Blog posts by UW Health

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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New Classification System of Type 1 Diabetes

For many parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the life-changing diagnosis comes suddenly: The child has become dehydrated, resulting in a trip to the emergency room and sometimes life-threatening complications. Recently, researchers developed a classification system for the different stages of diabetes to help them understand how the disease progresses and identify type 1 diabetes before it progresses to a dangerous level.

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Back to School with a Chronic Illness

Getting ready to start a new school year can be a time of anxiety and even stress for any family, but especially those families who are managing a chronic illness.

In the weeks before school starts, it can be helpful to begin transitioning back to a school year routine – that might include going to bed and getting up earlier, maybe even shifting eating schedules to more closely align with the school day.

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7 Yoga Poses for Kids

While the thought of trying to fit yet one more thing into the day might be overwhelming, following a simple sequence of yoga poses can be a great way to help kids wind down at night or even get them moving in the morning. Certified yoga instructor Katie Schwartz, with UW Health’s Center for Wellness, offers a simple sequence to help kids get moving in the morning, or wind down at night.

A few tips when performing the poses:

  • Make sure you have enough space to stretch out without bumping into anything
  • Listen to your body – if a pose doesn’t feel comfortable, don’t force it
  • Hold each pose for three breaths before moving to the next
  • It isn’t a race to finish – move slowly and stay relaxed
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