Author Archives: Amanda Griffin

Healthy Back-to-School Habits: Hand Washing

By Mary Laverty MLIS For many families and children in Upstate New York, the first day of The Great New York State Fair also begins the countdown to the first day of school. The first days of school can mean … Continue reading

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Summer Time Eczema

Summer Time Eczema By Alyson Weiner Eczema is a common skin condition that affects children. Affected children usually have dryer skin in the wintertime and end up having more severe symptoms. However, many children become more self-conscious about their eczema … Continue reading

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Helping Our Friends

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York is celebrating “Christmas in July” by hosting a community-wide Wish List Donation Drive to help support our guest families. Throughout July, community members are collecting items on the RMHCNY wish list, which includes … Continue reading

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Celebrate Family Wellness Month

By Mary Ann Russo, MS, RD, CDN, Pediatric Nutritionist Did you know May is Family Wellness Month?  It was created to help families overcome their biggest challenges to staying healthy and connected – our busy pace of life.  The goal is … Continue reading

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Summer Teen Volunteer Program at Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus

By Sphoorti Bahandre, Intern Volunteer Initiatives Are you looking for a volunteer experience for your teen this summer? The journey of volunteers substantially changes the lives of everyone they meet along the way. It’s the unknown situations that reward them … Continue reading

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An Insider’s Guide to Surviving Your Child’s Hospital Stay

By Elizabeth Nelsen, MD, FAAP As a pediatrician, I take care of children that sometimes need to go to the hospital. I’m often in a position to explain to them what will happen when they are there. As a parent, … Continue reading

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To Tell or Not To Tell?

By Janice Nellis, MS, CCLS So your child is having surgery.  As a parent you are feeling anxious and have multiple questions running through your head.  How successful will the surgery be?  Will my child make it through the surgery … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Awareness Month

By Amy Merwarth, RD, CDN October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month!  A well planned vegetarian diet can meet the needs of all ages of people.  When people talk about a vegetarian diet they typically talk about a diet that is … Continue reading

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Safe Sleep

By Robert V. Hingre, M.D,  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Board Certified Neonatologist, Director of Newborn Medicine Teaching Program  Each year, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of more than 2,000 infants annually in the U.S.  The good news … Continue reading

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Breakfast Gets High Grades

By Roseanne Jones, MS, RD, CDN  Do you eat breakfast? If no, what is your excuse?  Not enough time?  Not hungry in the morning (could be the late night snacks)?  Don’t like breakfast foods?  If there is one single best … Continue reading

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