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Coordinator, Media Relations for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act (“Chloe’s Law”) Passed

By Kishore Vellody, Medical Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC On July 18, 2014, a Pennsylvania law was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett requiring that a mother who receives a prenatal diagnosis of … Continue reading

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Hayden’s Journey with Biliary Atresia and Liver Transplant

By Heather Vanzandt, mother of Hayden My son, Hayden William Vanzandt, was born Oct. 17, 2012 in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz., and ranging 23” long, he was a perfectly healthy baby boy, except for his bilirubin level. … Continue reading

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World Breastfeeding Week

By: Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM This week is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding Month! Most people know that breastmilk feeding is “good for babies”, but breastfeeding is far more than nutrition for infants. Breastfeeding is ESSENTIAL for … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Senate Recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

By Dr. Sharon Cowden, CCP–Pittsburgh Pediatrics; Dr. Mark Diamond, CCP–South Hills Pediatric Associates; and Dr. Mike Green, Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital On June 27, the Pennsylvania State Senate took a step forward in supporting the health and well-being of all … Continue reading

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Brain Tumor Battle: Brayden’s Story of Survival

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By: Melinda Yorchak, mother of Brayden On Aug. 2, 2013, we took our 6-year-old son, Brayden, to the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He had been suffering from severe headaches and dizziness for two weeks. A … Continue reading

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Energy on the Rise – Caffeine Intake in Children and Adolescents

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By Jessica Lieb, RD, LDN, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Sleek colorful cans. Celebrity endorsements. And promises to “Give you Wiiings,” “Party like a Rockstar,” “Unleash the Beast,” “Elevate your Performance,” and “Go Fast.” Or how about a nice … Continue reading

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Acne: For Some, It May Not Be a Problem That’s “Just Skin Deep”

By Robin P. Gehris, MD, FAAD, FAAP, Chief, Pediatric Dermatologic Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Now that its summer and we’ve peeled off all the layers of winter clothing, many of us are realizing that our skin could … Continue reading

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Sleeping … like a baby

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By Sangeeta Chakravorty, MD, FAASM, and Hiren Muzumdar, MD, FAASM, associate professors of Pediatrics, and co-directors of the Pediatric Sleep Evaluation Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Isn’t this the dream of every parent?  When their dearest bundle of … Continue reading

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Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Patients and Doctor Help Give New Movie “The Fault in Our Stars” Authenticity and a Pittsburgh Flavor

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By Peter Shaw, MD, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC In a past blog post, I wrote about how the 70,000 or so 15- to 39-year-olds diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Nolan’s Heart of Steel

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At one-year-old, Nolan McLaughlin has already been through more than most. Born six weeks early, Nolan was in and out of hospitals as he fought respiratory issues. On Sept. 30, 2013, at just five months old, his condition went from … Continue reading

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