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About akunicky

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

What a Difference 24 Months Can Make

By Micah Walton, father of Hannah Walton About two years ago, all seemed well as we were registering our 18-year-old daughter, Hannah, for college in Ohio where we live. She had not been feeling well, but we didn’t think it … Continue reading

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Pertussis Vaccines for Expecting Mothers: Protecting the Health of Newborn Babies

By Dr. Sharon Cowden, CCP–Pittsburgh Pediatrics; Dr. Mark Diamond, CCP–South Hills Pediatric Associates; and Dr. Mike Green, Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital Pregnant women should get the pertussis vaccine (commonly known as whooping cough vaccine) during the third trimester of pregnancy, … Continue reading

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Bus Safety Tips as New School Year Gets Under Way

By Chris Vitale, Injury Prevention Manager, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC As summer vacation has ended, we want to make sure families and drivers are cautious about kids riding the bus to and from school. School buses are one … Continue reading

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Powering Up School Lunches: A Back-to-School Guide the Whole Family Can Enjoy

By: Kim Autore, MS, RD, LDN, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC It’s that time of year again — time for kids to go back to school! Whether you have small children, or teenage boys and girls heading into their … Continue reading

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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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