Author: Kipaya Kapiga

Seacrest Studios opening brings big names, big smiles to the red carpet

Ryan Seacrest, TV host, producer and radio personality, paid a special visit to Boston last week to celebrate the opening of the Seacrest Studio at Boston Children’s Hospital. Celebrity guests Usher, Shawn Mendes, and the Swon Brothers, along with members of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation were on hand to help mark the occasion and spend time with some special Boston Children’s patients.

The new studio, made possible by the Seacrest Foundation, is designed for both radio and television production and will allow patients to interview celebrity guests who visit the hospital, or play “deejay” for the day. And children too sick to leave their patient beds can watch interviews or play remote games through feeds direct to their rooms.

For Sandra Fenwick, the hospital’s CEO and President, the studio is much more than the sum of its digital parts. “It’s about making time to celebrate children, both our patients and their siblings, and allowing them to feel like kids again through laughter, music and play.”

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Why Yoga is like food

Yoga1As far as Emily Davidson, MD, MPH, RYT, is concerned, claiming to not like yoga is like saying you don’t like food. “There’s a really big range of what kinds of yoga practices you can do,” she explains.

Davidson, who is the director of Boston Children’s Down syndrome Program, speaks from personal experience. She started practicing yoga in 1998 after she was diagnosed with coronary artery disease and discovered that, along with improving her flexibility and strength, yoga helped manage the stress of her diagnosis and treatment.

In fact, she liked it so much that she went on to complete a 200-hour yoga teaching program and set out to offer her patients with Down syndrome the same benefits she got from practicing it by launching a yoga class at Boston Children’s Primary Care at Martha Eliot.

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What to know about Enterovirus D68

labBy now you’ve heard the news: a virus is sending more and more children to the hospital with coughing and breathing problems that are often severe. That virus is Enterovirus D68 and it’s just one strain of Enteroviruses, which cause colds, fever, headaches, vomiting and rashes among other symptoms. Most Enterovirus infections are common; they cause roughly 10 to 15 million infections every year.

D68 is an unusual strain, however.

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Our patients’ stories: Yousef’s Vein of Galen surgery

Yousef-1Yousef Alrkhayes was just two days old when a doctor burst into his mother’s, Khadjad’s, hospital room with unsettling news. “[He] came into my room and said that Yousef has high pressure in his heart and they didn’t know why,” she recalls. After you are discharged, the doctor continued, don’t even go home—go straight to the main hospital.

In the four days it took Khadjah to recover enough to move with her son, Yousef made little progress. His heart was still under stress and no one could say why. As their doctor sent them on their way, he begged them to ask for an echocardiogram at the hospital.

Khadjah could tell from the sound of his voice that he was worried.

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