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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:32pm
  Do you ever feel as though there is not enough time in the day? Or the night? I am right there with you, friend     I often think back to the days when I had young children, was trying to get through fellowship, start an academic career, take care of my household, cook, clean, study and even get...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 08/22/2015 - 8:19pm
                                                          Mark Schaefer, the person who has had the single biggest influence upon  me as a blogger and a member of the social media community, recently published a blog post entitled: Why this is the most difficult (and fun!) time to be in marketing...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:12am
Did you know that May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness month? The most common time for strokes to occur in young people is actually before or during birth. Strokes can occur in as many as one in 3,000 births. Although you may know some signs of stroke to look for in adults, the signs of a stroke in a...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 7:56pm
When can we say goodbye to meningococcemia? This is the second chapter in the series on the pain and suffering caused by  vaccine preventable diseases. The suffering I hope most of you will never have to experience. The pain that physicians of my generation know all too well, and the pain that some...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:27pm
His name was James Robert, but his parents called him JimBob.   He had always been healthy. He had had the usual number of childhood colds and respiratory illnesses, but had never been hospitalized before now. An active, talkative, engaging child who would be starting kindergarten in a couple of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:56pm
Vaccine preventable diseases It occurred to me as the measles discussion has been progressing on social and traditional media that we would not have been having this conversation 50, 40, or even 30 years ago. Parents for the most part would have rushed to have their children vaccinated against any...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:22pm
It’s a small, small world: especially when it comes to the spread of infectious diseases   (My thoughts and a few video clips on the measles outbreak) Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard about the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:56pm
I delievered this talk on January 22, 2015 to everyone who works for and/or with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital. I have done this every year since I have been at Carilion (starting with FY 2008). Our fiscal year ended on September 30, 2014, and thus this talk predominantly covered events...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:56pm
Many of us in pediatrics were looking forward to the new show, the Red Band Society to demonstrate the issues involved in providing healthcare to kids. Many of us at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital were ecstatic that our local Fox affiliate, Fox 21/27 decided to run a series of videos about...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:55pm
If you are alive and connected to any media source, no doubt you have seen or heard reports about a “new” virus that is infecting children by the hundreds.  Parents and others are worried. Will this infect my child, and how sick will he or she be from it? The first thing I need to say is that there...