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Duke in Pictures: St. Baldrick's cutting plan to raise money for pediatric cancer research
March 7, 2016
For one day of the year, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is all about cutting hair for a good cause. And Friday, dozens of individuals stepped forward at Duke Children’s Hospital to go bald to raise more than $20,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Durham baby has rare syndrome
February 28, 2016
For Elizabeth Reynolds and her husband Jeff, the pregnancy leading up to their son William's birth was uneventful. And, upon their first glimpse of him he was everything they thought he'd be - at least until doctors whisked him away for immediate testing.
Biden brings Cancer Moonshot to Duke
February 10, 2016
Invoking the aspirational spirit that put U.S. astronauts on the moon, Vice President Joe Biden visited Duke Health today as part of the national “Moonshot” initiative he is leading to advance cancer research.
Spinal implant improves quality of life for little girl with early onset scoliosis
January 20, 2016
Aubrey Parks’ parents thought their 7-year-old daughter would need at least eight surgeries over the next three years to treat her early onset scoliosis. Instead, the newly FDA-approved MAGEC rod was implanted in her back to lengthen her spine in tiny increments via remote control. This innovative technology is one of the best treatment options available for scoliosis.
Duke Medicine becomes Duke Health
January 13, 2016
Improving health has always been the ultimate goal for Duke Medicine. With this historical and overarching aspiration in mind, we are officially changing our name from Duke Medicine to Duke Health.
December 30, 2015
As we celebrate the holidays, Duke Healthy Lifestyles dietitian, Jenny Favret, discusses the evolution of the "healthy dessert" mentality. In this article, she provides information and tools you can use to help your family make sensible dessert choices.
Simo assumes new leadership role
November 3, 2013
Jeffrey C. Langdon, MHA, Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services at Duke University Hospital recently announced Jessica Simo’s promotion to Administrative Director, Duke Children’s Ambulatory Operations.
Duke launches autism research app
October 14, 2015
A team of researchers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world.
Duke opens new Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care
September 21, 2015
Deanna Adkins, an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, recently founded a new center for gender-related disorders at Duke Children’s.
3D Models Enhance Surgical Strategies
September 12, 2015
Medical imaging has improved by leaps and bounds, now allowing images to do more than appear on a flat screen. With the new technological advances, doctors can create a detailed model of a patient’s heart and hold it in their hands.
House OK's Bipartisan Stem Cell Bill
September 8, 2015
On the very first day of the fall session, the House took up and passed vital legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to continue America’s bone marrow and cord blood donor registry.
Picky Eating Linked with Psychiatric Problems in Kids, Study Finds
August 3, 2015
Picky eating, even at moderate levels, is linked with psychiatric problems, including anxiety and symptoms of depression in kids, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Superheroes Swoop In to Cheer Up Terminally Ill Patient at Duke Children's
July 25, 2015
A sick child at Duke Children's Hospital got the visit of a lifetime from a whole cast of his favorite comic book characters Saturday.
Duke Opens New Eye Treatment Center
June 29, 2015
The Duke Eye Center will open a new, four-story clinical pavilion on Monday, June 29, that adds 116,000 square feet of clinical and administrative space to serve eye patients and others.
Duke's New Muscular Dystrophy Clinic: A One-Stop-Shop
June 27, 2015
Instead of making multiple visits to different Duke Hospital buildings, 15-year-old Kelby Oakley, who has muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), now sees his specialists in one day at a single location.
Duke Medicine Separates Conjoined Twins
June 26, 2015
Vanessa Covington is happy to take her twins home from the hospital after Duke Children's surgeons separated the twins who were joined at the abdomen and shared one liver.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) names Duke Children's Certified Duchenne Care Center
June 12, 2015
Duke Children's was named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by PPMD, a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Fisher Receives Patient Advisory Council Award
June 5, 2015
Laura Fisher, co-chair of the Duke Children’s Patient-Family Advisory Council, has been selected by a committee of Children's leadership as the recipient of the 2015 Most Valuable Patient/Family Advisor (MVPFA) Award.
Robotic Arm Gives Independence to North Carolina Teen
May 29, 2015
A North Carolina teenager with muscular dystrophy gained an important measure of independence when a robotic arm was installed on his wheelchair.
A Lesson of Compassion
May 26, 2015
Nine-year-old Lauren Petty is using her therapy reimbursement check to buy stuffed animals for sick kids at Duke Children’s Hospital.
"It's Called Water"
May 20, 2015
Good nutrition isn’t only about what you eat. . .Duke Healthy Lifestyles dietitian, Jenny Favret, discusses the amount of sugar that can be found in commonly consumed beverages, as well as their impact on health. In this article, she provides information and tools you can use to help your kids make healthy drink choices and reduce sugary drinks.
