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!
Sensory therapies are increasingly used by occupational therapists to treat children with autism and other developmental disorders, but now questions are being raised about their effectiveness.
Therapists use tools such as brushes, swings, balls and music to help children who are over- or under-sensitive to sound, touch or other senses. But parents and doctors should be careful not to miss an underlying disorder in those children, according to recommendations published in the journal Pediatrics.
“It’s OK for parents to try these types of therapies, but there is little research backing up their effectiveness and whether or not they improve long-term outcomes for kids with developmental disabilities,” said Dr. Michelle Zimmer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s, who co-wrote new guidelines on sensory integration therapy for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cincinnati Children’s endocrinologist Dr. Nancy Crimmins didn’t need a Centers for Disease Control study released recently to tell her Type 2 diabetes is a growing threat to children. She just saw a patient with prediabetes, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. He was 8 years old and weighed 214 pounds.
Dr. Crimmins finds many kids don’t want to change their eating habits, forget to take medication and grumble at having to stop what they’re doing to prick their fingers and check their blood sugar.
Warnings that they could have heart attacks or kidney failure in their 30s fall on deaf ears.
“If you look at a 13-year-old kid who feels perfectly fine, he just doesn’t get it,” Dr. Crimmins says. “They think turning 20 is light years away.”
Play It Safe This Summer
With the unofficial kickoff of summer this week, and the school year winding down, more and more families are headed outdoors to take advantage of warmer weather. But experts say the changing season brings with it an increased risk of accidental injuries.
Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for all Americans ages one to 44, but there are some basic steps you can take to keep your family safe. Click here for some expert advice.
“Don’t Fry” Friday: Sun Protection Urged
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It’s called “Don’t Fry Friday,” an effort to draw attention to the dangers of sun exposure held every year on the Friday before Memorial Day.
Lindsey Wright, a nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology at Cincinnati Children’s, says skin cancer rates are on the rise and reflect how people treat their skin when they are young.
“We’re seeing it increase – most commonly in young adults, ages 25 to 29, with the increase in the tanning bed use, as well as the outdoor exposure,” Wright says.
Wright recommends sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher – applied every two hours or more frequently if you are in the water.
When it comes to detection, Wright says, a handy guideline is to consider the “A-B-C-D-Es.”
“‘A’ being asymmetry; ‘B’ being the border – irregularities of the actual mole; ‘C’ being color variability; ‘D’ being the diameter and the actual mole enlarging; and ‘E’ being evolving, which means the mole is changing,” explains Wright.
Visit skincancerprevention.org for more tips on sun safety.
Father-Daughter Team Honored By Cincinnati Children’s
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Cincinnati Children’s recently presented Alicia and Jim Lang of West Chester with its 2012 Making a Difference Award. The father-daughter team was chosen from among 45 nominees for their work in advocating for patients and families dealing with cystic fibrosis.
Jim works at Cincinnati Children’s, and Alicia has been a long-time patient at the medical center. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis 15 years ago and began treatment at the age of 5 at Cincinnati Children’s where she leads a patient advisory. Alicia continues to volunteer her time at the hospital despite the decline in her own health as she continues to wait for a double-lung transplant.
Jim Lang has been involved for more than a decade at the medical center, helping to drive quality improvement initiatives in the treatment and care of patients with cystic fibrosis.
Cincinnati Children’s: Focus On Champions
Maggie Brennan, donor relations officer at Cincinnati Children’s, is featured this month in Cincinnati Magazine for her work as the manager of the Champions Program. Brennan manages the program in which 700 current and former patients give back through Cincinnati Children’s. The families help raise awareness about diseases, volunteer their time to speak at events, advocate for research and mentor other patient families.
“I get to meet a lot of absolutely amazing people, and it keeps my life in perspective every day,” says Brennan.