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Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Sunscreen Tips for Parents
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

With so many sunscreens out there, how do you know which one is effective—and safe—for your child? Dr. Minnelly Lu, pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, shares the latest advice.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
What Parents Should Know about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

MIS-C stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Formerly called pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, it describes a new health condition seen in children who have been infected with novel coronavirus, recovered from it and later have an immune response that results in symptoms of significant levels of inflammation in organ systems. MIS-C is similar in some ways to other inflammatory conditions like Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children who have MIS-C generally did not have obvious symptoms when they were infected with novel coronavirus, like cough, and generally were healthy prior to developing MIS-C.

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Released: 29-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
What Is Kawasaki Disease?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Kawasaki disease, sometimes called Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious inflammation of the blood vessels which affects young children, often under 5 years of age. Marked by fever, swelling and other symptoms, it can lead to coronary artery aneurysms in approximately 25% of cases if untreated.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Top Summer Safety Tips for Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers summer safety tips for children and families so they can enjoy summer activities in a safe and healthy manner

Released: 18-Jun-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Should You Take Your Child to the Emergency Room, Urgent Care—or Call the Doctor?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

As a parent, your number one goal is keeping your child safe and healthy. When is it time to head to the emergency department (ED)—and when is it best to call your child’s doctor, or go to an urgent care center?

Released: 17-Jun-2020 9:05 AM EDT
The Do's and Don'ts of Face Masks
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Face masks are an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all masks are created equal. And if you don’t wear and handle your mask properly, it won’t protect you or others around you. So which masks work—and which don’t? And how do you safely wear one? Marisa Glucoft, MPH, CIC, Director of Accreditation and Licensing, Infection Prevention and Emergency Management at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, shares what you need to know.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Don’t Let COVID-19 Keep You From Your Child’s Doctor Appointment
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Parents have been wondering whether they should keep their child’s health care appointments during the coronavirus crisis. Pediatrician Mona Patel, MD, has a simple answer: Yes. Don't delay your child's healthcare.

Released: 14-May-2020 7:35 AM EDT
Experts Discuss Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-System Syndrome and its Potential Connection to COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients with Kawasaki Disease
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Experts Discuss Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-System Syndrome and its Potential Connection to COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients with Kawasaki Disease. Physicians urge community pediatricians and emergency room physicians to be on the lookout for children with prolonged fevers displaying several other symptoms - including rash, red cracked lips, or red tongue and red eyes, among others.

Newswise: How to Talk to Children about Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 28-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How to Talk to Children about Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

As the COVID-19 death toll in the United States climbs, parents and caregivers need to shy away from their protective instincts and prepare themselves for some open and candid conversations with grieving children about death. “For children to cope, adults need to help them understand that death is permanent and irreversible,” says David Schonfeld, MD, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “They need simple and straightforward answers, and an opportunity to share their feelings.”

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Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Parents Can Tend to Kids’ Emotional Health in the Age of Coronavirus
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life. With schools closed, parents working at home, or suddenly unemployed, and many people under “stay at home” directives, the cadence of people’s routines have been disrupted. As the coronavirus spreads, people are understandably anxious; so how should adults caring for children tend to kids’ emotional health during such unprecedented times?

Released: 19-Aug-2019 1:35 PM EDT
Do You Know How Heavy Your Child's Backpack Is?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Backpacks that are too heavy can cause pain, lead to serious injury and affect posture. Children can end up with injuries in their joints, back/spine, muscles, neck and shoulders from backpacks that are too heavy.

Released: 12-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Back-to-School Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Back-to-School Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

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Released: 1-Aug-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Back to School Tips for Parents
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Back to school tips for parents include meeting with teachers early and kids making friends sooner rather than later when they start a new school.

Newswise: “Keyhole” Surgery Repairs Spina Bifida In Utero
Released: 17-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
“Keyhole” Surgery Repairs Spina Bifida In Utero
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Multi-institution collaboration is the first in the western U.S. to perform completely laparoscopic repair of open spina bifida

Released: 13-Jun-2018 4:45 PM EDT
Growing Pains
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles occupational therapist Jamie Sakamoto breaks down growing pains, the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain in children

Newswise: Expert from the Largest Pediatric Craniofacial Program in the U.S.  Raises Awareness of Young Patients with Facial Differences and Syndromes Like Treacher Collins
Released: 20-Nov-2017 8:05 AM EST
Expert from the Largest Pediatric Craniofacial Program in the U.S. Raises Awareness of Young Patients with Facial Differences and Syndromes Like Treacher Collins
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the largest craniofacial program for children in the country and is directed by Mark Urata, MD, DDS, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at CHLA. He comments on Treacher Collins Syndrome and other facial differences brought to light in the new movie, "Wonder."

