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Personal autism experience helps physician connect with his patients

For the past 25 years, Gregory N. Barnes, M.D., PhD. has worked with thousands of families to help diagnose, adapt to and overcome autism. Autism is personal to Dr. Barnes, whose son, Joshua, was diagnosed […]

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Neonatologist champions follow-up clinic for NICU graduates

When Hannah R. Fischer, M.D., neonatologist with Norton Children’s Neonatology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, was doing her pediatric residency, it was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where she found her […]

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Twin gets pacemaker for congenital heart block

The Jackson family discovered the first surprise of their second pregnancy at their scheduled 14-week appointment: They were having twin boys. A few days before Christmas 2017, the family went for the 20-week anatomy scan, […]

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Plenty of allergens and severe weather can mean thunderstorm asthma

Warm temperatures in Louisville and Southern Indiana bring severe weather and a jump in allergens like pollen. For some, that may mean a risk of “thunderstorm asthma.” Thunderstorm asthma occurs when strong winds and rain […]

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When should I take my child to the hospital?

You’re not alone if you’ve wondered “When should I take my child to the hospital?” after your child has experienced an illness or injury. Having that kind of doubt is OK; no parent likes to […]

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Kentucky’s child abuse rate outranks rest of country for third year in row; Indiana leads nation in deaths

For the third year in a row, Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the country. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2019” report — released this year […]

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Child with SMARD1 thriving with 5-in-1 home ventilator

The day before Thanksgiving 2018, the Howell family was traveling from Louisville to Frankfort to visit relatives. During the drive, 4-week-old Brooks started crying. It was the beginning of the family’s journey with the rare […]

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Sickle cell crisis prevention for children

Sickle cell crisis prevention is important for families of children with sickle cell disease. A sickle cell crisis can come on suddenly, causing great pain for hours up to several days, as the sickled red […]

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Spina bifida challenges suit spine surgeon with engineering background

Rolando M. Puno, M.D., spine specialist with the Norton Children’s Spina Bifida Clinic and Norton Leatherman Spine, likes solving difficult challenges. Patients from around the world have come to Dr. Puno for surgery and treatment […]

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Getting kids checked after COVID-19 and before resuming sports

Exercise after recovering from COVID-19, even in kids who had mild symptoms or no symptoms, can be risky, especially since the coronavirus can strike at the heart muscle. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids, […]

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Signs of childhood leukemia

Signs of childhood leukemia are also symptoms of other common childhood illnesses. Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children –– 1 in 3 children with childhood cancer have leukemia. Many of the […]

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Teen receives newer cystic fibrosis treatment that improves lung function

Erica Kelley was living in Arizona in 2007 when her son, Samuel, was born. Sam received his newborn screening before leaving the hospital, as is required in most states in the U.S. The screening indicated […]

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What is a child life specialist?

Getting a life-changing diagnosis, such as cancer, can create fear, uncertainty and stress for a child and their family. Child life specialists are professionals who provide emotional support and education and help children and their […]

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You can now get fast and accurate COVID-19 tests for kids

COVID-19 testing for kids is now fast and accurate — important considerations as children may need to show proof of a negative test before resuming many activities. Recent breakthroughs have made polymerase chain reaction (PCR) […]

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$550,000 grant turns concrete space into healing garden

What used to be an empty concrete space at Norton Children’s Hospital has been transformed into a beautiful healing garden for families to enjoy thanks to $550,000 in funding from the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. […]

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