Children's Healthcare

would you help me?

Last month we shared a lot of information about vaccines and their pros and cons. In a twitter chat, I met folks around the country interested in helping people understand the importance of vaccinating themselves and their children. I have communicated with parents and others about their need to know and understand more than is typically able to be shared during a well child visit at the primary care provider office. And just recently, one of the foremost pediatric practices in the Roanoke valley announced they would no longer be willing to care for patients who refuse to vaccinate or who want to significantly change the vaccination schedule.

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too close to home?

This is a story about failure and disappointment; hope and encouragement; and whether we can ever really know someone's true character. First a bit of background (feel free to skip this section if you want to get right to the meat of the story)

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swine-origin influenza A

Two cases of swine-origin influenza have been reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report--a CDC publication.

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measles on TV

This photo was taken Monday afternoon (8/22) while I was waiting to be interviewed on the set of WDBJ channel 7.

We were discussing the recent potential exposure of passenger on an Amtrak train to a person who may have had measles. The anchor talked with me about the issues involved, but I didn't have much time to really explain stuff. I hope I made it clear that there was NO association between measles vaccines and autism, but I know some folks get really incensed about that issue--even though there is NO connection that has ever been demonstrated.

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how adults can save children's lives

We are over half-way through August--"vaccine awareness month" and you are probably tired of hearing me preach about the value of immunization.

This has been a rather eye-opening month for me, as through my Twitter activity I have come to know a number of health care providers, social media enthusiasts and educators who are all invested in improving the rate of vaccination in the population.

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treating the economy

I blog about patients, physicians and hospital systems. We converse about children, my foibles and occasionally my love of wild birds. Recently we have chatted a bit about Twitter. But the economy??

This morning I was listening to an interview on NPR with the Washington Chief of The Economist (a London publication), who was talking about how the dollar is used as the international currency, and how that benefits the USA, and what might happen if THAT competitive advantage should go away, as part of our current economic stress.

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my most significant mentor

I was delighted to be flipping through the pages of "Rochester Medicine" a publication of the University of Rochester School of Medicine (where I did my pediatrics residency), not really expecting to find anything of interest, when, near the end of the magazine my eye caught the visage of a man who had a significant positive impact in my life, and the lives of countless children throughout the world.

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The joys of (grand)motherhood

  As a pediatrician and a mother, I take an extreme joy in seeing children develop and grow; even moreso, I derive great pleasure in being able to share in even a small way as an adult optimizes a child's potential.

Lots has been written about the joys of being a grandparent.

I am not different from the usual grandmother (or in my case Uuma), but I have taken such joy in watching my oldest daughter engage her son, optimizing his interactions with the world, that I am nearly beside myself. It is so heartwarming to see your own progeny being the "right" kind of mother. I wish I could share her with the world.

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