Southwest Virginia

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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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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child abuse

On Wednesday, July 13, I was interviewed by Lindsey Ward of WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke about an article that had appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday.

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host a lemonade stand; help children

This is for everyone in the Roanoke area, and soutwest Virginia, WE NEED YOUR HELP

Anthem LemonAid Kids Helping Kids--Host a Lemonade stand July 15-17, and generate donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals--which leads to direct support for the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital

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a child alone with a dying woman

Seems like I am on a roll; shedding every piece of protective gear I might have. 

Shortly after I wrote my last post, which explains the origin of my drive to overcome challenges, I realized (and it seems to be for the first time, as hard as that will be for you to believe) where my passion for enhancing family-centered care for hospitalized children came from.

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