What a Wonderful Staff!

By Mike Gallagher, father of Meghan Gallagher It was almost two weeks ago when my 15-year-old daughter, Meghan, was rushed to the emergency room of UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. She was in so much abdominal pain she could not even walk. Her intestinal track was in so much distress that her body was shutting… Read more »

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

By: Anne Marie Kuchera, MS, MA, LPC, RD at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC If you watch the news, read the newspaper, or surf the Web, then you likely are aware of our nationwide childhood obesity crisis.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of young people in the United… Read more »

Back to School with…Anticipation?

By: Ann Condon-Meyers, RD LDN at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC As any parent of a school-age child is well aware, it’s officially “back-to-school” season.  Like holidays and birthdays, this time of year hands parents a looming deadline. In response, we scramble to meet the demands of our schools, the pleas of our children,… Read more »

Accessing Health Care on College Campuses 101

By: Loreta Matheo, M.D., Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Across the country, parents are busy buying sheets for XL twin beds and college bound students are thinking about educational courses to take and friendships to make.  The time on college campuses is filled with many stimulating activities and opportunities and… Read more »

Immunizations and Getting Ready for School

By: Marian Michaels, MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Division of Infectious Diseases Summer is going by quickly! While it is hard to believe, it is time to start thinking about getting your children ready for the school year and is the perfect time to get your child’s vaccines updated. Getting vaccinated is one… Read more »