Newswise: The Link Between Unhappiness and Smartphone Usage with Kids
Released: 16-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
The Link Between Unhappiness and Smartphone Usage with Kids
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Recent research has shown a direct correlation between excessive smartphone usage and unhappiness with kids and teens. Children's Hospital Los Angeles psychologist Stephanie Marcy discusses the issue and provides tips for parents on how to manage their kids' device activity.

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Released: 23-Mar-2017 9:05 PM EDT
Five Ways to Protect Your Child From Household Poisons
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to poison centers across the United States, and half those calls involve children under 6. As part of National Poison Prevention Week CHLA pediatric medical toxicologist Cyrus Rangan, M.D. shares tips for preventing poisoning in the home.

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Released: 24-Feb-2017 5:05 PM EST
Winter Injury Safety: It's Not Just About Skiing and Snowboarding
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are injured in winter-related activities, regardless of whether they live in warm or cold climates.

Newswise: 300… and Counting!  Children's Hospital Los Angeles Performs Milestone Liver Transplant
Released: 29-Dec-2016 7:05 PM EST
300… and Counting! Children's Hospital Los Angeles Performs Milestone Liver Transplant
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles performs milestone 300th pediatric liver transplant when father donates tissue to son; family also gets a visit from CHLA's first-ever living donor liver patient.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Expert Available to Speak on Sudden Acute Flaccid Myelitis Spike
Released: 10-Nov-2016 2:05 PM EST
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Expert Available to Speak on Sudden Acute Flaccid Myelitis Spike
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

A rare neurological disease has recently taken center stage in the United States. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the cause of eight hospitalizations in the Seattle-area alone, all of which involved children with polio-like symptoms. As of September 2016, 89 people in 33 states were confirmed to have AFM, with the CDC expressing concern about the sharp spike in cases in recent months.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Specialists Offer Top Five Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids
Released: 9-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Specialists Offer Top Five Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

With a little advance planning, going back to school can be a fun and exciting adventure for kids and parents. The specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have put together their top five tips to ensure parents and kids transition smoothly from summer vacation to the new school year.

Newswise: Concussion Expert Tracy Zaslow, MD, Available for Interviews
Released: 23-Dec-2015 10:45 AM EST
Concussion Expert Tracy Zaslow, MD, Available for Interviews
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Tracy Zaslow, MD, is the director of the Sports Concussion Program and medical director of of the Sports Medicine Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is Board-Certified in pediatrics, and also fellowship-trained, with board certification in sports medicine. Her clinical interests include a spectrum of orthopaedic and medical conditions affecting young athletes, including sports-related concussion, overuse injuries and injury prevention. Dr. Zaslow, a team physician for the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, understands the goals and challenges faced by young athletes because, like her patients, she grew up playing sports and still remains active in tennis, volleyball, running, hiking, yoga and skiing.

Newswise: Parents and Kids: Managing the Anxieties and Emotions of Back to School
Released: 13-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Parents and Kids: Managing the Anxieties and Emotions of Back to School
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Marcy’s focus is on the emotional aspects of the new school year — the stress it causes for kids and parents. She has a model called The Six Rs of Returning to School: Rest, Routine, Responsibility, Reassure, Resist and Role Modeling. She talks about how to help children with the sudden overwhelm of transitioning from summer fun and later nights to resuming long days in the classroom and doing nightly homework. She is also an expert on kids’ socialization issues, like bullying (how parents should manage if their kid is the victim or if their kid is the bully), dealing with new teachers, adjusting to a new school.

Newswise: James Stein, MD, Veteran of Six Conjoined Twin Separation Surgeries, Answers 10 Questions About Rare Procedure Performed on Six-Month-Old Conjoined Sisters in Haiti
Released: 10-Jun-2015 9:00 AM EDT
James Stein, MD, Veteran of Six Conjoined Twin Separation Surgeries, Answers 10 Questions About Rare Procedure Performed on Six-Month-Old Conjoined Sisters in Haiti
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

On Friday, May 22, an 18-member team of physicians and nurses from Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led an international collaboration to separate a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian soil. James Stein, associate chief of surgery at Children's Hospital, was lead surgeon during the rare medical procedure.

