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Are COVID-19 and vaping connected? A pediatric pulmonologist explains.

For those who vape or smoke, the risks for complications if you get COVID-19 might be even greater. Dr. Anne Griffiths, a pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Minnesota, explains the possible connection between vaping and COVID-19 complications.

Natalie Lu and Yung Lu at the end of the race.

Love at the finish line: A Team Superstars love story

Natalie Lu, quality and patient safety coach at Children’s Minnesota and Team Superstars charity athlete, began a race last fall like any other. At the end, Natalie was given a life-changing surprise.

COVID-19 and trauma: Mental health struggles among black teens

We talked with Dr. Sarah Jerstad, associate clinical director of psychological services at Children’s Minnesota St. Paul hospital, about the stress teens of color are feeling right now due to COVID-19 and racial injustice, and about how parents can help.

Children’s Minnesota occupational therapist Courtney Cahow talks virtual care

Courtney Cahow, occupational therapist at Children’s Minnesota Maple Grove rehab clinic, tells her positive experience with virtual care and how she will use it to continue to enhance her practice.

Breathing tips and mindfulness while wearing a mask

Wearing a mask is an essential part of our day. Julie Christiansen, physical therapy assistant at Children's Minnesota, provides you with some tips for mask-wearing.

Children’s Minnesota child life specialists recognized by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Congratulations to Children’s Minnesota child life specialists Jodi Betsinger, Kristine Adams VanKempen and Samantha Schackman for receiving the 2020 Faces of Change Award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s (NBPC) 6th Annual Unity Awards in recognition of their collaborative and innovative work in the cancer and blood disorders program.

Parents Kathy and John with twin boys Cian and Rory out in the woods.

Midwest physicians team up to treat Fargo twins Cian and Rory in the womb

The parents are grateful for the partnership between her doctors in Fargo and the Midwest Fetal Care Center in the Twin Cities.

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Fourth of July reflections

As we observe the Fourth of July holiday, Dr. Marc Gorelick shares his thoughts on the motto of the United States, “E pluribus unum.”

Fireworks safety: How to celebrate safely

Although fireworks look beautiful, they can also cause serious burn and eye injuries. We're sharing safety tips and alternate ways to celebrate with kids.

Partner feature: Adam Turman, meet the artist behind In Our Hearts

Now is a time to show gratitude, solidarity and support for each other—from health care workers to the patients we care for and all other members of our community. We’re partnering with Minnesota-based artist Adam Turman to bring good will, gratitude and support to our community.