Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH brings a first-hand perspective after working with legislators in Sacramento about the California Children’s Services program.
March is Child Life Month. Child Life Services makes a big difference for the smallest of patients at Stanford Children’s Health.
The youngest of five kids in the Bingham family, 8-year-old Gage is the third of his siblings to suffer from a life-threatening heart failure condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy.
Growing bones and brains are susceptible to different injury patterns than adults throughout adolescence and young adulthood.
At Stanford Children’s Health, Urgent Care — Palo Alto, we provide after-hour services for pediatric patients with non–life threatening health concerns.
Ring in 2017 with healthy New Years Resolutions that the whole family can do together. Tips about healthy eating habits and how to keep them all year long from our Pediatric Weight Control program which is now enrolling patients for January.
For the last several years, adolescent mental health experts from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford have been partnering with many other community organizations to improve options for teens’ mental health care, a response to mental health crises among local teens.
In July 2013, 14-year-old Milan Gambhir – who had been a healthy child – was diagnosed with one of the most aggressive and incurable brain tumors: glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
For many years, scientists have known that adolescent girls are about twice as likely as boys to develop post-traumatic stress disorder after being exposed to a psychologically traumatic event. But no one has been sure why.
When you are a kid and you’re sick, you go to the pediatrician. If you have a chronic medical condition, as in my case, you establish a team of pediatric specialists who can provide for your health issues on a consistent basis throughout your childhood.
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.
We spoke to Cindy Zedeck, MA, program director at Stanford Children’s Health Pediatric Weight Control Program about how to manage sugar-overload while still having a fun and festive holiday.
Doctors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford led the way in testing the device and are currently in the next phase of studying the technology in younger children.
October is here and with it comes the excitement of costumes and candy. Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike but can also present some dangers to your superhero, princess or ghost.
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.
For years, pediatric cardiologists have been trying to understand the origin of a puzzling congenital defect that creates a spongy texture in the heart muscle wall. Now, Stanford researchers have shown that they can use stem cell techniques to turn donated skin and blood cells from real patients into a useful tool for figuring out how the disease gets started.
The Stanford Children’s Health Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases has organized activities to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The Bass Center is a leading pediatric cancer center dedicated to helping children of all ages who have cancer and blood diseases to manage or overcome their conditions.
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.
A new report from the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing revealed insights from local families on perceptions of mental health resources and interventions for youth who may be struggling with depression and other mental health issues.
Doctors and parents can use a single approach to prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers. That’s the message from new guidelines released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The message was clear: “No one can do this alone.” Laura Roberts, MD, MA, chair of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences kicked off the first annual Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference by addressing a diverse crowd of advocates who are passionate about improving access to care and resources for mental health. “We’re all in this together,” she emphasized.
Fifty Stanford Children’s Health transplant patients are spending the week at camp having fun while still getting the medcial care they need. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a national leader in pediatric organ transplantation. We sponsor this camp to give kids who have received a transplant a chance to enjoy being children and to connect with other kids like them.
Every day of my 1980s childhood began with orange juice, which my mom served because it was considered a good way to get our daily vitamin C. Since then, nutritionists’ thinking has changed. Daily consumption of fruit juice has been linked with childhood obesity and dental cavities, and kids are thought to be better off getting their vitamins from whole fruits. Yet some health policies haven’t kept up.
Grim images of violence around the U.S. have filled news reports lately, presenting a challenge… Read more »
Watson, doggy ambassador of narcolepsy, helps kids understand and cope with the disease.
Once in a while, kids suffer grown-up medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea or stroke. None of these conditions are rare, but the fact that they hardly ever occur in children causes special frustrations and challenges for young patients.
Scientists who study childhood obesity often wonder how excess weight gain in kids can be prevented. Some experts suggest that prevention efforts should start in infancy, since formula-fed infants grow faster than those who are exclusively breast-fed. A study published this month in Pediatrics adds an interesting twist to the debate: The researchers found that babies fed with larger bottles between 2 and 6 months of age gained more weight.
When Elijah Olivas’s hand was severed in a car accident, dozens of experts from our pediatric trauma team coordinated to perform 20 hours of life- and limb-saving surgery.
