Advancing Children's Health

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Allyson Manchester was a seemingly healthy teenager, active in sports and her high school color guard, when she began experiencing chronic ear infections in late 2014. What Allyson, her parents and even her doctors didn’t realize at the time was that these were the first signs of a more serious disease. Just five months after her ear infections healed, the soreness in her legs began. Despite Allyson’s on-the-go lifestyle, doctors... View Article

Oct 18 2017

Though bullying has gained significant attention in recent years, it continues to rear its ugly head in schools and social settings nationwide. Targets of bullying are often those who don’t feel they can stand up to the injustice, so they attempt to ignore it. Unfortunately, bullies see this as an invitation to keep piling on the grief. Why do children bully? Bullying behavior stems from a sense of inadequacy and... View Article

Oct 5 2017

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® presented Seth Corey, MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, with a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant at a special handprint ceremony in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every 36 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Corey commits his life’s work to researching and developing life-saving treatments for these children. While Dr. Corey leads... View Article

Sep 20 2017

On July 2, 2017, Evelin Sazo and her son Saul boarded a plane in their home country of Guatemala. Their destination was Richmond, VA to get life-changing surgery for the five-year-old boy. “Saul was born with Apert Syndrome, a condition in which the fingers and toes are fused together, as are the bones in the head,” said Jennifer Rhodes, MD, Saul’s surgeon. Saul and his mother came to the U.S.... View Article

Sep 14 2017

It goes without saying that getting an adequate amount of sleep on a regular basis is important for all of us. But for children and teens, it’s even more critical. Not getting enough sleep can have widespread effects on overall health and day-to-day functioning. Good sleep quality and quantity are crucial for children and teenagers as their bodies and brains are still developing. Sleep helps support normal cognitive functioning, which... View Article

Sep 1 2017

Richmond has been designated as the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma, but CHoR has been on a mission to help children in this ‘asthma capital’ breathe easier. Funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation made Dr. Michael Schechter’s dream of a community asthma program a reality. The launch of the You Can Control Asthma Now program in 2015 established comprehensive and coordinated asthma care for children and... View Article

Aug 31 2017

Healthy kidneys process about 180 liters (or 60 gallons!) of blood each day to sift out waste and extra water, which are flushed from the body as urine. When the kidneys aren’t working as they should, it can have a significant impact on overall health and lead to the buildup of harmful toxins. “Sometimes we know there’s an issue with the kidneys in utero or shortly after birth,” says Megan... View Article

Aug 25 2017

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, Aug. 21. The last time the U.S. experienced such an event was 38 years ago! During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun for a period of time and resulting in daytime darkness. While the sun will only appear completely blocked within the 70-mile-wide path of totality from Oregon... View Article

Aug 18 2017

“I’ve wanted to join this program since before coming to med school,” said Faye Mendoza of the JACK’s Summer Scholars Program. Mendoza is one of ten promising future health care professionals from throughout the country who had the opportunity to take part in this year’s program. The JACK’s Summer Scholars Program has a long history of fostering education of medical professionalism and quality improvement research needed to improve care in pediatric-neonatal medicine.... View Article

Aug 9 2017

Fidget spinner has quickly become a household term. In fact, it’s likely you have one or more of these little gadgets in your home. The idea behind fidget spinners is that they help kids stop fidgeting and focus their attention on the task at hand. Manufacturers have even promoted them as having health benefits for children with a variety of conditions, including ADHD. Do experts agree? “I call it the... View Article

Aug 1 2017