Author: Jenny Fernandez

Happy Halloween to our patients

To the princesses and princes who slay dragons,

the firefighters who battle things bigger than fire,

the superheroes whose bravery makes us brave

and the fairies who touch us with their magic —

you inspire us today and every day.

 

Click on the photos below to read their stories. 

  • Brothers dressed up as monsters
    Will and Mikey
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Looking at the whole child: Coordinated care for spina bifida helps Jeffrey thrive

8-year-old boy with spina bifida smiles at the camera

Jeffrey Marotz and his family may have driven to Boston Children’s Hospital from their home in New York, but it was really the boy’s feet that brought him here.

Born with severe spina bifida, a complex birth defect that affects the development of a child’s spinal cord, spine and brain, Jeffrey had also been diagnosed with clubfoot, a related orthopedic condition that causes the foot to twist unnaturally.

Previous surgeries hadn’t worked and the braces that had been custom made for then three-year-old Jeffrey didn’t fit correctly. “Nothing was working,” says his mom, Michelle.

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A guide to childhood brain tumors

There are many different types and classifications of pediatric brain tumors, based upon cell structure, composition, rate of growth and location. A child’s tumor may have the same microscopic appearance to an adult tumor, but the mutations that cause its growth are completely different. Learn about the six most common types of childhood brain tumors.

  • 6 types of pediatric brain tumors

Find out more from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

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A parent’s guide to healthy weight loss in children

A parent's guide to healthy weight loss in children.

Today, up to 30 percent of children and adolescents are considered to be overweight or obese. This “obesity epidemic” is a source of great concern to parents and caregivers alike, as these kids face an increased risk of a host of serious medical and behavioral health complications, including type 2 diabetes.

We sat down with Dr. Robert Markowitz and dietitian Sharon Weston of the Boston Children’s Hospital Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program to help parents support their children in maintaining an optimal weight.

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