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UK Pediatrician Helps Families Build ‘Greenhouses’ for Behavioral Development

Posted: 3/8/2017

Amy Hall celebrated her son’s first haircut appointment and the moment her daughter permitted a hug. For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, even small gestures and slight behavioral changes count as developmental breakthroughs.

Hall’s son Jacob, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 2, once spiraled into emotional outbursts when anyone tried to touch his hair. Hall and behavioral therapists at the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, rehearsed Jacob’s first visit to the barbershop. Every day for several weeks, Jacob practiced getting his hair washed in a bathtub at the school. He took a field trip to the barbershop and climbed into the barber’s chair. He even had the chance to inspect the barber’s combs and shears before the big day.

Maggie, Hall's second child, was diagnosed with an autism disorder at 19 months. She went through a stage avoiding touch, even embraces from her parents. Early intervention and repetitive behavioral training helped Maggie overcome her fear and warm up to cuddling with her parents.

“I think of how difficult some of those months were for us, and how far they’ve come,” Hall said.

After Jacob was diagnosed in 2011, Hall applied for a scholarship at the Highlands... FULL STORY

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UK's 2017 DanceBlue Raises Nearly $1.8 Million for Pediatric

Posted: 2/26/2017
After 24 hours of dancing in anticipation, DanceBlue chairs and committee members revealed the 2017 grand fundraising total of $1,785,286.96 to the nearly 1,000 student participants and a crowd of supporters. Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the... FULL STORY
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DanceBlue Community Cuts Ribbon to Open New Pediatric Cancer

Posted: 2/6/2017
With a sailboat full of toys, murals of blue skies over the sea and a lighthouse illuminated with all colors of the rainbow, the new $1.6 million DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic transports families to a beachside getaway. The expanded beach-themed clinic, supported by funds raised through the UK... FULL STORY
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UK Pediatrician Contributes to Peanut Allergy Recommendation Reversal

Posted: 1/18/2017 - Tags: Pediatrics
The rate of Americans suffering from food allergies, including a life-threatening peanut allergy, has dramatically increased in the past few decades. Peanut allergies are the leading cause of death caused by food-induced asphyxia, although death from a peanut allergy is rare. Peanut allergies typically begin during early childhood and persist into adulthood.  For years, pediatricians recommended parents proceed with caution when introducing potentially allergenic foods. They advised a strict elimination of peanut products from the at-risk child’s diet until 3 years of age. But now experts point to evidence that early and frequent exposure to peanuts can prevent... FULL STORY

Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Search

Posted: 10/18/2016
Position Description for the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Physician-and-Chief, Kentucky Children’s HospitalThe University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications and seeks nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. The successful candidate will also serve as Physician-and-Chief for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.The Department of Pediatrics has an outstanding training program in General Pediatrics and three combined training programs: 1) Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 2) Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, and 3) Child Neurology. UK Pediatrics also offers... FULL STORY

UK Pediatrics Chief Receives Ronald McDonald House Charities of the

Posted: 9/22/2016 - Tags: Pediatrics, Awards and Recognition, Faculty
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass (RMHC) recently honored Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, with the 2016 Elizabeth Carey Nahra Legacy of Love Award. The award recognizes an organization or individual whose exceptional contributions or projects have enabled the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass to assist families of children hospitalized at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). Wallace founded the Helping Hands Fund, which supplements family donations to cover the charity’s operational costs through scholarships. The fund contributes $20,000... FULL STORY

Steltenkamp to be Honored As One of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare

Posted: 4/27/2016 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Pediatric
Health Data Management, the information resource for medical and information technology (IT) professionals, executives and administrators, is honoring 75 of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, which includes Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and chief medical information officer (CMIO) at UK HealthCare. The awards are broken into three categories: thought leaders, provider/payer executives and CIOs/IT leaders. All 75 health care providers will be honored at The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference which will be held May 12 in Boston. Steltenkamp is chair of the Kentucky eHealth Board... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctors List

Posted: 10/7/2015
by Kristi Lopez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by impartial peer review. The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup, results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare, Cincinnati Children's Sign Letter of Intent for

