Stories about: Health & Wellness

Finding my happy place: Staff member with IBD offers tips to patients

Julie, who has IBD, stands on Kodiak Island in green boots
Julie hiking Kodiak Island in Alaska [PHOTO DESIGN: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL]
When I was in high school, I started developing issues with my gut. Being in pain and taking frequent trips to the bathroom became part of my life, but it wasn’t until I started seeing bloody stool that I decided to see a doctor.

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Ask the expert: How to handle teen’s high cholesterol

Advice from Boston Children's doctors on what to do when your teen has high cholesterol
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: SEBASTIAN STANKIEWICZ/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Our pediatrician checked our teenager’s cholesterol and it came back high. What should we do?

Anxious parents

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended routine cholesterol screening for all young people ages 9-11 and 17-21 years. Since then, we have seen many more young people screened for cholesterol problems, although overall screening rates remain low. Cholesterol is an important part of heart health, along with having a healthy diet, exercise, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and avoiding all tobacco products. When doctors check cholesterol, it is important to think about all of these healthy heart factors.

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Weight-loss surgery for teens and young adults: A good option?

Teen thinks about weight-loss surgery

Bariatric surgery, commonly known as weight-loss surgery, can be a safe and effective treatment for a teen or young adult whose obesity has persisted despite all medical efforts, and who has complications of obesity. Dr. Camilla Richmond, medical director of the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, answers common questions about weight-loss surgery at Boston Children’s.

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Summer movie safety: What parents of kids with epilepsy should know

People sitting in a dark theater

If you’re headed to the movies over this holiday week, a word of caution about the popular Disney sequel Incredibles 2. Earlier this month, the Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement about the film, warning that some people have had seizures while watching the movie. In response, some movie theaters have posted warnings about the film.

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