Posts By: akunicky

Telemedicine Benefits Pediatric Patients in Colombia with Heart Disease

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For the past eight years, children with complex congenital heart disease at Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV) have received a second set of eyes from telemedicine specialists at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The program consists of teleconsultations between experts at Children’s Hospital and cardiologists, surgeons and intensivists of the FCV’s Cardiovascular Institute. Doctors… Read more »

Children’s Hospital and United Way’s fitUnited Expand HOST Program

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Local youth-serving agencies adopt healthier practices United Way’s fitUnited joined with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for the second year to implement the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) guidelines within local agencies. What started with just 12 sites in 2016 has increased in 2017 to 59 sites, impacting nearly 6,500… Read more »

Obesity is Associated with Airway Dysanapsis in Kids With or Without Asthma

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One of my main research interests is on childhood asthma, and in particular why and how obesity can make childhood asthma more severe. A few years ago we reported that obese children with asthma do not respond well to inhaled steroids, the main controller medication for asthma. In a recent study published in the American… Read more »

Stress Relief for Parents

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We all carry some amount of stress every day in our life no matter who we are.  For many, the HOURS spent with family members during the holidays are pure stress, the bills continue to stack up, there’s no money between paychecks, and your work life balance is overwhelming. Sound familiar? No matter our stress… Read more »