BERT (Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater) rolled out in the hospital’s perioperative unit. It’s purpose is to reduce the use of oral anxiety medications before operations and improving patient and family satisfaction levels.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator can help prevent the heart’s electrical system from malfunctioning — and help kids get their lives back.
The Hospital School now has a new tool to help patients stay engaged — both in their lessons and with their peers.
When children who’ve been ill or injured go home from the hospital, they often carry fond memories of their child life specialists, the folks who brought toys and games to their bedsides, explained medical procedures in a non-scary way, and helped their families worry less.
Today, on Rare Disease Day, we’re focusing on a lung condition that can be just as… Read more »
What’s the first step in getting help for a child who may have autism? Discouragingly, the answer is often “A long wait.” But Stanford systems biologist Dennis Wall, PhD, wants to change that. His research team is using a big-data approach to devise simple questionnaires that enable parents and primary-care doctors to screen children for developmental disorders using a mobile device.
Tips from one of our orthopedists, Christine Boyd, MD of how to stay safe while having fun on the slopes.
Thanks to the power of social media, Denver Broncos star Vernon Davis answers a cancer patient’s wish.
Stanford researchers have invented a new technique to detect cystic fibrosis in infants. The test, described in a paper published today in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, is more comprehensive, faster and cheaper than current newborn screening methods.
Linda Luna was five months pregnant with her first child when she got the bad news: Ultrasound scans showed a deadly defect in her baby boy’s heart. He had a 90 percent chance of dying before or just after birth. But thanks to a groundbreaking treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, two-month-old baby Liam, who just went home to San Jose last week, is beating those odds.
Infectious disease experts Yvonne Maldonado, MD, and Desiree LaBeaud, MD, MS, discuss the mosquito-borne infection.
Young, athletic girls like Aminah Carter, 8, are being treated for sports injuries typically associated with adults and professional athletes.
Dateline NBC presented their 2nd national broadcast looking at the personal and medical journey the Binghams have faced, along with the many challenges ahead.
This week, U.S. News and World Report released their 2016 ranking of the best diets. For their story on healthy eating for teenagers, Neville Golden, MD, division chief of adolescent medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, explained how diet can affect teens’ brains and moods.
Our Pediatric Advocacy Program, along with some passionate community partners, helped feed hungry children and families over the winter break.
What should have been one of their family’s happiest moments quickly turned somber as they feared the seriousness of Wyatt’s condition. The dermatology team suspected it could be a skin disease, but they couldn’t know for sure. Wyatt needed to be transferred to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Recently, the Loh family, originally from the Bay Area, was in town for their annual visit from Shanghai to check in with son Elliot’s care team. They reflected on the experience of traveling across the world to give their son the best treatment possible.
Attention-focusing brain networks interact more weakly than usual in kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, new Stanford research shows. The research, published online this week in Biological Psychiatry, is part of an ongoing effort to figure out how the brain differs from normal in people with ADHD.
If you’ve ever plunged your hand into a tub of ice water, you know about the overlap between cold and pain: That deep, biting ache makes you want to get your hand out of the water – fast. While the protective value of that sensation is obvious, scientists have always been a bit mystified by how pain-sensing nerves register cold temperatures. But now, Stanford research on a family with an extremely unusual gene mutation may help clarify what’s going on.
Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has arrived from the tropics to affect patients in many U.S. states, usually strikes with a fever, aches, and joint pain. But sometimes it’s much worse. Stanford pediatric infectious disease expert Desiree LaBeaud, MD, is trying to figure out why some people are hit hard, and others experience a relatively minor illness, according to recent news coverage from NPR.
Globally, more than six million children die before their fifth birthday each year, most having been born into poverty. While great strides have been made over the last few decades in reducing global child mortality, some countries, like Pakistan, have lagged behind. In a recent Stanford podcast, Anita Zaidi, MD, an internationally renowned pediatrician and director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke about the state of child health in her home country of Pakistan and what it takes to lift a nation up.
Doctors and nurses at our Bass Childhood Cancer Center practice their resuscitation skills several times a year, thanks to a new, hospital-wide, cutting-edge program that provides lifesaving training.
Stanford clinicians collaborate with the community and how you can help this holiday season.
Soon there will be a new superhero children’s book available, but these superheroes aren’t from Marvel comics. The book, Rose’s Superhero Birthday: An Immune Cell Treasure Hunt, is about the immune cell superheroes that keep us healthy.
