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  • Preventing Skin Cancer in Children Begins with the Right Sunscreen
    chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego If your child is getting intense sun exposure playing outdoors she s in danger of developing melanoma the most serious type of skin cancer even if she has what appears to be a healthy tan Parents should consider the following to make the best sunscreen choice Sun Protection Factor SPF Pick an SPF of 15 or higher The higher the SPF the greater the protection from sunburn caused mostly by UVB rays not UVA Also the higher SPF does not increase the length of time for sun exposure UVA protection Most sunscreens protect against UVB but not UVA UVA has a longer wavelength less energy but is more mutagenic i e cancer causing than UVB Products that contain Oxobenzone or Avobenzone Parsol can block UVA but may break down under the sun and thus only offers no more than 4 hours of UVA protection Mexoryl is a newer addition to sunscreen ingredients that does not break down in the sun Another new ingredient Helioplex helps stabilize Parsol and allows up to 6 hours of UVA protection Look for these ingredients in your sunscreen or the AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION on sunscreen products to ensure protection against UVA Hypoallergenic sunscreen Most allergic reactions against sunscreen are caused by para aminobenzoid acid PABA If your child has a reaction against sunscreen try products that do not contain PABA dyes or perfumes Also sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide provide physical block that reflects both UVA and UVB and has no chemical ingredients suitable for those with prior reactions to sunscreen Non comedogenic sunscreen For oily skin try products that are labeled with won t clog pores or non comedogenic to reduce acne caused by sunscreen Lip sunscreen It

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/preventing-skin-cancer-in-children-begins-with-the-right-sunscreen/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Offers Lifesaving Tips During Rattlesnake Season
    s Hospital San Diego and San Diego County Animal Services are teaming up to provide important information on how to respond when a rattlesnake bites and the mistakes many people make that can actually make things worse A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling bruising tissue destruction bleeding problems and in rare cases can be fatal There are about 300 rattlesnake bite cases reported in California every year according to the California Poison Control System CPCS About 25 percent of bites are dry meaning no venom in injected Although complications may develop with or without venom most rattlesnake bites are successfully treated with as little as two to three days of hospitalization Children can be especially vulnerable their natural curiosity often leads them to places where snakes may lay quietly such as under rocks and in bushes It is important to carefully supervise children outside especially in wooded and desert areas where snakes tend to live Also important to remember rattlesnakes do not always make a rattling sound In case of a snake bite the CPCS recommends the following Do Call 911 for emergency assistance immediately Try to keep the victim calm Immobilize the affected area Remove watch rings and other jewelry that could constrict swelling Gently wash the area with soap and water Apply a cold wet cloth over the bite Don t Apply a tourniquet Pack the bite area with ice Cut the wound with a knife or razor Use your mouth to suck out the venom Let the victim drink any alcoholic beverages To prevent snake bites wear long boots and long pants when hiking making sure to stay on trails and away from underbrush and tall weeds Do not touch or disturb a snake even if it appears dead Carefully inspect logs or rocks before sitting

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-offers-lifesaving-tips-during-rattlesnake-season/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s to Offer Free Classes for Parents in Southwest Riverside County
    for Parents in Southwest Riverside County Newsroom Rady Children s to Offer Free Classes for Parents in Southwest Riverside County About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Rady Children s to Offer Free Classes for Parents in Southwest Riverside County April 23 2013 San Diego CA Rady Children s Hospital San Diego will offer a series of free classes for parents in Southwest Riverside County called Raising Healthy Kids Together Child health and wellness experts from Rady Children s will cover and discuss topics from nutrition to behavioral issues Rady Children s is providing these classes in response to a survey of parents in which the Hospital asked how it could help support parents and what resources parents would like to be available The following classes are scheduled Raising Healthy Kids Together Class Schedule Basic First Aid May 8 6 30 8 p m Instructor Stephanie Wilde RN CPR for Laypersons May 15 6 30 8 p m Instructor Alex Barrios LVN Managing Difficult Behaviors in your Child May 22 6 30 8 p m Instructor TBA Immunizations May 29 6 30 8 p m Chris Abe Senior Director Ancillary and Support Services Nutrition Healthy Cooking June 5 6 30 8 p m Instructor Katie Miller Clinical Registered Dietitian The classes will be held at the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce 25125 Madison Avenue Suite 108 Murrieta CA on Wednesdays starting May 8 and end on June 5 To register or for a list of other classes offered visit http www eventbrite com org 3679814645 About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is a 475 bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego Southern