Katz Honored with 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
May 12, 2015
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has honored Samuel L. Katz, MD, the Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and chairman emeritus of pediatrics at Duke University, with the 2015 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement.
New 3-D Implant Technology is Saving Limbs
April 17, 2015
"This is a tremendous breakthrough,” said Dr. Samuel B. Adams, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke University Medical Center. “It gives us so many more options that we didn't have before."
Blanda Family Continues to Raise Research Dollars After Teen's Death
April 17, 2015
A Boston Township teen who inspired his family to start a local foundation that has raised nearly $600,000 for brain tumor research has died, but his legacy continues.
New Clinic Location for Duke Children's Neuromuscular Program
March 13, 2015
The Duke Children’s Neuromuscular Program has moved its primary location to Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, located one mile west of Duke University Hospital on Erwin Road in Durham.
Baby Jax Gets Life-Saving Heart Transplant
March 10, 2015
On Tuesday morning, baby Jax got a heart transplant. “I don’t think we could ever ask for a better gift,” said Mercedes Ingram. “This is life again. This is like giving birth to a whole new baby.”
Raleigh Girl Doesn't Let Medical Issues Define Her
March 6, 2015
Born with Goldenhar syndrome, Kennedy Goodwin has undergone 19 surgeries but continues to inspire many people in her life through her resilience and “I-can-do-anything” attitude.
Family Shares Story During CHD Awareness Week
February 10, 2015
Jason Kendall's parents say their sweet 14-month-old is all boy, curious and cuddly, everything you'd expect at this age. But there are a few things that set him apart from his pint-sized peers.
Trial Cancer Drug Helps Eight-Year-Old Boy
January 29, 2015
Read about Nathan Norman's successful battle with cancer. When all other treatments had failed, Nathan's parents turned to an experimental trial medicine.
Meet the Unsung Heroes Helping to Prevent Measles
January 22, 2015
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will honor Dr. Samuel Katz for his significant and lasting contributions to public health through scientific achievement at the 2015 NFID Awards Gala on May 5, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.
Baby Waits for Heart at Duke Children's
December 30, 2014
Delaney Boone is in the fight of her life waiting for a heart. Delaney has been diagnosed with a condition that is so rare it only affects six in a million infants.
December 30, 2014
Due to a rise in influenza infections throughout the Triangle, all Duke University Health System hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers will temporarily restrict patient visitations, effective Tuesday, Dec. 30.
Stay Home or Go to School?
November 4, 2014
Let’s say your child has a low fever but is otherwise behaving normally. Do you send her to school? Clearly, a child who is vomiting or has diarrhea must be kept at home, but a fever can be a fuzzy area. It doesn’t have to be. Duke primary care pediatricians weigh in on a dilemma every parent faces.
Impact Early Childhood
November 4, 2014
Successfully preparing a child for school, the workplace and beyond is tough work for any parent. Much of that foundational work must be done within the first 2,000 days of a child’s life. Read an article from Carolina Parent about the importance of early childhood education.
Wellness Week, November 2-7, 2014
November 4, 2014
The Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program has chosen to (unofficially) change the name of 'National Obesity Week' to 'Wellness Week' and use this as an opportunity to help families choose behaviors that are proven to promote a lifetime of health. Read some tips from Healthy Lifestyles dietician, Jenny Favret, on keeping your family healthy.
October 24, 2014
Sleep terrors and sleep walking can terrify parents as well as children. Dr. Richard Kravitz offers advice on these common sleep problems.
Baby Battling Enterovirus Saved by Innovative Technique
October 24, 2014
Duke and WakeMed teamed up to save the life of this baby girl, Sophie McGehee, who was weakened by the Enterovirus D68. A life-saving technique using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), at Duke, made the difference. Watch this story if you like happy endings.
Why You May Be Eating More Trans Fat Than You Thought
October 7, 2014
Trans fat raises your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lowers your HDL ("good") (HDL) cholesterol. Duke Healthy Lifestyles dietitian, Jenny Favret, discusses trans fat and how to avoid it.
Duke Football Fighting Sickle Cell Disease
September 16, 2014
Duke Football is teaming up with Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, a nationally-ranked pediatric academic medical center, for the inaugural Score for More Sickle Cell Research and Care to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and to continue research to find successful treatments and a cure.
Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Actually Love
August 27, 2014
It’s back-to-school time, and a lot of parents are making packed lunches for their kids. Duke Healthy Lifestyles dietitian, Jenny Favret, offers quick and easy ideas to keep your kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.
Cheifetz Selected for Dual Leadership Roles
June 25, 2014
Ira Cheifetz, MD, has been appointed as Associate Chief Medical Officer for Duke University Hospital and Chief Medical Officer for Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, effective July 1.
