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#FriendshipFriday: The Importance of Friendship in Combatting Bullying

10/01/2015 | TreatmentsMental Health

October is Bullying Prevention Month. When your child is bullied at school, it’s easy to feel powerless. Preventing bullying, and dealing with it and the aftermath can seem impossibly daunting. There are tools available to help you help your children. One of the most powerful tools to help kids fight bullying is friendship. When a child is bullied, they often feel isolated and alone. Building strong friendships can help combat these feelings, giving a child powerful allies to stand against…

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What Are the Health Benefits of Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding for Moms and Babies?

10/01/2015 | Family CareCare for Newborns

In the United States, 77 percent of new moms breastfeed their babies. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) wants to increase this number to 81.9% by 2020. Why? Research has shown that breastfeeding improves the health of both the baby and the mom in a number of ways. We spoke to Kathy Thomas, BA, BSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC, and Lactation Coordinator for Indiana University Health North Hospital about the health benefits of breastfeeding for moms and babies.  Health Benefits For Moms: -Lowers blood pressure…

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Back Home Again: Annual Tri-State Craniofacial Conference Returns to Riley Hospital

09/30/2015 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

2015 Tri-State Craniofacial Conference Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert J. Havlik

Each year, participants from craniofacial teams in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio come together to share techniques in the evaluation and treatment of cleft and craniofacial patients. On October 2, the Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health will host the 27th Annual Tri-State Craniofacial Conference in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center in the Riley Outpatient Center. The conference rotates host sites throughout the tri-state region on a yearly basis. Riley…

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5 Facts About Kids and Flu Vaccines

09/25/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

Cold and flu season is quickly approaching. While you may have stocked up on hand sanitizer and chicken soup, it’s also important to make sure you schedule flu vaccinations for yourself, and also for your children. If you are wary of getting flu vaccinations for your kids, don’t worry. Flu vaccines aren’t just safe for most kids- they are a powerful tool for keeping kids healthy throughout the winter. Here are 5 facts about kids and flu vaccines: 1. Young children are particularly…

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Piano Donated in Honor of Former Riley Patient


Earlier this week, the Cheer Guild Music Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health received a special gift. Residing in the Cancer Center on the hospital’s fifth floor is now a brand new digital piano. This instrument signifies the gratitude of Parker and Ellen Terry of Rochester, Ind., parents of Charlotte, a former Riley patient who passed away in July after battling a rare form of brain cancer. Charlotte Terry would have been 1 year old on September 20.…

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