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Health Alert: Avoiding Norovirus

Jan 31 2013

By Sean McKenna, MD, Assistant Professor of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU People tend to spend more time indoors and in close quarters during the winter, which creates an environment where viruses are transmitted quickly. While news stories caution us about the flu, we are just beginning to hear about norovirus.  Here’s what parents need to know: What is norovirus? A typical norovirus infection is known as “gastroenteritis,” because it infects both the stomach and intestines. The virus is very contagious and can be passed along through saliva or feces. When someone comes into contact with the saliva or feces from an infected patient, or touches an infected surface the virus is then spread to the... View Article

One TEENS Weight Struggle Transforms into Greatest Accomplishment

Jan 24 2013

Karrah Bauserman can recall being bullied by classmates about her weight for as long as she can remember. As a child, Karrah was unable to participate in sports and activities with her fellow peers because she would quickly run out of breath. At the age of 13 she weighed her heaviest, about 200 pounds, and as her weight increased, so did the teasing. Karrah decided she had to make a change. Determined to change her life but unsure of where to start, she enrolled in Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s TEENS (Teaching, Encouragement, Exercise, Nutrition and Support), a treatment and research program focused on helping overweight teens maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Since August 2011, Karrah has been dedicated to... View Article

Expecting the Unexpected: Santiago’s Story

Jan 8 2013

Paula Belmonte had a fairly easy pregnancy until she went into preterm labor 12 weeks before her due date. Four days later, her son Santiago was born weighing 1 lb. 5 oz. and measuring 12.25 in. Paula says the next 161 days were some of the hardest she ever experienced. VCU Medical Center is a Level III, state-designated regional perinatal center – this means that together with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the hospital is uniquely staffed and equipped to expect the unexpected. This is important for moms who are high risk due to pre-term labor, chronic conditions like diabetes, genetic factors, multiples, or simply by virtue of their age. For Paula, it wasn’t just the hospital’s expertise that... View Article