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!
Many Kids With Epilepsy Don’t Take Their Meds
MSNBC via Reuters
When it comes to taking their meds, many newly diagnosed kids with epilepsy aren’t following doctors’ orders. Three out of five children miss antiepileptic medication during the first six months of therapy, according to the study by Avani Modi, assistant professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s.
The study, published in the journal of the American Medical Association, indicated children from lower income families were least likely to take medications as directed.
Epilepsy affects about three million Americans, 325,000 of whom are under the age of fifteen.
Maintaining a healthy self-image is struggle enough for some girls who feel pressure to be perfect. But what about measuring up to their own moms?
Having a mother who is exceptional in some way—whether she’s physically attractive, charismatic or successful in her career—can definitely be a double-edged sword, according to William Hansen, Ph.D., a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s.
While those moms can be inspirational and serve as a positive role model, “It can become a burden if it drives the teen to constantly compare herself,” notes Hansen.
Hansen recommends honest mother-daughter dialogue and says girls can be empowered by their individual strengths. “You can applaud your parents’ gifts, but you need to acknowledge your own as well,” Hansen says. “You can carve out your own niche.”
Milosh’s special day came on April 5. That’s when the 15-month-old, born with an enlarged heart and a rare metabolic disease, got a second chance at life. The Kalapasez family was overjoyed at the news that a heart had been found and that their son would receive a transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. But they recognized that it was a grieving family’s sacrifice that made it possible.
“To have a family so strong and brave in their worst time,” said Ned Kalapasez, Milosh’s father. “To have the power to say yes to organ donation, we pray for them all the time.”
Milosh is recovering at Cincinnati Children’s, making slow, but steady progress.
The Kalapasev family shared their story with WCPO to encourage other families to consider organ donation.
Playground Project Honors Boy’s Memory
Dozens of volunteers converged on a Cincinnati-area playground recently to celebrate the memory of a little boy whose life ended too soon. Eight-year-old Devar Johnson was walking home from school last year when he was hit and killed by car.
With shovels and paint brushes in hand, friends from Devar’s school came together to renovate the school playground.
The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Cincinnati Children’s helped with the safety improvements at the playground, which will be named after Devar.