Using the Thanksgiving holiday as a platform to build healthy meals.
A new study by Stanford health-policy researcher Michelle Mello, PhD, JD, found the highest resistance to childhood vaccinations among white, affluent communities. In contrast to previous studies, however, Mello’s team did not find a correlation between higher levels of education and vaccine exemptions.
People that survive cancer at a young age are expected to live many decades after diagnosis and treatment, so they are the most vulnerable population to long-term damaging effects from cancer therapy. Stanford’s Karen Effinger, MD, MS, and Michael Link, MD, explore this issue in an editorial published today in JAMA Oncology.
Today, NPR’s Morning Edition featured an in-depth story on the evolution of decision-making in neonatal intensive care units – hospital nurseries for the sickest infants. Parents now have much more say in their babies’ care than in the past, and Stanford experts who were on the front lines of the change, including William Benitz, MD, chief of neonatology at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, explained how it happened.
Pediatric diabetes patients and their families have a new and innovative way to communicate glucose measurements.
Specialists who treat chronically ill adolescents have long recognized the challenges related to this patient population: Young adults may be grown in body, but they aren’t always ready psychologically or socially to take full responsibility for consistently following complicated medical routines and practicing lifestyle restrictions. Nor are most adult care doctors trained in the after-effects of childhood cancer, for instance, or the lifelong need to monitor adults with childhood heart repairs.
When Danah Jewett’s 5-year-old son, Dylan, was dying from a brain tumor in 2008, she wanted to know if there was anything her family could do to help other children who might someday face the same terrible diagnosis. Yes, said Dylan’s doctor, Michelle Monje, MD, PhD: Would you be willing to donate his tumor for cancer research after his death?
Our radiology team provides quick, convenient and safe diagnostic imaging for kids.
When Victor Carrion, MD, was a pediatric psychiatry fellow in the mid-1990s, he had an “a-ha” moment about some of his poorly behaved patients that set the trajectory of his career. These kids had been traumatized, and the adults around them didn’t recognize it.
The kick-off of the 2015-2016 flu season is upon us. To head influenza off at the pass and protect your children, it’s time to put flu protection on your to-do list, and Stanford Children’s Health is here to help.
“Our children are in trouble because we’ve outsourced the job of feeding them,” says Stanford child nutrition expert Maya Adam, MD. To tackle the problem, Adam is spreading a refreshing message: Forget celebrity-chef culture and food fads, and just cook for your kids. Her new book shares stories about how parents around the world find a healthy approach to feeding their children.
Teenagers who don’t sleep enough pay a heavy price, potentially compromising their physical and mental health. Study after study in the medical literature sounds the alarm over what can go wrong when teens suffer chronic sleep deprivation: drowsy driving incidents, poor academic performance, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and even suicide attempts. “I think high school is the real danger spot in terms of sleep deprivation,” says Stanford sleep expert William Dement, MD, PhD. “It’s a huge problem.”
Instead of drugs or fancy devices, a small village in India is using dhollak and dafali — drums traditional to the region — to spread awareness about post-natal care and to battle infant mortality. The effort started as part of a public-health research project led by Stanford global health expert Gary Darmstadt, MD.
We know Halloween is a special time for kids to dress up as their favorite super hero, princess or scary zombie while getting their hands on those coveted goodies. But with all of the excitement that comes with this festive time of year, it’s important to be aware of how to keep kids safe.
While parents work hard in developing healthy eating habits in their children and educating them to make informed choices about food, there comes one night in which society encourages a total reversal of all parental efforts and messages.
Mary Leonard, MD, is trying to make sure children with chronic diseases build as much bone as possible before puberty ends. Once that window closes, she and other researchers believe, it’s too late to do much about it. And the likely consequence of emerging from adolescence with inadequate bone mass is early osteoporosis.
I’ve forgotten most of my childhood experiences – which is perfectly normal. But apparently my body remembers many of those experiences – and I learned while editing the new Stanford Medicine magazine that’s normal too. The fall issue’s special report, “Childhood: The road ahead,” is full of stories of researchers realizing the impact early experiences can have on adult health. Some of their discoveries are surprising.
Thanks to a collaboration with the Omar’s Dream Foundation, youth patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford don’t have to sacrifice their education while they undergo treatment.
