Blog posts by UW Health

“Beads of Courage” Inspires Many Families

Families who have a baby being cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) typically spend a lot of time in the hospital – an average of 24 days at American Family Children’s Hospital.

Typically, there are many steps along the journey of care before a baby is healthy enough to go home or return to the local NICU to feed and grow. Understandably, the days and nights often become a blur, making it hard for families to remember each stop along the journey of care.

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Why Should I Get My Child’s Cholesterol Checked?

When you think of a person with high cholesterol, who do you picture?

Maybe an overweight man in his 50s who loves burgers and good old-fashioned Wisconsin cheese? Maybe a woman in her 60s who smokes and doesn’t like to exercise?

How about an athletic 9-year-old who plays three different sports and prefers fruit to fast food?

Sometimes, our preconceived notions about high cholesterol don’t match reality – particularly when it comes to kids who inherit high cholesterol from their family. Did you know it was even possible for seemingly healthy children to have cholesterol so high that they’re actually up to 100 times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke at a young age? And these conditions are more common than people realize.

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Teen Vaping – A National Crisis Hits Home

The public health crisis of vaping-related lung injuries among teens has arrived in Madison. In the past two months, UW Health has treated at least 10 cases of lung injury in which the patient admitted to vaping or using e-cigarettes with products containing nicotine, THC or CBD (cannabidiol).

Recently several UW Health specialists, lead by pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam, held a news conference at American Family Children’s Hospital to raise awareness about how the national crisis is affecting local communities.

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Finding a Balance Between School and Sports

With school back in session, young athletes may find themselves trying to balance the demands of their sport with their academics. The challenge is – how to prioritize the two and what to do when things feel out of balance?

“School always comes first,” says Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, sport psychologist with the UW Health Sports Medicine program.

Dr. Mirgain points out that participating in sports provides tremendous benefits for kids. Research shows that young athletes tend to have better grades, go on to college, are less likely to drink or do drugs, just to name a few. But it’s important to keep perspective as well.

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