This is a recap of recent health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of collected news, and please feel free to offer comments below– we really do listen!
Food Allergy Testing: Skin Pricks May Just Scratch the Surface
Los Angeles Times
Skin pricks and blood tests alone are not enough when it comes to diagnosing food allergies, according to new guidelines issued this week. The new recommendations suggest doctors may rely too heavily on the tests and should consider other factors for a more accurate diagnosis. The new guidelines also stress that some food allergies disappear over time, particularly in children.
According to Dr. Amal Assa’ad, a professor of pediatrics, allergy and immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and one of the authors of the report, each food allergy is different and needs consistent follow-up.
TV Special Investigates Increase in Teen Suicides
“Surviving the Teens,” a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suicide prevention program, is featured this week in a special report, E! Investigates: Teen Suicide.
Cathy Strunk, RN, and suicide prevention expert at Cincinnati Children’s, teaches students, parents and educators how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, the third-leading cause of death for American teens and young adults.
Strunk says while suicide is a topic many are afraid to discuss, compassionate, well-informed conversations about suicide and depression can save lives.
“Grown-up” heart patients treated at Cincinnati Children’s
With improved technology, surgery and medications, ever-increasing numbers of children born with heart defects are living into adulthood. With that success comes the challenge of transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Now a new program at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center is bridging the gap.
Adults who had procedures as children are returning for care as adults through the new Cincinnati Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.
Cardiologist Gary Webb, director of the program, says many congenital heart defect patients may not realize they need care as adults. He says pediatric heart specialists need to do a better job of educating patients and parents about the need for long-term follow-up.