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Teaming up for EA/TEF

by Tripp Underwood on January 31, 2011

Dr. Jennings (center) and the McGahans at one of their many fundraisers

Like Lewis and Clark, Holmes and Watson or even Batman and Robin, Russell Jennings, MD, and Lori McGahan are an amazing team. Working together as doctor and parent advocate, Jennings and McGahan have done tremendous work raising awareness and funds for esophageal atresia/tracheo-esophageal fistula (EA/TEF), a rare congenital birth defect affecting one in every 4,000 births. Without correction, EA/TEF makes swallowing impossible, complicates breathing and makes gastric reflux and aspiration even more hazardous. The collaboration of Dr. Jennings and Lori epitomizes the change that can occur when parents and doctors work closely and demonstrates how social media can be an amazing tool for spreading factual medical information. Full story »

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Brandon at Children's

My husband Brain and I are about to celebrate our 14 year anniversary. A big milestone for any relationship, but after the hardships we’ve lived through in the past few years, it seems extra special. For the first 10 years of our marriage we tried for kids, but it never happened. Eventually we sort of accepted that it wasn’t meant to be and resigned ourselves to a life of sleeping through the night and ample free time. Then, almost out of the blue, I became pregnant. It was such a blessing; we were beside ourselves with joy. Full story »


Working parents, please join the dicussion

by Tripp Underwood on June 24, 2010

McCarthyClaire_dsc0435-300x198Earlier this week Claire McCarthy, MD, wrote a Thrive post defending working mothers, in response to a study from the UK linking our busy schedules to increased rates of childhood obesity. The post generated a lot of discussion and several readers chimed in with some great advice for raising healthy kids while working full-time.

What do you think? Are you a working mom or dad with strategies for keeping your kids healthy that could help your fellow busy parents? Advice for juggling work, the kids and dinner on the go? Please join in the conversation by adding your comments below.

Here’s what some readers, both here on Thrive and over on Children’s Facebook page are saying: Full story »