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-to-offer-free-classes-for-parents-in-southwest-riverside-county/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Rady Children’s Researchers Receive Grant to Study Neurological Disorders
    Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Rady Children s Researchers Receive Grant to Study Neurological Disorders Grant approved by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine SAN DIEGO April 1 2013 The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine CIRM has awarded Dr Joseph Gleeson a neurologist at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego and professor of neurosciences at UC San Diego and Dr Keith Vaux pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children s and professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego a grant for 874 135 to study childhood neurodevelopmental disorders The grant is part of CIRM s Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell hiPSC Initiative an effort to develop and advance research into reprogramming cells such as skin into pluripotent stem cells that can then be differentiated into other functional cell types such as neurons In this case the grant focuses upon creating and operating long term repositories of high quality stem cell lines representing different diseases that can be used by researchers everywhere The grant is one of nine the CIRM board approved to create and store 9 000 cell lines from 3 000 individuals representing 11 diseases at a total cost of 32 3 million The research will focus on children with brain disorders that have symptoms combining autism cerebral palsy and epilepsy suggesting underlying and shared mechanisms of dysfunction Dr Gleeson Dr Vaux and colleagues aim to identify 500 patients with these disorders primarily from Rady Children s The goal is to develop a database of biological medical radiographic and genetic information that can be used to study stem cell mechanisms of disease and design therapeutic interventions Please call 858 822 3538 for information or to participate About Rady Children s Hospital San Diego Rady Children s Hospital San Diego

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rady-childrens-researchers-receive-grant-to-study-neurological-disorders/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The Helen Bernardy Center at Rady Children’s Receives Highest Possible Rating
    San Diego February 26 2013 For the fifth consecutive year the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U S News World Report s fifth annual Best Nursing Homes available exclusively at http www usnews com best nursing homes The Best Nursing Homes 2013 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state out of nearly 16 000 facilities nationwide Fewer than one out of every five nursing homes got an overall rating of five stars said Avery Comarow U S News Health Rankings Editor Those who require nursing care deserve the best available and these are homes that merit their consideration by demonstrating such high quality We are thrilled to be ranked among the nation s best for the fifth consecutive year said Pamela Dixon Director of the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children s This honor would not be possible without our highly skilled interdisciplinary team of caregivers They work diligently to provide effective individualized care to each of our residents every day Registered nurses licensed vocational nurses licensed respiratory therapists and certified nursing assistants provide 24 hour nursing care to all residents at the Bernardy Center Attending physicians monitor all residents regularly at which time the resident s treatment plan and any specialist recommendations are reviewed Best Nursing Homes draws on data from the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services a federal agency that assesses homes in three categories health inspections level of nurse staffing and quality of care and gives each an overall rating U S News awarded the Best Nursing Home designation to homes that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2013 For more information about the

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/the-helen-bernardy-center-at-rady-childrens-receives-highest-possible-rating/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Get Free Pancakes and Support Rady Children’s on National Pancake Day
    Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care About Us Newsroom Press Releases Get Free Pancakes and Support Rady Children s on National Pancake Day Newsroom Get Free Pancakes and Support Rady Children s on National Pancake Day About Us Who We Are Newsroom Press Releases Executive Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Get Free Pancakes and Support Rady Children s on National Pancake Day Be a part of the pancake pandemonium as IHOP serves up free pancakes in celebration of the 8th Annual National Pancake Day at all 23 IHOP restaurants in San Diego County National Pancake Day takes place on February 5 2013 from 7 a m to 10 p m Families can enjoy a short stack of IHOP s famous buttermilk pancakes and in turn make a donation to IHOP s national charity partner Children s Miracle Network In addition guests who purchase a 5 Miracle Balloon will receive a coupon good for 5 off their next visit with a 20 purchase The money raised locally in San Diego will benefit Rady Children s Hospital San Diego In 2012 National Pancake Day

