Tyler’s story: Moving toward a new future with Spinraza

Tyler, who has SMA, rides a ski lift on a recent ski trip. Tyler Hansen was always a happy child, but also a little clumsy. At first, his parents didn’t think too much about it.

“Tyler’s the youngest of four,” explains his dad, Doug. “The oldest two are tall and sprouted early, so they were both kind of awkward and clumsy. We assumed it was the same with Tyler, that he was just going through a growth spurt.”

But after a while, they started to become concerned. Something seemed different about Tyler’s clumsiness, and Doug noticed he had an awkward way of running. They took him to their pediatrician and voiced their concerns.

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What you should know about hip labral tears in young athletes

Dr. Young-Jo Kim hip labral tears Q&A lead image

Labral tears are a common injury in the hip, particularly with young athletes who may have underlying hip anatomy issues, such as hip dysplasia or impingement. Treatment for labral tears can range from rest and physical therapy to open surgery, with time away from sports spanning from days to weeks, or even months.

It’s important that any individual experiencing hip pain see a physician as soon as possible in order to limit pain and damage to the hip. Dr. Young-Jo Kim, a pediatric and young adult orthopedic hip specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, discusses the causes of labral tears and his philosophy for treatment of this injury in young athletes.

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Arteriopathy and stroke: What’s the connection?

Arteriopathy is a common cause of stroke in children

You might think of stroke as an older person’s problem, but this type of brain injury can affect kids, too. In fact, each year, an estimated up to 5 out of every 100,000 kids have a stroke. Many of these are arterial ischemic strokes, which result from obstruction of blood flow by clots, narrowed or damaged arteries or both. Here, Dr. Laura Lehman, Outpatient Medical Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, shares what parents need to know about one of the more common causes of stroke.

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No stopping him: Liam doesn’t let complex conditions slow him down

liam stays active despite complex conditions

Liam Wise has spent a considerable portion of his 14 years on earth seeing various clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital. So it wasn’t surprising when, asked by his mother, Sarah, what he wanted to do during a recent vacation, he eagerly replied, “Go to my hospital!” But for this good-natured teenager, Dr. Samuel Nurko and the rest of his care team at the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center — and in 11 other departments — are like family he looks forward to visiting.

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