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

Dr. Gary Francis  Pediatrics
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