Upstate pediatric nephrologist Scott Schurman, MD, shares plans for a dedicated outpatient pediatric dialysis center that will be housed on the fifth floor of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. The new center will provide a pediatric-friendly environment for pediatric hemodialysis patients, including access to support services, a pediatric nurse case manager, and a home dialysis-training program. Read the story: Pediatric dialysis center to provide specialized care for young patients
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Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, which is led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is launching a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign to remind parents to keep their child’s sleeping environment free of clutter and encourage safe sleeping practices. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amanda Griffin, coordinator of the Safe Kids program, is joined by Clemencia Molina, regional coordinatorof theCentral New York Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center, REACH CNY, Inc., to share this important message and talk about the new sleep sacks they are making available to newborns and infant patients at Upstate. In conjunction with SIDS Awareness Month, Safe Kids Upstate NY Coalition, led by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently launched a Safe Sleep Awareness Campaign. For more information, call (315) 424-0009 x108
Retired Syracuse University psychology professor Peter Knoblock, PhD, is a leading authority on autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Forty years ago, he founded the Jowonio School to serve students with special needs and advocate for inclusive classrooms. Knoblock shares his perspective on the value of a pre-kindergarten education, and his views on full-day versus half-day kindergarten. Read the story.
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Upstate developmental pediatrician Nienke Dosa, MD, MPH, talks about the main issues that remain regarding children with disabilities in terms of access to physical education and sports activities. She is joined by Peyton Sefick, a Syracuse University graduate assistant and power wheelchair soccer player who has been highly active in promoting adaptive sports. They are both involved in the Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN), a collaborative initiative launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dosa is a senior fellow at Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute and the first professor of Child Health Policy at Upstate. Sefick was selected to play on Team USA, which won the 2012 FIPFA World Cup, and is the team captain for CNY United, which won the 2012 Champions Cup.
Zafer Soultan, MD, director of pediatric sleep medicine at Upstate, is joined by pulmonologist Dragos Manta, MD, co-director of the The Upstate University Hospital Sleep Center, to talk about common sleep problems in children and adults. Upstate’s Sleep Center, a specialized facility providing accurate diagnosis and recommending treatment of sleep-related problems, will be relocating to a new state-of-the-art facility in November. The center, which will continue to see patients 7 days a week, will double in size, increasing from to 6 to 12 beds, and three of those beds will be reserved for pediatric cases – a specialty of the sleep center. For more information, call (315) 464-8668
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Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country. The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story
Dr. Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery, discusses a minimally invasive treatment for children with brain tumors and epilepsy, using MRI-guided laser, now available at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tovar Spinoza is a pioneer in this new technique and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is among the first in the country to offer this minimally invasive surgery that is producing encouraging results for patients and families.
Psychologist Brian Rieger, PhD, director of Upstate’s Concussion Management Program, tells parents of young athletes what they need to know about concussions – including the symptoms, myths, recommendations, and what the concussion legislation has done (and not done) in the year since it passed. The Upstate Concussion Center, comprised of the Sports Concussion Center and Concussion Management Program, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for concussion and sports concussion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 315 464-8986.
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Richard Cantor, MD, director of the pediatric emergency department at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is joined by Rachel Hannon, CCLS, certified child life specialist, to discuss the advances in pain management for children – both pharmacological and non-traditional. The child life specialist helps relieve the anxiety and stress associated with illness or injury for the child and their family through education, play, and imagery while in the emergency department. Cantor says the goal is a quiet room with a controlled environment, and a child who has no bad memory of the event.
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