Can a genetic test predict your child’s success in athletics?

Genetic testing is not a new concept for many people.  From predicting disease risk to determining whether a person is a carrier of a specific gene, genetic testing is an important part of healthcare.  More and more, though, genetic testing is also being used for other things.

Dr. Beth Tarini, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, recently published a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about some of the issues surrounding genetic testing to predict athletic performance in children.

What are these tests, and what is Dr. Tarini’s message to parents considering this type of genetic test for their child?  Watch the video below to find out!

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What parents should know about the new car seat guidelines

My daughter had just turned 1 when I spent a month working on the trauma service during my Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship.  She was not yet 20 pounds so I still had her in a rear-facing car seat.  I asked one of the head trauma surgeons when he would recommend I turn my daughter around so she was facing forward in the car.  His response surprised me.  He said, “If I could, I would ride rear-facing in a 5-point harness.”

Thinking about it some, it makes sense.  If you are in a front end crash, your car comes to a stop and you keep moving forward until you come in contact with your seat belt.  If you are not wearing a seat belt you will stop against the interior of the car, or worse yet something outside of the vehicle.  When children are riding in a rear-facing seat, the force of stopping in a crash is spread out over the whole surface of their back – not just the points where their body contacts the straps.

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Lending a hand for children at Mott

Last week’s video blog post was such a hit, we’re going to follow it with a second!  This week, we’re joined by Alfreda Rooks, director of Volunteer Services.  If you’ve spent time in Mott, you might have seen volunteers sharing their time and energy with our patients.  In the below video, Alfreda explains the role of volunteers at Mott and how we’re thinking ahead about volunteer needs and opportunities in the new Mott.

If you’ve been in the hospital before, do you recall any volunteers having made a difference in your stay?  Have you been a volunteer at Mott before?  Tell us your story!

Family-centered care at the new Mott

Did you know Mott’s Child and Family Life program was the first of it’s kind in the nation? Since 1922, Mott has had a child and family life team in place to reduce the negative psychological, social and emotional impacts of hospitalization that affect the well-being of our patients and their families.

This week we’re switching things up a little and turning our blog post into a “video post” featuring Dan Fischer from our Child and Family Life Services to tell us a bit about Child and Family Life, and some of the neat features patients and families can expect when we move into our new hospital in November 2011. Continue reading

Welcome to Voices of Mott

A new blog to share some of the exciting things that go into building a new children’s hospital

Welcome to our blog! We created this new blog to share some of the exciting things that go into building a new children’s hospital. And what a children’s hospital this will be! The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital – opening November 2011 – is the largest construction project in the State of Michigan! Every wall, every play room, every outlet and restroom has been carefully planned with our patients and families in mind. Thousands of hours of consideration and planning have gone into all of these details – and the results are going to be remarkable! Continue reading