Children’s Health

The magical music of Matthew | Health Beat – Health Article

Matthew Madej, 14, suffered complications in utero. He was born with optic nerve damage, leaving him legally blind. He also suffers from cerebral palsy. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) “I hear notes when I play my piano and I see colors, too,” Matthew said. “I don’t know exactly how I do it, but my brain shows colors.” (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) Matthew loves music. He can play many different instruments, including the piano. He can play a…

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HealthPopuli.com – Health Article

There are many forms of magic inspired by Disney, the company. There’s the obvious attraction, the Magic Kingdom, that was Walt’s original destination vision, “imagineered” in 1932. Then there are other kinds of magic. The one I’m deep into in the moment is inspiration, ideation, and “reimagineering” my own thinking about work, legacy, and social justice. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to spend much of this week at the inaugural Disney Institute Women’s Leadership Summit. The Institute convened…

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Tough Conversations – Teens Opening Up About Their Health – Health Education Article

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 health success. “Teens are developing cognitively, emotionally and socially. They are learning about themselves and how to make decisions,” said Ashley McClary, MD, pediatrician with…

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Stay water safe | Health Beat – Health Article

Stay safe on the water with these practical tips aimed at keeping you and yours healthy, happy and well this summer. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Summer is in full splash mode. From squirt guns and sprinklers to home spas, pools, lakes and oceans, water is synonymous with fun. Not to throw water on the party, but let’s talk water safety before you grab the sunscreen. It could save a young life this summer. Erica Michiels, MD, a pediatric emergency physician…

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Measles: The forgotten killer – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

As a medical student, the place I dreaded most was the ward at the children’s hospital where they kept the chronic ventilator patients. Unlike the other floors, where there was shouting and laughter and tears, and all the commotion and turbulence of youth, here it was dark and lifeless and eerie, with no sound except the hum of the ventilators, and the rattle of air being forced through plastic tubes. It was a place of failure and defeat, the desolate…

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When every second counts | Health Beat – Health Article

Owen Bartels is a happy baby approaching his first birthday. You wouldn’t know that four days after his birth he was critically ill with failing organs. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat) No one had an explanation for Owen’s critical illness. His mom, Cerina, had no problems during her full-term pregnancy. ECMO was needed to support his heart and lungs. (Chris Clark | Spectrum Health Beat) “We were crying a lot,” Cerina said. “‘Is he going to make it past…

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A graduation to remember | Health Beat – Health Article

Komonte Hassel, 17, a senior at University Prep Academy, felt devastated when he realized he would miss his high school graduation because of a rare disease that confined him to his hospital bed. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) Doctors diagnosed Komonte with a fusobacterium infection that left him weak and unable to walk. “I was sad when I thought I might not graduate,” he said. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital joined forces…

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Public policies to stop kids from drinking sugary drinks – Harvard Health Blog – Health Article

Added sugar is bad for kids. It can lead to cavities, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. That’s why it’s recommended that children get no more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugar. The problem is that according to recent data, added sugar makes up 17% of the daily calories of the average child and teen. Almost half of that comes not from food, but from sugary drinks. Pediatricians have long said that children and teens should avoid sugary…

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A New Treatment Solution for Dravet Syndrome – Health Article

A New Treatment Solution for Dravet Syndrome; Dravet Syndrome is a fatal disease which was formerly known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy or SMEI for short. A person suffering from Dravet Syndrome has to deal with multiple seizures and extremely high fever. The signs and symptoms of the Dravet Syndrome start showing up during infancy or around the age of six months old.     The intensity of the seizures keeps increasing as the child starts to grow older. Children…

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THE 5 DO’S AND DON’TS NEW MOMMIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF – Health Article

  If you are reading this, I’d be correct in assuming you are pregnant, planning to have a baby or you recently put to bed. You may be worried about caring for your baby and you need advice about what comes next. Firstly, big congratulations to you on a successful delivery, the hardest part is over and what you should do now is calm down, love and care for your new baby as the baby needs you now. Secondly, you…

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In a bubble, a little girl thrives | Health Beat – Health Article

Jada Elenbaas is a 2-year-old girl who has never played with other children, nor has she ever been to a restaurant or a grocery store. She was born without a thymus. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat) Jada’s parents, Mike and Amanda Elenbaas, get Jada covered in her stroller for a doctor’s appointment. When she has blood work, tests or a doctor visit, Jada sees as few people as possible. Doctors and nurses sterilize the room before she comes in…

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