobs in the kitchen and praise their efforts. Most kids will not reject a dish they helped prepar...

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Is it ADHD or something else?

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

NORA MCNAMARA, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Almost all parents worry about their child at some point. We evaluate their actions, compare development and hope they are on target. But when is a child’s behavior normal and when does it mean something more? If your child is easily distracted, has trouble focusing, is fidgety and often acts or speaks without...

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7 Ways to Avoid a Winter Workout Rut

Posted 11/16/2015 by UHBlog

Are cold, rain and/or snow reasons enough to can your workout? Ask us about ways to exercise in all conditions. The weather outside may be frightful, but winter workouts can still be delightful, says certified strength and conditioning specialist Nate Tekavec, PT. “You’ll feel more energized by getting outside in the daylight,” he says. “It helps you ward off the winter blues, improves your mood and allows your skin to absorb vitamin D, which you need for good health.&rd...

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