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Kids (Page 18)

Keep up with your kid’s health: Find healthy snacks, injury prevention tips, sleep advice, family wellness, heart-warming stories of brave pediatric patients facing down disease. Get expert advice from our pediatric specialists.

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Toddler Keeps Dancing Despite Childhood Leukemia
Kids 5/20/2014

A diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) meant two and a half years of chemotherapy for little Anna Pitts. [caption id="attachment_8341" align="alignright" width="300"] Anna Pitts laughs with her big sister Grace.[/caption] Her parents Krissy and Rob knew UVA was a short drive away from their Free Union home. It was…

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Battle Building: Doctor Visits Made Easier for Kids
Kids, Videos 4/24/2014

Laura Robinson is beyond excited. As a mother whose son has multiple medical needs, she cannot wait until the Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital opens in June. “It is just going to be wonderful to go to one place and have everybody under the same roof in an awesome new…

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Book Review: “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”
Kids 3/6/2014

Mary A. Sullivan coordinates community advocacy, education and outreach efforts for the Teen Health Center. She’s provided health education to local students and parents for over 20 years. Here she reviews a recent book about social media and teens. Cold and blustery days give me time to catch up on…

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The Magic Week: Waiting for a Healthy Baby
Kids 2/26/2014

To many women, having a baby at 37 weeks may seem about the same as having the baby at 39 weeks. Why endure another two weeks of backaches and swelling when you could induce labor? [caption id="attachment_7994" align="alignright" width="300"] Babies born at 37 weeks are more likely to require NICU…

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Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine
Kids 1/6/2014

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012, 13,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed and 7,000 died, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). These rates have dropped sharply in the past 40 years, thanks to pap tests that help healthcare providers catch and treat precancerous…

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Kids Need to Be Kids: Even in the Hospital
Kids 12/17/2013

I am constantly intrigued by all the different things people do at a hospital. From social workers to computer experts, all kinds of people contribute to the workings of a hospital. When you look beyond the direct care provided by doctors and nurses, you find a broad and complex network…

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Shed the Stereotypes: What Does an Eating Disorder Really Look Like?
Kids 11/6/2013

Holly Ford, Health System writer, contributed this post. Holly writes about her own 9-year-old daughter's struggle with anorexia in UVA's family health magazine Vim & Vigor. With a big push from the White House, the U.S. has undertaken a crusade to end childhood obesity. Many states, including Virginia, have adopted…

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Summer Reading for Parents of Teens
Kids 7/18/2013

Mary A. Sullivan coordinates community advocacy, education and outreach efforts for the Teen Health Center. She’s provided health education to local students and parents for more than 20 years. Here she offers some of her favorite books for parents of teens. Parenting teens can be exhilarating and harrowing. [caption id="attachment_6931"…

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The 20-Week Ultrasound: More than Pink Cupcakes and Blue Drinks
Kids 6/24/2013

For many expecting parents, week 20 is the best part of the pregnancy. That’s when they get an ultrasound that can reveal the baby’s sex. And if the baby cooperates — that is, gets in a position to give the sonographer a clear view — excited parents begin discussing names…

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