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Mission Children's Highlights

Bike Helmet Safety – How to Protect Your Child from Head Injuries

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Riding bikes is a classic kids’ pastime, and it can be lots of fun for children of all ages. But unfortunately, accidents can happen. Some bicycle injuries are so serious that children ca...

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May Is Bike Safety Month – 9 Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to be outside biking with your family. Here are few bicycle safety tips that can keep you and your family biking safely: Always wear a properl...

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A Heartfelt “Thank You” to Our Incredible Volunteers

Organizations and people across the nation are celebrating and thanking volunteers this week in honor of National Volunteer Recognition Week. We are humbled and awed by the impact and contributions Mission Health volunteers have on our patients. Take a look at a few ...

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Be the Voice – Learn the Signs of Abused Children

With children, small changes can indicate big troubles. From sudden fears to aggression, child abuse and neglect change children. “We urge adults to pay close attention to children around them. Unexplained behavioral changes can signal a child or family needs help,...

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Ask the Doc – Constipation, Diarrhea and “Poo Accidents” in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: My child has a lot of “poo accidents.” Should I be worried? A: You should bring up this issue with ...

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To Epidural or Not To Epidural – Anesthesia and Your Pregnancy

By Mary Leonidas, CRNA The test is positive – you are pregnant! Now, a flood of feelings overwhelm you. Excitement! Joy! Boy or girl? How to tell family? Name? Pink or green nursery? Then, perhaps, after the thrill of the happy news, comes the fear of the unknown. ...

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Liquid Laundry Pods – How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Prevent Poisoning

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital There has been a recent spike in poisoning incidents related to children ingesting liquid laundry packets – sometimes referred to as pods. A dangerous and unfortunate social media trend ...

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Preventing Infections while Pregnant Helps to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to spread awareness about certain infectious diseases that can lead to birth defects during pregnancy. Learn more about these five preventable infectious diseases: Zika Virus – The CDC rec...

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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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