Behavioral-Mental Health, Newsjacking, Norton Childrens Hospital, Norton Childrens Medical Group

Tips on talking to your kids about tragedy from Norton Children’s experts

The Rev. Rick Forest, chaplain and bereavement care coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital, and Bryan D. Carter, Ph.D., clinical pediatric psychologist at Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians offer thoughts on how to talk to kids about mass shootings. For younger children especially, find out what they already know. That way you know where they’re…

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Infectious Disease, News, Norton Childrens Hospital

Norton Children’s Hospital nationally recognized for combating overuse of antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics is a worldwide problem, reducing the drug’s effectiveness and making serious bacterial infections resistant to treatment. For its efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing, Norton Children’s Hospital has been named an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. The Infectious Diseases Society of America awards the distinction to hospitals that effectively prescribe antibiotics and combat…

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Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Splash N Dash, Teens

Splash ‘n’ Dash event honors local teen

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the passing of Max Gilpin, a local high school football player who suffered a heat stroke during a team practice. The community remembers Max’s legacy through the annual Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘n’ Dash Walk/Run, which was started in his honor five years ago. Splash ‘n’ Dash raises…

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Health & Wellness, Newsjacking, Norton Childrens Hospital, Norton Childrens Medical Group

CDC warns about disease outbreaks linked to pools

It’s finally summer. With the warm temperatures here to stay, many families are heading to swimming pools. Before you jump in, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a warning: Pools can carry many waterborne diseases, including cryptosporidiosis, an illness caused by ingesting cryptosporidium, a fecal parasite.   In fact, the CDC reports that during…

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Hospitalist, Norton Childrens Hospital, Surgery

Why would my child see a hospitalist?

There are a lot of different roles that make up a child’s care team when he or she is in a children’s hospital. A child can see nurses, nurse practitioners and any number of physician specialists. You may know what a cardiologist, surgeon or orthopedic surgeon does — but do you know what a pediatric…

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Fractures and Injuries, Hand and Upper Extremities, Hand Surgery, Norton Childrens Hospital, Orthopedics, Prevention & Wellness

How to prevent firework hand injuries

It’s fun to play with fireworks — until it’s not. Emergency departments across the country see an increase in burns and hand injuries around the  July Fourth holiday. Charity S. Burke, M.D., hand surgeon with Norton Louisville Arm & Hand, has treated such fireworks injuries. Norton Louisville Arm & Hand The skilled surgeons with Norton…

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Back to School, Norton Childrens Hospital, Norton Childrens Medical Group

School and Sports Physicals on Your Schedule

Many elementary, middle and high school students start new sports seasons when they return to school in August. For most, an annual exam, known as a “sports physical,” must be completed before participating in sports. Although back-to-school is a busy time for families, seeing a specialist in children’s health can ensure your child is ready…

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Kentucky Poison Control Center, Norton Childrens Hospital, Prevention & Wellness

Poison control center: 65 years of preventing illness and death

The Kentucky Poison Control Center of Norton Children’s Hospital has been working to reduce illness and death from poisoning in Kentucky for 65 years. The center provides 24/7 free and confidential access to specially trained nurses, pharmacists and physicians. The nurses are nationally certified specialists in poison information, and the physicians are board certified in…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiomyopathy, Ebstein Anomaly, Fontan Procedure, Glenn Procedure, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Ventricular Septal Defect

Collaborative heart care helps Indiana boy’s Ebstein anomaly

Audrey Sims’ first clue that her twins’ birth would be complicated came at 14 weeks of pregnancy, when a routine ultrasound found that one of her sons, Aiden, had a blocked lymph node, which can increase the risk of miscarriage. Audrey’s OB/GYN at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana, referred Audrey and her husband, Andrew,…

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Cancer, Clip for Kids, Hematology, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories

Music therapy gives young cancer patient new joy

When acute lymphoblastic leukemia took away Lana Dobson’s greatest love — gymnastics — she was left with a void she thought she would never fill. From age 4, gymnastics was Lana’s life. She practiced six days a week and excelled in competitions. By age 8, she was on a path to compete nationally, with her…

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Childrens Hospital Foundation, Neurosciences, Norton Childrens Hospital, Orthopedics, Patient Stories, Trauma

A mother’s effort to prevent kids’ head injuries with bike helmets

Nine years ago, at age 7, T.J. Floyd lost his independence just as he was discovering it. His parents, Heather and Bo, lost the child they knew — and all the dreams and aspirations they had for him. But out of tragedy, they found a purpose. And they have new dreams and aspirations for their…

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Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital

How does the heart beat?

How does your heart beat? Your heart beats because of the actions of a highly specialized electrical system. It listens in to what’s going on with you at the time and triggers the muscular walls of the heart to contract in an organized fashion and at the right heart rate, either slow or fast, and…

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