For many years, doctors have known that women who had diabetes during pregnancy faced an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with a congenital heart defect. But now, for the first time, researchers have shown that the risk isn’t limited to women with diabetes.
Children and teenagers with all kinds of chronic and serious conditions want normalcy in their lives, says pediatric psychologist Barbara Sourkes, PhD, who directs the palliative care program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Sourkes helps our patients and their families navigate the divide between living with a difficult diagnosis and simply being a kid. Here, she offers advice on how to help children who must “commute” back and forth between the medical world and their everyday lives.
On warm fall days in California, families may leave windows open to cool off. here are some tips to keep kids safe and prevent accidents.
Top-ranked group in Mountain View is now a part of one of the most comprehensive and sought-after health-care brands in America.
In developing countries, well over 150,000 babies a year currently die or suffer severe brain damage from newborn jaundice. But that’s set to change, thanks to Stanford research that evaluated a safe, low-tech, inexpensive method for treating jaundice with filtered sunlight.
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.
Because they’re born before their lungs are fully mature, premature babies are at risk for a serious lung disease. Over the last several decades, this disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, has evolved into both a great medical success story and a persistent mystery. But a new Stanford study, published this week, is helping clarify the mysterious part.
Our hospital expansion, opening in summer 2017, will provide a launching pad for expanding and renovating the current hospital next door. This will include creating room to grow the nationally-ranked Pediatric Heart Center, which will premiere a new and larger space in 2018.
Thanks to dedication, hard work, and an experienced medical team, Michelle, 17, and Miguel, 15, the Rangel siblings from San Jose, are looking ahead toward a brighter future and much-improved medical outlook.
(This blog first appeared online in U.S. News & World Report.) Two of our biggest assets in the care of premature babies are decidedly low-tech: the baby’s parents.
Whether your child is entering kindergarten or heading off to high school, the beginning of the school year is a good time to schedule your child’s annual physical.
Vanessa Applegate was not expecting twins. The very day she discovered her one baby was in fact, one of two growing in-utero, she was admitted into Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
A story in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal highlights Stanford’s leadership in treating a mystifying disease in which a child suddenly develops intense psychiatric problems, often after an infection. The disease, called pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, can be terribly disabling, altering kids’ personalities, interfering with their school work and making it hard for families to function.
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Seeing yellow? Here’s what you need to know about identifying and treating jaundice in your newborn.
A tiny fraction of babies born at 22 weeks of gestation survive to childhood without major impairments or disabilities, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. But, although some of these babies can do well, there is variation between hospitals in the rate at which they are resuscitated after birth.
Eye injuries from BB guns, pellet guns and other non-powder firearms have become more common in recent years in U.S. kids, according to a new study by Stanford pediatric ophthalmologist Douglas Fredrick, MD.
Freckles are a phenomenon that occurs when genetically predisposed people (often those with fair skin, red hair, and light eyes) are exposed to UV light over time, according to Joyce Teng, MD, director of pediatric dermatology for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Learning to cope when left alone with twins for first time
Multiples attract attention, there’s no getting around it. People approach you in public, sometimes just to look at your babies and say “Aw,” sometimes to tell you about twins they know, sometimes to tell you they are a twin! Amy Letter shares more in part two of her series on having multiples.
Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is amazing. Hearing the second heartbeat is harder to describe.
Baby Jackson Lane’s heart problems were “about as dramatic as you can get.” Famed surgeon Dr. Frank Hanley and his team stepped in to save Jackson’s life. “We are just so lucky that we found Dr. Hanley and that our son fought for his life,” said mom Elyse.
We all want to live a happy, less-stressful and healthy life; and to achieve this, we strive to make positive lifestyle changes to our routines. Here are some tips for parents to ensure that their healthier lifestyle goals are not negatively impacting their children.
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).
Recently, writer Stephanie Booth with Cafe Mom’s The Stir discussed with our chief of adolescent medicine, Neville Golden, MD, tips on when to transition a child from pediatric to adolescent care.
Integrating mindfulness into regular curriculum in the Ravenswood City School District
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics opposing marijuana legalization was written in response to recent research on adolescent brain development and the biology of addiction, as well as a changing national climate on marijuana laws.
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
What Ellen found was a family-based, group behavioral and educational program, one that taught lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits for overweight children, adolescents and their families.
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.
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.
