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

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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

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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

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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

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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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