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Diabetes patient, Oscar, receives Virtual Player Honoree experience at U.S. Men’s National Team FIFA World Cup qualifier match

Oscar, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, got hooked on soccer from the moment he started playing in his city’s recreational league. Recently, he was able to participate in the Virtual Player Honoree Program at the U.S. Men's National Team’s World Cup qualifying match against Honduras at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stop terrorizing transgender kids

Gender affirming care for transgender youth has long been supported by several professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, who have urged that youth who identify as transgender have access to comprehensive, gender affirming and developmentally appropriate care.

Tips for families to stay safe on vacation

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are eager to travel and get out of town for a spring break vacation. The good news is the omicron surge has been fading and more parents and kids are vaccinated – making travel safer. If families plan to travel, what steps can they take to balance staying safe and still having fun, relaxing and recharging?

Celebrating Women’s History Month: our CFO shares the importance

We talked with Brenda Mccormick, our SVP and chief financial officer here at Children’s Minnesota about her role and what this month means to her.

One family’s health journey played out through music

But once Alyssa was born, Jesse and Keri had to embrace another new experience – after tests were ran, they found out Alyssa not only had Down syndrome but she also had a heart defect.

NICU Follow-up Clinic proves crucial for early childhood development and the Barich family can attest

We take great pride in every newborn who graduates from the NICU, but that’s truly just the beginning of their journey. Unfortunately, many premature babies face a range of challenges, including staying on track with growth milestones, delays in speech and fine motor development, and learning differences and disabilities, just to name a few. That’s where Children’s Minnesota’s NICU Follow-up Clinic comes in.

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine recommended wait time to eight weeks for some groups

On Feb. 22, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines to increase the wait time between the first and second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for some people.

Abbott baby formula recall: what you need to know

Baby formula manufacturer, Abbott, has issued a voluntary recall for baby powder formulas developed at their plant in Sturgis, Mich., for the following products: Similac®, Alimentum® and EleCare®.

Born with a tumor followed by a 76-day NICU stay, baby Jagger is now home and healthy

Mycaela Scalzo and Donovan Martin, parents of one with another on the way, were going to their 20-week ultrasound appointment with the typical feelings of anxiousness and excitement parents have. During this appointment, the baby’s size, organs and overall health are checked. But Mycaela and Donovan’s excitement soon turned to fear. During the check-up, an unknown mass was found on their baby’s face. The provider suspected it was oral teratoma – a noncancerous but still potentially dangerous tumor that could block the baby’s airway, create feeding issues and more.

Q&A with the creator of the S.T.A.B.L.E. program: the most widely taught neonatal education program

Kris Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN, is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner who authored The S.T.A.B.L.E Program, the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.