Blog posts by UW Health

When a Close Relative Has Cancer, Books Can Help Children Cope

Most adults realize that cancer is a complex disease, but it can be even harder for children to understand the situation surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment. When the disease is affecting a close relative, most parents wonder how much they should tell their kids about cancer.

“I think for parents, they have worries about how to break the news to their children and whether they will say the right thing or be able to get the words out,” says UW Health psychologist Lori DuBenske, PhD.

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Is my child’s hearing OK?

Most of us don’t have to think twice about our hearing, but what about the possibility that our kids might be experiencing some hearing loss? Fortunately, nearly every baby born in a hospital in the United States is screened for proper hearing. In Wisconsin, 99 percent of babies are screened, according to the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings program. So thankfully, most parents know if their newborn requires further hearing testing and possible treatment.

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Importance of the Off Season

Off-season training isn’t just for athletes with hopes of one day playing on college teams, or those competing at a high level. UW Health Sports Performance coach Alison Regal explains that most youth athletes can benefit – although how they approach it and the benefits they gain will be different depending on their age.

To figure out what’s best, it is helpful to understand the different developmental stages.

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Five Feet Apart Review from Teen with Cystic Fibrosis

Haley Jinkerson is a 14-year-old from Monroe, WI who has cystic fibrosis. This is her take on the movie Five Feet Apart.

Being a cystic fibrosis patient myself, I was so excited when I heard ‘Five Feet Apart’ was coming out. I was even more excited when I found out that Cole Sprouse was going to be a lead actor in it. I went and saw it opening night with both of my parents.

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Epilepsy: More than Seizures

Having epilepsy on its own can seem like a tall mountain to climb for any child, but kids with epilepsy often struggle with other things like sleep, diet and learning.

Sleep and Epilepsy

Sleep is an essential part of managing epilepsy and getting too much or too little sleep can have a significant effect on children with epilepsy. Eight to ten hours of quality sleep per night and sticking with a sleep routine is a recommended way to help prevent seizures.

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