Growing bones and brains are susceptible to different injury patterns than adults throughout adolescence and young adulthood.
Thanks to years of public health education, cigarette smoking is on the decline for teens. Marijuana use hasn’t changed, with around 20 percent of 12th graders reporting they’ve recently smoked marijuana.
One consideration parents can take to ensure their children’s playtime is as safe as possible is to be aware of playground injuries and safety measures.
A Stanford team published their discovery of a hormone that signals when the body needs more fat stores. It sends its message in response to two external signals that we already knew could make people fatter.
Dr. Seth Ammerman discusses what he’s seen in mobile health over 20 years, how it has impacted youth in the Bay Area and where the need still lies.
Ask any doctor what is the best way for you and your children to avoid the flu this season and they’ll give you a simple answer: Get a flu vaccination. Still, there are rumors and misinformation that can leave a parent concerned or unsure of the facts about the safety or necessity of vaccine.
With Zika, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses dominating headlines around the world, fear and worry about the tiny creatures has grown. We asked Stanford Children’s Health doctors and local public health experts to share what pregnant women and parents really need to know about these diseases and if they had any tips for how parents can keep their families safe this summer.
In medicine we often refer to the “natural history of disease”— the normal course that a disease takes in an individual if no treatment occurs. In the case of congenital heart disease, the “natural history” was often death or, at best, survival with significant limitations. Fortunately, that history has changed.
When we’re in a noisy restaurant, it’s really difficult to hear my young niece speak. She can only talk very quietly, because she has a paralyzed vocal cord. But Stanford’s Anna Messner, MD, is bringing hope to kids like her via a rare surgery that attaches more nerve fibers to the affected vocal cord.
The hospital’s Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery offers patients and families the ability to receive all of their pre- and post-surgical care in Spanish. Every interaction, from registering the patient to giving post-surgical instructions, happens in the families’ first language.
“When something like this happens, we’re prepared,” said Carlos Esquivel, MD. “It really shows the depth of the institution and our transplant programs.”
Pediatric urologist William Kennedy, MD, is a leader in expanding access to high-quality care through telehealth.
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In spite of looser regulations around the sale of unpasteurized milk, it’s still unsafe to drink. That’s the message from Yvonne Maldonado, MD, chief of pediatric infectious disease at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, who is quoted in a new story on Today.com about the relaxation of raw-milk regulations.
On Sunday, February 8, dozens of patient families with children that have congenital heart disease gathered to celebrate lives saved and CHD Awareness Week (2/7/15 – 2/14/15).
Less than one month after reading about “stealth surgery” online, Jennifer traveled cross-country for an innovative surgery that helped her turn the corner from a painful past toward a brighter future.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker has announced that he is donating $24 million to establish an allergy research center at Stanford. Scientists at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University will study the underlying mechanisms of all types of allergies in children and adults and will aim to develop lasting allergy cures.
Top-ranked group group in Los Gatos, Calif., is now a part of one of the most comprehensive and sought-after health-care brands in America
When a child’s heart is not making the right sounds, it can make parents very nervous. Alaina Kipps, MD, pediatric cardiologist in our Heart Center, explains that it’s actually very common and usually not as scary as you would think.
A Stanford-led research team has examined how brain scans can help doctors predict preemies’ neurodevelopmental outcomes in toddlerhood. The researchers found that for babies born more than 12 weeks early who survive early infancy, brain scans performed near their original due date are better predictors than scans done near birth.
Other cardiologists are plumbers; I’m an electrician,” says Dubin. “Most cardiologists deal with structural heart disease: how the plumbing works and how the heart pumps. I focus on the electrical system that drives the pump.
Thanks to a new Pediatric Interventional Radiology program at Stanford Children’s Health, the first of its kind in the Bay Area, kids can often forgo anesthesia and, in some cases, surgery for many of their treatments.
Meet Philip Sunshine, MD, a one-of-a-kind superhero in the world of neonatology and prematurity. After more than 50 years of taking care of the world’s most fragile babies, this 84-year-old doctor is showing no signs of stopping.
On Veterans Day 2014, Grant is reflecting on his service to our country and how it impacts his lifesaving care for kids. In 2005, at the height of the Iraq war, Grant was one of 18 U.S. Air Force and Army surgeons in a tent hospital at Balad Air base, the largest U.S. military base in Iraq. Located outside Balad in the Sunni Triangle, the base housed the Air Force Theater Hospital, a level 1 trauma center.
Life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has improved dramatically in the last few decades, but those with CF still struggle with a very basic action: breathing easily. However, a new study indicates that a specific dietary supplement might stave off the decline in lung function that characterizes this genetic disease.
For a month, Stanford emergency physician Colin Bucks, MD, found himself in the remote, dense jungle of northeast Liberia in the heat of the battle against Ebola. Now back home in Redwood City, Calif., he shares his stories from the front.
I have a confession to make: I’m living a dual life. In one, I’m a medical doctor who teaches Stanford courses on child health and nutrition. In the other, I’m a mom trying (and sometimes failing) to make the right food choices for my family.
Yvonne Maldonado, MD, service chief of pediatric infectious disease at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, answers questions about the respiratory symptoms caused by this virus. In addition, Keith Van Haren, MD, a pediatric neurologist who has been assisting closely with the California Department of Public Health’s investigation, comments on neurologic symptoms that might be associated with the virus.
When parents of baby Isla found out at 16 weeks of pregnancy that their baby had a heart defect, atrioventricular septal defect, or AVSD, they traveled from the UK to the US to get help from pediatric surgeon Dr. Frank Hanley and cardiologist Dr. Stafford Grady.
Years ago, when patients showed up at the doctor with excessive thirst, frequent urination and unexplained weight loss – in other words, the classic symptoms of diabetes mellitus.
Gary Hartman, MD, was presented the award on June 17 for his longtime leadership in surgical care and extraordinary service to patients and their families.
Three decades ago, in the early days of liver transplant, babies with liver failure usually died. Transplants were saving adults and older children, but were not offered to patients younger than 2. For these youngsters, doctors thought, the operation was too risky and difficult. But an ambitious surgeon named Carlos Esquivel changed that.