Posted: 9/3/2015
UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to move toward a significant partnership to provide pediatric heart care services in the region. The partnership combines the strengths of the region's leading provider of advanced subspecialty care in UK HealthCare with one of the country's undisputed leaders in children's health care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The collaboration will enable more Kentucky children to receive care closer to home. "In partnering with Cincinnati Children's we will be teaming-up with one of the top three children's hospitals in the country and a... FULL STORY

Why the HPV Vaccine Should be Addressed as Cancer Prevention

Posted: 8/19/2015
For women younger than 40, cervical cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related death. With modern vaccines to protect against the underlying cause, human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancers. As a society, we have the opportunity to wipe out or significantly reduce a disease by vaccinating the population. Still, many American health care providers and families aren’t getting their children and teens vaccinated, and our youth are suffering the consequences. Cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the throat, penis, rectum, vulva and mouth, can develop from changes in cells caused by HPV. Since the FDA... FULL STORY

UK Pediatrician, Child Safety Advocate Named 2015 Public Health Hero

Posted: 4/16/2015 - Tags: Pediatric, Faculty, Awards and Recognition
Kentucky Children's Hospital pediatrician and child safety researcher Dr. Susan Pollack was recently honored as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s 2015 Public Health Heroes. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Pollack has advocated for injury prevention and safety measures for children of all ages. Her areas of expertise include safe sleeping areas for infants, car seat safety, drowning and fire prevention, teen driving, and head protection for bicyclists, skateboarders and ATV riders. She frequently assists with the Child Care Health Consultant... FULL STORY

UK Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Chosen to Lead AAHPM Group

Posted: 3/13/2015 - Tags: Pediatrics
UK Health Care pediatrician Dr. Lindsay B. Ragsdale was recently elected as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM). Ragsdale is the associate director of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), which serves families of seriously ill children at Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). PACT focuses on improving quality of life, communicating health information to families and managing pain for patients in many sections of the hospital. In addition, Ragsdale serves as a pediatric hospitalist at KCH and assistant professor of pediatrics. A member of the AAHPM for three years, Ragsdale... FULL STORY

UK Scientist Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant to Study Therapy for Sepsis

Posted: 3/10/2015 - Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
Xiang-An Li, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study synthetic HDL (sHDL) as a potential therapy for sepsis. Sepsis -- also called septicemia -- is a life-threatening condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Immune chemicals released by the body into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation that can damage multiple organ systems. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops, the heart weakens and the patient spirals toward septic shock and death. Sepsis is a major... FULL STORY

UK Neonatologist's Study Trial Supports Alternative Therapy for Drug-

Posted: 2/2/2015 - Tags: Pediatrics
In the past decade, the number of Kentucky babies starting life with a drug dependency, or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), has skyrocketed from 1.3 per 1,000 births to 19 per 1,000 births. Just like adults coming off drugs, babies whose mothers used opiate drugs during pregnancy, will suffer from a number of withdrawal symptoms, including tremors and irritability. The most common form of treatment for babies suffering from withdrawal is the opiate morphine, which can hinder brain development during a critical growth period in a baby's life. The treatment period for infants requires hospitalization and can last weeks or even months, resulting in high... FULL STORY

UK Pediatric Surgeon Intervenes to Help Boy from His Home Country

Posted: 1/27/2015 - Tags: Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Shoulder to Shoulder
A mother's embrace couldn't settle a fidgety Snayder Menendez Quinones for more than a few seconds in the Pavilion A lobby of the UK Chandler Hospital. But Maria Quinones was relieved to see her 3-year-old son return to his playful self after recovering from surgery at Kentucky Children's Hospital. The timid and afraid boy who arrived at UK HealthCare on Sept. 23, 2014, was now gleeful and talkative. The sausage-like lesion on his was lip gone, replaced by a scar in the corner of his mouth. His mother was no longer afraid of his toddler tumbles, which could have resulted in major bleeding before the tumor was removed. "I worry less about him getting hurt playing... FULL STORY