This is a recap of health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s news collection and, please, feel free to offer comments below– we really do listen!
Ukelele’s Ease Stay in Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati.com (Cincinnati Enquirer Online)
This is an article featuring Brian Schreck, a music therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The article focuses on CCHMC’s partnership with Gren Huntington, founder of True Joy Acoustics. For every nine Ukulele Musician Maker kits sold (about $270 each), Huntington donates a 10th kit to a music therapy program at a participating pediatric care center. Five ukuleles have recently been donated by Huntington.
To read more about CCHMC’s music therapy program, click here!
This is an article from CNN Health, highlights a recent study in support for increasing cholesterol tests amongst children – regardless of whether or not their family has history of high cholesterol or heart disease.
Elaine Urbina, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says that the cholesterol picture among children has indeed taken a turn for the worse.
“We’re seeing a lot more kids with mild elevation of LDL cholesterol but also elevation in triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, which is . . . related to obesity and insulin resistance,” she says. (HDL is the so-called “good” cholesterol, while triglycerides, a type of blood fat, are the third component of a person’s total cholesterol number).
Car Seats Aren’t Safe When Used in the Home
US News & World Report
Car seats keep children safe—except when those seats aren’t in the car. Parents who park babies in car seats inside the home put their children at risk of falls and head injuries, according to new research from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
According to the researchers, who examined injury reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 43,562 babies were treated in emergency departments for car seat accidents that occurred outside of motor vehicles from 2003 to 2007—which translates to about 8,700 babies a year. Most of the children were 8 months or younger, and most suffered a head or neck injury as a result of falling from the car seat. The results were published in the August issue of Pediatrics.