Duke Children's Ranked in "U.S. News" Best Children's Hospitals 2014-2015
June 11, 2014
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings of America's top pediatric facilities. Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center was ranked among the top 50 nationally nine areas of specialty.
Lifetime Cancer Risk from Heart Imaging Low for Most Children
June 9, 2014
According to Kevin D. Hill, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, the benefits of heart imaging far outweigh the risks of radiation exposure, which on a per study basis are low.
Duke Appoints New Chair of Pediatrics
March 25, 2014
Duke University School of Medicine has named Ann M. Reed, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.
Duke Children's Named the 5th Best Children's Hospital in the U.S.
January 25, 2014
Duke Children's was named the 5th best Children's Hospital in the U.S. by The Daily Parent. Their summary notes: 'Connected to one of the top universities in the country, Duke Children’s Hospital marries medical innovation with a holistic approach to improving child vitality.'
Triangle Scientist Honored by White House
December 23, 2013
Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Immunology, and Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, the highest honor bestowed by U.S. Government.
For a Beaufort Teen, the Breath of Life Comes with a New Procedure
December 7, 2013
Ira Cheifetz, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, discussed a patient who learned how to walk while connected to ECMO in order to qualify for a lung transplant.
Young Duke Medicine Patients Face Treatments, Transplants with Music
December 7, 2013
Tray Batson is a music therapist at Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center. He has traveled the halls of Duke for 10 years, using his acoustic guitar and voice to bring smiles to those staying at the hospital or undergoing procedures.
Three-Fold Increase in Measles Warrants Vigilance, CDC Says
December 5, 2013
Samuel Katz, MD, professor and chair emeritus of pediatrics, and one of the measles vaccine's creators, was honored by the CDC during a press conference on the 50th anniversary of the measles vaccine.
There She Goes!
November 6, 2013
Hannah Bryant walked down the long hospital corridor on Wednesday, mask over her mouth, as Duke Hospital nurses and staff showered her with lime and purple confetti.
Twix to Tomatoes
November 2, 2013
Julia Wacker, director of community outreach for Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program, discussed the program's Halloween candy drive at the Durham and Carrboro Farmer's Markets. Kids were encouraged to bring their Halloween candy, and in exchange received vouchers to use for produce at the market.
Duke Children's Hospital Patients Unveil Artwork in Downtown Exhibit
July 20, 2013
Seven-year-old Mary Catherine Buyck stood next to a larger-than-life version of herself, a portrait decorated with swirls of paint and a bright pink cupcake on her shirt.
Duke and WakeMed Forge Pediatrics Partnership
June 26, 2013
Duke Medicine and WakeMed Health & Hospitals are partnering to form a collaboration in pediatric healthcare that will significantly enhance the care of children in Wake County and beyond.
Doctors Struggle to Save Boy's Hands
May 22, 2013
There's a very brave little boy at Duke University Medical Center right now. Five-year-old Ben Bowersox was in a horrifying freak accident and then endured one of the most complicated surgeries ever performed at Duke.
Local Child Receives Awaited Heart Transplant
April 17, 2013
Good news arrived yesterday for the Riggs family and the entire community who have rallied in support and prayer since December: a heart was found for Samantha Riggs.
Backstory: Couple Develop Apps to Help Daughter With Autism
April 15, 2013
Pete and Jennifer Minnelli recently launched two applications built to help their little girl navigate social situations.
Duke Birthing Center Earns NC “Breastfeeding Friendly” Designation
March 18, 2013
The Duke Birthing Center has been designated “breastfeeding friendly” by the North Carolina Maternity Center (NCMC), part of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and has earned three stars for its efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients.
Duke Children’s Introduces New Clinic for Kids with Rare Neurological Disorder
March 12, 2013
Children with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) now have a team of specialists dedicated to their care at the Duke AHC Multidisciplinary Clinic at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The clinic welcomed its first patient on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Waiting for a Heart
February 3, 2013
Like the tin man in “Wizard of Oz,” Samantha Riggs is searching for a heart, but she has more in common with the lion from the end of the movie — full of courage and ready to face all the obstacles in her path.
Know Concussion Risks to Protect Your Children
January 17, 2013
Carolyn Pizoli, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology, told readers of this newspaper in New York's Hudson Valley that "if you tore your ACL and your surgeon says, 'Don't walk on it for six weeks,' you'd do as the doctor says. I tell my patients that after a concussion, their brains are vulnerable to further concussions and they need to sit it out."
