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2015 Current News


Top Tips for Enjoying Safe Trick-or-Treating

Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, shares his top tips for enjoying safe trick-or-treating.

What’s the Worst Kind of Halloween Candy?

Experts pick the best and worst Halloween candies for your health. Registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby comments.

Study: Cutting Added Sugar Can Improve Your Health — in Just 10 Days

A new study shows cutting out added sugar can improve your health in 10 days. Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Naim Alkhouri comments.

10-Year-Old’s Empathy, Drive ‘Well Beyond Her Years’

A 10-year-old starts a “Kids for Coloring” program which donates art supplies to sick children in hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children’s art therapist Meredith McCulloch comments.

The Lowdown on Lice

Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Dr. Sara Lappe shares what you need to know about lice.

Vitamin E, Pentoxifylline Lower Liver Enzymes in NASH

Dr. Naim Alkhouri discusses study results presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting.

Emotional abuse in childhood as harmful as violence or neglect

New research finds emotional abuse can be just as damaging as other forms of child abuse, including violence and neglect. Cleveland Clinic Children’s psychologist Dr. Katherine Lamparyk comments.

Gun Violence: The Public Health Crisis America Is Denying

Dr. Ellen Rome explains how gun violence is a public health issue in need of action.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Names New Chair in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Northeast Ohio’s Largest Pediatric Heart Center Recruits Elizabeth “Tess” Vickers Saarel, M.D., from Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, has captured the public’s attention with his achievements in medicine.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Gary Hsich comments.

Breastfed infants may get enough vitamin D in mothers’ milk.

Study finds infants may get enough vitamin D from breast milk if their mothers take high-dose vitamin D supplements. Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Patient with long QT syndrome is once again participating in sporting activities after treatment at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Dr. Peter Aziz comments.

How to explain disturbing events kids see on TV and more

Dr. Michael Traylor, Cleveland Clinic Children's, shares tips on safeguarding kids from negative media exposure.

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An allergy is an abnormal or hypersensitive reaction to something. The treatment of allergies is also called Immunology. Some of the most common childhood allergies include plant pollens, bee stings, food allergies, environmental allergies and asthma. Our Pediatric Allergy department is actively involved in allergy research and testing, ensuring that our patients have access to the latest treatment options.

Early introduction to peanuts may prevent allergy in children, study says

Study finds children at a predisposed risk of developing a peanut allergy may be able to reduce that risk by consuming the nut earlier in life. Dr. Brian Schroer comments.

Blood Disorders

The body contains several different kinds of blood cells, including white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells and platelets. Blood disorders include anything that affects the various blood cells, including their shape, size, function. Sometimes bone problems can affect blood cells, since bone marrow is responsible for creating new blood cells. The treatment of blood disorders is also called Hematology.

Sickle Cell Awareness

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient shares his journey of living with sickle cell disease.

Common Childhood Illnesses

Childhood endures plenty of coughs, sneezes and runny noses—with very few being serious. Common childhood illnesses include bacterial infections (middle ear infections) and viral infections such as Chickenpox and Rotavirus. Most common conditions can be treated with a visit to your pediatrician. Cleveland Clinic's Children's physicians see patients in more than 20 locations across Northeast Ohio.

10 Essential Facts About Whooping Cough"

Experts discuss 10 essential facts about whooping cough. Dr. Camille Sabella comments.

Emotions & Behaviors

Healthy behavioral development involves learning the social norms for acceptable behavior and the expression of emotions. Some emotional/behavioral conditions are present from birth, while others can appear late in an adolescent's life (eating disorders, depression). Many behavioral disorders have the potential to impact a child's ability to learn (ADHD), to focus on tasks, to accept challenges, and to cope with everyday stresses.

ProMedica Bixby wants to help fill a need for autistic children

Cleveland Clinic Children’s opens new center for autism in Adrian, MI through a joint-collaboration with ProMedica's Bixby Hospital.

Do You Sleepwalk? You Might Be Able To Blame Your Parents

Study findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors. Dr. Deb Lonzer comments.