Finding autism caregivers and treatments is a daunting challenge for families facing a new autism diagnosis. But now there’s help. The Early Support Program for Autism, a free service with no waiting list, gives parents someone to call for up-to-date information about doctors, therapists, treatment programs and other community resources.
Autism is more than twice as common as it was 15 years ago. But the number of clinicians who treat the developmental disorder is growing more slowly than the number of new cases, prompting caregivers to look for novel ways to share their expertise as widely as possible.
Keeping kids off of tablets and phones can be a problem during vacation, but with teachers instructing students to use screen technology to complete assignments, it may seem like your kids are glued to devices. Thomas Robinson, MD, MPH, has some helpful tips for parents looking to set boundaries around family screen time.
A newborn baby sparks loads of happy feelings and smartphone pictures. But when should a parent call the doctor? Luckily, most newborns are perfectly healthy, but there are a few red flags that every parent should watch out for.
The Margueis family of Mountain View, California was looking for a way to improve their unhealthy lifestyles. The family decided they needed a change. That’s why in the fall of 2013 they enrolled the girls in the Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
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.
A large new study comparing two treatments for anorexia nervosa offers a hopeful message to parents of teens affected by the eating disorder: Families can work with therapists to help their children recover.
Kohl’s and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are celebrating another year of partnership by hosting a free car seat fitting event at the Blossom Hill Kohl’s location in San Jose.
A San Jose teen and wrestling champ has regained full function after a complex surgery on his leg and back.
The moment Vanessa Garcia of Hollister, Calif., was born in 1985, doctors knew that the two gaps in her top lip and the division of her upper gums would make it impossible for her to eat.
To help babies in the neonatal intensive care unit start life strong, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has launched a March of Dimes NICU Family Support® program, offering support and information to help families cope with the emotional and difficult experience of having a sick baby.
Christy Sillman is one of the many adult survivors needing lifelong, specialized treatment for her heart. Sillman brings special insights to her work as the nurse coordinator for the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford.
Groundbreaking food allergy research at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has received a major boost through the creation of a challenge grant by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. Severe food allergies are a growing epidemic, with rates having doubled in the last decade. One out of every 13 children is affected, and over 30 percent are thought to have allergies to more than one food.
A Minnesota doctor diagnosed Katie Grace, now 12, with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension “IPAH,” at only 5 years old, and didn’t expect her to live. But the spunky lover of swimming beat the odds of that diagnosis, and received a rare heart-lung transplant in June.
With the days of summer vacation soon coming to an end, parents are getting in gear to send their kids back to school. Along with stocking up on school supplies and buying new clothes, it’s also a good time to think about their health needs.
This week, we are celebrating Lucile Salter Packard, our hospital’s founder and visionary, in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. Her dream was simple: to nurture both the body and soul of every child.
Nearly 4 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of these cases affect young people. Concussions can have devastating consequences, including impaired cognitive function and other long-term neurological effects.
Vaccination is not just a personal decision. It impacts families, communities and the larger health care system. Keeping a child’s vaccinations up-to-date can provide protection to vulnerable individuals, including babies, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women can impart protection to their unborn child.
On Sunday, July 20, a packed bus with 59 kids, ages 8-18, left for a weeklong summer blast at St. Dorothy’s Rest camp in Camp Meeker, Calif. While the activities planned for their camp seemed quite normal, the theme certainly wasn’t.
Doris Diaz battled with severe cystic fibrosis. After her double lung transplant, Doris is able to take deep breaths for the first time in her life.
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.
Thanks to a partnership between HP and DreamWorks Animation, pediatric patients had a chance to design artwork that now hangs in HP’s Palo Alto facility.
Our child passenger safety technician teaches families to properly install a car seat and how to prevent vehicle-related heat stroke in kids.
A study published online this week in Pediatrics offers encouraging results from a large-scale effort to tackle a persistent safety problem in hospitals. The study is the first scientific investigation of a multi-hospital project to improve patient hand-offs, the times when a patient’s care is being transferred from one person to another.
The warm summer rays may bring fun times, but also a hidden danger – pediatric melanoma. Pediatric dermatologist Latanya Benjamin, MD, provides skin care tips
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.