Newswise: What Is Infant-Family Mental Health? Your Questions Answered
Released: 6-May-2015 6:00 AM EDT
What Is Infant-Family Mental Health? Your Questions Answered
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

Mental health. It’s a term we most often associate with adults and balancing high-stress jobs with an enjoyable lifestyle. But what exactly does “mental health” mean for infants and families? We talked to Marian E. Williams, PhD, director of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to learn more about this often “taboo” topic.

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Released: 24-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT
The Transyouth Center for Health and Development Offers Services For Young People Dealing with Gender Identity Issues
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, transgender issues are not new. Our Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine has been supporting the health of transgender youth for nearly 20 years. While many are becoming more familiar with the subject now, there is still great opportunity to advance understanding in the community. In this post, Johanna Olson, MD, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at CHLA, gives answers to questions that many are asking, including what the term ‘transgender’ means, what the transition process includes, and services that are available for transyouth.

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Released: 22-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT
Transgender Adults Start as Transgender Kids
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Johanna Olson, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she directs the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. In an effort to increase knowledge about the transgender experience, Olson frequently speaks to media on the topic.

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Released: 2-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT
What Can Parents Do To Prevent the Further Spread of the Measles?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Michael Neely, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, and how parents can prevent further outbreak. MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, how parents can prevent further outbreak, and what CHLA can do to help prevent infection and to treat those who have already been infected.

Newswise: PTSD Can Affect Sick Kids? Your Medical PTSD Questions Answered
Released: 20-Feb-2015 8:00 AM EST
PTSD Can Affect Sick Kids? Your Medical PTSD Questions Answered
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

PTSD. Four letters we immediately associate with soldiers and horrific wartime tragedies. But unfortunately, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event—including children with serious medical diagnoses. To learn more about this devastating disorder in kids, we talked to Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Newswise: 3D Printing Makes Heart Surgery Safer for Children
Released: 28-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST
3D Printing Makes Heart Surgery Safer for Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently used a 3D printed heart as a model to plan a life-saving procedure for his young patient, Esther Perez.

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Released: 17-Dec-2014 1:00 PM EST
The Flu Vaccine: It's Not Too Late and Yes, It's Necessary
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles infectious diseases specialist Pia Pannaraj, MD, discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine and why opting out should not be an option.

Newswise: How To Detect Infant and Toddler Injuries
Released: 1-Dec-2014 8:00 AM EST
How To Detect Infant and Toddler Injuries
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Bianca Edison, MD, MS is an attending physician in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Here she reviews common infant and toddler injuries, and how parents can determine if emergency medical care is needed.

Newswise: What Happens When a Child’s Stomachache Won’t Go Away?
Released: 3-Nov-2014 8:00 AM EST
What Happens When a Child’s Stomachache Won’t Go Away?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

At some point, virtually every child gets a stomachache. Fortunately, it’s usually short-lived and not cause for concern. But what happens when a child’s stomach troubles—including pain and constipation or diarrhea—don’t go away?

Newswise: When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better
Released: 27-Oct-2014 8:00 AM EDT
When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Newswise: After Heart Ailments, Urological Issues are the Most Common Conditions for Newborns, and Those Ailments Affect Girls More Than Boys
Released: 20-Oct-2014 8:00 AM EDT
After Heart Ailments, Urological Issues are the Most Common Conditions for Newborns, and Those Ailments Affect Girls More Than Boys
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) physician Roger E. De Filippo, MD, chief of CHLA's Division of Urology and an associate professor of urology and director of Pediatric Urology Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California discusses how science, technology and parental care can lead to improved pediatric urological health.

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Released: 15-Oct-2014 5:00 PM EDT
Will My Child Get Ebola?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

For many months, the world has witnessed the Ebola virus spread and claim more than 4,400 lives in West African countries. On Oct. 8, the first confirmed adult Ebola patient identified in the United States died. The constant news coverage has heightened concern among parents who fear their children will become infected.

