Stories about: malnutrition

Caring for the female athlete: 5 clinical strategies

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Since the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, the number of girls competing in high school sports has increased from 295,000 to nearly 3.2 million — with more women playing collegiate sports than ever before.

As these numbers continue to rise, and girls and young women become more empowered through sports, awareness of health issues specific to female athletes has become increasingly important. One issue, the Female Athlete Triad (Triad), has gained increasing awareness as more athletes have come forward about their struggle with the condition.

Dr. Kathryn Ackerman, medical director of Boston Children’s Female Athlete Program, offers the following clinical strategies for avoiding the Triad and keeping athletes healthy.

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Treating malnutrition: What I learned from working at a hospital in Haiti

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Outside Hospital Saint Nicolas in Saint Marc, Haiti

The day had finally come. Pierre was ready. With his oversized pants hoisted up by a weathered black belt and a checkered blue and orange shirt tucked underneath, the little boy exuded the air of a wizened old man ready for a long journey, not a four-year-old child getting discharged home from the hospital.

His mother had taken pains to plaster down his wisps of blondish-brown hair, a sign of his vitamin-deficient state, that had started to grow back. She’d made sure he would go home in style, with pride.

I caught mirth in Pierre’s eyes and a grin that revealed carried teeth as he waved good-bye. This young boy was a far cry from the tired, fragile little one who had been admitted to the inpatient malnutrition ward a mere three weeks prior.

During my time as a clinical fellow working in the pediatric ward at Hospital Saint Nicolas in Saint Marc, Haiti, I’ve had the opportunity to take care of infants and children who have etched indelible stories of both heartbreak and triumph in my heart and mind. However, the faces and stories from the malnutrition ward, where those children who are too sick to manage in the outpatient malnutrition program are admitted, stand out most vividly. …Read More

Dispatch from Rwanda: Newborn malnutrition and care beyond the hospital ward

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There are some patients that keep me up at night — the ones I worry about even when medical care is optimal. Patients with severe acute malnutrition fall into this category.

It’s difficult to predict which child with severe acute malnutrition will survive and which child won’t make it. All too often, I have seen a child on the pediatric ward who seems to be doing well, only to be told the next day at morning report the child had died. …Read More