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Mission Children's Highlights

A Gift from the Heart – Creating Music with a Patient’s Own Heartbeat

For Alex Farrell, a 14-year-old leukemia patient, a special musical project brings a one-of-a-kind heartwarming treasure for herself and those who love her dearly. With the help of Asheville-based nonprofit Arts for Life, Mission Children’s Hospital patients are ta...

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Getting Married and Considering Children? It’s the Perfect Time to Discuss Folic Acid

By Jennifer Vickery Preconception Health Education Coordinator Congratulations! You are getting married! You and your partner are starting a new and exciting adventure together, and for some of you this new adventure may include having children some point along the w...

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Ask the Doc – Digestive Health Issues in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: What are some things children can do to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract? A: Maintain a...

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Migraine Headaches in Children and Teens – Advice and Recommendations

By Joanne Prinzhorn, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mission Children’s Hospital The complaint of a headache is the most common neurologic symptom encountered in a pediatric practice. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand basic steps to help with this p...

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PCOS in Adolescents – What You Need to Know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Evelyn M. Artz, MD, of Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville, offers answers about this fairly common condition in young women. Q: What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? Dr. Artz: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects adolescent and adu...

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Linked Program Pilot Supports Autistic Children at Asheville Surgery Center

By Lisa A. Clark, MSN, RN, PCCN There is a saying frequently heard about autism: “If you have met a person with autism, that’s all you have done is met one person.” Realizing that each autistic person having surgery at the Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) needs i...

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Tiny Objects, Massive Hazards – Do You Know What to Do if Your Child Swallows a Battery?

By Ashley McClary, MD McDowell Pediatrics For parents, batteries are seemingly everywhere. Toys, electronics, flashlights and key fobs are just a few of the everyday items that are charged by these tiny power sources – some of which can create serious dangers for c...

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In the Spirit of Safety – Avoid Holiday Dangers

By Arielle Lankford Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tis the season … for a friendly reminder about safety. With traditions, celebrations and new toys being shared, it’s important for families to be aware of potential dangers. Decorating the Tree Decorate y...

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Pregnant during the Holidays? Tips to Embrace Celebrating without Alcohol

Amy Hendricks, the program coordinator for the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, offers expert advice on navigating holiday parties while pregnant, as seen in WNC Parent. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, go...

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Standing with the Parkers – How Mission Helped an Arden Family Get the Care They Needed

When 14-month-old Fields Parker took a hard fall and appeared to have a broken arm, his father, Tyler, went into action. Understandably concerned for his son’s well-being, Tyler rushed him to the emergency department at Mission Hospital. Sure enough, the physicians...

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Tiny Medicine – Caring for Our Tiniest Patients in the NICU

By Chris DeRienzo, MD “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!” – Horton, from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss When I tell people I’m a neonatologist, they usually nod and smile in the way people do when they have ab...

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Triumph over Tragedy – The Inspiring Journey of Ms. Wheelchair USA

By Madeline Delp Ms. Wheelchair USA As anyone who has had to take an unconscious ride in an ambulance well knows, life can change in an instant. I saw the truth of this principle in my own life at the age of ten years old after my mom and I had been in a horrific [&#...

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Reading Is Fundamental – NICU Book Program Helps Families Bond

By Nancy Lindell Every day, mothers and fathers walk into the Mission Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to see their babies. Often parents of these babies are unable to hold their children, to do the normal things that other parents might take for granted. In part,...

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Is Your Family Properly Protected from Carbon Monoxide?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is the right time to make safety improvements. Our Safe Kids team wants you to know the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in and around your home. Here are som...

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Talking to Children about Tragedies in the News – Expert Advice for Parents

By Jai Robert Kumar, MD When tragedies like the shooting in Las Vegas or natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Maria appear in the news, parents struggle with what they should or should not share and discuss with their children. The American Academy of Pediat...

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Healthy Kids – Keeping the Balance Between Family and Work

Arielle Lankford, NP, nurse practitioner at Mission Pediatrics Franklin offers expert advice on balancing work and family, as seen in WNC Parent. The wise and well known Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that ...

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Fire Prevention – Simple Ways to Keep Your Family Safe

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital In honor of Fire Prevention Week, be sure you know these important tips to protect your family from the dangers of fire. Smoke Alarms Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a f...

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A True Superhero – An Update on Young Noah’s Story

In September 2016, we shared the heartwarming story of young Noah Woods of Marion, and his inspiring journey as he courageously battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A year later, we check in with Noah and his family. Noah’s mother, Michele Woods, catches ...

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Getting Past the Pain – Sickle Cell Disease Isn’t Holding Back Jaire Rodriquez

Pain affects all of us at some point. If we’re lucky, we may escape it for many years. But that’s not the case for everyone – it certainly hasn’t been for 17-year-old Jaire Rodriquez. He has sickle cell disease, and excruciating pain has been present in his l...

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Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids – 4 Steps to School Success

Dr. Lucia Criveanu, a pediatrician at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, offers expert advice on making this school year a success for your children, as seen in WNC Parent. School, whether in a public, private or home setting, is a formal education that...

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