The Flu Shot Trifecta: Protects Mom, Fetus and Infant
January 14, 2013
If you’re pregnant and haven’t gotten a flu shot it’s time to get one, says Geeta Swamy, MD, a Duke Medicine ob/gyn who recommends pregnant women get the vaccine each year, whether their pregnancy falls before, during and even after the flu season peaks.
Kids Care Grants / Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Research Grants
January 14, 2013
Each year a portion of the net proceeds from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fund raising at Duke Children’s is allocated to the Kids Care and CMNH Research Grant funds.
Boy Battling Tumors Brings Toys for Others
December 14, 2012
A little boy battling two tumors is giving back after so many have given to him. Nathan Norman and his family delivered more than 500 Christmas bags packed with toys and Bibles to Duke Children’s Hospital on Friday.
Got Extra Halloween Candy? Send it to the Troops!
November 2, 2012
For parents looking for an alternative to their children consuming excessive amounts of candy at Halloween while engaging in a service project with their children, the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program is accepting Halloween candy in an effort to send thanks, encouragement, and sweets to our troops overseas.
First a Patient, Now a 24-Hour Dancer
October 24, 2012
Have you ever had a day when you wake up and feel too tired to get out of bed? We all dread the moment when our lack of sleep eventually catches up to us, but on this morning, Tessa Kroninger, a sophomore at Elon, understood that this tired feeling had become her new norm.
Childhood Obesity Battle Remains Major Health Concern
September 24, 2012
In a commentary, Sarah Armstrong, MD, and Meryl Kanfer, LCSW, both of the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program, suggested that parents "speak to your children about the stigma associated with childhood obesity. ... Let's begin to view the conflation of obesity with laziness and greed as the prejudice it really is."
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 6, 2012
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we are reminded that this once deadly disease now has an overall cure rate of 80 percent.
Top Doctors 2012
August 24, 2012
Twenty-seven Duke Children’s doctors were recognized as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Doctors across the country nominated their peers as those who they believe are the most worthy of referral. The most important criterion for physician selection was excellence in patient care.
Cavities a Big Problem With Kids
July 23, 2012
Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD, Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, said eating at bedtime, drinking bottled water that doesn't contain flouride and consuming surgary drinks are all cavity culprits, but the worst offender may be gummy candies, which stick between the teeth.
A Healed Heart
July 23, 2012
This article describes life-saving heart surgery that infant Thomas Purcell received at Duke Children's Hospital. His mother, Emily, is a nurse at Durham Regional Hospital.
Duke Begins Transformation to System-Wide Electronic Health Record
July 18, 2012
Duke University Health System will implement the first phase of a massive transformation of its information systems that will eventually unify electronic medical records and other data.
July 2, 2012
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Chief Scientific Officer of the Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program and Professor of Pediatrics, said that "that blood used to be thrown away, as medical waste. But it turns out that there are cells in cord blood, like stem cells, that can save lives."
CT Scans Boost Cancer Risks for Kids
June 6, 2012
Donald Frush, MD, Chief of Pediatric Radiology, said that there are still clear situations in which a CT is indicated, such as when multiple organ injury is suspected.
Duke Children's Ranked by "U.S. News" in 2012-13
June 5, 2012
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals rankings of America's top pediatric facilities in 10 pediatric specialties. Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center was ranked among the top 50 nationally in all 10 areas of specialty.
Argentinian Boy Finding Hope at Duke
June 5, 2012
Watch a video about a 10-year-old boy from Argentina with a rare and fatal genetic disorder (metachromatic leukodystrophy) who is finding hope at Duke.
National Nurses Week
May 7, 2012
National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is the perfect time to thank a nurse who made a difference in your life. Duke nurses are the backbone of its world-class health care, and are greatly deserving of recognition for their professionalism and patient-centered care.
A Nurse Who Can Say: 'Yes, I've Been There'
April 30, 2012
Read the story of Matthew Williamson, a former patient of the Duke Division of Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, who will soon go to work there as a nurse.
The Value of Saving Umbilical Cord Blood
March 14, 2012
Jessica M. Sun, MD, a pediatric blood and marrow transplant specialist at Duke Children's, explains why you might want to save your child's umbilical cord blood.
Pick Your Poison: Preventing and Treating Poison Oak and Poison Ivy Allergies
March 2, 2012
Stephanie Foley, MD, a Duke family medicine resident, explains who is susceptible to poison oak and poison ivy, how to self-treat a reaction, and when to seek medical attention.
Nutritional Fact vs. Food Marketing Fiction
February 7, 2012
Advertisers – marketing geniuses – know that we want our kids to be healthy. They recognize that there is an obesity epidemic going on among our children, and that parents are willing to pay more (as they are able) to provide their children with the best.
