To the Bone: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction

This week marks the annual National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness).  Wow, this year has gone fast. (Here is last year’s blog). This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Real”, with the hopes of expanding the conversation about people’s (often complicated) relationships with food, exercise, and body image. Like many mental health illnesses, the stigma and stereotypes about eating disorders run deep. What better way to get conversations flowing than by portraying eating disorders in a movie, right? RIGHT! Well ready or not, that’s what keeps happening.

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Pediatric Cancer Team Part of the Pediatric Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network

Pediatric Cancer Dream TeamThe pediatric cancer team at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital is pleased to make two big announcements that will help us to make progress in the fight against childhood cancer.

First, a grant we received in 2013, collaboratively supported by St. Baldrick’s Foundation and The Stand Up To Cancer Foundation, that named us to an international, eight-institution “Pediatric Cancer Dream Team” was renewed for four more years! This grant provides the funding to develop new therapies for high-risk childhood cancer and involves multiple members of our team to be involved with researching and improving outcomes in pediatric cancers.

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Health Issues at the Olympics

Aaahhhhh….the Olympics.  The time where one becomes an expert in a sport they only watch once every 4 years (“What were the curlers thinking with that move?!?”, “That ski jump was way more difficult than the other that got a higher score!”).  I have enjoyed watching this Olympics more than prior years.  One reason is that there were many teenagers doing really teenagery things (I’m aware teenagery is not a word, but it should be).  There’s the 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Red Gerard, who overslept on competition day after a night of binge-watching Netflix (and he couldn’t find his coat, so had to borrow someone else’s).  Another 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Chloe Kim, tweeted about her dietary habits in between her runs.  It’s good to see all the Olympic fame hasn’t changed them.

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Dispelling Pregnancy Myths

Dr. Kristen Sharp, UW Health obstetrician gynecologist, realizes there is a lot of misinformation about pregnancy. She co-hosted a Facebook Live session recently to set the record straight on many of the common questions women have. Below are her insights, many of which also are addressed during CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care sessions.

Watch for a future post from her co-host, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, pediatrician, who covered common questions about newborn care.

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Winter Safety Reminder

For a pediatrician from California, Wisconsin winters are one thing I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. If your family does decide to venture out into the cold, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

Winter Warmth

Keep your infants and children warm by dressing them in layers. How do you know if your baby is warm enough? Generally, a good rule of thumb for older babies and children is to dress in one more layer than what an adult would need for adequate warmth.

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