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By Dr. R. Lee Franco, Department of Health & Human PerformanceA version of this blog post originally appeared in CHoR’s Spring 2013 TidBits NewsletterSpring Tidbits-Web In general, today’s lifestyles are very different than they were 30 years ago. Gone are the days when the majority of children walked to school and had both recess and a gym class daily. Gone are the days when children roamed neighborhoods playing until dinner.... View Article

May 30 2013

As Jasmine tries to pick out the perfect outfit, she talks about her love of fashion and recounts the time she dressed her older brother up to look like Usher. She has been interested in fashion ever since she can remember, and like many fashionable 11-year-old girls, her favorite color is pink. With her bright, ear-to-ear smile and her infectious laugh, you’d never know that inside, Jasmine’s body is battling... View Article

May 17 2013

By Suzanne R. Lavoie, MD, Professor and Chief, Division of  Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCUI certainly did not take the traditional route to parenthood. At the age of 42, I had achieved many of the career goals I had set out to accomplish. As a pediatrician, I spent most of my life focusing on my career and- I’ll admit it – I was a workaholic, often... View Article

May 12 2013

Ask Siri Bream what she does for a living and she would probably say, “I play with kids.” But, as a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, her specialty entails much more than that.Among the many medical specialties, research capabilities and pediatric experts at CHoR, stands a group dedicated to helping kids be kids, even while in the hospital. Enter Child Life, a group that supports... View Article

May 8 2013

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve taken you on a behind the scenes tour of some of the facilities at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. You’ve seen the private rooms in the PICU, the pictures of NICU graduates and even the “fish bowl” at the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. You’ve also had the opportunity to virtually experience inpatient amenities on the MCV Campus, like the rooftop... View Article

May 3 2013

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to bloom again and the weather is getting warmer; welcoming outside activities such as picnics and playing in the park. But spring also brings a relentless pest…seasonal allergies. Rather than breaking out the tissues and wallowing in allergy despair, Dr. Santhosh Kumar, a specialist in the pediatric allergy and immunology division at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), suggests some tips on... View Article

May 1 2013