Newswise: Pediatric Medical Geneticists Look to Genes to Unravel Mystery Illnesses in Children
Released: 13-Oct-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Pediatric Medical Geneticists Look to Genes to Unravel Mystery Illnesses in Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The genes children inherit determine everything from their height to their hair color. But sometimes, a child’s genetic code also contains hidden abnormalities that can cause an array of health issues, such as developmental delays or physical or mental illness. Linda Randolph, MD, head of the Division of Medical Genetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) explains how a medical geneticist works “like a detective” to diagnose genetic syndromes—and put children on the path to better health.

Released: 23-Sep-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Newborn Screening Uncovers Hidden Genetic Disorders
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

How can a seemingly healthy child have a genetic disorder? Divya Vats, MD, medical director of the Newborn Screening Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and is a staff physician at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles-Santa Monica Outpatient Care Center explains how newborn screening works and why it can prevent lifelong disability—and even save a child’s life.

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Released: 19-Sep-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Bad Cold or Enterovirus 68?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

It’s hard to tell the difference between the two, but Pia Pannaraj, MD, Infectious Diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles speaks on how parents should treat their kids’ symptoms and when to seek medical attention.

Newswise: Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In
Released: 12-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s alcohol consumption while pregnant affects her child in the future. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory to share her thoughts:

Newswise: Sickle Cell Disease: Saving a Generation
Released: 11-Sep-2014 6:00 PM EDT
Sickle Cell Disease: Saving a Generation
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

Sickle cell disease had been considered a pediatric ailment since people with it generally didn’t live to adulthood. As pediatricians, we’ve done a good job caring for our patients – 95% now live to their 20th birthday. Unfortunately, when our patients prepare to leave the pediatric system, a smooth transition to adult healthcare is lacking.

Newswise: What’s Next in Fighting Childhood Cancer?
Released: 8-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT
What’s Next in Fighting Childhood Cancer?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Fifty years ago, childhood cancer was a near-certain death sentence. But thanks to decades of treatment advances, more than 80 percent of childhood cancer patients now become survivors.

Newswise: Football Season Brings Hidden Dangers of Sickle Cell Trait into the Spotlight
Released: 3-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Football Season Brings Hidden Dangers of Sickle Cell Trait into the Spotlight
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

John Wood, MD, PhD, and colleagues are looking into how the body regulates blood flow to the muscles and brain in patients with sickle cell trait (SCT). They hope to determine specific factors that put certain SCT athletes at risk for life-threatening complications during vigorous exercise.

Newswise: Latino and African-American High School Students Take On Biomedical Research
Released: 22-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Latino and African-American High School Students Take On Biomedical Research
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

The Samuels Family LA-HIP is a biomedical internship and college preparatory program that gives minority students the opportunity to pursue their own research alongside nationally-renowned investigators.

Released: 12-Aug-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Offers 10 Back-to-School Tips for 2014-15 School Year
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Sharpened pencils: check; notebooks and paper: check; school schedule: check. As a parent, this check list may seem familiar to you. It is a clear indication that back-to-school season is here and that means preparing your child for the school year as best as you can. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is helping you and your child finalize the list by providing top 10 expert tips on keeping your child healthy and safe all year round.

Released: 29-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Help Your Infant or Toddler Cope with Stressful Events
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

Newswise: Apl.de.ap Foundation International Joins With Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Eye Surgeon to Combat Blindness in Filipino Babies
Released: 11-Jun-2014 9:00 AM EDT
Apl.de.ap Foundation International Joins With Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Eye Surgeon to Combat Blindness in Filipino Babies
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Pediatric eye surgeon Thomas Lee, MD, division chief of CHLA’s Vision Center, will collaborate with Apl.de.ap Foundation International to treat retinopathy in premature infants in the Philippines.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neurologist Tells How a Child’s Fever Can Turn Into a Seizure
Released: 2-Jun-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neurologist Tells How a Child’s Fever Can Turn Into a Seizure
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Kiarash Sadrieh, MD, of the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, offers tips for parents on how to identify when their child suffers a febrile seizure.

Newswise: As the NHL Gears Up for the Stanley Cup Finals, Youth Hockey Players and Their Parents Need to Know About Concussions and Ice Hockey
Released: 2-Jun-2014 9:00 AM EDT
As the NHL Gears Up for the Stanley Cup Finals, Youth Hockey Players and Their Parents Need to Know About Concussions and Ice Hockey
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

A Children's Hospital Los Angeles sports medicine expert explains how concussions occur while playing ice hockey and offers parents tips on how to recognize the injury in their children.


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