Don’t let your kids be JUUL fools

Smoke from a JUUL e-cigarrette
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: FAWN GRACEY/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Chances are your senior in high school has JUULed. In parent-speak, this means they’ve used the popular vaping pod-based nicotine e-cigarettes called JUUL. In my experience as a pediatrician, at least 70 percent of the juniors and seniors I meet have JUULed.

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What you need to know about liver tumors in children

Young boy in hospital for liver tumor treatment
Ziad was treated for hepatocellular carcinoma by a team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “It is exceedingly rare for hepatocellular carcinoma to occur in a child of Ziad’s age,” says Dr. Allison O’Neill.

Pediatric liver tumors are rare, comprising only 1 percent of all childhood cancers. There are two main types of liver tumors in children:

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Make way for Choo-Choo Charlie

Charlie, who was in the NICU as an infant, hikes in the woods. “My first thought when we had Charlie so early was, ‘why is this happening?’” Kate Wittemann recalls. “But now I look back and realize that Charlie gave us something to focus on and work towards.”

Before their son Charlie arrived 15 weeks before his due date, Kate and her husband, Paul, were at a turning point in their lives. They were “struggling to find a purpose,” Kate remembers. Then Charlie was born on Valentine’s Day of 2015 via emergency caesarean section.

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Investing in Esmé: More than aerodigestive care

Esme sits with her parents in the Aerodigestive Center
PHOTOS: SOPHIE FABBRI/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Esmé Savoie is pretty sure she’s going to marry Walter someday. There are some barriers: Esmé lives in upstate New York; Walter now resides in Los Angeles. Esmé is 7 years old and Walter is several years older. And while Esmé is a human little girl, Walter is a Muppet. Differences aside, however, it’s no surprise that they’re soul mates. Both are silly, determined — and finding their own unique place in the world.

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