Preventative Care Important for Healthy Kids
February 7, 2012
As part of that strong foundation, health professionals recognize the importance of comprehensive preventive health care, which averts health problems from developing in the first place and treats problems early on to prevent long-term illnesses.
10 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress Without Using Food
January 10, 2012
When it comes to healthy stress management, what can you do as a parent to serve as a better role model for your child? Try these ten healthy ways to manage stress without using food.
Hepatitis in Children
December 22, 2012
Megan Butler, MD, an expert in pediatric hepatology at Duke, explains what hepatitis is and how it is treated.
December 13, 2012
Jenny Favret, RD is a dietician with the Healthy Lifestyles Program at Duke University. The program focuses on empowering kids and families with the skills and knowledge needed to live a life of healthy eating and active lifestyles.
New Applications of Interventional Cardiology in Children
Duke pediatric cardiologist Gregory Fleming, MD, explains exciting research in interventional cardiology and how that translates to treatments for children.
Kids Care Grants
Each year a portion of the net proceeds from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fund raising at Duke Children’s is allocated to the Kids Care Fund.
Device Could Help Tiny Hearts
Adults with heart failure have many options to help keep their hearts beating including several types of heart pumps. The same can't be said our tiniest patients.
Ronald McDonald House Breaks Ground
Ronald McDonald House Durham breaks ground on its expansion to meet the needs of more families with children at Duke Children's Hospital.
Teen Q&A: Turn Off the TV and Talk to Each Other
A session, Richard Chung, MD, Director of Duke’s Adolescent Medicine program, provides advice on some important teen health issues.
Rebuilding Smiles: Updates in Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
Jeffrey R. Marcus, MD, director of the Duke Cleft and Craniofacial Program, says that in treatment of cleft lip and palate, less really is more.
Katherine Bartlett, MD explains what bronchiolitis is and how it is treated in children.
Duke First in NC to Surgically Correct Infant Skull Deformity
Babies born with a skull deformity can get help from Duke University Hospital surgeons who are the first in the state to perform a minimally invasive procedure to fix the problem.
Fun, Sweat and Happy Tears
A sense of family teamwork is a key component of the Active Teens program, part of the Duke Children's Hospital's Healthy Lifestyles Program. Active Teens was launched in 2009 in response to the demand for a free, supervised, safe exercise program for teenagers and their families. Learn more about the Active Teens exercise program.
Pediatric pulmonologist Katharine Kevill, MD, explains the causes, symptoms, and risk factors for infant wheezing and educates parents about when to take their wheezing child to the pediatrician.
Duke Children's Ranks in All 10 Specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Best Children's Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2011-12 Best Children's Hospitals rankings of America's top pediatric facilities in 10 pediatric specialties.
Iron Deficiency Anemia in Children
Iron-deficiency anemia is a preventable illness that affects many infants and toddlers in the United States. Jennifer Rothman, MD, pediatric hematologist and associate director of the Duke Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic, explains the importance of screening for iron deficiency anemia, symptoms of the disease, and ways to prevent this illness in children.
For the Love of Christopher: A Rare Challenge
My name is Christopher Chapman, and I'm eleven years old and in the fifth grade. Would you believe that: I have never tasted sugar? I cannot eat candy? I have never tasted fruit or had a drink of milk? That’s because I have Glycogen Storage Disease Ia.
Duke Children's Hospital Success Story to be Face of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
This story features Jayla Tuner, a three-year-old girl, who received a life-saving thymus transplant at Duke Hospital to treat a rare disease that leaves babies without an immune system.
Food Allergy Awareness Week, 2011
The week of May 9-15 is set aside this year to observe Food Allergy Awareness Week to focus public attention on this growing health problem.
Podcast: Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
In this podcast, Jeffrey R. Marcus, MD, and Pedro E. Santiago, DMD, discuss Duke's Comprehensive Craniofacial Program and cleft lip and cleft palate repair.
Ronald McDonald House to Expand
Officials have announced plans to nearly double the capacity of the existing Durham facility to 55 rooms and suites in a $6.7 million project. They'll break ground later this year and complete work in early 2013.
Coughing 'til Morning, Parents Take Warning: Asthma Can Sneak Up on Some Kids
A cold, the flu, even seasonal allergies can set kids off on a coughing binge that lasts forever--or so it can seem to parents. Eventually, the nagging cough will cease. But what about the cough that really, truly doesn’t go away?
Child with Complete DiGeorge Syndrome Needs Miracle Operation
Six-month-old Seth Petreikis, after having open heart surgery at two-and-a-half weeks, was diagnosed with Complete DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare disease that leaves him with no immune system.
Holiday Stress Busters
Tips to help you relax and enjoy the holidays.