Measles Vaccine Not Linked with Autism, Even in High-Risk Kids

Study finds no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Dr. Thomas Frazier comments.

Corpus callosum ages abnormally in autism

Dr. Thomas Frazier comments on results of autism study.


The medical field that treats the heart and its ability to circulate blood is called Cardiology. Our pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons are among the most highly trained in the world. Our teams can detect many heart conditions, including irregular heartbeats, valve disorders and congenital defects, while a baby is still in the womb. Our surgeons routinely perform the most complex heart procedures on the tiniest patients, including artery transpositions and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Loosening the Reins on LQTS Sports Guidelines

Dr. Peter Aziz discusses guidelines on long QT syndrome.

A superhero in scrubs

Dr. Robert Stewart is featured as an everyday hero.

West Virginia teen thankful for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, credits them for saving his life

A teen from West Virginia is crediting Cleveland Clinic Children’s for saving his life. Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Akron Children’s Hospital joins with Cleveland Clinic to repair congenital heart defects

When 16-month-old Layla Ries recently got a new heart, doctors from Akron Children’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital performed her transplant surgery together. Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Ben Carson returning to Ohio next month for Cleveland Clinic's Pediatric Innovation Summit

Ben Carson will deliver a keynote address next month at Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Innovation Summit.

Neurological Conditions

Neurology includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Any neurological abnormalities or damage often cause problems in other areas of the body, since the brain's message pathways have been compromised. Our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery was ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2012-13. Our pediatric neurosurgery services emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, using the same core care team to treat a patient even into adulthood.

Concussions more than a knock on the noggin

Concussions can be damaging to children’s long-term brain health. Dr. Rick Figler comments.


The body's bones, joints, and the muscles that operate them form the field of Orthopaedics. Sports injuries are also included in this field, through Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Health Program. Our orthopaedic physicians have access to the vast resources of Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute and treat more than 15,000 children per year.

Emergency Room Season for Kids

With warmer temperatures come more injuries for children adjusting to growth spurts. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Are trampolines risky for kids? Local experts weigh in

Experts weigh in on the dangers and safety guidelines of trampolines. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.


Pulmonary conditions affect the lungs and the respiratory tract, including asthma and sleep apnea. We provide coordinated treatment and integrated medical visits among our pulmonary physicians, allergists and otolaryngologists. Our pediatric pulmonology program was nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 edition of "Best Children’s Hospitals."

Respiratory Care in the NICU

Cleveland Clinic Children’s neonatologist Dr. Michelle Elias-Ruiz shares her expertise on respiratory care in the NICU (Page 14).

Special Interest & Giving

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, everything we do is about providing world class health care to young patients and their families when they need it most. Our pediatric medical teams provide expert specialized care for young patients. Our researchers pioneer new diagnosis and treatment options for the most challenging childhood diseases. Our educators train the next generation of top pediatric physicians and nurses. Our caregivers bend over backwards to make each patient’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible.These stories highlight just a few of our efforts and the efforts of the community around us.

Cedar Point partners with Cleveland Clinic Children's to raise money for kids

Cedar Point is offering a special price on a limited number of rooms at its newly restored Hotel Breakers to help raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Alec Kulik, Cleveland Clinic Children’s institute administrator comments.

Urology & Kidneys

Kidney disease affects the kidney's ability to remove liquid waste from the body. The treatment of kidney problems is also called Nephrology. Our Transplant Center has extensive experience with pediatric transplant patients and coordinates services with our dedicated pediatric dialysis unit.

Amherst teen receives new kidney, ready for college in the fall

Teenager prepares for college this fall after receiving a new kidney. Dr. Charles Kwon comments.

Wellness & Nutrition

Proper nutritional support prevents malnutrition, assures appropriate physical growth and development, and helps to maintain a strong immune system.Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has a team of registered dietitians, board certified in pediatrics, who collaborate with physician teams to provide expert, evidence-based nutritional care for infants, children and adolescents.

Sugar shock! Hidden sugar in foods kids love

Jennifer Willoughby, registered dietition at Cleveland Clinic Children's, shows where sugar is hiding in common kids food and drinks.

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