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My thoughts on federal health reform

MandellEarlier this week, we shared on our Thrive blog some comments about the new health reform legislation by Judy Palfrey, MD, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a long-time pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Reactions to the post were both positive and negative when it was shared on our Facebook page, with some people wondering why we would share our “political” views. First let me say that I think it’s important to distinguish views about political candidates and political parties from “policy” views about things that are good or bad for children and the providers who care for them. I also think it’s important to recognize and give voice to the incredible breadth of knowledge and expertise we have here at Children’s. Dr. Palfrey has spent her entire career working on child advocacy issues and is nationally recognized on the subject, and we’re fortunate to be able to share her knowledgeable voice on our blog.

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This week on Thrive: Nov. 2 – 6

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Read why the days of jumping back into a game after a possible concussion are over. A new study shows that adult survivors of childhood cancer are much more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than their peers. Children’s expert Ellen Hanson, PhD, questions whether autism really is on the rise. An experimental heart valve saves a child with H1N1. Children’s has established and unprecedented partnership with the state’s largest health plans. The HealthMap team gives its weekly H1N1 update. Children’s Dennis Rosen, MD, questions whether sleeping late can keep your child slim and Joanne Cox, MD, answers parents’ questions about H1N1. Our resident mediatrician tackles the question of graphic violent and sexual images in the media and a teen guest blogger writes about teens and self-esteem.

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How health care reform can benefit children and adolescents

image1-150x150The debates around federal health reform continue to involve complex decisions, and many of them originate from an “adult medicine” perspective.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals have taken leadership roles to assure that child health needs are appropriately recognized in the final legislation. Judy Palfrey, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston’s longtime chief of General Pediatrics, has been an eloquent and engaged voice for pediatric care and has spent a great deal of time in Washington recently in her role as president-elect of the AAP. Her recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine lays out some of the critical issues we have been watching and working as a child-health community.

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This week on Thrive: Sept. 21-27

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

After suffering a severe spinal cord injury, Jason Fowler took back control of his life and has gone on to compete in a variety of physically challenging races. Should your child get the H1N1 shot? Adrienne Randolph,MD, MSc, from Children’s Medical/Surgical ICU says, YES, you should. We brought you Part 5 of our milk allergy series where celebrity chef Ming Tsai talks about the challenges of eating out with a child who has food allergies. Last week, Massachusetts lawmakers proposed a new state bill aimed at minimizing concussion injuries in youth athletes that would force coaches, trainers, parent volunteers and others affiliated with school athletic programs to be trained in recognizing potentially concussed athletes. A mother shared her story of having to put contact lenses in her two young children’s eyes. Groundbreaking new guidelines about how to treat children with Gender Identity Disorder have been issued by the Endocrine Society. And James Mandell, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston’s CEO, shares why health care workers need to get vaccinated.

If none of this tickles your fancy, let us know what pediatric health or science issue you’d like to hear about.

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