Children’s Health

May 1, 2019

Tough Conversations – Teens Opening Up About Their Health

Memes. Texts. Gifs. While teens keep things light with friends, studies show they want to know more about important topics that can affect their overall adult health but are reluctant to talk with parents present. Just when teens are exploring their interests and boundaries, an open relationship with their physician could be a roadmap to […]

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April 4, 2019

Pregnancy, Stress and Drinking – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

By Cheri Hinshelwood We’re all influenced by what we see, even expectant moms. Memes and fun videos on social media make it hard to discern fact from fiction about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic drinks for moms called “mommy juice” create a recipe that can affect the health of mom […]

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April 2, 2019

Beyond Disability – Building a career with Project SEARCH

By Shelley Pereda My daughter, Zoe, faced significant challenges at a very young age. She was nonverbal and mostly catatonic at 18 months, and her neurologist at the time predicted that she might need to be institutionalized. Needless to say, the idea of her one day having a job seemed completely unattainable. It was Dr. […]

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March 28, 2019

A Day in the (Child) Life

By Kelly Lyons, Child Life supervisor You’ve probably seen them around. They’re usually wearing something purple and helping kids or providing support for families. They are our Child Life staff. It may appear as if they are just playing with kids up on the 3rd floor of Mission Hospital, but there’s a lot more going […]

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March 21, 2019

What Women (Don’t) Want: Abnormal Pap Smears

By Ellen Hearty, MD The most common screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. The Pap smear uses a brush to lift cells from the outside of the cervix to identify early, precancerous cells in the cervix. Early intervention is the key to preventing cervical cancer from developing. The incidence and death rates of […]

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March 21, 2019

Children Struggling with Asthma or Allergy Symptoms? Spring for Spirometry

By Amy Trees Spring has sprung, which means warmer weather, cherry blossoms and green grass between your toes… oh, and achoo. Welcome to allergy season. Pollens, such as tree, grass and ragweed, are on the rise in our neighborhood, potentially leading to an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms for you and your family. If […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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February 25, 2019

Learning to Love Your Body: How Body Dysmorphia Can Lead to Eating Disorders

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Athletics and physical activity is a great outlet for individuals to challenge their bodies and improve their health. Being fit comes with the common misconception that as a result of this lifestyle you will be slim with toned muscle definition. A healthy body comes in all shapes and sizes, and […]

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February 22, 2019

Children and Eating Disorders – 4 Signs You Can Look For

While kids can make endless excuses for not eating right, restricting or fixating on food can point to dangerous eating disorders in teens and children. Since February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, Jenny Combs, MSW, LCSW, a behavioral health expert at Mission Pediatrics – McDowell, takes a closer look. “You don’t have to be […]

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