Newborn FAQ


Healthy, full-term newborns are some of my favorite people! To many new parents, however, they can be quite confusing.

Here are the some of the most frequently asked questions I get about newborns: Full Entry »

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All kids with cancer deserve a fighting chance

This blog was co-authored by Giovanni Caforio, M.D. and David G.Poplack, M.D.

The numbers are compelling. The lives lost are absolutely heartbreaking.

In Africa, more than 100,000 children will develop cancer this year, and the vast majority will die as they have little access to diagnostic and treatment services. This is a stark contrast to high-income countries where 80 percent of pediatric cancer patients will survive. And while global public attention has been largely and understandably focused on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculous, cancer kills more people in many poor countries than all of these terrible diseases combined. Full Entry »

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Norovirus 101


What is norovirus?

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes acute gastroenteritis. Following introduction of rotavirus vaccination, norovirus has become the most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults and children. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. It happens when a person’s stomach and intestines get infected with a virus. Both adults and children can get viral gastroenteritis. The Center for Disease Control estimates norovirus to be responsible for 19-21 million illnesses, including 50,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations as well as 570 to 800 child deaths every year in the U.S. alone. Anyone can get infected with norovirus and become sick. Full Entry »

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Anaphylaxis: Be prepared!


Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. It affects multiple body systems including the skin, gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular system. Symptoms can start within seconds or minutes of exposure to the allergic trigger and progress rapidly. Full Entry »

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Our congenital heart defect story: Part 3

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Every Friday during National Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Month each member of Hayes’ family will share their story and how they have been impacted by his diagnosis. 

My youngest brother, Hayes, was diagnosed with a heart defect when he was born two years ago. His heart defect was called Transposition of the Greater Artery, or TGA. Full Entry »

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