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Largest pediatric healthcare provider in northeast Ohio.
Largest pediatric healthcare provider in northeast Ohio.

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When children and their family members come to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley‘s Outpatient Registration Department, it’s likely their visit involves a treatment, test or a procedure. Some of them find it tough to be brave.

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One of life’s cardinal rules is that things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes life has a way of throwing you the occasional curve ball, but you learn it’s what you make of those situations that can help carve a new path. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse Amanda Ellis knows this lesson firsthand.

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You’ve hired a new babysitter and discussed your safety expectations with her. You posted the list of emergency phone numbers on the fridge, instructed her on your kids’ bedtimes schedules and told her what to do if your allergic child consumes peanuts. You’re all set, right? Wrong.

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Instead of reaching for that store-bought granola bar, packed with added sugar, and unwanted artificial flavors and preservatives, try these super strawberry bars. They’re made with wholesome ingredients and perfect for those mornings on-the-go. Plus, your family won’t be able to get enough.

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Erin and Rob Davies of Boardman are not doctors, nor trained ultrasound techs, but even they knew something was wrong when the room suddenly went quiet during their baby’s 20-week ultrasound.

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Marie Brown‘s roots to Akron Children’s Hospital run deep. When she says, “This place is in my blood,” she isn’t kidding. Her mom, Mary Ellen Butler, the longtime clinical coordinator for the radiology tech school, worked at Akron Children’s for 22 years. And, over Ann-Marie’s own 30-plus year tenure at the hospital, she’s held 2 pioneering roles and poured her own blend of blood, sweat and tears into her work.

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The World Health Organization recently said mass marketing of unhealthy foods and sugary drinks on social media platforms, through mobile apps, online videos and games is contributing to childhood obesity.

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It may be some comfort to know that your teen’s erratic behavior may in large part stem from an underdeveloped brain.

“Teenagers are amazing,” said Dr. Sumru Bilge-Johnson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Akron Children’s Hospital. “They are at the peak of physical health and their mental capacity is great. But they also can be very frustrating for parents.


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Sarah Groves helps children and families using The Executive Functioning Skills Building Program, which is designed to address areas in which children with ADHD struggle. Those areas include emotional regulation, inhibition, task management and planning and organization.

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With so many summer camps to choose from, picking the right one can be a challenge – especially if your child is resisting going to camp at all.
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