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Gateway Building to Get a New Name What better way for a former patient to benefit her favorite hospital than by naming a building? When Joyce Black (pictured here with her husband Stanley), was a little girl, she had severe ear infections that simply would not go away. When... Read More
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The heat is on in Southern California, which increases the risk for sun burn and other types of burn injury. Since May is National Trauma Awareness Month, I was inspired to write about burns. The American Burn Association states that more than 136,000 children are treated in... Read More
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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30 years... Read More
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“That’s yucky, I don’t like it.” Does this phrase sound familiar? My 5 year-old nephew almost predictably recites this line when new foods are presented. I would estimate that nine times out of 10 he has never even tried the food he is saying he is calling yucky. And yes, the... Read More
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries: the causes and symptoms. Knee injuries are not fun and can take young athletes off the field or court for a significant amount of time. For example, my recovery time after I tore my ACL in my... Read More
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Reading about the increasingly popular choking game, I had a sudden flashback memory of a game I once saw at a slumber party when I was a preteen. Girls would intentionally hyperventilate, then someone behind them would give a strong hug around the abdomen causing a momentary... Read More
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Nowadays, it's all too easy for children to fall into a life of inactivity. TV and video games encourage a sedentary existence, setting up habits that are difficult to break as an adult. That's why one of the best gifts parents can give their children is a lifestyle that... Read More
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Is your child waking up in the middle of the night frightened and screaming? These unsettling sounds may cause alarm, especially when they occur frequently. I’d like to help you understand the difference between nightmares and night terrors and how to help your child cope in... Read More
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The Story of Jack's Appendectomy In an earlier post, I told the story of a boy named Jack. His mother brought him to the emergency room of her local children's hospital because he displayed the tell-tale signs of someone possibly suffering from appendicitis, listed in "... Read More
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In the past, I have written on RN Remedies about my daughter’s adventures with various medical issues from insulin resistance to anaphylaxis. I am happy to say, she is now an adult and a trained doula with a goal to be a nurse midwife! For her studies, she did a project on... Read More
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A number of emails from retailers, online “gift guides” and holiday sales and deals at this time of year can be overwhelming. There are so many gift ideas for children. But how do you know if the gift ideas are good for your child? Will it promote being active, spending time... Read More
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Some of my favorite memories of childhood are of picnics in the park, barbeques in the backyard and potlucks at church. I loved the fun and sharing of friendships, families and conversation around delicious food. What I didn’t know is that sometimes, we were also sharing... Read More
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The full version of this story is originally featured in Imagine Magazine, spring 2012 issue (page 20). Five-year-old Justin DeLong had no signs of illness. He was just unusually pale for a couple of weeks prior to his regular annual checkup. But his coloring immediately... Read More
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Being a nurse has given me the opportunity to experience many things, from taking care of children, helping parents, collaborating with other nurses and working where I can learn something new every day. I’d like to share a story about one of our patients, Joanna* and how she... Read More
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Energy drinks have been popular for a while now. They are marketed in attractive, brightly colored cans small enough to put in a pocket or purse and easy for small hands to hold, and they taste like soda or sweet fruit juice. Mostly consumed by teens and young adults,... Read More
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It’s summer and that means summer camp is officially in session! My summer camp experiences are some of my best childhood memories. Camp is an excellent activity for kids because it keeps them active and physically fit, allows them to make new friends and learn new skills, and... Read More
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Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past 25 years, with the last nine years being at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has given me a deep understanding of how parents can prepare if their child is admitted to the NICU. I have cared for many babies at the... Read More
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Your child received their acceptance letters for college and has most likely decided on where they want to attend, so you think the major worry is over. Yet, there are so many discussions that need to be had. For example, who will their roommate be, scheduling the orientation... Read More
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There we were, four families gathered for one of our nightly dinner parties during our annual stay at a mountain cabin when we heard a THUMP and the tell-tale sound of injury, a child beginning to cry. Until that moment, the children had been running around the big mountain... Read More
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Kasey was born and raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She grew up on a “horse farm,” but always had a strong interest in medicine. Her mother was a nurse, who would bring home unusable tongue depressors and bandages from the hospital. Kasey would create therapies and... Read More

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