Posts Tagged ‘Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’

Bedtime basics

This article was written by Margaret Seiler and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. While anything from caffeine to a chronic illness to the excitement of household visitors can make it tough for kids to sleep, one of the most common sleep disruptors for children – and adults – is simply stress. “It’s when we’re stressed and hyperaroused, physiologically, that it’s hard to initiate sleep,” says Kyle P. Johnson, M.D., a … Read More

Tips for supporting one another

Those of us working in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at OHSU believe that the path to meeting the challenges of a complex world begins with the experience of being loved and loving others, in our homes and in our communities. Our education and experience with children and families help us to recognize that while science evolves rapidly, the basic nature of the human experience remains the same. We are daily awed and … Read More

Bends in the road

Below, Doernbecher dad Jerris Marr shares his family’s incredible journey – and invites you to help make a difference in the lives of other patients and families. Throughout life’s journey there are bends in the road that you never see coming. July 2007. During a family vacation, we noticed that our 4-year-old daughter Faith’s back was not bending as it should; she frequently complained of pain. At one point, when lightly wrestling with her brother, … Read More

‘Grass Strong:’ Andy’s Doernbecher story

In December 2014, a sneaker wave hit 10-year-old Andy Grass and his brothers while visiting Rockaway Beach, Ore. The boys jumped on a log to avoid the sneaker wave, but Andy fell and the log rolled on top of him, resulting in multiple serious injuries. Below, Andy’s dad, Paul, shares how Andy’s hospitalization and prolonged recovery affected their family – and how it continues to teach all of them strength, resilience and healing. *** Our … Read More

Marijuana safety

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU has seen a significant increase in the number of reported marijuana exposures in the past three years. To help ensure the safety of all Oregonians, the poison center has developed the following safety recommendations around marijuana products: Keep marijuana products out of the reach of children In Oregon, the use of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older. All marijuana products, medicinal or recreational, should be locked up … Read More

From patient to med student: Shira’s Doernbecher story

Below, Shira Einstein, a third-year medical student at the OHSU School of Medicine, shares her powerful Doernbecher story. Many of us who decide to go into the medical field do so bearing scars. Mine happens to be about 1-inch-long under my left collarbone, where a port-a-cath was placed nine years ago in order to administer my IV chemotherapy treatments. I was a freshman in high school when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stage 2A. … Read More

The battle of a lifetime

National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community. Below, Elaine Brockhage shares her Doernbecher story and how her diagnosis at age 12 continues to impact her life today. Cancer is something you fight. The patient himself fights. The patient’s family fights. The family’s friends fight. Even good Samaritan strangers join in the battle. When … Read More

‘Story Beads’ help tell oncology patients’ stories at Doernbecher

At Doernbecher, every bead has a story. Strung together, these beads take on an even greater meaning: helping oncology patients conceptualize, cope with and share their cancer journeys. The Story Bead Program began at Doernbecher in 2003 and is supported by the Doernbecher Child Life program. Every year, there are about 250 newly diagnosed cancer patients treated at Doernbecher. If a child is interested in participating in the Story Bead Program, they are given an … Read More

Meet Dr. Maggie Stoeckel

We sat down with pediatric psychology fellow Maggie Stoeckel, Ph.D., to learn more about her role at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and how she and her team work together to help patients and families. What do you do at OHSU Doernbecher?  I’m completely embedded in the GI service and am available for all patients who have any kind of psychosocial needs. My primary role is working with kids that have chronic illnesses – the patients … Read More

Is rice cereal safe for your child?

A study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth published in JAMA Pediatrics found that infants who consume increased amounts of rice cereals and foods containing rice have higher levels of urinary arsenic. Arsenic exposure is associated with an increased risk of neurocognitive problems in children. In light of these recent findings, what are parents to think? The FDA has just proposed new guidelines on the allowable amounts of arsenic in rice cereal that is parallel to … Read More

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