Best Doctors 2011-2012 Award Winners
More than 300 Duke physicians were named by their colleagues around the state as among North Carolina 's very best -- the doctors whom they would select for their own medical care or that of their families.
Celebrating 10 Years of the Children's Health Center
For ten years children of all ages have crossed through the doors of the McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center into a world where fear turns to hope and the darkest days become brilliant miracles.
What You Should Know About the Flu
Tony Moody, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, discusses the flu vaccine.
Thanks to the swift outpouring of donations, Miracle Mondays has already completed the first item on its checklist--a collection of Xbox video games. It now has the money in hand to paint colorful designs on the hospital's ceilings.
Duke Children's Hospital Names New Chief of Pediatric Congenital Surgery
Pediatric heart surgeon Robert D.B. “Jake” Jaquiss, MD, has been named chief of congenital heart surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital. Jaquiss will arrive at Duke in September.
Kit-Based Cord Blood Program Gives Moms New Options for Donation
A new kit-based umbilical cord blood pilot donation program under way at Duke University Medical Center could significantly expand options for mothers who want to donate their baby’s cord blood to a public bank.
Seriously Ill Children Take a Break at Camp
Camp Kaleidoscope isn't an everyday summer camp. Hosted by Duke Children's Hospital, the camp is for children with chronic and terminal illnesses, including cancer, HIV, sickle cell disease, heart disease and asthma.
Better Choices for Kids' Diets
One in five kids between ages 6 and 11 is obese, according to federal estimates, and a lot of that can be attributed to poor eating habits. Learn about five healthy diet alternatives for kids.
Hot Tips for a Fun, Healthy Summer
With summery weather finally here, everyone is looking forward to some outdoor fun. Here's some advice from Duke Medicine experts on how to enjoy the season and stay healthy at the same time.
Myth or Fact?
It takes seven years to digest chewing gum. That’s not likely, says Duke gastroenterologist Nancy McGreal, MD, who debunked this commonly heard myth.
Celebrating Nurses Week: May 6-12
Meet Rebecca Ellis, a pediatric ICU clinical nurse.
Transplant Combination a Medical First
Laura Margaret Burbach's new lungs and bone marrow came from the same donor, and this is the first time this transplant combination has been attempted.
This Year, Rosenblatt Gets the Recognition
For Edith Rosenblatt, volunteer coordinator for children services at Duke Children’s Hospital, National Volunteer Week has always been a perfect chance to recognize the many Duke and community volunteers who give their time to patients and families.
Duke Pediatrics Gets Top Marks in "U.S. News" Survey
The Duke Department of Pediatrics has been named one of the top 10 pediatric programs in the medical school specialty rankings of the annual America’s Best Graduate Schools edition of U.S.News & World Report.
Stalling the Early Birds
Amy Murtha, MD, and Ronald Goldberg, MD, are part of the Duke team working to prevent preterm labor -- and providing care for babies who do arrive early.
Even Kids Can Feel the Pain
Some 300,000 children in this country have arthritis, said pediatric rheumatologist Laura Schanberg, a professor and co-division chief of pediatric rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center.
Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk
Angels Among Us is a celebration of life, strength, courage and commitment, and has become a national event, with thousands coming from across the country to volunteer, participate, and make a difference.
Tens of thousands of co-workers, friends and families across the nation come together each year as one community for one cause. . .to help find a cure for CF. We’re looking forward to a great event in Durham in 2010!
Girls on the Run 5K and Fun Run
The 8th Annual New Balance Girls on the Run 5K & Fun Run welcomes your entire family to participate in the race activities on April 17.
New Therapy for Food Allergy Builds Tolerance Through Exposure
Researchers are applying an old principle to a new treatment for food allergy -- fight fire with fire. The technique is called oral immunotherapy, and it essentially attempts to build a child's tolerance by gradually exposing them via oral ingestion to the food proteins that typically trigger a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylactic shock.
Make Your Doctor's Day
Doctors can give you hope, turn things around, change your life. Do you have a doctor like that?
Dedicated students raise money and awareness to benefit Duke Children's.
Duke Patients Participate in Hospital Events
This article and video highlight patients in Duke’s Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program who participated in Wii bobsledding as part of the Unit 5200 Winter Olympics.
Dental Emergency: What to Do When Your Child Damages a Tooth
Protect your child's smile with these steps to prevent and care for dental injuries.
Duke Research Leads to "Extraordinary Measures" Film
When the file Extraordinary Measures debuts on January 22, it will tell the story of one man's quest to obtain treatment for his children who suffer from a rare metabolic disorder called Pompe disease.
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
Dr. Tom Lin, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Duke, explains what reflux is and what can be done about it.
Hypertension in Children
Hypertension is increasing in children. Michael J. Campbell, MD offers some tips on how to prevent it.
