What are brain tumor symptoms in kids?

Brain tumors are growths of abnormal cells that occur in the brain or the tissue or structures near it. Brain tumors can be invasive (destroying nearby tissue or travelling to other spots in the body) […]

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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 […]

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Ways to support kids at Norton Children’s Hospital this holiday season

The season of giving is officially upon us, and there are plenty of ways you can support children who need your help. Donations to the not-for-profit Children’s Hospital Foundation support Norton Children’s Hospital and may […]

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Why do babies wear helmets?

Have you ever seen a baby in headgear and wondered, but didn’t want to ask mom “Why do babies wear helmets?” Also called a cranial orthotic, helmet therapy is a type of treatment prescribed for […]

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Palestinian girl receives lifesaving Apert syndrome surgery

Ian Mutchnick, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, spends most of his days saving young lives at Norton Children’s Hospital. But in 2015, he was 6,239 miles away, donating his time to provide free neurosurgical care to kids […]

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Laser ablation treatment now available for kids with epilepsy, brain tumors

Norton Children’s Hospital has joined an elite group of pediatric hospitals with a real-time, thermal imaging and laser system to treat epilepsy, uncontrollable seizures and deep brain tumors. The technology, called Visualase, allows doctors to […]

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What is Treacher Collins syndrome? Ask an 11-year-old

Victoria Dicken is no stranger to challenges. The 11-year-old girl from Louisville has Treacher Collins syndrome. “I’ve lost count of how many surgeries I’ve had,” Victoria said. “At least 20.” Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare genetic […]

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What it’s like to be a kid with a ‘stupid tumor’

Sleep had never come easy to me. I went to bed happy and tired. My parents tucked me in and I closed my eyes. But nothing happened. I could not sleep. I felt yucky. I […]

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The ‘silver lining’ of cancer treatment

Feb. 27, 2007, is a date that will be engrained in my mind forever. It was the day I found out I had cancer. I had a brain tumor and hydrocephalus, and had to get […]

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Avoid a pain in the brain

Big or small. Child or grownup. Vanilla or chocolate. It doesn’t discriminate, and it hits faster than a jab from Muhammad Ali — it’s brain freeze. That ice cream-induced headache can quickly bring an otherwise […]

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Concussions in kids worse than thought?

You don’t normally see soccer players wearing head protection. But for 15-year-old Ruby Fitzer, it’s a requirement. “I don’t like wearing it — it leaves a mark on my forehead,” said Ruby, a goalie for […]

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Concussions: Fact vs. fiction

With many high school athletes back on the field for the fall sports season, the dreaded c-word is weighing on the minds of coaches, parents and doctors: concussions. Our physicians at Norton Healthcare continue to […]

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