House Staff View: Gratitude in residency


Gratitude is one of the most important elements in my life. I’ve kept a daily gratitude journal since my first day of residency. Every night before I go to bed, I record what I am grateful for. I’ve found that whether I’ve had the best day or the worst day, having a thankful thought in my mind before I go to bed is a satisfying way to end the day. …Read More

Pediatric cerebral aneurysms: Five things to know

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It’s been said that kids aren’t simply small adults — an adage that also rings true when it comes to cerebral aneurysms. These bulges in the blood vessels of the brain are relatively rare: About 3 percent of the world’s population has an un-ruptured, asymptomatic brain aneurysm. Of those people, just 0.5 percent to 4.6 percent are children. …Read More

Expert’s Corner: Getting an early start on childhood dental health

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According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), early childhood caries (tooth decay) is the most prevalent chronic, infectious childhood disease, five times more common than asthma and four times more common than childhood obesity. In response to the prevalence, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created the Campaign for Dental Health (CDH), which includes a group of oral health advocates and health care professionals working in partnership to ensure that the whole population has access to fluoride via community water fluoridation — the most effective and affordable way to prevent tooth decay. …Read More

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Challenging case: Diagnosing thyroid cancer


The Thyroid Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the first and largest centers in the United States exclusively devoted to the care and treatment of children with thyroid diseases. The expertise of a comprehensive, integrated team — including endocrinology, radiology, surgery, nuclear medicine, oncology and pathology, as well as oncologists from the Rare Tumors Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center — attracts patients from across the country and around the world. …Read More