Autism, Childrens Hospital Foundation

Norton Children’s Celebrates celebrates new Autism Center Playground

Norton Children’s Autism Center , affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, now has an outdoor playground especially designed to help kids with autism overcome anxieties and sensitivities . It was made possible by donations to the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This playground provides so much. The obvious thing is play, which for many of our…

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Fontan Procedure, Heart, Heart Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension

What does a pediatric cardiac surgeon do?

A pediatric cardiac surgeon is a doctor with specialized training to perform heart surgery on children. The majority of heart problems requiring surgery on children are congenital heart defects. A skilled pediatric cardiac surgeon is capable of repairing all types of complex heart defects on newborns, babies, young children and teens. Given the complexity of…

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Brain Tumor, Cancer

Effects of pediatric brain tumors on vision

Just under half of children with brain tumors have symptoms that affect their vision. Brain tumors either from direct compression of the visual pathway by the tumor or from elevated pressure from increased fluid (hydrocephalus) in the brain. Most children with brain tumors have obstructive hydrocephalus at diagnosis, according to Michael Angelo Huang, M.D., pediatric…

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News

Norton Children’s Hospital names new leader

Norton Healthcare has named Diane Scardino chief administrative officer of Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center. In her role, Scardino will oversee all facets of the hospital’s operations and work diligently to ensure that children throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana have access to specialty and emergency care. She also will oversee operations of…

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Autism, Norton Childrens Medical Group

Genetic tests provided as part of study for kids referred for possible autism

Some children referred to Norton Children’s Development Center, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for evaluation of possible autism may be eligible for genetic testing at no cost as part of a research study. About 200 genes are known to be associated with autism spectrum disorder. Genetic testing can give your health care provider…

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Brain Tumor, Cancer

Tests for finding brain tumors in children

A child who has sudden changes in vision, hearing or speech, or develops balance issues or other symptoms that suggest a possible brain tumor may need to have 3D pictures taken of their brain. “Based on a child’s symptoms and a clinical evaluation, brain imaging is the next step,” said Mustafa Barbour, M.D., pediatric hematologist/oncologist…

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Defibrillator and Pacemaker, Heart

New type of pacemaker gets Louisville girl active again

Aubrie Chandler loves volleyball. A hitter on her championship team last year, Aubrie, 12, has always wanted to play as the libero, a defensive player in the back row who receives lots of spikes and hard-hit balls. Due to a heart condition and having an abdominal pacemaker, Aubrie has refrained from playing her favorite position…

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Behavioral-Mental Health, Norton Childrens Medical Group

Discuss hyperactivity or inattention in a preschooler at your next well-child visit

Some signs and symptoms linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) actually can be a sign that your preschooler is developing exactly as they should. Your child’s behavior can be especially challenging at this age, and that’s perfectly normal as they start to gain some independence. Consistent check ups with your pediatrician in the preschool years are…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Making exercise safe for kids with diabetes and endocrine disorders

We all know exercise has many benefits, such as helping maintain a healthy weight, lowering cholesterol, relieving tension and stress, elevating mood, and improving blood sugar control. However, for someone living with diabetes, exercise causes significant blood sugar variability, which impacts performance and poses health risks. Since individuals with diabetes still need to exercise —…

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Diabetes, Endocrinology

Wendy Novak memoir on her diabetes journey offers hope, empowerment to others with the condition

Wendy Novak was 7 years old when she learned she has Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes. Her father also had the condition, so the family was well aware of the classic symptoms — excessive thirst and frequent trips to the restroom. The highs and lows of blood sugar, the indicator of blood…

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Norton Childrens Medical Group

Checklist: What to bring to your baby’s first pediatrician appointment

Congratulations on your baby’s first pediatrician appointment! This milestone marks the beginning of your baby’s health care journey. To ensure a smooth and productive pediatrician visit, it’s important to come prepared with the right items. Pack your diaper bag and be prepared for a successful visit with your pediatrician at Norton Children’s Medical Group. Here…

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Heart, Heart Transplant

Norton Children’s Heart Institute now 100 transplants strong

The transplant nurse clinician at Norton Children’s Hospital got the call on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. It was one that got her heart racing — in a good way. A heart was available for a young patient at Norton Children’s Hospital who had been waiting for nearly a year for a transplant. This news sent…

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