Media Spotlight: Cunningham on Pneumonia in Children
Coleen Cunningham, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, talks about pneumonia's fatal effect on children.
Duke Dance Marathon's Halloween Showcase
Join us on Friday, October 30th from 7-9pm to help raise awareness and generate enthusiasm for next spring's Duke Dance Marathon.
Although Halloween is a time for fun and treats, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are injured while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year.
Infant Pulmonary Function Testing
Stacey Peterson-Carmichael, MD, of Duke Department of Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine Division explains what we need to know about this test.
A Quest for Peace Recognized
Bobbie Caraher has worked for peace her entire adult life. But unlike many peace activists, she is not involved in religion or politics. Caraher cares for people. Period.
Flu Preparedness Advice
Learn how to stay well this flu season and what to do if you get sick.
Bike Helmet Safety
Kimberly Bailey, Injury Prevention Coordinator for Duke University Hospital, shares tips about the importance of wearing a helmet and what to consider when selecting a helmet.
Preventing and Treating Group B Streptococcus
For the last 10 years it has become customary to test--and treat mothers who are positive--for Group B infection, which can be a serious infection in newborns if not treated. Dr. Robert Lenfestey, an expert in neonatology, describes this condition and its treatment.
Eyeing Smaller, Faster, Smarter Ear Implants
This article on advancements in cochlear implant technology, and the advantages of implanting them as early as possible in children born deaf, quotes Debara Tucci, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of the Duke Cochlear Implant Program.
Swine Vaccine Trials Underway
This article on Duke University Hospital beginning tests on an H1N1 flu vaccine has comments from Emmanuel "Chip" Walter, MD, Director of Duke's Clinical Vaccine Unit. Walter said it is too early to know how the vaccine is working, but he hopes to have results within a few weeks.
Dealing With School Stress
In this video report, Michelle Bailey, MD, Medical Instructor in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics and Director of Education at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, talks about helping kids cope with back-to-school stresses using mindfulness. "Tying this to things you do every day, like just noticing your breathing, triggers the relaxation response which can help offset the symptoms of anxiety," Bailey said.
Transition Health Care
Jane Trinh, MD, of Duke Med/Peds Primary Care describes transitional health care and answers common questions about it.
Healthy Eating on the Road
More people are expected to take their vacations on the road this summer thanks to cheaper gas prices and the troubled economy. According to AAA estimates, car travel should increase by 3 percent as roughly 27 million Americans put the pedal to the metal. Find out how to eat healthy when you travel.
When Should Your Child See a Cardiologist?
Your pediatrician or family doctor may refer your child to see a pediatric cardiologist for many different reasons. Pediatric cardiologists have special training in diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects and other problems affecting the heart in infants, children, and adolescents.
How to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Sporting Life
While preventing injuries in active kids is almost impossible, William E. Garrett Jr., MD, PhD, orthopaedic surgeon and team physician for the Duke and U.S. national soccer teams, offers some advice for keeping mishaps to a minimum.
Experimental Ear Surgery Proves Effective for Some
Sophia Crist's procedure at Duke Children's Hospital used a carbon dioxide laser beam to smooth a bubble of tissue on her ear drum. The procedure lasted less than 10 minutes. When she awoke, her hearing was immediately better, and she had little pain.
Rice Gets First Sherman Surgery Professorship
Henry E. Rice, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric General Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, has been named the first recipient of the Paul H. Sherman, MD, Associate Professorship in the Department of Surgery.
Powerball Winners Make a Difference
Paul and Sue Rosenau have donated an initial $250,000 to Duke Medicine to establish the Legacy of Angels Fund in their granddaughter's honor. It supports the ground-breaking research of Duke's Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, a world leader in the use of umbilical cord transplantation from unrelated donors to combat disease, including Krabbe disease.
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OT in the NICU
Occupational Therapists in the NICU helps protect fragile babies from excessive or inappropriate sensory aspects of the environment, and assists the family in fostering optimal development for their baby.
Bacterial Infection or Virus?
Dr. Betty Staples, one of our primary care physicians and director of Duke's Pediatric Residency Program gives us some advice on how to tell the difference between these two types of infection.
Surgeons Repair Fetus' Heart
Guided by sophisticated imaging machines, doctors at Duke University Medical Center performed a tricky intervention on a fetus' heart, which was critically malformed and lacked proper channels for blood flow.
Studies Show Children Can Complete Treatment for Peanut Allergies and Achieve Long-Term Tolerance
A carefully administered daily dose of peanuts has been so successful as a therapy for peanut allergies that a select group of children is now off treatment and eating peanuts daily, report doctors at Duke University Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Dr. Robert Fitch, an orthopaedic surgeon at Duke, gives us insight into scoliosis and what steps may need to be taken.
