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Gun violence and children: Why it’s a public health issue

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Images by Patrick Bibbins

“There have been more than 52,000 pediatric firearm deaths in the past 18 years,” says Dr. Eric Fleegler, a pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children’s Hospital as he kicks off his talk. It’s May 3, 2018, and he’s sharing the startling statistic with a rapt audience at the hospital’s Special Grand Rounds on Trauma and Gun Violence.

Later that same day, a 10-year-old Ohio boy will be shot in the face while he sleeps in bed, one of 11 bullets to enter his home during a drive-by shooting. Three North Dakota siblings ages 6 to 14 will be murdered by their mother — who will then kill herself — with a handgun. The following day, a 3-year-old South Carolina boy will fatally shoot himself in the head while playing with a gun he finds at a family friend’s home.

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Vaping, JUULing and e-cigarettes: What teens and parents need to know

A guide for parents and teens on e-cigarettes“Which flavor is this? Cherry cheese cake? French vanilla? Crème brûlée?” If you are a teen in high school these days, chances are that you’ve already asked yourself this question and have inhaled at least a few breaths of some of the powerful scents coming from a JUUL or other type of e-cigarette.

The popularity of electronic cigarettes has increased exponentially in the past five years: nearly one in three seniors in high school say that they have used an e-cigarette in the past year. The FDA has recently released a statement warning about the risks of vaping and supporting strict regulations to avoid exposure to e-cigarettes for children and teens. But are e-cigarettes all that bad?

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26.2 for three: A transplant nurse’s tribute to her patients

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Desh and Lucas

Heartbreak Hill: It’s the notorious Boston Marathon landmark that runners both anticipate and dread. But when Deshanthi “Desh” Perera approaches that challenging climb on April 16, she’ll have special motivation propelling her uphill. Perera, a nurse working on the organ transplant inpatient unit of the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and first-time marathoner, isn’t just running for the glory of a personal best time or the satisfaction of completing the race. She’s running for all of the remarkable patients at Boston Children’s, including three of her own.

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Health care reform: ‘This is the time to act’

Boston Children's Hospital helps families understand the AHCA.
Sandra L. Fenwick, Boston Children’s Hospital President and CEO, far right, joins patients, families and staff at Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., June 2016.

Since the new year began, we’ve been working hard to educate everyone — our employees, staff, volunteers, patients, families and friends — about what the conversation about health care in Washington D.C., means for children. We have very serious concerns about the possible impact that the efforts to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on our patients and their families.

Many of you share our concerns and have demonstrated this to us time and again. Maybe you came to our Special Grand Rounds held on May 31, shared The Hill op-ed authored by our President and CEO, Sandra L. Fenwick, with your social media networks or participated in our Facebook Live discussion about the legislation.

The Facebook Live discussion actually took place just as the Senate Republican leadership released its version of a health care reform bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act. We wanted to provide a brief update to our community, particularly as we approach a critical window of activity in Congress.

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