Stories about: Diseases & Conditions

Acute flaccid myelitis: What parents need to know

Photo of a toddler's feet
PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard the recent news reports about acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. So far this year, 106 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 26 states, including two in Massachusetts. Similar outbreaks occurred in 2014 and 2016.

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Taking steps towards Rett syndrome awareness

Every October, families from across the globe celebrate Blue Sky Day as a way to bring awareness to Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects one out of every 10,000 girls born each year. On October 22, families from around Massachusetts came together to climb the steps of Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School to symbolize their daily struggle and hope for the future. A few of those families share what Blue Sky Day means to them. 

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Genetic cancer risk: Should your child be tested?

A doctor examines a toddler in the office
Dr. Junne Kamihara examines a patient [PHOTO: SAM OGDEN/DANA FARBER]

If your child could be at risk for cancer, the sooner you discover that risk, the more you can do to prevent cancer or catch it in an early stage. Not every child needs to be tested, so it’s important to learn what genetic testing is and whether it’s the right decision for you and your child.

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After heart surgery, Chris reaches new goals one step at a time

Chris, who had heart valve surgery as an adult, runs a half marathon.
Chris runs the Newburyport half marathon in 2016 [PHOTO: RACEWIRE]
Many people approach training for a triathlon as a chore, something they have to endure to reach their ultimate goal. But for Chris Wagner, training is a pleasure — one he doesn’t take for granted.

“The idea that I can get up on a given Saturday and go out and run 10 miles is a real gift,” he says. “I wake up in the morning and think, ‘I get to do this.’”

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