Halloween is that sweet time of year when children enjoy dressing up in their favorite costume and go trick-or-treating collecting candy and treats from their friends and neighbors. The holiday of pumpkins and scary ghosts also marks the beginning of a holiday season ahead that brings more treats and desserts like Christmas cookies and fruitcakes.
Parents can take steps to keep their children’s teeth healthy during this time, explains Laurie Hyacinthe, DMD, Director, Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency at the Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai recently launched a “Story Time” program for pediatric patients, an initiative designed to ease their anxiety in the hospital waiting room and to acquaint them with best-selling books that also happen to have a medical-friendly theme: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, for example, and Magenta Gets Glasses from the “Blue’s Clues” series. “Story Time” occurs at two locations: the main hospital and the nearby Ear Institute.
The 17th Annual Child Health Research Day, held at The Mount Sinai Hospital campus on Thursday, April 16, highlighted outstanding research in child health by Mount Sinai students, housestaff, clinical and research postdoctoral fellows, research staff, social workers, nurses, and junior faculty. Read more
Mount Sinai researchers—leading the largest clinical trial on peanut allergy desensitization—have concluded that a skin patch that gradually exposes the body to small amounts of peanut allergen appears to be safe and effective, and holds promise as a potential treatment for peanut allergies.
Research results from the Phase IIb clinical trial were presented at the 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology by Hugh A. Sampson, MD, Dean for Translational Biomedical Research and Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, who served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the study. Dr. Sampson is also Professor of Pediatrics, and Immunology, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more
As a young resident making pediatric hospital rounds in Houston more than thirty years ago, Michael F. Tosi, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, remembers the almost daily presence of sick children under age 5 battling Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), a leading cause of bacterial meningitis. Read more
Pediatric patients and their families recently joined artist and designer Edin Rudic in creating a new interior wall design for the Food for Life program in the Mount Sinai Health System’s Clinic for Inherited Metabolic Diseases. Mr. Rudic donated his services to create the new design located in the reception area of the Medical Genetics Clinic. It incorporates a high-definition screen display of patient photos, and specially coated walls on which children can draw, adding fun to their hospital visits.
Should you take your child to a nearby “walk-in” clinic for what you think is a minor medical problem?
A Wall Street Journal article reported that The American Academy of Pediatrics has expressed concerns about retail health clinics.
Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is nationally ranked in seven out of the ten pediatric specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report in its 2014-15 “Best Children’s Hospital” annual guidebook. Notably, for the first time, Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in neurology & neurosurgery, and neonatology.
The seven specialties are diabetes & endocrinology (No. 22), nephrology (No. 29), neurology & neurosurgery (No. 29), pulmonology (No. 30), gastroenterology & GI surgery (No. 40), neonatology (No. 49), and urology (No. 50). To develop the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed 183 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in each of the 10 specialties measured, and also asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would refer their sickest patients.
There are more than 42 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 in the United States. Worldwide one in six people is a teenager. As recently noted by the World Health Organization, “Promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks are critical for the prevention of health problems in adulthood, and for countries’ future health and social infrastructure.” In other words, if we want to keep our communities healthy, teen health is essential.
Since the mid-20th century, the health field has recognized the unique needs of adolescents and their right to developmentally appropriate services that openly address the health and behavioral realities of teen life. Today, adolescent medicine is an established field as a sub-specialty of pediatrics. MDs with training in pediatrics, family medicine, or internal medicine can enter adolescent medicine fellowship programs.
Top prospects in this year’s National Football League draft stopped by Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai on Thursday, May 8, the first day of the draft. They delighted pediatric patients with smiles, NFL goody bags, and visits to their rooms and to The Zone, a therapeutic and educational play area.