Top stories on Thrive: 2009

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What a whirlwind of a year. Since launching this blog in July, we’ve had more than 230,000 visitors, many of whom have left thought-provoking comments on our posts.

We’ve enjoyed bringing you personal stories and expert insight about current pediatric health topics, and we hope you continue reading us in 2010.

What were our readers most interested in this year? Our most widely read stories range from a video series about defeating a milk allergy to a news report about the discredited Baby Einstein videos. Did you miss any of our most popular posts? We revisit them below.

  • H1N1 was by far the most popular topic on Thrive. We posted 44 different articles on the subject. Our most read H1N1 blog asked the question, “Should my child get the swine flu (H1N1) shot?” This post triggered an outpouring of reader comments, from both hesitant parents weighing the pros and cons, and vocal vaccine proponents. To see a complete list of Thrive’s H1N1 stories, click here.
  • This heartbreaking story written by a mother about her daughter and shaken baby syndrome was a wake-up call for us all. Readers were both sympathetic to her plight and also outraged; a sensitive topic, this post received a lot of passionate feedback.
  • Brett Nasuti, an 11-year-old Children’s patient, was born allergic to 15 foods. Thrive readers got to tag along as he went through a milk exposure desensitization trial to cure his milk allergy—the first of its kind in the country— by watching this video series. Will Brett ever get to eat pizza and drink milk with his cookies? Watch the first of Brett’s video series here.
  • One mother tells the shocking story of how strep throat attacked her child’s brain, causing symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.  Many other parents wrote in to Thrive, saying they had experienced the same thing. It’s a scary story, but by sharing, this family helped others feel like they weren’t so alone.
  • We also talked a lot about epilepsy this year. We recently shared the video and first-person story of a young woman whose seizures are being controlled by a novel brain stimulation technique. We also heard from neurologist Frances Jensen, whose work studying the causes and potential treatments of epilepsy was featured in a 60 Minutes story.

Is there anything we didn’t cover this year that you’d like us to? Please let us know!