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Norton Children’s Neurology stories

Avery Richardson spina bifida

Monthly spina bifida clinic coordinates care

Avery Richardson turned 3 in December, but the Shelbyville, Kentucky, girl has already been through more than most kids. Avery has undergone six operations, including two in the days immediately after her birth. Avery has spina bifida, a birth defect that causes the structure enclosing the spinal cord to fail to form properly in the […] Read More »


Radiothon | Megan Francke’s ‘stupid’ brain tumor

When Megan Francke was in first grade, she often would go to her parents’ room at night crying about her stomach. Her mother took her to see her pediatrician, Andrew Donovan, M.D. (Megan calls him “Dr. Donut”), who after several visits said, “Let’s rule out the scary stuff.” He scheduled Megan for an MRI. A […] Read More »

youth football

Youth football research shows children at even greater risk for concussion

Youth football players represent 70 percent of all players in the United States. Yet, many studies have focused on measuring head impact in high school, college and professional athletes. Few studies on direct hits in youth football have emerged until now. A study published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics in October shows youth football players […] Read More »

child migraine

Migraines in kids: Help your child through the pain

If you’ve ever had a migraine, you’d probably agree you wouldn’t wish one on anyone, much less a child. However, migraines happen to kids too, but you can learn how to recognize them and help your child through the pain. “About 5 percent of all children experience migraine and this increases to 10 percent during […] Read More »

pediatric neuroscience

Norton Children’s Neuroscience services grow

Increased capacity for the neuroscience program at Norton Children’s Hospital Neurology services at Norton Children’s Hospital with physicians from UofL Physicians – Child Neurology has seen tremendous growth since 2014, now counting 10 pediatric neurologists and 13 nurse practitioners serving more than 15,000 patients a year throughout the region. With three pediatric neurosurgeons and additional […] Read More »

Dr. Puri on career, family & no regrets

I have been in Louisville for 21 years as a child neurologist. I ended up in Louisville because Dr. Sole, who was also a child neurologist, was two years my senior at St. Louis Children’s and came here to practice.  During my last year I can remember going to our administrative department in St. Louis […] Read More »

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 happy child to tears and take the fun out of enjoying a cold treat on a hot day. What causes […] Read More »

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 discover new ways to study, prevent and treat concussions. Still, even with this evolving knowledge, there are many myths about […] Read More »

1 mom, 1 teen and 1 scary migraine

I’m a mom living with a teen who gets migraines. I knld safety,ow I’m not alone, and I know there are other moms out there who wish there were something they could do to ease their child’s pain. My son, Scott, doesn’t get run-of-the-mill migraines (if there is such a thing). He gets horribly debilitating, […] Read More »

Things that go bump on the head

Could it be a concussion? Back in the day, when you fell and bumped your head, you got up and got back to it. Today, doctors know much more about what a blow to the head actually does to the brain — and why it should be taken seriously. According to Tad Seifert, M.D., concussion […] Read More »

Andrew’s life-changing surgery

Hattie Haller of Louisville, Kentucky, wants to raise awareness about a condition called tethered spinal cord syndrome that can cause developmental delays and other symptoms in children. She is sharing the story of her 5-year-old son, Andrew, so that other parents can be aware of the signs to look for in their own children. According […] Read More »

When you suspect your child has autism

A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an overwhelming reality for as many as one in every 68 families. According to the National Autism Association, autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social and cognitive impairments, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. The disorder can range from very mild to very severe. Signs […] Read More »