Episode 21: Constraint-induced movement therapy

February 23, 2016

Physical therapists Kathy Grinde and Jayne Myhre of rehabilitation services at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota join the show from the rehabilitation clinic in Maple Grove to discuss the benefits of constraint-induced movement therapy. This form of physical therapy is used with children who experience one-sided weakness due to brain injuries.

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Episode 20: Understanding cochlear implants

January 31, 2016

Dr. Abby Meyer, Lisa Zagar, AuD; and Mignon Miller, SLP, of the audiology and rehabilitation services programs at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota join the show to discuss cochlear implants. A transcript of the episode is available on the Children's Minnesota Mighty blog: http://bit.ly/pedcast20

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Episode 19: Influenza and the flu vaccine

January 18, 2016

Joe Kurland, a vaccine specialist and infection preventionist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses the severity of influenza; how to prevent it; the differences between the flu and illnesses mistaken for flu; and the importance of getting the flu vaccine.

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Episode 18: Understanding concussion and head trauma

December 23, 2015

Robert Doss, PsyD, a clinical neuropsychologist and co-director of the pediatric concussion program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses concussion. The conversation includes what currently is known about concussion and traumatic brain injuries; kids in sports; the upcoming film "Concussion"; and how a parent can advocate for a child if a concussion is suspected.

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Episode 17: Annie Waters, foundation director of annual giving

November 2, 2015

Annie Waters, the director of annual giving in the foundation at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, talks about fundraising, philanthropy and how to donate as we head into giving season.

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Episode 16: Dr. Joanna Perkins and Carleen Crouse on Make-A-Wish Minnesota

September 23, 2015

Dr. Joanna Perkins, an oncologist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Carleen Crouse, program manager at Make-A-Wish Minnesota, join the show to talk about Make-A-Wish Minnesota, its relationship with Children's Minnesota, the wish-granting process and the hospitals' role in a patient's wish. Crouse also talks about how many wishes are granted each year and shares a variety of wishes Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted.

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Episode 15: Dr. Susan Sencer on pediatric cancer

September 7, 2015

Dr. Susan Sencer, medical director of the hematology and oncology program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and named one of the Top Cancer Doctors in the U.S. by Newsweek, joins the show to discuss pediatric cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one of Children's signature events, Shine Bright Bash, raises money for the cancer and blood disorders program and takes place Sept. 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley.

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Episode 14: Patsy Stinchfield on vaccines, infection prevention

August 31, 2015

Patsy Stinchfield, an infectious disease nurse practitioner and director of infection prevention and control and the Children's Immunization Project at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses the importance of vaccines and an immunization schedule; the effectiveness level of the 2014 flu vaccine; how a flu vaccine is determined and created each year; the difference between measles and chicken pox; and how to know when you're infectious during a cold.

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Episode 13: Dr. Daniel Le Grange on eating disorders

July 20, 2015

Dr. Daniel Le Grange, UCSF Benioff professor of children's health in San Francisco, joins Drs. Beth Brandenburg and Julie Lesser of the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to discuss the symptoms of eating disorders, the role that loved ones, family members and teachers play in the treatment, and what separates Children's center from similar programs.

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Episode 12: Dr. Anupam Kharbanda on appendicitis

July 6, 2015

Dr. Anupam Kharbanda specializes in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and has spent years researching appendicitis. He answers questions about the signs and symptoms of appendicitis in children and how it's treated.

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