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Superhero Joey: Five-year-old fights moyamoya disease

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It’s been said that not all heroes wear capes — but Joey Gallagher owns several. The five-year-old has already amassed a collection of superhero gear, from a Superman Halloween costume to a t-shirt emblazoned with the Batman logo. Yet even the most diehard comic book fan would likely admit that feats like flying, leaping tall buildings and fighting bad guys don’t hold a candle to the challenges this little boy has already surmounted.

Just last June, Joey was out of town with his family when he had what his parents, Leila and Scott, feared was a seizure. Clinicians in the emergency department dismissed the event as heat exhaustion in the athletic, seemingly healthy boy. But it wasn’t long before he experienced another, full-blown, seizure during a tee-ball game back home in Kansas City.

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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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