Signs of Spring

By: Todd Green, MD, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’”                                                                                                                                           – Robin Williams It’s as certain as crocuses appearing, robins returning, or pitchers and catchers reporting—it’s the sound of sneezes. If you or someone you care about has tree… Read more »

Children’s: Top-Notch Care for Both Body and Spirit

By Sharon Nanz, mother and Lindsey Nanz, daughter Background: Our daughter Lindsey was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis in September 2009, at age 13. PSC is a progressive disease that causes inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts in the liver, as well as cirrhosis. The condition gradually worsens and complications develop. The only viable treatment… Read more »

CF, in the Eyes of an 8 Year Old

By Sydney Willig Cystic Fibrosis is something I have always had.  CF is not fun.  Before school and before bed, I do my puffers, fishy mask and vest.  Before I eat anything, I have to take pills so I don’t get sick. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, I take 6 pills.  I even have… Read more »

Matisse Reid: Life Begins at Children’s

A Life without Eating Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not being able to eat anything on your plate. For Matisse Reid, eating is something she has been unable to enjoy for nearly 10 years. Born with a rare medical condition called chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo obstruction, Matisse has been fed intravenously her… Read more »