Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned, by Maureen Morrell and Ann Palmer Two mothers share the experiences and practical guidance they've learned while parenting children at opposite extremes of the autism spectrum. Read "Arresting autism".
Taking Cancer to School, by Cynthia Henry This story is about a boy who returns to school after leukemia treatment. Read a first-hand account from a Children's patient.
Epilepsy: the Ultimate Teen Guide, by Kathlyn Gay Gay looks at epilepsy's impact on teens, including the challenges of school, work, driving, dating and sports. Read "Catching the lightning"
Into the Minds of Babes, by Lisa Guernsey A science journalist and mother, Guernsey encourages parents to balance TV-watching with play and bonding time. Read "Media myth-busters"
Families travel from the Midwest—and as far as the Middle East—to seek care at Children's Hospital Boston. But finding affordable accommodations near the hospital has long been a challenge. Today, there's a new option: The Yawkey Family Inn, just a short walk from the hospital.
Opened on June 1, the inn offers 22 bedrooms, nearly doubling the hospital's family housing. That extra space is critical, as the hospital receives as many as 50 requests a day for housing assistance.
Once a grand old Victorian, the house became a Northeastern University fraternity house that fell into disrepair. Renovation efforts, led by Children's Hospital Trust's Next Generation Developers' Task Force, took more than a year. And it took a community of support—with gifts from the Yawkey Foundation, the Family Inn Foundation, the Corkin Family and many individuals—to make it possible. Corporate support from BJ's Wholesale Club, Bob's Discount Furniture, NSTAR, Lowe's and others outfitted the house with furniture, appliances, linens and even a stocked pantry.
Read more at childrenshospital.org/kentstreet
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A Children's patient goes back to school after treatment for leukemia
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A qualified yes. The eye depends on vitamin A for production of visual pigments, and carrots are a good source of it. Severe vitamin A deficiency can lead to vision problems, such as night blindness. However, if you have an adequate supply of vitamin A in your diet—and almost everyone does—then more carrots will not make you see better.
—Lois Smith, MD, PhD,
The National Association for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research surprised many last year when it reported that the most dangerous sport for young female athletes wasn't a contact sport, but cheerleading. Indeed, cheerleading accounted for 65.1 percent of serious injuries among female athletes over the past 25 years. Michael O'Brien, MD, fellow in Sports Medicine at Children's, weighs in.
Q: Why is cheerleading so dangerous?
A: The more complex and riskier maneuvers in cheerleading are called stunting, which has moves similar to gymnastics. The big difference, however, is that gymnastics is done on padded surfaces, instead of the hardwood gym floors, school tracks or football fields where cheerleading is performed. Also, given the risks involved, there isn't as much oversight as there usually is in traditional high school and college sports. Unless stunting techniques are closely monitored and instructed, the risk of catastrophic injury for these young athletes will remain high.
Read the entire Q&A about cheerleading and the rise of another risky sport: mixed martial arts
of American homes have a TV on all or almost all of the time that people are at home
half-minute commercials are watched by a child every year
of children under 2 watch TV
The most popular baby shower gift are Baby Einstein DVDs—which are marketed as educational, but show no benefits
acts of violence and 18,000 murders are witnessed in media by children by age 18
For more on this topic, read Media myths-busters
Learn more at askthemediatrician.org
—Allison Scobie MD, MS, director of Children's Child Protection Team, on shaken baby
syndrome (SBS), which has increased dramatically during the economic downturn
Read a first-person account written by the mother of a child with shaken baby syndrome (SBS)
Read a Q&A on SBS and how it can impact children and families