Doctors & Hospitals


What Is Anesthesia? Anesthesia is the use of medicine to prevent discomfort during surgery or medical procedures. Most people do well with anesthesia (an-ess-THEE-zhuh) and have no problems afterward. How Does Anesthesia Work? Anesthesia works by blocking signals in the nervous system. The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Messages from …

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What Is an Arthrogram? An arthrogram (AR-thruh-gram) is a test done to look inside a joint for injuries or other problems. It takes pictures that give doctors a view of the soft tissue in a joint, which a regular X-ray can’t do. This helps them find the cause of problems like joint pain or swelling. Also called …

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Balancing Schoolwork and Hospital Stays

When your child has a serious or chronic illness, it’s hard to think beyond the next treatment. While health is the first priority, education also is important. You’ll want to help your child stay on top of schoolwork as much as possible and plan for their return to school when the doctor says it’s OK. …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Kids & Medical Care During the Pandemic

Some kids might have gotten behind on their medical care because of delayed or canceled medical visits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s very important for kids to see their doctors as needed, for well-child visits and other care. Here’s what parents should know about visiting the doctor during this time. Should Healthy Kids Still Go for Checkups? It’s …

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22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

What Is 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome)? 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is a genetic condition that some babies are born with. A genetic condition happens when there is a problem with a part of a child’s DNA. 22q11.2 deletion syndrome can affect many different systems in the body. The problems it causes can range in severity. 22q11.2 deletion …

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