A Remarkable Young Man
Like many children, Kyle Street traveled across the country to seek treatment at Duke Eye Center. Street, from northern Indiana, came to Durham nine years ago, at age 6, for treatment of glaucoma.
A Rare Challenge, A Rare Chance
Jeffrey Marcus, M.D., surgical director of Duke Children’s Hospital, talks about a baby born with omphalocele, a condition in which a baby’s organs are outside of their body, who recently underwent successful corrective surgery.
Care for Kids' Hearts
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center opened the state’s first pediatric intensive care unit (PCICU) tailored to the special needs of young cardiac patients on January 7, 2009.
Young Patients Stay Connected
Patients at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center will have an easier time staying connected to the outside world via the Internet , thanks to Bringing the Outside World Inside (BOWI) Foundation.
What's the Fuss About Ear Infections?
Dr. Martha Snyder, a primary care pediatrician at Duke, explains what ear infections are and how they happen.
Brooding Teen Girls
Teenage girls actually brood more than their male counterparts, with negative psychological consequences. A recent study found that girls are more likely to ruminate on negative events, making them more vulnerable to depression in adolescence than boys.
Smart Ways to Manage Kids' Food Allergies
Wesley Burks, MD, Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Duke University, is quoted in this U.S. News & World Report blog entry about the increasing number food allergies among children. “You want to have a healthy respect for the disease,” he said. “But you don’t need to let it control your family’s lives, either.”
Childhood Vaccination Schedules
Emmanuel (Chip) B. Walter, MD, MPH, describes when and why your child should get vaccinations.
Vaccines and Autism
Samuel L. Katz, MD, co-creator of the measles vaccine and Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics discusses the truth about the relationship between vaccinations and autism.
Back to School
For approximately 24 million children across the country, the school day begins and ends with a ride on the bus. Statistics show that traveling to school by bus is one of the safest modes of transportation.
Olympic Fever Spreads to Duke Children's
Olympic fever has spread to a group of children at Duke Children's Hospital. They're competing in their own Olympic games during the next two weeks.
Childhood Acne Treatments
Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence and affects more than 85 percent of teenagers.
Go Dancin' For Duke Children's Hospital
Come out and dance your cares away with the South Wing Band on Saturday, August 9, at "Dancing for the Duke Kids," a benefit concert to help the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.
Sting-Free Summer Days
Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects are more than just pests; they can carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease and the West Nile virus.
Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. But before you and the kids rush out and start pedaling, there's an important factor that you need to consider--safety.
Pediatric Intensive Care
The workings of a hospital can be a bit of a mystery to patients. Parents particularly are interested about what's going on when their child is admitted into an intensive care unit.
Tips for Healthy Summer Eating
As kids kick back for summer, Duke experts provide parents with the facts about nutritional obstacles that can derail their best efforts.
U.S. News Ranks Duke Children's Among Nation's Best
U.S. News & World Report once again recognized Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center as one of the nation's top children's hospitals.
When to Worry About Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
It is not uncommon for a young child to have a urinary tract infection (UTI). Parents frequently ask how much of a problem this will be for their child in the future.
Big Packs On Little Backs
Like little sherpas, each school children dutifully tote their backpacks, stuffed with books and papers and a student's daily necessities.
Make It a Safe Summer
Warm weather has arrived--get the safety tips and resources you need to keep your kids safe this summer.
Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents
Chest pain is a common complaint in children and adolescents. Chest pain is often perceived as “heart pain” both to children and their parents, and it can cause a lot of emotional and physical upset. However, chest pain in children is very rarely due to a heart problem and most often arises from a less worrisome source.
Celebrating Our Nurses
National Nurses Week is from May 6th through the 12th, and nurses across the country are being honored for their countless contributions to patients every day.
Healthy Lifestyles Program: The Answer to Childhood Obesity
Dr. Sarah Armstrong is a pediatrician at Duke Children's who is the leader of Duke’s Healthy Lifestyles Program. The program tries to educate the child and family about a new way of coping in this time of plenty. It is a way to find the answer to “what can we do to help our child who is overweight?”
Every year in the United States, some 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects. Today, advances in care are helping patients of any age to not just survive--but thrive.
New Findings on Teens and Antidepressant Use
A major Duke-led study has shed new light on the best way to help the estimated 2 million American teenagers suffering from depression -- and more such guidance is on the way.
Protecting What's Precious
Millions of young lives have been saved in large part by the pioneering work of Samuel Katz and Catherine Wilfert. Now the longtime Duke pediatricians have created a legacy to help save billions of young lives still at risk around the world.
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