Advancing Children's Health

Heatstroke Happens Faster in Children: Know the Facts, Keep Children Safe

May 22 2015

May 23 is National Heat Awareness Day. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Safety specialist, registered nurse and mom Corri Miller-Hobbs of Safe Kids Virginia wants to be sure all are aware of the following facts about this dangerous condition and committed to following the expert-recommended safety tips listed below to keep children safe. The facts about heatstroke Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that can occur when the body’s temperature rises too high as a result of excessive heat exposure and the body loses its ability to cool itself and overheats., a National Highway Safety Transportation Association website focused on children’s car safety, shares some eye-opening facts about heatstroke risks for children left... View Article

Dr. Gary Francis Leads International Task Force to Develop Treatment Guidelines for Children with Thyroid Cancer

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May 20 2015

As chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and a research collaborator with VCU Massey Cancer Center, Gary Francis, MD, PhD, practices both the art and science of caring for children. He is known among his patients and families for his child-friendly, upbeat and inquisitive bedside manner – while his international endocrine peers know him as a thought leader, researcher and educator. Dr. Francis recently led a task force commissioned by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) to develop a set of guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid nodules and cancer. The newly issued guidelines are the first and only set of recommendations that provide best practice standards for diagnosing and treating thyroid... View Article

#Shift4Health – Small Shifts – Big Benefits

May 14 2015

Shift for Health is the theme for VCU Medical Center’s exclusive medical sponsorship of Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Our participation in this important international event is a clear reflection of the world-class health care that we provide. Shift for Health will carry on long after the race is over by encouraging team members, their families and members of our community to make small shifts in their exercise, diet and lifestyle habits that will add up to big differences in their health and well-being. Meet Shift Champion – Lauren Pagac, certified pediatric nurse Lauren had a very compelling reason to improve her health—she wanted to set a good example for her 18-month-old daughter and be able to keep up... View Article

Lightning Safety – When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

May 8 2015

Each year, more than 400 people are struck by lightning in the United States and the lightning strike that occurred earlier this week at a Henrico middle school soccer game brings this safety issue close to home. The Safety and Preparedness Fact Sheet, Weather Safety – Lightning, prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross, recommends the following to be safe from lightning: Avoid the lightning threat Have a lightning safety plan. Know where you’ll go for safety and how much time it takes to get there. Make sure your plan allows enough time to reach safety. Postpone activities. Before going outdoors, check the forecast for thunderstorms. Consider postponing activities to avoid... View Article

Distracted Driving – It’s More than Just Texting

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Apr 30 2015

While as a society we’re becoming more aware of the dangers associated with texting and driving, it’s also important to keep in mind the many other distractions that can affect a driver’s concentration. For teen drivers especially, distractions are a major safety issue. Research shows that the “Under-20” age group has the greatest amount of distracted drivers. A March 2015 CNN special report also shared some surprising facts about habits common among teen drivers, including this: More than one fourth of the participants said they had changed their clothes or shoes while driving. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We encourage you to review the information below with the teen drivers – and teen passengers – in your lives so... View Article

Child Protection Team – Treating and Preventing Child Abuse

Apr 17 2015

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage support for children and families. In this blog post you’ll learn more about Shamika Byars, MSN, CPNP, a Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Child Protection Team (CPT) member who provides medical care and compassionate support for abused and neglected children. Shamika also shares insight on how we can all take part in the fight against child abuse. Q&A with Shamika Byars, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and child abuse prevention advocate What is the Child Protection Team? The Child Protection Team at CHoR is a group... View Article

Volunteer Hours Helped Define Student’s Career Path

Apr 15 2015

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re introducing you to Miriam Post, a 21-year-old junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. The bilingual psychology major began volunteering with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) her freshman year to meet required volunteer credit hours. Miriam’s ‘required’ time quickly turned into a love of working with children in the hospital setting, and ultimately helped define her career path towards becoming a child life specialist. From coloring in a child’s room to visiting the playroom for a round of board games, Miriam spends three hours a week making sure that kids come first at CHoR. “We look forward to Thursday mornings when Miriam volunteers,” said Heather Kinney, senior child life specialist at CHoR. “Play... View Article

In Season in Virginia: Strawberries

Apr 15 2015

Strawberries are in season in Virginia from April to June. It’s a great time to enjoy this nutrient-packed fruit and to add recipes featuring fresh strawberries to your family’s meal rotation. Delicious AND nutritious  One cup of sliced strawberries provides 163 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C (more than a whole orange), 12 Percent Daily Value of fiber and 9 Percent Daily Value of the B vitamin folate. Strawberries also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is found to protect the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Below are family favorite recipes and tips for enjoying this seasonal specialty recommended by Ashley Cappel, Registered Dietitian for CHoR’s Healthy... View Article

And the Award Goes to…

Apr 1 2015

Each year Richmond Magazine surveys doctors in Central Virginia, asking them to nominate their  ‘Top Doc’ peers. Over 60 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) doctors were named in the 2015 ‘Top Docs’ list, and CHoR docs accounted for 75 percent of the ‘top vote getters’ in the available pediatric categories. Certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Nancy Thompson, also was honored in the April issue for ‘giving children comfort and their parents confidence in their care’. See page 103 to read more about Nurse Nancy. Do you see one of your family’s docs on the list? 2015 ‘Top Docs’ *Denotes top vote getter in category Click the doctor’s name to view their bio. Adolescent Medicine Richard Brookman *Stephanie Crewe Genetics... View Article

Sensible Snacking: Hot Topic for Healthy Eating

Mar 31 2015

One healthy eating tip dietitians often stress to families is not to let children fill up on too many snacks or sugary drinks between meals. While appropriate snack portions and healthy snack choices can boost energy levels, supply needed nutrients, and help prevent overeating during meals, too much snacking – or snacking only on items full of sugar, sodium and fat – provides unneeded calories and can lead to pickiness at mealtimes because children simply aren’t hungry when they come to the table. In honor of National Nutrition Month, CHoR’s dietitians would like to share information on sensible snacking from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” campaign. Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return... View Article