As you may have heard about elsewhere, a new paper published today on the safety of childhood vaccines provides reassurance for parents and pediatricians that side effects from vaccination are rare and mostly transient. The paper, a meta-analysis appearing in Pediatrics, updates a 2011 Institute of Medicine report on childhood vaccine safety. It analyzed the results of 67 safety studies of vaccines used in the United States for children aged 6 and younger.
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.
During summer, kids are eager to let loose their pent-up energy with good, bouncy fun. But are trampolines and bounce houses safe?
As the president and CEO of a children’s hospital — and a dad — I understand that parents want what is the very best for their child.
Heal EB provides Stanford with $50,000 for the development of new technologies to improve evaluation of EB-impacted skin.
In 2005 13-year-old Monica Datta joined several other young people in undergoing MRIs as part of a research study at Stanford University. Unlike everyone else, Datta’s unexpectedly revealed a spot in her brain that nobody had known about.
Each year in the United States, more than 3,000 children under the age of 5 are injured in falls from windows. Rajashree Koppolu, CPNP, a nurse practitioner with the pediatric general surgery and trauma team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, has treated many children who have fallen from windows.
Seth Ammerman, MD, medical director of Mobile Adolescent Health Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, has received a prestigious public service award for his role in providing free, comprehensive health-care services to uninsured and homeless youth through the hospital’s Teen Health Van.
Life with type 1 diabetes requires an astonishing number of health-related decisions – about 180 per day. But patients’ vigilant monitoring of their daytime blood sugar, food intake, insulin and activity levels is perhaps less exhausting than the worries they face about getting a safe night’s sleep.
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Measles is one of the leading causes of death of children globally, according to the… Read more »
Adolescent girls in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, are frequent targets of sexual harassment and… Read more »
New mothers looking to make a big difference for families facing life-threatening medical conditions have… Read more »
Children today are born into a future their grandparents could have only imagined: Scientists have… Read more »
Gregory Enns, MD, pediatric geneticist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and a professor of… Read more »
A new study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and colleagues found that students… Read more »
Pilots, astronauts and workers in other high-risk industries follow rigorous safety checklists to help them… Read more »
Living with one food allergy is a challenge; living with more than one can make… Read more »
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A liver tumor for 5-year-old Finn might have required a transplant, but our doctors had a better plan.
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Shelby Scott, age 10, has a lot in common with Stanford senior forward, Shelby Payne. Together, their examples give kids with type 1 diabetes hope for a very bright future.
Happy National Child Health Day! We’ve got five simple tips you can use TODAY to help make your child’s day—and yours—healthier and happier.
Specialists from our Brain, Behavior and Neurosciences Center discuss the signs, symptoms and safest care for concussions—and why girls’ rates are rising.
13-year-old Jaden is finally migraine-free, thanks to collaboration between Packard Children’s and California Pacific Medical Center.
During World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 to 7—and every week—Packard Children’s partners with moms who want to breastfeed to help ensure they and their babies have all the support they need.
Packard Children’s and Stanford hospitals are proud to be home to a trauma center that has received the highest possible ranking for providing outstanding care to injured children and adolescents.
Infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado, MD, has recommendations for parents prepping for the back-to-school season.
Click to view PDF There’s a massive and stifling heat wave hitting much of the… Read more »
The extra free time kids enjoy in summer can translate into added screen time. What are the risks, and how can you keep your kids from overdoing it?
Summer is here, and Packard Children’s Latanya Benjamin, MD, has tips to help you keep your family’s skin safe and healthy.
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From brain monitoring to therapeutic cooling, babies at risk for brain injury get their strongest start in life at Packard Children’s Neuro NICU.
Breathing traffic pollution in early pregnancy is linked to higher risk for certain serious birth defects, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
In September 2012, 24-year-old Brooke Stone had her second lifesaving heart surgery, this time at… Read more »
As dramatic transformations go, it’s hard to match the aftermath of a sick child’s kidney… Read more »
Food allergies affect one in every 13 American kids, yet when a child is diagnosed,… Read more »
Sugar may play a stronger role in the origins of diabetes than anyone realized, according… Read more »
After many years of careful care and planning by Packard Children’s orthopedic surgeon Scott Hoffinger, MD,… Read more »
Teens who get in trouble with the law often have serious untreated health problems. But a strong collaborative relationship between Packard Children’s and the local juvenile justice system is helping physicians improve the health of high-risk adolescents.