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/get-free-pancakes-and-support-rady-childrens-on-national-pancake-day/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Patch Worn on Skin Could Provide Relief to Children With Peanut Allergies
    Team Facts and Figures Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Patch Worn on Skin Could Provide Relief to Children With Peanut Allergies February 1 2013 San Diego CA The Food Allergy Center at Rady Children s Hospital San Diego is one of eight hospitals in the United States participating in an international peanut allergy desensitization study The investigational therapy involves participants wearing a skin patch that contains tiny amounts of peanut The purpose of the study is to see if people wearing the patch for a certain period of time will develop lower sensitivity to peanut There are almost 3 000 children seen at Rady Children s who report a peanut allergy Until now we have had no treatment to offer instead management has involved avoidance and treatment of accidental ingestions The new patch therapy could prove to be a breakthrough for the peanut allergy sufferers said Stephanie Leonard M D director of the Food Allergy Center at Rady Children s This type of groundbreaking clinical research is important for our community About one percent of people in the United States or about 3 million of the population suffer from peanut allergies and that number is increasing Only 20 percent of children may outgrow a peanut allergy Rady Children s is looking for children who suffer from a peanut allergy to participate in the research Some of the requirements include Participants must be healthy and at least 6 years old Have eaten peanut and had a reaction and are currently following a strictly peanut free diet Willing to wear a daily skin patch Participate in 12 clinic visits during the course of 13 months For additional information about the Peanut Patch Study contact the research coordinator Sarah Holland RN at 858 966 8153 About Rady Children s Hospital San

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/patch-worn-on-skin-could-provide-relief-to-children-with-peanut-allergies/ (2015-03-26)
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  • The Campaign for Rady Children’s Surpasses Goal; Raises More Than $229 Million
    only exceeded the original 220 million goal it surpassed a second goal to raise 5 million more by December 31 2012 A wide range of support from a huge cross section of San Diego made the Campaign s incredible success possible Some highlights of the Campaign 5 2 million gifts received 7 424 gifts from corporations and businesses 7 140 community groups participated in fundraising 265 000 volunteers donated time to fundraise for The Campaign 25 gifts to The Campaign of 1 million or more Some especially generous gifts were critical to the Campaign s success such as 60 million from the Rady family 50 million from an anonymous donor 10 million from the Peckham family to create the Peckham Center for Cancer Blood Disorders 10 million from the Warren family to create the Warren Family Surgical Center 6 million from the Viterbi family to create the Viterbi Family Outpatient Clinic for Cancer Blood Disorders 6 million from Rady Children s Auxiliary to fund a variety of programs and to create the Auxiliary Garden at the entrance to the Acute Care Pavilion Rady Children s began the Campaign in 2007 when it urgently needed to raise funds to construct the Acute Care Pavilion a 279 000 square foot facility now home to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders the Warren Family Surgical Center the Viterbi Outpatient Clinic The Carlson Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit East and Carley s Magical Gardens The Acute Care Pavilion opened its doors on October 10 2010 In September 2011 Rady Children s launched a new phase of The Campaign for Rady Children s focused on three core components Care Technology and Discovery The Hospital asked San Diego to help it provide the most comprehensive care and advanced technology and discover cures to childhood diseases Thanks to generous donors Rady Children s has Constructed the 260 million Acute Care Pavilion Funded Patient Care including the Child Life program which helps patients and their families understand the Hospital experience Purchased Technology such as a kid friendly MRI the first MRI ever installed on the Rady Children s campus that allows children to watch a movie or listen to music while being scanned Expanded Discovery by funding innovative research such as Dr John Crawford s research into the causes of pediatric brain tumors and development of targeted treatments The success of The Campaign for Rady Children s is a tribute San Diego s enduring commitment to the health and well being of children said Kathleen Sellick President and CEO of Rady Children s Thanks to your generosity we constructed the Acute Care Pavilion an amazing facility that that blends high technology with a healing environment We purchased vital technology strengthened patient care and funded important research As we celebrate this accomplishment we are inspired to reach higher and to do more for the children of our community It s clear that San Diego not only takes great pride in Rady Children s the community trusts us

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/the-campaign-for-rady-childrens-surpasses-goal-raises-more-than-229-million/ (2015-03-26)
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