Children’s Health

January 8, 2018

PCOS in Adolescents – What You Need to Know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Evelyn M. Artz, MD, of Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville, offers answers about this fairly common condition in young women. Q: What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? Dr. Artz: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects adolescent and adult women. It is a fairly common condition, thought to affect somewhere between 5-10 percent of […]

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January 4, 2018

Linked Program Pilot Supports Autistic Children at Asheville Surgery Center

By Lisa A. Clark, MSN, RN, PCCN There is a saying frequently heard about autism: “If you have met a person with autism, that’s all you have done is met one person.” Realizing that each autistic person having surgery at the Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) needs individualized care, a multidisciplinary team recently implemented the evidence-based […]

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December 28, 2017

Tiny Objects, Massive Hazards – Do You Know What to Do if Your Child Swallows a Battery?

By Ashley McClary, MD McDowell Pediatrics For parents, batteries are seemingly everywhere. Toys, electronics, flashlights and key fobs are just a few of the everyday items that are charged by these tiny power sources – some of which can create serious dangers for children. Many smaller electronic items use button batteries – which are becoming […]

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November 28, 2017

Standing with the Parkers – How Mission Helped an Arden Family Get the Care They Needed

When 14-month-old Fields Parker took a hard fall and appeared to have a broken arm, his father, Tyler, went into action. Understandably concerned for his son’s well-being, Tyler rushed him to the emergency department at Mission Hospital. Sure enough, the physicians in the ER informed Tyler and his wife, Shannon, that young Fields had broken […]

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November 27, 2017

Tiny Medicine – Caring for Our Tiniest Patients in the NICU

By Chris DeRienzo, MD “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!” – Horton, from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss When I tell people I’m a neonatologist, they usually nod and smile in the way people do when they have absolutely no idea what you’re […]

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November 22, 2017

Triumph over Tragedy – The Inspiring Journey of Ms. Wheelchair USA

By Madeline Delp Ms. Wheelchair USA As anyone who has had to take an unconscious ride in an ambulance well knows, life can change in an instant. I saw the truth of this principle in my own life at the age of ten years old after my mom and I had been in a horrific […]

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November 9, 2017

Reading Is Fundamental – NICU Book Program Helps Families Bond

By Nancy Lindell Every day, mothers and fathers walk into the Mission Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to see their babies. Often parents of these babies are unable to hold their children, to do the normal things that other parents might take for granted. In part, this is why the Family Support team developed the […]

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October 19, 2017

Healthy Kids – Keeping the Balance Between Family and Work

Arielle Lankford, NP, nurse practitioner at Mission Pediatrics Franklin offers expert advice on balancing work and family, as seen in WNC Parent. The wise and well known Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.” While he was no MD, […]

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September 6, 2017

Getting Past the Pain – Sickle Cell Disease Isn’t Holding Back Jaire Rodriquez

Pain affects all of us at some point. If we’re lucky, we may escape it for many years. But that’s not the case for everyone – it certainly hasn’t been for 17-year-old Jaire Rodriquez. He has sickle cell disease, and excruciating pain has been present in his life since infancy. Sickle cell disease is an […]

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September 6, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Does My Teenager Sleep Too Much?

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers a common question about the impact of excessive sleep on teenagers. Q: My teenager sleeps a lot. Should I be worried? A: Teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but, unfortunately, most do not. Demands […]

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