Surgery can be a frightening experience for anyone, but for a child and their family, the level of fear and stress is often higher. Healthcare providers say reducing those anxieties in a young patient prior to surgery, can lead to a better overall outcome. That's why several leading children's hospitals are working hard to make the entire experience comfortable, familiar and even fun.
Research has shown that children who are engaged in an activity or have a distraction ahead of surgery feel more comfortable and therefore less fearful. Child experts have developed a wide variety of activities to engage children and their families before surgery and during recovery. These activities range from creating a web page about their stay, to playing games that familiarize them with their surgery. At the University of Michigan, patients often get to ride a battery-powered Hummer right into surgery. Donated by the local Hummer dealer, the miniature Hummers have started a new trend in healthcare that dealers across the country are following.
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Boston District Attorney Will Sullivan dreams of being the next great Governor of Massachusetts.... then his life is shattered when his five-year old daughter Sydney is diagnosed with a malignant tumor.
But in the twilight maze of Briarwood Hospital, nothing is as it seems.... and when Sydney miraculously goes into remission, Will suspects his beloved wife Joanna has made a terrible bargain with a mysterious counselor to save their dying child. www.alexandrasokoloff****
Child passengers, ages 12 to 16, are more likely to die in a car crash than younger children, according to a study released today in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
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Welcomed by more than 2,000 children gathered in a Stadium in Luanda, Angola, NBA star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol is here to highlight the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS. Accompanied by UNICEF staff, Mr. Gasol visited the Luanda Children's Hospital. Here many children are being treated for illnesses such as malaria, malnutrition, meningitis and HIV/AIDS. Apart from meeting their hero, these children are also here to participate in an event that leads up to the Afrobasket Tournament which will be held in Angola next month. With UNICEF’s support, the Tournament will feature a theme on HIV/AIDS prevention, and is expected to draw widespread attention from Angolan youth. Children of all ages are happy to get their photos taken with the star player, some even get the chance to play a match with him. Mr. Gasol told the children that life is stronger than AIDS, and he hopes to return to Angola one day and bring more support to fight HIV/AIDS.
Natalee was just like any other 8 year old, but one day everything changed. Docu-mini directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade.For more information and to see the entire series, go to www.pchhandprints****.
Mary was diagnosed with severe scoliosis when she was 10 years old. She had to wear a brace for nearly 5 years. For more information and to see the entire documentary series, visit www.pchhandprints****.
A troubling study in the Sept. 3 Journal of the American Medical Assoc. raises new concerns about kids committing suicide.The number of kids committing suicide in the U.S. remains higher than expected & that has doctors & parents looking for answers.
Your source for all things cause. September 17th, 2008.
-Drugs in your water.
-Documentary FLOW investigates the World Water Crisis.
-Hurricane Ike hits Texas.
-Jennifer Lopez competes in triathlon.
As something extra this week we gave our XBOX360 to the Hasbro Children's Hospital. It's a special hospital just for sick kids. We hope they enjoy it!
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*******www.mumoocie**** Mumoocie, you, your infant, child or toddler, will think you are lying next to them, sleep better at night. Parents will finally be able to sleep in their own bed at night. Memmory foam body pillow shaped to fit any body.
Despite campaigns to keep kids away from cigarettes, every day four thousand children will try smoking. Experts say they know they can’t keep every kid from smoking,but they’re not sure why some kids respond to anti-smoking programs and others don’t.
The holiday season is approaching, and in the spirit of giving and receiving,Phoenix Children's Hospital launched a funding initiative that could positively change the lives of participants and patients alike. 1 in 7 chance of winning. Distributed by Tubemogul.