Stories about: childhood asthma

This week on Thrive: June 7-11

Here’s what Thrive was talking about this week.

Child athletes who get back on the field right after suffering a concussion are placing themselves at great risk. One of our experts helped word a bill before Massachusetts lawmakers that would make concussion safety a bigger concern for public school sports teams.

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on Children’s Hospital Boston’s Gene Partnership Project (GPP), a new program in which all patients entering Children’s will eventually be able to take part in genetic research—as active partners.

Scott Leibowitz, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston’s department of psychiatry, blogged about a soon-to-be launched gender and sexuality psychosocial pilot program he has coordinated at Children’s, which will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Casey Bolton, the mom of a Children’s patient, blogged the about her Children’s experience with her son, Parker, born with a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Just because your child suffers from asthma doesn’t mean he or she can’t enjoy running, swimming and other outdoor play made possible by the long, bright days of summer! Check out the Healthy Family Fun website, a project of Children’s Hospital Boston and Kohl’s Department Stores, for info on this subject and more!

Children’s pediatrician Claire McCarthy wrote a blog on how parenting can feel like a competitive sport.

Did you know kids can suffer a stroke? Though rare, it’s not just an adult medical condition. Hear from Michael Rivkin, MD, director of the Cerebrovascular Disorders and Stroke program at Children’s Hospital Boston, who talks about childhood stroke and its treatment.

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Study: New England leads US in asthma cases

kid with asthma inhalerA recent report by the Asthma Regional Council of New England found that there were more documented asthma cases in New England than any other area of the county. New England asthma patients were also more likely than asthma suffers in other parts of the country to miss school, work and/or be hospitalized as a result of their condition.

And while asthma is a widespread chronic disease, affecting millions of kids everyday, it’s even more prevalent in low-income areas and among Latino and Black children. Their rate of hospital admissions is five times higher than for white children.

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